He might have made history with bronze at London 2012 but sculler Alan Campbell is more than capable of adding to his medal tally in Rio, according to double Olympic silver-medallist Debbie Flood.
Campbell became Team GB’s first Olympic medallist in the men’s single scull since 1928 when he finished third at Eton Dorney four years ago.
Since then he has failed to medal at a major championships, finishing eighth at last year’s World Championships and ninth at the European Championships back in May.
The 33-year-old did, however, pick up a bronze medal at the most recent World Cup in Poznan last month.
And while nothing will compare to winning a medal on home soil, Flood – who won quadruple sculls silver at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 – is tipping Campbell to maintain his recent momentum and put in a good showing on Brazilian waters.
“The singles is such a tough event and a unique event,” said Flood.
“Those scullers race each other all the time, they know each other so well. The positions and results over the last few years have been changing. It really is who has the best race on the day.
“Alan even said after London that nothing could ever better getting a bronze medal in London. The atmosphere and just the whole experience of London was incredible.
“He’s absolutely going out there to win a medal but whatever colour it is if he wins a medal, I think London will still have been the pinnacle for him.
“He loves being in a single. He gets on really well with all the guys. It’s a different kind of environment in the single and he will be wanting to go out there and put in a good performance.”
At London 2012, British crews picked up four gold medals and nine podium finishes in total.
Despite no longer holding home advantage, hopes are high for further success on Brazilian waters with former Leander Club captain Flood backing the team to deliver the goods.
“Our rowing team is still of such good quality. We’ve got really good results this year, they’ll be looking to Rio to get medals.
“The men’s team has been strong, the women’s team has had a few changes in the boats but they are strong and will also be going there looking to punch for medals.”
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