Olympics 2016: Rowing Preview

Thursday 4th August 2016, 03:35 PM

Event Date: 6th - 13th August

Great Britain and Northern Ireland have always had a rich tradition of rowing success at the Olympics, from Steve Redgrave’s five gold medals at successive games to their table-topping performance at London 2012. Having won nine medals on home soil four years ago, including four golds, hopes will again be high that Team GB’s rowers can see off all comers at Copacabana’s Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.

How the Bookies See it

  • Men’s Coxless Four Winner: Great Britain 3/10, Italy 5/1, Australia 5/1 - Paddy Power
  • Men’s Eight Winner: Germany 11/8, Netherlands 11/4, Great Britain 15/8, USA 14/1 - Sky Bet
  • Women’s Coxless Pair Winner: Great Britain 1/6, New Zealand 5/1, USA 15/2 - Boylesports
  • Women’s Double Sculls Winner: Lithuania 9/5, Poland 3/1, New Zealand 15/4 - William Hill

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning will defend their Olympic title in the women’s coxless pair, Katherine Grainger has a new partner in Vicky Thornley in the double sculls, while Alex Gregory will have his eyes on another gold in the men’s coxless four and his former crewmates Pete Red and Andrew Triggs Hodge will be in the men’s eight.

Men’s Rowing Preview

Great Britain’s men have won the coxless four event at the past four Olympics and it is again seen as the team’s most likely source of a gold medal. Only Alex Gregory remains from the London 2012 crew, but he teamed up with Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis to win at the European Rowing Championships in May and they will be full of confidence going to Rio.

The British men’s eight finished third at the European Championships, behind winners Germany, and despite having a wealth of experience on board they will have to row well to challenge for glory. The Netherlands pipped Germany to first place in the prestigious World Cup in Lucerne earlier this year and appear more likely candidates for gold than Team GB.

Women’s Rowing Preview

Great Britain are very much the team to beat in the women’s coxless pair. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won the title in London 2012 and have continued to dominate over the past few years, setting a world best time at the 2014 World Rowing Championships along the way. They dropped out of the World Cup final in Lucerne, paving the way for the USA to win, but if they are fit and firing they should not have too many problems.

Katherine Grainger is sure to attract a huge amount of attention once again, having famously claimed silver at three consecutive Olympics before finally bagging a gold in London alongside Anna Watkins in the doubles sculls. She now has a new partner, Vicky Thornley, but it has been a rocky road and there were doubts over whether they would be selected after finishing fifth at the European Championships and then trying and failing to break into the women’s eight. Great Britain are sixth favourites to win the double sculls and a fairytale finish for Grainger therefore looks unlikely, but she could just snatch another emotional medal.

  • Sports.net’s top tip: Netherlands to win the men’s eight - 11/4 at Sky Bet.

*Please note, odds may fluctuate.

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Published: Thursday, 4 August 2016 03:35:03+00:00
Published By Sports.net

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