Six of the twelve rowers that are representing Great Britain in their top two boats at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam have earned a Blue in The Boat Race. This feat demonstrates the high calibre of athletes that have represented, and continue to represent Oxford and Cambridge Universities each year.
The Great Britain charge is spearheaded by double Olympic Gold medallist Andrew Triggs Hodge (Oxford 2005) and 2012 Bronze medallist George Nash (Cambridge 2010, 2011, 2013) in the men’s coxless four. Having led the world through two World Cups and Henley Royal Regatta this year, along with a European Championship Gold, the Great Britain quartet look set to continue their success on the Bosbaan. The crew have put in a quality opening round display to progress to the weekend’s Final with relative ease.
The Men’s eight have also started strongly reaching Sunday’s Final having defeated a Russian crew that edged them at the European Championships and a World Cup earlier this season. The stern four is entirely comprised of Blues, including Double Olympic Champion Pete Reed (Oxford 2004, 2005), Grand Challenge Cup winner Paul Bennett (Oxford 2013), World Champion and Olympic Bronze Medallist Tom Ransley (Cambridge 2008, 2009) and stroked by Olympic Bronze Medallist Constantine Louloudis (Oxford 2011, 2013, 2014). They hope to lead Great Britain’s eight to a medal on Sunday against strong German and Polish crews.
Results to follow.
Image courtesy of Pete Reed