Sbihi smashes Sir Matthew Pinsent’s record
Sir Matt Pinsent’s 11 year-old British record fell at the British Rowing Indoor Championships when World men’s eight Champion Mohamed Sbihi recorded 5:41.8 for the 2km open men’s ergo.
2014 World silver medallist Sam Townsend, who finished runner up to Sbihi in a time of 5:47.6 today, was full of admiration for his team-mate: “I’m chuffed for Moe. It’s a good record that he’s beaten. I train alongside Moe a lot in the gym and he’s worked hard for that.
“For myself, it’s just shy of my personal best which I set in 2011. So that’s a good marker for me and shows that I’m on the right track for the Olympic season. It’s a very good stepping stone to the next test which we have in March”.
Paul Bennett, third in a time of 5:48.5, has come into the SAS Analytics-supported Championships off the back of illness and was disappointed with his score today because of it. He came home in a time of 5:48.5 in front of a noisy crowd.
“That’s around three seconds off my personal best, so I’m a bit disappointed to be honest. I wanted to be a bit closer than that but it is what it is”, he said.
Richard Chambers, 2012 Olympic silver medallist in the lightweight men’s four, won gold too. He finished in 6:08.8, in the lightweight men’s 2k category, to bolster his confidence after a hard training camp.
“I wanted to test myself against myself here’, said Chambers. “And I’ve done that. It’s not bad but not a pb.”.
Record-breaking Sbihi concluded the day by saying: “It is a great atmosphere and a wonderful event here. It’s such a good place to have set the record. Indoor rowing is now a massive bit of our sport. The machines are the same in gyms around the world and it’s growing and growing”.