Tanner predicts British success

07 June 2012 / 07:50

GB Rowing performance director David Tanner is confident Britain can retain their position as the sport's leading Olympic nation at London 2012.

Britain topped the medal table at the Beijing Games in 2008 with six medals - winning two of each colour - and did so again at last year's world championships.

This summer, Britain will field their biggest ever Olympic rowing squad with 52 athletes on duty at Eton-Dorney in 13 of the 14 available boat classes.

"Our ambition is to defend our position as the leading Olympic nation," Tanner said.

"That took six medals in Beijing and I am happy to go on record as saying six is the number we need to achieve that. That is at the upper end of our target.

"We are strongly ambitious and well prepared. This is our best team, no question.

"We have greater strength and depth than we have ever had and we definitely have some excellent medal chances in our team."

The British Olympic Association have confirmed 48 members of the team, with the only question marks surrounding the final make-up of the men's eight and the women's eight.

Britain will head into the Olympics with four strong gold medal opportunities - in the men's four, the men's lightweight double, the women's double and the women's pair.

Reigning champions Andrew Triggs Hodge, Pete Reed and Tom James are joined in a powerful men's four by reigning world champion Alex Gregory.