Sunday, 22 October 2017

Leander athletes out in force at GB trials

LEANDER reasserted its position as the main feeder club for the GB international team at last week’s

LEANDER reasserted its position as the main feeder club for the GB international team at last week’s Olympic trials.

No less than 44 of the club’s athletes raced for places in Rio against just five for the next-placed clubs.

There were wins for Leander’s Vicky Thornley in the women’s single, Alex Gregory in the men’s pairs and lightweight sculler Will Fletcher.

Thornley led the women’s single scull final and produced a dominant performance, pushing herself to the end to claim a third successive GB Trials win.

Speaking after her success, Thornley said: “When it sinks in that I’ve won an Olympic trials, that will be a nice feeling. I’ve put myself in the best position to be in a good boat, so that’s all I can do.”



The quality of the field in the men’s pairs was reflected in a closely-fought race won by Alex Gregory and Moe Sbihi. But the Leander/Molesey pair came under real pressure from Stan Louloudis and Pete Reed, with less than a second advantage at the line.

Will Fletcher followed up his first-ever trials win at the December assessment with a confident victory in the lightweight men’s single.

Leander’s Jamie Kirkwood, looking for a third-successive GB Trials win, put in a strong finish but Fletcher was able to hold off the charge to take first place in a time of seven minutes, 13.16 seconds. Sam Mottram was third. “I’m obviously really happy,” said Fletcher after his win. “It’s a great end and start to the season if you know what I mean. Final trials are over, now we can look forward to the big one – the Olympics.”



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