Men's four take European gold in Lucerne

Men's four take European gold in Lucerne

02 June 2019 / 16:44
The Great Britain men’s coxless four claimed gold and the team finished with four medals overall on finals day of the European Championships in Lucerne.

Team GB have won the Olympic gold in the coxless four at every single summer Games stretching back to Sydney 2000.

And a year out from Tokyo, the young quartet of Oliver Cook, Matt Rossiter, Rory Gibbs and Sholto Carnegie claimed a dominant victory with Poland second and Germany completing the medals.

And Carnegie admitted afterwards that his boat had hopefully laid down a marker for the year to come.

“It was really good, really solid. We knew we had the capability as a crew but it was about executing, keeping on the process,” he said.

“We were not looking at the other boats, but doing our thing and that was what we did well.

“It would have been easy to look around at the big names, get flustered.

“We know how good we are, we may be young but we are ready to bring it on, a good start to the season.”

It was a similar tale for both of the eights in Switzerland, both the men’s and women’s boats having to settle for silver.

That mean Moe Sbihi, an Olympic gold medallist from Rio 2016, was forced to settle for second as the men’s eight were edged out by Germany by just 0.06 of a second.

And the fourth and final medal from ten finals that Great Britain competed in on Sunday came in the men’s quad as the four of Peter Lambert – returning after 18 months out – Jack Beaumont, Jonny Walton and Angus Groom claimed a bronze.

Sportsbeat 2019 

(Photo credit: British Rowing)