LEANDER Olympian Constantine Louloudis has been announced as a member of the Oxford University crew which will contest the BNY
LEANDER Olympian Constantine Louloudis has been announced as a member of the Oxford University crew which will contest the BNY Mellon Boat Race later this month.
Louloudis, 21, last competed in the world-famous race in 2011, when Oxford beat Cambridge over the four-and-a-quarter mile course between Putney and Mortlake. But his Olympic training commitments meant he was absent from the crew last year, when an incident-troubled race saw the Dark Blues lose to their old rivals.
And though only two members of this year’s Oxford crew took part in 2012 the memories linger on.
Louloudis said: “We’re all quite aware of it, but we’re determined not to let those memories hijack our preparation for this year. We don’t want to feed on any bitterness.” The former Eton schoolboy had made a rapid progression into the senior international system and after an injury-prone year in 2012 he finally took his place in the GB Olympic eight that won the bronze medal behind Germany and Canada.
He added: “I was very glad to make it to the start line. I went in hoping to win, but when we crossed the line I thought we were last because everyone was coming back at us.”
A brief holiday with his family in the South of France was followed by a road trip across southern USA with friends, but by mid-September he was already reporting back in Oxford. Louloudis continued: “I’m really enjoying the training things are going really well, but it’s good to have a change of pace.”
But it hasn’t all been plain sailing a heavy programme of exams forced the classics student to miss the official Weigh-In in London on Monday. But after this year’s race, which takes place on March 31, he doesn’t anticipate a return to the GB squad this season. He added: “I didn’t really have a long break after the Olympics it would be good to have a proper holiday.”