London 2012

British rowers impress

Team GB looking strong after successful trials at Eton Dorney

By Emma Bird.   Last Updated: 12/03/12 10:41am

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Jurgen Grobler: Believes his rowing team are the strongest British side in 20 years.

Jurgen Grobler: Believes his rowing team are the strongest British side in 20 years.

British Rowing head coach, Jurgen Grobler, claims Team GB are on course to send their strongest team to the Olympics in 20 years after the country's finest rowers impressed on the final day of trials at Eton Dorney.

With less than four months to go until London 2012, hopes are high that Britain will be able to exceed their haul of six medals which they achieved in Beijing four years ago.

"I am very proud of the guys. "
Jurgen Grobler Quotes of the week

The hugely competitive battle for selection climbed to another level at the weekend, with the country's best rowers looking to impress Grobler with a good performance on the same course where the Olympic event will take place in the summer.

Convincing

Olympic champions Andrew Triggs-Hodge and Pete Reed won the men's pairs in an impressive time of six minutes and 26 seconds on a calm day at the Buckinghamshire course, while there were also convincing wins for Alan Campbell, Katherine Grainger and Adam Freeman-Pask.

That has left Grobler, who has coached gold medalists at every Olympics since 1972, brimming with confidence.

The German, who started coaching Team GB in 1992, said: "I am very proud of the guys.

"They are wonderful guys. It's the best group I can remember in the years I have been in Britain.

"The top end looks quite solid. The world champions from last year are there or thereabouts this year again. Everybody will try to come and beat us."

World Under-23 champions Constantine Louloudis and George Nash also impressed in the men's pair, finishing third ahead of experienced Olympians Richard Egrington and Tom James.

"Louloudis and Nash have split the whole thing open. We can see there is strong competition there," Grobler added.

The head coach will name his team for the remaining three World Cup regattas on April 4 and it is expected that the line-up will largely remain the same for the Olympics.

Change

His main dilemma is whether to place Triggs-Hodge and Reed back in to the four-man boat or keep them as a pair.

The duo have had a miserable winless run against the all-conquering New Zealand pair Eric Murray and Hamish Bond and are thought to be keen on returning to the fours, where they won gold in Beijing.

Triggs-Hodge said: "If everything changes we have to change and improve.

"Talk about it has been going on for a while but my job is really simple - whatever boat I'm put in, I have to make it go fast.

"That's what I love doing. Today's win is a real plus and I am in a very happy mood."

Grainger, who lost her national crown to Anna Watkins last year, gained revenge on her sculls partner by winning the women's singles with a time of seven minutes and 31 seconds.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning clinched victory in the women's pair and Kat Copeland won the lightweight singles.

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