Olympic Trials 2020: Day One

The 2020 Olympic Trials kicked off this afternoon at the Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake in Caversham as the UK’s top rowers battled it out in time trials

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Jonny Walton races in the men's single sculls. Credit Lucinda Douse

Vicky Thornley (Leander Club) and Tom Barras (Leander Club) built on their success from the first assessment back in November as they led the way in the women’s and men’s single sculls. The early result will be a boost for Thornley, who won a fantastic silver medal alongside Katherine Grainger in Rio and last year qualified a women’s single scull spot at the Olympics for GB for the first time in 20 years.

Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC), who claimed two silver medals in the 2019 season with double sculls partner John Collins (Leander Club), was hot on the heels of Barras in the men’s singles. Tokyo selection would have particular significance for Thomas, who was selected for the men’s quadruple sculls at the Rio Olympics but had to return to the UK with illness before he could compete.

Crewmates from 2019’s men’s four, Rory Gibbs (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC) and Matt Rossiter (Leander Club) and Sholto Carnegie (Leander Club) and Ollie Cook (Univ of London BC) took the top two spots in the men’s pairs. The four won European gold in 2019 as well as World Cup silver and World bronze.

Cook commented on the time trial: “Those were much better conditions than we’d been practising in which felt good; it was nice to have a run down where you felt you could race the whole way down. It felt pretty good, not perfect, but it’s the first hurdle of the weekend out of the way. It’s always annoying to lose to Rory (Gibbs) though.”

Emily Ford (Leander Club) and Polly Swann (Edinburgh Univ. BC/Leander Club) took top billing in the women’s pairs with a time of 6:52.62. Swann, a silver medallist from Rio, made her return to the GB squad in the middle of 2019 and claimed a World Cup bronze medal in the women’s pair with Holly Hill.

Ford said of the race: “That felt like a pretty solid run down the track. There’s lots to work on but I’m looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow.”

2019 World Championships bronze medallists Emily Craig (Univ of London BC) and Imogen Grant (Cambridge Univ. Women’s BC) took the top two spots in the lightweight women’s singles, while Sam Mottram (Leander Club) won out in the men’s lightweights.

Grant, who this week handed in her Master’s thesis in pregnancy at high altitude, remarked: “Racing so late in the evening made it feel like BUCS, which brought back good memories! That was probably the most cohesive race I’ve put together in a while as it’s taken time to get used to being in the single again. I’m excited to get back to side by side racing tomorrow.”

Racing resumes tomorrow at 08:00 – tune in to British Rowing social media channels for the live updates and results.

How to follow the action

Given the current situation with coronavirus (COVID-19), we have regrettably had to take the decision to restrict any external visitors (including media outlets) to Caversham for the Olympic Trials.

We will be working hard to provide live updates, photos and videos across British Rowing social media channels to bring you all the results and reactions from the squad:

  • On Saturday evening we’ll be bringing you an exclusive highlights video of the day’s action – sign up to our mailing list to make sure you’ll receive it hot off the press.
  • Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates including results as they happen
  • Our Instagram profile and our story for the day will help you get a feel of what it’s like down at Caversham
  • Check out our Facebook galleries during the day for photos from our photographer
  • Come back to this page later on for the race report and results

Schedule

Friday 13 March – Time Trials (1900m)

  • 16:45 – Men’s Pairs
  • 17:00 – Women’s Pairs
  • 17:15 – Lightweight Women’s Singles
  • 17:25 – Men’s Singles and Lightweight Men’s Singles
  • 17:40 – Women’s Singles

