Triggs Hodge confident after GB men’s four make world final
August 28, 2014 17:31 pm
Double Olympic champion Andrew Triggs Hodge declared Britain’s men’s four ready for a World Rowing Championship medal showdown after breezing into the final in Amsterdam.
Triggs Hodge, an Olympic gold medallist in the four from Beijing 2008 and London 2012, joined Alex Gregory, Mohamed Sbihi and George Nash once again for the semi-finals.
They held off the challenge from America to win in 5:52.62 minutes with three British crews victorious in the afternoon semi-finals – the men’s quadruple scull and lightweight men’s pair also.
Triggs Hodge claimed his third career World Championship gold medal in the eight last year after successes in the four in 2005 and 2006 and he is roaring and ready for another shot at a title.
He said: "It was a good race out there and to have a bit of 'to and fro' with the Americans. We committed to our plan and saw it through. Now we're all set for the final."
In the morning session Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning moved a step closer to adding world gold together after winning their semi-final in the women’s pair in dominant style.
The open weight men’s pair were second to New Zealand in their semi-final while Caragh McMurtry stroked the women’s eight into the final in second place behind Romania in the repechage.
Neither of Britain’s lightweight double scull crews will bid for a medal – Imogen Walsh and Kat Copeland fourth in their semi-final while Jamie Kirkwood and Will Fletcher were fifth in theirs.
The women’s quadruple scull and Zak Lee Green in the lightweight men's single were also fifth and will contest B finals themselves.
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