Grobler hails GB strength

11 March 2012 / 15:21

Head coach Jurgen Grobler claims Britain are on course to send their strongest team to the Olympics for 20 years after the country's finest rowers impressed on the final day of trials at Eton Dorney.

With less than four months to go to London 2012, hopes are high that Britain will be able to exceed their haul of six medals that they achieved in Beijing four years ago.

The hugely competitive battle for selection climbed to another level as the country's best rowers looked to impress Grobler with a good performance on the same course where the Olympic event will take place in July and August.

Olympic champions Andrew Triggs-Hodge and Pete Reed won the men's pairs with an impressive time of six minutes and 26 seconds on a calm day at the Buckinghamshire course while there were also convincing wins for Alan Campbell, Katherine Grainger and Adam Freeman-Pask.

That has left Grobler, who has coached gold medalists at every Olympics since 1972, brimming with confidence.

"I am very proud of the guys," said the German, who started coaching Team GB in 1992. "They are wonderful guys. It's the best group I can remember in the years I have been in Britain.

"The top end looks quite solid. The world champions from last year are there or thereabouts this year again. Everybody will try to come and beat us."

World Under-23 champions Constantine Louloudis and George Nash also impressed in the men's pair, finishing third ahead of experienced Olympians Richard Egrington and Tom James.

"Louloudis and Nash have split the whole thing open. We can see there is strong competition there," Grobler added.

Grobler will name his team for the remaining three World Cup regattas on April 4 and it is expected that the line-up will largely remain the same for the Olympics. The German's main dilemma is whether to place Triggs-Hodge and Reed back in to the four-man boat or keep them as a pair.

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