Monday, 23 October 2017

Gregory’s World Cup hopes hit by virus

WITH the World Cup regatta at Eton Dorney just days away it has been announced that Olympic champion Alex Gregory

WITH the World Cup regatta at Eton Dorney just days away it has been announced that Olympic champion Alex Gregory has been dropped from the GB men’s eight, after suffering a viral infection.

The Leander athlete and Nettlebed resident admitted that he had been struggling in training for some days and knew that something wasn’t quite right.

“I’ve been getting more fatigued than normal - I wasn’t actually ill but I wasn’t at my best,” he said.

He was finally pulled out of training exactly a week ago, and felt better after some days’ rest, but when blood tests confirmed the virus he knew that his chance to race once again on the Olympic regatta course was slipping away.

“This event has come at just the wrong time from that point of view - it’s a real shame as I was looking forward to it. I’m sure a lot of the spectators planning to come were also at the Olympics, and I was looking forward to reliving some of the atmosphere from last summer,” he said.

It is not yet certain who will take his place in the 6 seat of the men’s eight but Gregory is hoping to be fit enough to make the crew in time for Henley where they will be home favourites for the Grand Challenge Cup.

In his absence the men’s eight will be hoping to repeat the gold medal they won at the first World Cup of the season in Sydney, three months ago.

The climax of the season will be the World Championships, to be held in Korea at the end of August, when Gregory hopes to be back in the boat that is looking to wrest the world title from Germany, the Olympic champions.

“At least this bug is happening now, and not in two months’ time, so that’s a good thing!” he said.

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