London 2012 Day 8: Best Olympic regatta of all time for GB

Britain closed out the 2012 Olympic regatta with two golds and a silver on the final day of racing to bring their overall tally to four golds, two silvers and three bronzes – a best ever.

The previous benchmark was set as far back as 1908 with eight medals of which four were gold.

28 rowers in nine boat classes have won medals this week and all 47 rowers reached the Olympic finals in front of record crowds at Eton-Dorney.

‘We have had a fabulous campaign,” said GB Rowing Team Performance Director David Tanner. “To get four golds, two silvers and three bronzes is something special for a modern Olympic regatta.

“I’m proud too of our 13 A-finalist boats but the thrill has been our medals. Every boat has fought so hard. I give absolute credit to our rowers, our coaching staff and team support. We are a team and we work as a team. Together we have been so strong and so much stronger than any other nation, which is a source of great pride and pleasure.”

After a week in which GB had already won gold in the women’s double scull and pair, silver in the lightweight men’s four and three bronzes from the men’s single scull, men’s pair and men’s eight, the men’s four – of Andrew Triggs Hodge, Tom James, Peter Reed and Alex Gregory – set this morning’s race programme alight with a towering performance against arch-rivals Australia to take gold with the USA in third.

“We have just executed a masterpiece”, said Hodge. “It took us four years to perfect that.”

Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking added a fairytale second gold in the lightweight women’s double scull. Copeland seemed shell-shocked at their success, beating the World Champions from Greece in the process.

“I tried to treat it like any other race at Dorney, as though it was the Trials or something,” said Copeland. “It was only when we crossed the line that I realised it was actually the Olympic Games.”

Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase’s defence of their title was at first stalled by a seat malfunction which caused the race to be re-started and then by a Danish crew who proved too hot to handle on the day.

Leading in the final 500m, Hunter and Purchase’s grip on the title only faded in the final 50m.

Hunter said: “Losing our Olympic title hurts incredibly. We have had such great support here from the crowd and the best support team in the world. We feel we let everyone down today by not winning. We gave everything we could. We raced as we wanted to, these guys (the Danes) were just quicker than us today.”

The British squad has added to its already rich history at these Games. A GB men’s quadruple scull reached the final for the first time; Britain won a men’s single scull medal for the first time since 1928; the GB women won their first Olympic gold – and then added two more; the men’s four made it four successive golds; and GB topped the medal table for the sport for the second successive Games.

Young rowers like Copeland, Will Satch, George Nash, Mohamed Sbihi, James Foad, Tom Ransley, Constantine Louloudis and others were amongst the medallists, showing that the sport has a strong base going forward to Rio.

The crowds attending the rowing created an electric atmosphere and the British rowers responded in a remarkable way to the their support.

“We will never live this moment again,” said Katherine Grainger after winning gold at the fourth attempt. “It is so, so special.”

Watkins added: “It felt like the crowd were in front of you and around you and behind you. It was like racing in a stadium. It was addictive and exciting.”

Triggs Hodge said: “Everyone has contributed to our success – every single person here as well as our families, our friends, our support teams.”

Tanner added: “We could not, of course, have achieved what we have done without the significant support we receive from the lottery and from our sponsors.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

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Race Results

RESULTS
London 2012 Olympic Games regatta
July 28 – August 4, 2012

Saturday, August 4

Final

MEN

Four

1. Alex Gregory/Pete Reed/Tom James/Andrew Triggs Hodge (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:03.97
2. Australia 6:05.19
3. United States 6:07.20
4. Greece 6:11.43
5. Netherlands 6:14.78
6. Germany 6:16.37

LIGHTWEIGHT WOMEN

Double scull

1. Kat Copeland/Sophie Hosking (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:09.30
2. Dongxiang Xu/Wenyi Huang (China) 7:11.93
3. Christina Giazitzidou/Alexandra Tsiavou (Greece) 7:12.09
4. Anne Lolk Thomsen/Juliane Rasmussen (Denmark) 7:15.53
5. Bronwen Watson/Hannah Every-Hall (Australia) 7:20.68
6. Lena Mueller/Anja Noske (Germany) 7:22.18

LIGHTWEIGHT MEN

Double scull

1. Mads Rasmussen/Rasmus Quist (Denmark) 6:37.17
2. Zac Purchase/Mark Hunter (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:37.78
3. Storm Uru/Peter Taylor (New Zealand) 6:40.86
4. Stany Delayre/Jeremie Azou (France) 6:42.69
5. Pedro Fraga/Nuno Mendes (Portugal) 6:44.80
6. Linus Lichtschlag/Lars Hartig (Germany) 6:49.07

Crew List

Crews listed Bow to Stroke followed by
(Club, Home Town, Date of Birth)

OPEN WOMEN

Pair
Helen Glover (Minerva Bath, Penzance, 17/06/86)
Heather Stanning (Army RC, Lossiemouth, 26/01/85)
Coach: Robin Williams

