Olympic rowers bring a touch of gold to trials

Boston. Saturday 09 February 2013'Boston Rowing Club, team GB time trials 'Gold medallist Andrew Triggs Hodge  and Mohamed Sbihi
Boston. Saturday 09 February 2013'Boston Rowing Club, team GB time trials 'Gold medallist Andrew Triggs Hodge and Mohamed Sbihi

Boston Rowing Club hosted high-calibre rowers including Olympic gold medallists on Saturday for the Team GB Winter Assessment Trials.

Both established rowers and new names made their mark in all five disciplines of the trials which took place at the Carlton Road-based club.

Boston. Saturday 09 February 2013'Boston Rowing Club, team GB time trials 'Gold medallist Helen Glover

Boston. Saturday 09 February 2013'Boston Rowing Club, team GB time trials 'Gold medallist Helen Glover

Sir David Tanner, performance director of the GB Rowing Team said: “We had a good grouping at the top of this field and the percentage of gold medal times was equivalent to the men’s event, so that is really encouraging.

He added: “We had nigh perfect conditions for racing today in Boston. I would also like to thank Boston Rowing Club for looking after us so well again this year and in such a friendly atmosphere.”

Olympic medalist and single scull specialist Alan Campbell won the 5km time trial in the men’s single, with a tight grouping at the top which not only featured the in-form Charles cousins but also Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend and Peter Lambert.

Australian Youth Olympic medallist Jack Beaumont showed well with a top-ten finish and Matt Langridge, twice an Olympic medallist, made a good season’s debut after a long lay-off.

Boston. Saturday 09 February 2013'Boston Rowing Club, team GB time trials 'Gold medallist Andrew Triggs Hodge  and Mohamed Sbihi

Boston. Saturday 09 February 2013'Boston Rowing Club, team GB time trials 'Gold medallist Andrew Triggs Hodge and Mohamed Sbihi

The 2010 World Women’s Quad gold medallist Beth Rodford won the equivalent women’s event in a time of 18:44.05, with Vicky Thornley taking second.

Another Vicky – this time Meyer-Laker – Kristina Stiller and Polly Swann took fourth, sixth and eighth places ahead of longer-term squad members.

Unfortunately, organisers said the Boston show was somewhat robbed of its top billing in the mens pair contest before it began with the withdrawal of Alex Gregory and Peter Reed from the men’s pair due to Gregory suffering overnight sickness.

Everyone had expected a tough tussle between the two Olympic gold medallists from Leander Club and Andrew Triggs Hodge and Mohamed Sbihi, the eventual winners from Molesey BC.

Boston. Saturday 09 February 2013'Boston Rowing Club, team GB time trials 'Mens Singles  - Sam Townsend

Boston. Saturday 09 February 2013'Boston Rowing Club, team GB time trials 'Mens Singles - Sam Townsend

Hodge and Sbihi were light years ahead of George Nash and Rowan Lawson from CUBC with Dan Ritchie and Tom Ransley from the 2011 World Silver men’s eight in third.

Nash won bronze for Great Britain at the Olympic Games in 2012 with Will Satch who this time round was forced to watch from the comfort of social media, he continued to recover from surgery since London.

Jamie Kirkwood, a World U23 lightweight men’s four champion in 2010, crept in amongst the big names in the lightweight men’s single scull with a third place behind winner Richard Chambers and second-placed Adam Freeman-Pask.

Chambers’ younger brother Peter, also an Olympic silver medallist, was fourth with Michael Mottram and Chris Boddy fifth and sixth respectively.

The women’s event was dominated predictably by Imogen Walsh, the winner in 19:16.75 and second-placed Kathryn Twyman.