Londoners row their way to Rio
PUBLISHED: 14:30 08 September 2015
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Qualification secured for next year’s Olympics with success at World Championships
London looks set to be well represented in the rowing events at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio after Moe Sbihi, Constantine Louloudis and Phelan Hill helped the men’s eight crew qualify at the World Championships.
The trio, along with University of London BC’s Paul Bennett, helped the team see off the challenge of perenial rivals Germany to take gold in France and with it book their spot in Brazil.
Hill, who has coxed the crew to three successive world titles, was thrilled to wrap up qualification early with a superb display in Aiguebelette.
“The guys were immense in that last 500m. We wanted to hit the start and put ourselves in the mix in the first 500m before building on that.”
Twelve boats set the Olympic standard in total, including the lightweight women’s double scull of Putney Town RC’s Charlotte Taylor and reigning Olympic champion Kat Copeland.
The women’s eight – featuring Louisa Reeve, Donna Etiebet and cox Zoe de Toledo, who all live in the capital – were edged out of the medals by Canada in the closing stages of their final but had the consolation of qualifying for the Olympics.
Sir David Tanner, GB Rowing Team Performance Director, added: “I am really pleased with our Championships performance. The men’s eight winning gold was a great way to finish.
“With our medals, our 12 Olympic slots and four Paralympic slots we can now look forward to stepping on next year to a top performance in Rio at both Games.”
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