London 2012 Olympics: Team GB rowing men’s eight face repechage

Team GB's rowing men’s eight face a repechage after giving way to world champions Germany at Eton Dorney

Team GB’s rowing men’s eight face a repechage after giving way to world champions Germany at Eton Dorney.

The Brits finished second in their heat, half a length behind the Germans, and if they are to qualify for Wednesday’s Olympic final they must prevail in the repechage.

The Germans showed why they have been unbeaten since 2009 but at least veteran Greg Searle and his crew-mates were able to see Canada relegated to fourth.

The Canadians had recorded a world best time two months ago.

“If we are honest, we are not where we want to be yet,” Phelan Hill, who is the cox for Britain’s men’s eight, told BBC Sport.

“The Germans are the stand out crew, but today was the first race in our full line-up in the correct positions – we have something to build on.

“At the moment, we need to improve on our first 500m. We have to be closer to the Germans to stand a chance.

“We need to dig a little deeper and commit ourselves a bit more. I think the crowd make a massive difference so hopefully that will do us some favours.”

Elsewhere, Britain’s Helen Glover and Heather Stanning managed to set an Olympic record in the women’s pair as the duo sealed their place in the final.

“Plan A is always to expect to race to the line, and plan B is to conserve what we can. In the last 500m we rowed like how we felt we wanted to row,” said Glover.

“We are going to sit with our feet up today, and in the next couple of days we’ll keep ticking over by doing some training, and the final will be the peak of our season.”

Meanwhile, Britain’s men’s lightweight four – composed of Peter Chambers, Richard Chambers, Rob Williams and Chris Bartley – were forced to come from behind to beat world champions Australia and book their place in the semi-finals.

Northern Ireland single sculler Alan Campbell won his heat to move into the quarter-finals, with the men’s pair George Nash and Will Satch also progressing.

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