GB top medal table as men's eight storm to gold

GB top medal table as men's eight storm to gold

06 September 2015 / 13:43

GB Rowing Team Performance Director Sir David Tanner declared himself a happy man as the men’s eight brought the curtain down on a successful World Championships in style.

Matt Gotrel, Constantine Louloudis, Pete Reed, Paul Bennett, Mohamed Shibi, Alex Gregory, George Nash, Will Satch and Phelan Hill wrote a new chapter in British men’s eights history when they brought up the hat-trick of successive World golds for GB in the event.

In a strong finish they held off season-long rivals Germany by just two tenths to take the victory on Lake Aiguebelette in France in 5:36.18 minutes.

That victory saw Great Britain top the medal table with five golds, nine silvers and a bronze – and improvement on last year when the team left Amsterdam with four golds, four silvers and two bronzes.

And with the 2016 Rio Olympics looming ever closer, Tanner believes his squad are heading in the right direction.

“I am really pleased with our Championships performance,” he said. “The men’s eight winning gold was a great way to finish.

“With our meals, our 12 Olympic slots and four Paralympic slots we can now look forward to stepping on next year to a top performance in Rio at both Games.”

Elsewhere on the final day of action, the women’s eight just missed out on a medal as they had to settle for fourth spot in a race won by America, while Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley were sixth in their double scull race.

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