Grainger - GB will peak for Olympics
June 18, 2012 06:59 am
Katherine Grainger says the best is yet to come from Britain's all-conquering women's double scull after their 21st consecutive victory clinched gold at the third Rowing World Cup regatta in Munich.
Grainger and Anna Watkins produced a commanding performance to see of a stiff challenge from Australia, taking control of the race in the second 1000metres to win by a length.
Grainger, who is aiming for a first Olympic gold after three consecutive silver medals, said the double world champions are ready to unlock more speed over the next two training camps. "We're still not at our fastest. You won't see our best speed until the Olympics and that has always been our plan," she said.
The Australian double of Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley will spend the next 39 days striving to close the gap in the hope of pulling off a shock upset at the Olympics.
For the first time, it appears to be Britain's women who are carrying the flag into an Olympic Games.
The pair of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning also head into London 2012 on the back of three consecutive World Cup golds, winning on Sunday by around four seconds.
Glover and Stannard have the opportunity to create a slice of British Olympic history by becoming the country's first female rowing champions.
"It was important for us to win by the same margin as we did in Lucerne, to show we have made progress as well as the others," Stanning said. "To go in as favourites is a nice sort of pressure to have, to have the recognition for what you have done."
Britain won a total of eight medals in Munich, three more than at the second regatta in Lucerne, and it was enough to secure the overall World Cup title.
The men's lightweight four of Richard and Peter Chambers, Rob Williams and Chris Bartley also claimed gold with a performance described by GB Rowing performance director David Tanner as "sensational".
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