THE action at the Lagoa Stadium in Rio was watched by families, friends, members and officials
THE action at the Lagoa Stadium in Rio was watched by families, friends, members and officials on big screens at Leander Club, who cheered the Team GB crews.
Each time the medal tally grew, officials changed a banner hanging outside the front of the club to reflect the new total.
In the men’s quadruple sculls final Team GB finished fifth with a crew that included Leander’s Peter Lambert, Angus Groom and Jack Beaumont, who was a late substitute for Graeme Thomas, who was unwell.
The men’s pair of Alan Sinclair and Stewart Innes, from Binfield Heath, finished fourth in their final, while the men’s double scull of John Collins and Jonathan Walton finished fifth.
Collins’s family travelled from London to Henley to watch him race. His cousin Katie Reeves said: “I was crying — he did so well to get there and I’m so proud of him.”
His aunt Marcia Reeves added: “He has done so much more than we ever hoped for. I could burst with pride as he has just tried so hard.”
Leander’s general manager Paul Budd said: “We all know each of these athletes — we have seen them over the last four years. We have seen their successes, their failures, their trials, their tribulations and every one of us is behind every one of them while they are out there competing and we’re absolutely delighted for all of them.”