Post-Rio spotlight on...rowing



Post-Rio spotlight on...rowing

18 November 2016 / 11:44


Men’s coxless four (gold)

Men’s coxed eight (gold)

Women’s coxless pair (gold)

Women’s double sculls (silver)

Women’s coxed eight (silver)





Single sculls: Alan Campbell

Pair: Stewart Innes/Alan Sinclair

Double sculls: John Collins/Jonathan Walton

Lightweight double sculls: Richard Chambers/Will Fletcher

Four: Alex Gregory/Constantine Louloudis/George Nash/Mo Sbihi

Lightweight four: Mark Aldred/Chris Bartley/Peter Chambers/Jono Clegg

Quadruple sculls: Angus Groom/Peter Lambert/Sam Townsend/Jack Beaumont

Eight: Paul Bennett/Scott Durant/Matt Gotrel/Matt Langridge/Tom Ransley/Pete Reed/Will Satch/Andrew Triggs Hodge/Phelan Hill (cox)



Pair: Helen Glover/Heather Stanning

Double sculls: Katherine Grainger/Victoria Thornley

Lightweight double sculls: Kat Copeland/Charlotte Taylor

Eight: Karen Bennett/Olivia Carnegie-Brown/Jessica Eddie/Katie Greves/Frances Houghton/Zoe Lee/Polly Swann/Melanie Wilson/Zoe De Toledo (cox)


Did you know? When not rowing, Pete Reed is a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, and is a talented photographer


The Rio recap

Team GB continued to rule the waves at Rio 2016 as the British dominance of Olympic rowing continued, topping the podium in three events.

Alex Gregory, Constantine Louloudis, George Nash and Mo Sbihi ensured Team GB’s reign in the men’s four would continue, winning our fifth consecutive gold medal in the event, and Gregory’s second on the trot.

Elsewhere, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning became double Olympic champions in the women’s pair, extending their five-year winning streak with a dominating final performance.


In the women’s double sculls, Katherine Grainger became the first British female to medal at five successive Olympic Games, winning silver alongside Vicky Thornley – her first Olympic medal – while the women’s eight won Team GB’s first ever medal in the event with silver.

And the men’s eight closed the Rio rowing programme in style with a final gold medal, adding to their World Championship titles from 2013, 2014 and 2015.


Did you know? Zoe Lee learned she had passed her PhD 30 minutes before her first heat in Rio

Where to from here?

For some of our class of 2016 rowers, the Rio Olympic Games were the end of the road, with Sam Townsend, Richard Chambers and Heather Stanning having announced their retirement, and others still to decide on their future within the sport.

And while the remainder of the squad are enjoying a well-earned rest after four years of solid training, 2017 is just around the corner, and so starts a new Olympic cycle in the lead up to Tokyo 2020.

In May, the first World Cup of the season gets underway in Belgrade, before the European Championships take place later that month in Racice, Czech Republic.

And from 24 September – 1 October, the GB crews will travel to Florida for the World Rowing Championships, with plenty more World Cup regattas in between.


Ones to watch


Callum McBrierty

Having become world champion in the coxed pair at the 2016 World Rowing Championships, 24-year-old Callum McBrierty is tipped for a bright future, with two World Cup titles also to his name this year.

In the second of those, he rowed alongside Rio Olympic champions Gregory, Sbihi and Nash in the men’s four to pip Australia to gold, just a year after making the step up to the senior GB squad.


Emily Craig

Also a 2016 World champion, Emily Craig made the step up to senior rowing in 2015, winning World silver on her debut.

Two years previously, she made her first appearance in GB colours at the 2013 World Under-23 Championships, stroking the lightweight quad to a bronze medal.

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