Olympic champion Grainger still hungry for competition

16 November 2014 / 20:23

Katherine Grainger says she still has the drive to compete after she finished second in the single scull at the 5km GB Rowing Team Assessment in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Grainger, who has three Olympic silver medals and a gold medal from her efforts in the double sculls at London 2012, finished in 19:14.82 minutes, behind fellow Olympian Melanie Wilson and ahead of Holly Nixon.

And the six-time world champion says that she was enthused by the numbers competing and takes heart from a solid performance.

"I think it’s nearly three years from my last set of trials at Boston so I was prepared for these to be a bit of a shock!,” she said.

“But I was happy on many levels - from the high standard of competition to the huge numbers of athletes ready and raring to break into the British team to the great camaraderie that was obvious even at an event as stressful as trials.

“As for my own performance I still have a long way to go yet to where I want to be but it was a decent start after a few weeks back training and has reassured me that I still have the desire and drive for competition that I’ve always had.”

Elsewhere, Olympic single scull bronze medallist Alan Campbell finished first with 17:03.23 ahead of Stewart Innes and Jack Beaumont.

And in the women's lightweight single scull Emily Craig took the top spot ahead of Robyn Hart-Winks and Ellie Lewis as Zak Lee Green posted the quickest time with Charles Waite-Roberts and Samuel Mottram in second and third respectively in the men's event.

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