Rower - Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 27th Mar 1988 (31 years old)
Club: Molesey Boat Club
A powerful and imposing presence at 6’6” tall, Olympic champion Mohamed ‘Moe’ Sbihi has established himself as one of the leading figures in the men’s squad.
Sbihi is a graduate of the GB Rowing Team Start programme. Known to all in the rowing world as Moe, he completed his collection of international titles as part of the men’s four that won gold at Rio 2016. That followed on from three successive World Championships titles, plus two European crowns.
Moe, who represented GB at Junior and U23 level, also won a bronze medal with the men’s eight at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In 2017, Sbihi was ever present in the men’s four, winning two golds and a silver at the World Cup regattas, followed by a bronze medal at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton behind Australia and Italy.
Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016
After being crowned World Champion in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Moe completed a golden Olympiad at Rio 2016 as he helped GB secure a fifth successive Olympic men’s four title.
He teamed up with Alex Gregory, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis to power to victory on a fantastic Friday on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, beating Australia by three-quarters of a length.
It completed an unbeaten season for Moe, which started as he won the GB Rowing Team Trials with Gregory for a third successive year. The four made a winning debut at the European Championships in Brandenburg, securing gold in choppy conditions, but Louloudis 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 had 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 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.
An enthralling 2015 saw Moe return to the eight and, along with his crew-mates, enjoy a season-long battle with Germany. After having to settle for silver at the European Championships, GB won World Cup gold in Varese and Lucerne by fractions of a second. The drama continued at the World Championships in Aiguebelette as GB edged out their rivals by two-tenths of a second to claim gold for a third successive year.
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.
|Rio de Janeiro 2016||M4-|
|World Rowing Championships|
|European Rowing Championships|
|World Rowing Cup Regattas|
|World Rowing U23 Championships|
|World Rowing Junior Championships|
|GB Rowing Team Senior Trials|
|2013 – 2016||1st||M2-|
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.
|Molesey Boat Club||Men’s Squad||Jürgen Grobler|
|Learnt to row||Original Club||Original Coach(es)|
|Molesey Boat Club with the GB Rowing Team Start Programme||Molesey Boat Club||Sue McNuff, Neasa Folan|
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.
|Current Address||Home Town||Surrey|
|Date of Birth||Height|
|27 March 1988||203cm|
|Hollyfield School, St. Mary’s University College|