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Gold-medal winning rowers prepare for Eton Dorney return

May 2, 2013 18:22 pm

Three of Team GB’s London 2012 gold-medal winning rowers will prepare for next month’s World Cup event at Eton Dorney by competing at the 97th International Huegel Regatta in Essen, Germany.

The traditional-style regatta, taking place on May 11 and 12, 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.

Andrew Triggs Hodge, Pete Reed and Alex Gregory, all whom topped the podium at the London Olympics, will be joined by Mohamed Sbihi in the men’s four – the first time the three medal winners will have competed internationally together in the boat since winning at the Games with Tom James.

After an exciting set of GB Rowing Team Senior Trials and ensuing seat racing, Peter Lambert, Graeme Thomas, trials single scull winner Charles Cousins and Sam Townsend will race the quad on Saturday in Essen.

The quartet will then move into double sculls on Sunday. Cousins will race with Townsend and Lambert with Thomas.

Alan Campbell races a single as does Jonathan Walton on the Saturday but the duo team up in a quad with Bill Lucas and 2012 Olympic men’s eight bronze medallist Matthew Langridge on the Sunday – the latter pairing having raced a double on the Saturday.

There will also be a second GB men’s four racing on the Sunday of Alan Sinclair, Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell, Scott Durant and Mat Tarrant.

Britain will race an eight on Saturday against France and Poland while Germany will race two boats in the same field with GB, France and Poland on the Sunday. The final line-up for Sunday for the eight will be decided after Saturday’s racing.

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