Eight
Olivia Whitlam (Agecroft RC, Warrington, 16/09/85)
Louisa Reeve (Leander Club, London, 17/05/84)
Jessica Eddie (Univ of London BC, Durham, 07/10/84)
Lindsey Maguire (Wallingford RC, Edinburgh, 15/01/82)
Natasha Page (Gloucester RC, Hartpury, 30/04/85)
Annabel Vernon (Leander Club, Wadebridge, 01/09/82)
Katie Greves (Leander Club, Oxford, 02/09/82)
Victoria Thornley (Leander Club, Wrexham, 30/11/87)
Caroline O’Connor (cox) (Oxford Brookes Univ BC, Ealing, London, 25/04/83)
Coach: Nick Strange

Double Scull
Anna Watkins (Leander Club, Leek, Staffs, 13/02/83)
Katherine Grainger (St Andrew BC, Aberdeen, 12/11/75)
Coach: Paul Thompson

Quadruple Scull
Melanie Wilson (Imperial College BC, London, 25/06/84)
Debbie Flood (Leander Club, Guiseley, W. Yorks, 27/02/80)
Frances Houghton (Leander Club, Oxford, 19/09/80)
Beth Rodford (Gloucester RC, Gloucester, 28/12/82)
Coach: Ade Roberts

Spares
Jo Cook (Leander Club, Sunbury-on-Thames, 22/03/84)
Emily Taylor (Leander Club, Lincoln, 28/06/87)

OPEN MEN

Pair
George Nash (Molesey BCGuildford, 02/10/89)
Will Satch (Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames, 09/06/89)
Coaches: Christian Felkel & John West

Four
Alex Gregory (Leander Club, Wormington, 11/03/84)
Pete Reed (Leander Club, Nailsworth, Glos, 27/07/81)
Tom James (Molesey BC, Wrexham, 11/03/84)
Andrew Triggs Hodge (Molesey BC, Hebden, N. Yorks, 03/03/79)
Coach: Jürgen Grobler

Eight
Alex Partridge (Leander Club, Alton, Hants, 25/01/81)
James Foad (Molesey BC, Southampton, 20/03/87)
Tom Ransley (York City RC, Cambridge, 06/09/85)
Richard Egington (Leander Club, Knutsford, 26/02/79)
Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC, Surbiton, 27/03/88)
Greg Searle (Molesey BC, Marlow, 20/03/72)
Matt Langridge (Leander Club, Northwich, 20/05/83)
Constantine Louloudis (Leander Club, London, 15/09/91)
Phelan Hill (cox) (Leander Club, Bedford, 21/07/79)
Coaches: Christian Felkel & John West

Single Scull
Alan Campbell (Tideway Scullers School, Coleraine, 09/05/83)
Coach: Bill Barry

Double Scull
Bill Lucas (London RC, Kingswear, 13/09/87)
Sam Townsend (Reading Univ BC, Reading, 26/11/85)
Coach: Mark Earnshaw

Quadruple Scull
Stephen Rowbotham (Leander Club, Winscombe, Somerset, 11/11/81)
Charles Cousins (Reading Univ BC, Willingham, Cambs, 13/12/88)
Tom Solesbury (Leander Club, Petts Wood, Kent, 23/09/90)
Matthew Wells (Leander Club, Hexham, Northumberland, 19/04/79)
Coach: Mark Banks

Spares
Marcus Bateman (Leander Club, Torquay, 16/09/82)
Cameron Nichol (Molesey BC, London, 26/06/87)

LIGHTWEIGHT WOMEN

Double Scull
Sophie Hosking (London RC, Wimbledon, 25/01/86)
Katherine Copeland (Tees RC. Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees, 01/12/90)
Coach: Paul Reedy

LIGHTWEIGHT MEN

Four
Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Univ BC, Coleraine, 14/03/90)
Rob Williams (London RC, Maidenhead, 21/01/85)
Richard Chambers (Leander Club, Coleraine, 10/06/85)
Chris Bartley (Leander Club, Chester, 02/02/84)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Double Scull

Zac Purchase (Marlow RC, Tewkesbury, 02/05/86)
Mark Hunter (Leander Club, Romford, Essex, 01/07/78)
Coach: Darren Whiter

Spare
Adam Freeman-Pask (Imperial College BC, Windsor, 19/6/85)

TEAM SUPPORT
David Tanner: Team Leader
Maurice Hayes: Equipment Manager
Ann Redgrave: Doctor
John Tetley: Boatman
Mark Edgar: Physio / Head of Rowing Medical Service
Caroline Searle: Press Officer
Sally Brown: Physio
Maggie Netto: Asst. Team Leader *
Liz Arnold: Physio
Jo Bates: Administrator *
Karen Burn: Physio *
Mark Homer: Sports Scientist
Craig Williams: Sports Scientist
Chris Shambrook: Psychologist *
Alistair Patterson: Performance Analyst *

* Non-Accredited Team Support

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