Triggs Hodge predicting big things

04 April 2012 / 18:17

Andy Triggs Hodge declared Great Britain's new-look men's four is so "astonishingly" fast, they could turn up on the day of the Olympic final with no preparation and still challenge for a gold medal.

And with four months of unbroken training and racing ahead of them, Hodge believes there will not be a crew in the world to match Britain's flagship boat.

It has now been confirmed that Hodge and Pete Reed will move from the pair back to the men's four and defend their 2008 Olympic title alongside Alex Gregory and either Tom James or Alex Partridge.

The final make-up of the crew will be announced before the opening World Cup regatta of the season in Belgrade, which starts on May 4.

"Our Beijing boat was only together for six weeks in total. We had very little time together, just because of illness and injury, (and still won gold)," Hodge said.

"I just think about how fast this boat can go with no training together. During seat racing, it went astonishingly fast.

"I mean everyone was like, 'Oh my God'. That's what's so exciting.

"Part of me thinks we can get together on the day and we will be a formidable force. Give us a couple of weeks, we can be electric.

"If we can have a clean run from here, I'll be damned if anyone is going to beat us or come close. It's a very exciting project."