Olympic Champion Andrew Triggs Hodge stroked the GB Rowing Team men’s eight to victory on the final day of the Essen International but underlined that GB has a “lot to do” before the World Cup at Eton Dorney from June 21-23. “It was nice to get the win and perhaps that compensated a little for yesterday”, said Triggs Hodge.
The opening day of the Essen International Regatta yielded no victories but some tight racing which was the GB Rowing Team’s aim in attending this traditional two-day regatta. Andrew Triggs Hodge, Peter Reed, Mohamed Sbihi and Alex Gregory were engaged closely by the top German men’s four throughout the first half of today’s final in which they finished second by a few tenths. The British combination led by a second at halfway and were still holding a third of a length under pressure with 300m to go.
The GB Rowing Team’s successful junior squad has returned from the Munich Junior International Regatta with seven titles Both Jess Leyden in the single scull and the women’s pair of Anna Fairs and Lauren Kedar took two victories apiece across the two-day event that is raced as a separate regatta on each of the Saturday and Sunday. Fairs is part of the GB Rowing Team Start programme, a renowned talent identification and development scheme, and competes for Tees RC whilst Kedar is from Reading RC.
The top GB Rowing Team open weight men will race at the 97th International Huegel Regatta in Essen, Germany, on May 11th and 12th as preparations continue for the Samsung World Rowing Cup taking place at Eton Dorney next month. This traditional-style regatta has two completely separate race programmes on consecutive days allowing Men’s Chief Coach Jurgen Grobler and Performance Director Sir David Tanner to try different combinations under race pressure. The eye-catching changes are mainly in the sculling squad with a new-look GB quad on the Saturday and some interesting combinations on the Sunday.
Charles Cousins pulled off the shock win of the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials at Caversham today when he beat Olympic bronze medallist and single scull specialist Alan Campbell. Campbell, of Coleraine, led early and looked set to take a record, ninth successive men’s single title before Cousins, who comes from Cambridge, eased past him in the final 250m. “Let’s not get carried away, it’s only one race
Peter Chambers, from Coleraine, beat his older brother Richard into second place in their semi-final of the lightweight men’s single scull at the GB Rowing Team’s Senior and U23 Trials at Caversham this afternoon. Certain of progressing, both rowers eased down in the final 150 metres leaving a question-mark still over tomorrow’s potential outcome. Adam Freeman-Pask, winner of the second semi-final from Will Fletcher and a fast-finishing Jamie Kirkwood will be one of their biggest rivals.
The three continuing Olympic men’s four champions, Alex Gregory, Peter Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge underlined their form by taking the top two spots in this morning’s time trials in the GB Rowing Team Senior & U23 Trials men’s pair. Triggs Hodge, racing here at the Caversham national training centre, with Molesey team-mate and Olympic men’s eight bronze medallist Mohamed Sbihi took top slot over the 1900m course in 6:22.41. Gregory and Reed were second in 6:27.12
Former World U23 Champion Mat Tarrant and European silver medallist Will Fletcher are amongst a large group of world age-group and European senior medallists who will be hoping to challenge the established order at the GB Rowing Team Senior & U23 Trials this weekend (20-21 April). The event will be headlined by Olympic champions Helen Glover, Andrew Triggs Hodge, Pete Reed and Alex Gregory and comes a month after many of the national squad athletes raced at the World Cup in Sydney. Racing starts* with time-trial heats on Saturday morning
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The GB Rowing Team produced an upbeat off-season performance at the opening 2013 Samsung world rowing cup series in Sydney today with a tally of four golds, a silver and two bronzes from 14 crews. The day’s results were bookended by golds from the women’s pair and men’s eight with fields here that were generally low in numbers but with some quality in each. In between GB won an historic gold in the men’s quad from Charles Cousins, Blll Lucas, Sam Townsend and Graeme Thomas – its first of all-time at world cup level.
Ruth Walczak and Jamie Kirkwood took fourth and fifth places respectively in their lightweight single scull finals this afternoon. Making their world cup debuts here, both were in contention for the first 1300m before slipping back slightly off the pace. The women’s final was won by Canada’s Jaclyn Halko and the men’s by New Zealand’s Duncan Grant.
All four GB Rowing Team women’s crews came safely through their repechages today and will race in tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) finals at the Samsung World Rowing Cup in Sydney. In the process of qualifying they provided a touch of excitement. Jess Eddie and Katie Greves came from a long way back at half-way to finish a split second behind Australia in the women’s pair
Under darkening skies and into a strong headwind, the GB Rowing Team’s women’s eight added sparkle to the day’s end with a strong heat win over Canada and China to book their passage to Sunday’s final. They were down to Canada in the opening 500m of the 2km course but came through them just before the halfway mark. From there, they pressed on to take over a length’s lead at the finish.
Perhaps fittingly as the first to win gold for TeamGB overall at last summer’s Games, Helen Glover became the first GB rower, with new crew-mate Polly Swann, to reach the finals of the World Cup in Sydney. The Cornish-Scottish women’s pair combination never looked pressured as they won by a significant margin.
Sydney provides the backdrop to the season’s opener in the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup Series this weekend (22-24 March) – two months earlier than the Series’ traditional May start. It is the first World Cup to be staged in the Southern Hemisphere and will use the Sydney 2000 Olympic course at Penrith. The GB Rowing Team for the event has a fresh look and feel about it with some unusual combinations
There will be some familiar faces but in new places when the GB Rowing Team competes at the first Samsung world rowing cup of 2013. Olympic men’s four champions Alex Gregory, Peter Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge will race in an eight at the event from March 22-24 on the Sydney International Regatta Course – home of the 2000 Olympic Games.