GB Rowing Team’s Grainger and Watkins draw attention in Munich
Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins, a new combination this year for the GB Rowing Team in the women’s double scull, drew significant attention this morning when winning their world cup heat in Munich.
The Scottish-Staffordshire duo flew off the start in a strong tailwind, took a considerable lead and enjoyed the luxury of easing down in the second half to become the first GB boat here to qualify for a final on Sunday. Both will race in the women’s quadruple scull later today.
“They are very quick”, said a clearly pleased GB Rowing Team Performance Director David Tanner.
Olympic men’s four champions Peter Reed from Gloucesterdshire and Andrew Triggs Hodge of Yorkshire are also safely through to a semi-final tomorrow as winners of their men’s pair heat. So, too, are Cameron Nichol and Tom Burton who performed strongly to take second place in an earlier heat behind Reed and Hodge’s main rivals and the world champions from New Zealand.
Marcus Bateman and Matt Wells, winners of gold in Bled, Slovenia, last month paced their heat well to win in 6:22.18 and move into the semi-finals. The Ukraine were second and Norway third.
Great Britain men’s four beat off three German crews to win their heat. Stroked by Matt Langridge, the reigning world champions, were third at 500m, took the lead at halfway and went onto win in 5:55.66.
Later today Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase, Olympic champions in the lighweight men’s double scull will race for the first time since Beijing and Britain.
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GB ROWING TEAM ENTRIES
2010 Rowing World Cup, Bled, Slovenia (28-30 May)
(listed bow to stroke plus cox)
Pairs – two boats
Jo Cook (Leander Club/Sunbury-on-Thames/22.03.84)/
Louisa Reeve (LeanderClub/London/16.05.84)/
Natasha Page (Reading Uni BC/Hartpury/30.04.85)/
Victoria Thornley (Minerva Bath/Wrexham/30.11.87)/
Jessica Eddie (Uni of London BC/Durham/07.10.84)/
Lindsey Maguire (Wallingford RC/Edinburgh/15.01.82)/
Olivia Whitlam (Agecroft RC/Warrington/16.09.85)/
Alison Knowles (Thames RC/Bournemouth/27.03.82)/
Caroline O’Connor (Oxford Brookes Uni BC/Ealing/25.04.83) (cox)
Pair – two boats
Peter Reed (Leander Club/Nailsworth, Glos/27.07.81)/
Andrew Triggs Hodge (Molesey BC/Hebden, N.Yorks/03.03.79)
Cameron Nichol (Molesey/Glastonbury/26.6.87)/
Tom Burton (Leander Club/Barton-le-Clay, Beds/24.05.80)
Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (Uni of London/Durham/13.04.88)/
James Clarke (London RC/London/31.12.84)/
James Orme (Leander Club/Colchester/01.04.84)/
James Foad (Molesey BC/Southampton/20.03.87)/
Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC/Surbiton/27.03.88)/
Greg Searle (Molesey BC/Marlow/20.03.72)/
Tom Broadway (Leander Club/Newport Pagnell/21.08.82)
Daniel Ritchie (Herne Bay RC/Herne Bay/06.01.87)/
Phelan Hill (cox) (Leander Club/Bedford/21.07.79)
Single scull – two boats
Alan Campbell (Tideway Scullers/Coleraine/09.05.83)
Brendan Crean (Agecroft/Lewes/07.02.85)
Matthew Wells (Leander Club/Hexham, Northumberland/19.04.79)
Marcus Bateman (Leander Club/Torquay/16.09.82)/
Stephen Rowbotham (Leander Club/Winscombe, Somerset/11.11.81)/
Charles Cousins (Reading Uni BC/Cambridge/13.12.88)/
Bill Lucas (Reading Uni BC/Kingswear/13.09.87)/
Sam Townsend (Reading Uni BC/Reading/26.11.85)
Double scull – two boats
Hester Goodsell (Reading Uni BC/London/27.06.84)/
Sophie Hosking (London RC/Wimbledon/25.01.86)
Stephanie Cullen (London RC/Putney, London/27.11.80)/
Andrea Dennis (Reading Uni BC/Oxford/03.01.82)
Chris Boddy (Leander Club/Stockton-on-Tees/16.11.87)/
Adam Freeman-Pask (Imperial College BC/Windsor/19.06.85)
Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Uni RC/Coleraine/14.03.90)
Zac Purchase (Marlow RC/Tewkesbury/02.05.86)/
Mark Hunter (Leander Club/Romford, Essex/01.07.78)
Management & Support Staff
David Tanner, Team Manager
Maggie Netto, Assistant TM