London 2012 Olympic rowing: GB men’s coxless four strike gold again
Great Britain's men's rowing four strike gold again after holding off Australia to successfully defend their Olympic title
Great Britain men’s rowing four insisted they only ever focused on themselves as they powered to gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs Hodge crossed the line in first place in a time of 6:03.97 minutes as Great Britain claimed the fourth successive title in the race.
And Reed, who alongside Tom James and Andrew Triggs-Hodge won his second successive gold, was left stunned by the manner of how they dominated the race from start to finish.
“I can’t believe that we’ve done it again – double Olympic champion,” said Reed. “I had it my mind before the race that you never think about anything. I let the other guys speak about it.
“The hours we do – the pain. I said thank you four years ago to the Royal Navy for letting me do this and I thank them again.
“We’ve got so many people to thank, but I can’t believe that we’ve done it.”
James believes the crew were in total control from start to finish and never thought about what their main rivals Australia were doing in the race.
He also praised the role of the crowd, who have played a huge part in willing home rowers on – being christened the ‘Dorney Roar’, which became a fifth man in the boat.
He said: “I was trying not to think at 500m that it was over – I was just focusing on our boat.
“We were just focusing on what we were doing. When we got off the start and got into rhythm, it was good.
“It was quick, it felt good and I was confident and whatever happened on our right, I didn’t care. It’s unbelievable and when it started raining and the wind got up, I knew it was our day.
“I can’t describe this atmosphere to people at home. It’s so exciting to be here and I’m so proud.”
Triggs-Hodge believes the victory was reward for all the hard work put in by the crew over the last four years – as well as the huge support network around the rowing squad.
“That was impeccable rowing by these guys – a masterpiece,” said the 33-year-old.
“It took four years to make that and all the support is immeasurable – every person and at home shouting for us.
“Everyone who picked us up off the floor after training – we owe a debt of thanks to a lot of people. This team needs that support to keep going.”
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