Thursday, 14 December 2017

Leander's Gregory wins gold in Rio

LEANDER captain Alex Gregory won a gold medal in Rio this afternoon (Friday) in the Great Britain men’s four, taking the club's all-time Olympic medal haul to 113

LEANDER captain Alex Gregory won a gold medal in Rio this afternoon (Friday) in the Great Britain men’s four, taking the club's all-time Olympic medal haul to 113.

After a close battle with the Australian crew in the middle of the race, Great Britain took the win convincingly.

The boat, which also featured Moe Sbihi, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis, crossed the finish line in 05:58.610.

The win means a second Olympic gold for Gregory, 32, who lives in Ipsden, after his victory in the men’s four at London 2012.

It follows Vicky Thornley's victory yesterday when she won a silver medal in Rio with Katherine Grainger, who became Britain’s most decorated female Olympian.

The pair led for much of the women’s double sculls race but were beaten to the gold by Poland’s Magdalena Fularczyk-Kozlowska and Natalia Madaj.

They were one of four Great Britain crews featuring Leander athletes racing in finals on the Lagoa lagoon.

The action was watched by families, friends, members and officials at the club in Henley.


Grainger, 40, who won gold at London 2012 and silvers in Sydney, Athens and Beijing, was only paired with 28-year-old Thornley last year.

As the women crossed the finish line, Leander officials changed a banner hanging outside the club to show its new all-time tally of 112 Olympic medals.

In the men’s quadruple scull final Team GB finished fifth with a crew that included Leander’s Peter Lambert, Angus Groom and Jack Beaumont, who was a late replacement for the unwell Graeme Thomas.

The men’s pair of Alan Sinclair and Stewart Innes, from Binfield Heath, finished fourth in their final, while the men’s double scull of John Collins and Jonathan Walton finished fifth.

Thornley said: “All the training has really been worthwhile and those hard days in the winter have definitely made this even sweeter.”

Grainger said: “We have had so many messages of love and support, encouragement and enthusiasm every single day we have been here and it hasn’t stopped yet.

“We have got the medal and now we’re just going to be let loose in Rio!”




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