LONDON: Five of the six British rowers who won Olympic gold in Beijing four years ago were included in a strong-looking squad for the London Games, it was announced Wednesday.
Reigning Olympic champions Andrew Triggs Hodge, Pete Reed and Tom James were joined in a powerful men’s four by reigning world champion Alex Gregory, with Steve Williams having retired after the last Olympics.
In Beijing, Britain were the leading rowing nation, a position they maintained at last year’s World Championships in the Slovenian town of Bled. GB Rowing performance director David Tanner believes Britain will need six medals if they are to remain top of the pile on home water.
Although the women’s team have had success in the minor medals in the past, they have never won an Olympic gold. Three-time silver medallist Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins, the reigning world double scull champions, represent Britain’s best chance.