THE GB trials brought plenty of Leander success on Saturday, with outright wins in both men’s and women’s single sculls, another win in lightweight men’s singles, and a shared success in men’s pairs.
An adverse weather forecast meant the entire race programme was forced into a single day, and a stiff northerly breeze down the Caversham course resulted in several mishaps as two scullers capsized.
But the established favourites were unfazed by the conditions as Olympic champion Alex Gregory and his Molesey partner Moe Sbihi forged off the start in the men’s pairs final. But after chief coach Jurgen Grobler had spread his world champions around the field Molesey’s Andrew Triggs-Hodge and George Nash squeezed back the advantage.
With 250m left a punishing burst by Sbihi and Gregory saw them across the line in first place.
“I’m very pleased to have won with Moe - it’s everyone’s aim to be at the top of the team, and after years of second places I’ve finally done it. It’s a great start to the season,” said Gregory afterwards.