Sir. Matthew Pinsent claims that Great Britain have the “strongest rowing team in the world”, ahead of the World Rowing Cup in Belgrade, and, of course, the upcoming Olympic Games in London.
The retired sportsman was speaking in the wake of the British trials event, which was contested at Games venue, Eton Dorney, over the weekend. Pinsent described the contest as “thankless”, with “a lot of pressure”.
Britain’s Olympic hopefuls raced against each other at the trials, with Beijing medallists, Andy Triggs Hodge and Pete Reed, coming up
roses in the men’s pair event. “It was a really good race”, Hodge said. “This is the strongest heavyweight men’s team that [coach]
Jurgen [Grobler] has ever sent to the Olympics.”
The success of Hodge and Reed could mean that two members of Britain’s coxless four team, which is currently made up of Tom James, Ric Egington, Matt Langridge, and Alex Gregory, could end up dropped, if Grobler decides to re-introduce the winning pair, Hodge and Reed, into the men’s four.
Gregory, paired with Alex Partridge, came second in the 2,000m, at the weekend, losing to Hodge’s boat by three seconds – an astonishing piece of betting news which saw many onilne betting pundits flumoxed.
Adam Freeman-Pask grabbed first in the lightweight single scull at Eton Dorney, while Kat Copeland won in the female equivalent of the event. The heavyweight skull was won by Alan Campbell and, in the female boat, Katherine Grainger. Helen Glover and HeatherStanning triumphed in the women’s pair.
Great Britain’s World Cup team will be announced at the beginning of April. The Olympics squad is unveiled on June 6. The rowing element of the Games gets underway on July 28 at Eton Dorney.
“It will be really amazing,” Pinsent said, adding that the Olympic lake will be an “absolute cauldron of emotion”.