Monday, 24 September 2018

Thornley and Grainger pair up in Poznan

THE Polish city of Poznan will this weekend host the final World Cup regatta of the

THE Polish city of Poznan will this weekend host the final World Cup regatta of the season, offering the GB Rowing Team the last chance for some fine tuning before the squad depart for their pre-Olympic training camp, writes Robert Treharne Jones.

With Constantine Louloudis returning to the stroke seat the men’s four is back to full strength after the crew’s nail-biting race for gold in Lucerne. But there’s been a reshuffle in the crew order of the men’s eight, after the return of Leander’s Pete Reed following illness. Molesey’s Andrew T Hodge, a gold medallist in the four in London, takes over in the stroke seat while Leander’s Will Satch moves further up the boat.

In a selection battle for the Olympic men’s pair Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell of University of London and Mat Tarrant of Oxford Brookes, will go head-to-head with Leander’s Al Sinclair and Stewart Innes, the European silver medallists.

Meanwhile Oliver Cook of University of London and Callum McBrierty of Leander are back in the coxed pair, the boat class in which they became world champions last year, coxed by Henry Fieldman.

Among the women’s squad GB will race its European Champion women’s eight in Poland, fresh from their World Cup silver performance in Lucerne, while Vicky Thornley and Katherine Grainger are back in the double scull after the crew was temporarily disbanded after Brandenburg.

Great Britain’s Paralympians, including the three-times world champion mixed coxed four, look unstoppable in their quest for gold on Lake Malta.

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