GREAT BRITAIN topped the medal table at the European Championships in Belgrade last weekend, when Leander’s Alex Gregory and Polly Swann helped the men’s four and women’s pair to gold.
After missing the first World Cup Regatta in Sydney, a full British team attended this year’s Europeans as a curtain raiser to the international season, and all eyes were on the new crews as well as the established favourites.
Jürgen Gröbler had placed his fastest men in the new-look GB four and they duly delivered, taking the gold medal with ease and establishing a new European best time in the process.
Leander’s Alex Gregory had teamed up with Molesey’s Moe Sbihi, George Nash and Andrew Triggs Hodge and already had a full-length lead after 500m before crossing the line more than four seconds clear of Greece in second place.
“It’s really exciting. I am really enjoying racing with these guys and being a part of this,” said Gregory.