Saturday 14 March – Side by Side Racing

  • 08:00 to 09:00 – Semi-Finals
  • 16:45 to 17:52 – Finals

Entries

Men’s Pairs
Sholto Carnegie Ollie Cook
Jacob Dawson Tom Ford
Charlie Elwes Tom George
Rory Gibbs Matt Rossiter
Stewart Innes Harry Glenister
Tom Jeffery Morgan Bolding
Sam Nunn Michael Glover
James Robson James Johnston
George Rossiter Alan Sinclair
Will Satch Mat Tarrant
Moe Sbihi Ollie Wynne-Griffith
Oliver Wilkes James Rudkin
Men’s Pairs:
Sholto Carnegie
Ollie Cook
Men’s Pairs:
Jacob Dawson
Tom Ford
Men’s Pairs:
Charlie Elwes
Tom George
Men’s Pairs:
Rory Gibbs
Matt Rossiter
Men’s Pairs:
Tom Jeffery
Morgan Bolding
Men’s Pairs:
Sam Nunn
Michael Glover
Men’s Pairs:
James Robson
James Johnston
Men’s Pairs:
Will Satch
Mat Tarrant
Men’s Pairs:
Oliver Wilkes
James Rudkin
Women’s Pairs
Chloe Brew Rebecca Edwards
Oonagh Cousins Holly Hill
Alice Davies Heidi Long
Susie Dear Natasha Harris White
Katherine Douglas Karen Bennett
Emily Ford Polly Swann
Fiona Gammond Hattie Taylor
Rebecca Girling Anastasia Posner
Zoe Lee Caragh McMurtry
Rebecca Shorten Rowan McKellar
Annie Withers Sam Courty
Jo Wratten Sara Parfett
Women’s Pairs:
Chloe Brew
Rebecca Edwards
Women’s Pairs:
Oonagh Cousins
Holly Hill
Women’s Pairs:
Alice Davies
Heidi Long
Women’s Pairs:
Susie Dear
Natasha Harris White
Women’s Pairs:
Katherine Douglas
Karen Bennett
Women’s Pairs:
Emily Ford
Polly Swann
Women’s Pairs:
Fiona Gammond
Hattie Taylor
Women’s Pairs:
Zoe Lee
Caragh McMurtry
Women’s Pairs:
Rebecca Shorten
Rowan McKellar
Women’s Pairs:
Annie Withers
Sam Courty
Women’s Pairs:
Jo Wratten
Sara Parfett

Men’s Sculling Women’s Sculling
Tom Barras (Leander Club)
Jack Beaumont (Leander Club)
Matt Brigham (Leeds Univ BC)
Jack Burns (Edinburgh Univ BC)
John Collins (Leander Club)
Jamie Copus (LM) (Oxford Brookes Univ BC)
Seb Devereux (Leander Club)
Angus Groom (Leander Club)
Matt Haywood (Nottingham RC)
Pete Lambert (Leander Club)
Harry Leask (Leander Club)
Sam Meijer (Elizabethan BC/Tideway Scullers School)
Sam Mottram (LM) (Leander Club)
Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC)
Jonny Walton (Leander Club)
Maddie Arlett (LW) (Edinburgh Univ BC)
Georgie Brayshaw (Leander Club)
Saskia Budgett (Tideway Scullers School)
Emily Craig (LW) (Univ of London BC)
Kyra Edwards (Nottingham RC)
Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne (Reading RC)
Imogen Grant (LW) (Cambridge Univ Women’s BC)
Jess Leyden (Leander Club)
Laura Macro (LW) (Bath Univ BC)
Holly Nixon (Leander Club)
Ellie Piggott (LW) (Wallingford RC)
Vicky Thornley (Leander Club)
Melissa Wilson (Cambridge Univ Women’s BC)
Men’s Sculling :
Tom Barras (Leander Club)
Jack Beaumont (Leander Club)
Matt Brigham (Leeds Univ BC)
Jack Burns (Edinburgh Univ BC)
John Collins (Leander Club)
Jamie Copus (LM) (Oxford Brookes Univ BC)
Seb Devereux (Leander Club)
Angus Groom (Leander Club)
Matt Haywood (Nottingham RC)
Pete Lambert (Leander Club)
Harry Leask (Leander Club)
Sam Meijer (Elizabethan BC/Tideway Scullers School)
Sam Mottram (LM) (Leander Club)
Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC)
Jonny Walton (Leander Club)
Women’s Sculling:
Maddie Arlett (LW) (Edinburgh Univ BC)
Georgie Brayshaw (Leander Club)
Saskia Budgett (Tideway Scullers School)
Emily Craig (LW) (Univ of London BC)
Kyra Edwards (Nottingham RC)
Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne (Reading RC)
Imogen Grant (LW) (Cambridge Univ Women’s BC)
Jess Leyden (Leander Club)
Laura Macro (LW) (Bath Univ BC)
Holly Nixon (Leander Club)
Ellie Piggott (LW) (Wallingford RC)
Vicky Thornley (Leander Club)
Melissa Wilson (Cambridge Univ Women’s BC)

Coxes Medical Withdrawals
Henry Fieldman (Leander Club)
Matilda Horn (Univ of London BC)
Josh Bugajski (Oxford Brookes Univ BC)
Holly Norton (Leander Club)
Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne (Univ of London BC)
Susannah Duncan (LW) (Tideway Scullers School)
Katie Wilkinson-Feller (Tideway Scullers School)
Coxes:
Henry Fieldman (Leander Club)
Matilda Horn (Univ of London BC)
Medical Withdrawals:
Josh Bugajski (Oxford Brookes Univ BC)
Holly Norton (Leander Club)
Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne (Univ of London BC)
Susannah Duncan (LW) (Tideway Scullers School)
Katie Wilkinson-Feller (Tideway Scullers School)

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