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GB Olympic Trials 2016

March 26, 2016

Tuesday and Wednesday saw the culmination of an excellent week and weekends worth of racing and the culmination of an Olympic cycle for some, with the GB Rowing Team Olympic Trials.

 

Molesey had three Caversham athletes racing for their seats in the Olympic Squad. Along side this, four of Molesey's top club based athletes were invited to test their mettle against some of the best in the world, fresh from their success' at HORR.

 

Club Captain Moe Sbihi was pairing with his long time crew mate, Leander Club Captain Alex Gregory, looking to put the rest of the men's squad in their place. George Nash took to the water with Will Satch, a pairing that took a bronze medal at London 2012. Finally, this season saw the return to strength of former Club Captain Andy Triggs-Hodge pairing with James Foad's former partner Matt Langridge. Unfortunately James was not able to be part of this trial due to injury. 

 

For the younger club athletes, Sam Tuck, having won the February Trial was one of only 8 lightweight scullers invited. In the heavyweight singles, George Stewart was one of the 5 U23's invited and Luke Moon and Chris Heywood were in the heavyweight pair, following a strong performance in February.

 

 

After a tumultuous result in the time trial, Sbihi and Gregory proved victorious, winning their 4th GB trial in a row, half a length ahead of Louloudis and Reed. Nash and Satch took a strong third place.

 

In the B final Triggs-Hodge and Langridge took second place to the coxed pair world champions Tarrant and Reilly-O'Donnell.

 

Having jumped straight out of their HORR eight into their singles and pair for the trial, the club athletes had no expectations on their performances. Their goals were to gain some top level race experience and see what their least prepared performance would be. All three crews finished within a few seconds of their prospective rivals for seats at the U23 and FISU world championships, which is very encouraging for their final trials in April. Their focus now shifts to the next two weeks training where they need to make up these margins and step ahead of their rivals. What a way to start the regatta season, side by side with future Olympic medallists!

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