Mohamed Sbihi

Rower // Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 27th Mar 1988 (28 years old)
Club: Molesey Boat Club
Height: 203.00
Hometown: Surbiton

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A powerful and imposing presence at 6’6” tall, Mohamed Sbihi has established himself as one of the leading figures in the men’s heavyweight squad.

The GB Rowing Team Start graduate – known to all in the rowing world as Moe – has followed up his bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games with three successive World Championship titles, plus a European crown.

Moe will be looking to complete his collection of international titles at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after being selected in the men’s four.

Moe remains on course for a golden Olympiad after being crowned as World Champion in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

On The Water

2016

European Champion - Men's Four

2015

World Champion Men's Eight

European Silver Medallist Men's Eight

2014

World & European Champion Men's Four

2013

World Champion Men's Eight

2012

Olympic Bronze Medallist Men's Eight

2010-2011

Twice World Silver Medallists Men's Eight

2007

World U23 Bronze Medallist Men's Pair

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

After winning the GB Rowing Team Trials with Alex Gregory for a third successive year, Moe was selected in the men’s four for 2016. He won gold at the European Championships in Brandenburg with Gregory, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis but the latter was unable to race at the Lucerne World Cup due to illness. Callum McBrierty took his place in the boat as the four won a dramatic gold, pipping Australia on the line. Louloudis returned for the Poznan World Cup, where GB maintained their unbeaten record for 2016 by finishing a length clear of World Champions Italy.

Moe remains on course for a golden Olympiad after being crowned as World Champion in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

His latest success came at the end of an enthralling year for Moe and his crew-mates in the men’s eight.  They enjoyed a season-long battle with Germany, who had the upper hand at the European Championships in Poznan, Poland as the GB crew finished runners-up.

The tables were turned at the World Cup in Varese, although only just as GB produced a thrilling late surge to win gold by three-tenths of a second.  It was even closer in Lucerne as Moe and the crew held on the narrowest of victories.

The World Championships promised even more drama and did not disappoint as the rivals went head to head once again.  This time the GB eight won by two-tenths of a second to claim gold for a third successive year.

Moe had also started the Rio Olympiad in the eight and helped to secure a historic first-ever World Championship gold for a British crew in Chungju in 2013 .

In 2014, he was selected for the men’s four for the first time in six years but it was a move that proved tremendously successful as Moe, Gregory, Andrew Triggs-Hodge and George Nash remained unbeaten throughout the season.  After securing a first European Championships title of his career, Moe also won gold at the World Cups in Aiguebelette and Lucerne before the four produced an outstanding clear-water victory at the World Championships in Amsterdam.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

When Moe won men’s eight bronze at London 2012, he was one of six Team GB medallists to come through the GB Rowing Team Start Programme – the ground-breaking talent identification and development initiative supported by National Lottery funding.

He first gained a place in the senior men’s eight in 2009 and won two World Cup bronze medals. He finished the season in the men’s pair with James Foad, finishing eighth at the World U23s in Racice.

Moe spent the remainder of the London Olympiad in the men’s eight, starting with an impressive 2010 that saw the GB crew win gold and two bronze medals in the World Cup series before securing a fine silver at the World Championships in New Zealand.

They repeated that achievement the following year in Bled, rowing through opposition from Canada and Australia to once again finish runners-up to Germany.

World Cup silver in Belgrade and Lucerne, plus bronze in Munich, saw the GB men’s eight go into the London 2012 Olympics among the medal favourites and they went on to claim bronze behind Germany and Canada.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
London 2012 M8+
Olympic Games:
London 2012
M8+
World Rowing Championships
2015 M8+
2014 M4-
2013 M8+
2011 M8+
2010 M8+
World Rowing Championships:
2015
M8+
World Rowing Championships:
2014
M4-
World Rowing Championships:
2013
M8+
World Rowing Championships:
2011
M8+
World Rowing Championships:
2010
M8+
European Rowing Championships
2016 M4-
2015 M8+
2014 M4-
European Rowing Championships:
2016
M4-
European Rowing Championships:
2015
M8+
European Rowing Championships:
2014
M4-
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2016 Poznan M4-
2016 Lucerne M4-
2015 Lucerne M8+
2015 Varese M8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Poznan
M4-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Lucerne
M4-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Lucerne
M8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Varese
M8+
World Rowing U23 Championships
2009 8th M2-
2008 6th M4-
2007 M4-
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2009
8th
M2-
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2008
6th
M4-
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2007
M4-
World Rowing Junior Championships
2006 5th M2-
World Rowing Junior Championships:
2006
5th
M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2013 – 2016 1st M2-
2012 5th M2-
2011 5th M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2013 – 2016
1st
M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2012
5th
M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2011
5th
M2-

More info...

Moe was first identified as a potential Olympian in 2003, while still a pupil at Hollyfield School in Surbiton, and won U15 gold at the Great Britain Indoor Rowing Championships later that year.

After setting the fastest 2km ergo test time of any junior trialist, Moe was selected for the men’s pair at the 2006 World Junior Championships and finished fifth alongside Charles Cousins.

A breakthrough 2007 saw Moe win men’s four gold and two silvers at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, then make his senior debut in the four at the World Cup in Amsterdam before winning bronze in the four at the World U23 Championships in Glasgow.

Moe also finished sixth in the men’s four at the following year’s U23 Championships in Brandenburg.

ClubSquadCoach
Molesey Boat ClubMen’s SquadJürgen Grobler
Club:
Molesey Boat Club
Squad:
Men’s Squad
Coach:
Jürgen Grobler
Learnt to rowOriginal ClubOriginal Coach(es)
Molesey Boat Club with the GB Rowing Team Start ProgrammeMolesey Boat ClubSue McNuff, Neasa Folan
Learnt to row:
Molesey Boat Club with the GB Rowing Team Start Programme
Original Club:
Molesey Boat Club
Original Coach(es):
Sue McNuff, Neasa Folan

 

 

Beyond the Boat

Moe was a sporty youngster and tried his hand at football and tennis before being identified as a potential rowing champion.  He is a keen basketball fan and an Arsenal FC supporter, with his other interests being film and music.

English born of Moroccan descent, Moe can speak a dialect of Arabic and regularly visits his family in Tangiers.

Moe is grateful to his former coach, Sue McNuff for her patience in teaching him everything he now knows about rowing.

He is Lottery funded through UK Sport.

Personal Information

Current Address Home Town Surrey
Surbiton Surbiton Surrey
Current Address:
Surbiton
Home Town:
Surbiton
Surrey:
Surrey
Date of Birth Height
27 March 1988 203cm
Date of Birth:
27 March 1988
Height:
203cm
Education
Hollyfield School, St. Mary’s University College
Education:
Hollyfield School, St. Mary’s University College