2014 European Championships

The 2014 European Championships was held in Belgrade, Serbia at the Ada Ciganlija Rowing Venue from 30th May to 1st June 2014.

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Medallists

Olympic-class events:
Women’s Pair Helen GloverPolly Swann
Men’s Four Alex GregoryMohamed SbihiGeorge Nash, Andrew Triggs Hodge
Women’s Eight Rosamund BradburyOlivia Carnegie-BrownKatie GrevesDonna EtiebetJessica EddieZoe LeeCaragh McMurtry,Louisa ReeveZoe de Toledo (cox)
Men’s Quadruple Scull Sam TownsendCharles CousinsGraeme ThomasPeter Lambert
Lightweight Men’s Pair Sam ScrimgeourJonathan Clegg
Lightweight Men’s Four Mark AldredPeter ChambersRichard ChambersChris Bartley
Men’s Eight Phil CongdonOliver CookMatthew GotrelPete Reed, William SatchMatthew TarrantScott DurantJames Foad,Phelan Hill (cox)
Lightweight Women’s Double Scull Imogen WalshKatherine Copeland
Olympic-class events::
Women’s Pair
Helen GloverPolly Swann
Olympic-class events::
Men’s Four
Alex GregoryMohamed SbihiGeorge Nash, Andrew Triggs Hodge
Olympic-class events::
Men’s Quadruple Scull
Sam TownsendCharles CousinsGraeme ThomasPeter Lambert
Olympic-class events::
Lightweight Men’s Pair
Sam ScrimgeourJonathan Clegg
Olympic-class events::
Lightweight Men’s Four
Mark AldredPeter ChambersRichard ChambersChris Bartley
Olympic-class events::
Men’s Eight
Phil CongdonOliver CookMatthew GotrelPete Reed, William SatchMatthew TarrantScott DurantJames Foad,Phelan Hill (cox)
Olympic-class events::
Lightweight Women’s Double Scull
Imogen WalshKatherine Copeland

At the 2014 European Rowing Championships in Belgrade Molesey BC duo Mohamed Sbihi and George Nash join Olympic champions Andrew Triggs Hodge and Alex Gregory in the crew for the first time following an excellent winter of training and testing.

And the four quickly found their stride, dominating the heats before producing a blistering performance in the final to take gold in a championship-best time of 5:46.86 – five seconds clear of runners-up Greece.

That set the tone for an outstanding and unbeaten 2014 for Sbihi, Nash, Triggs Hodge and Gregory, which culminated in another clear-water victory at the World Championships in Amsterdam.

Olympic champion Helen Glover also recorded a World and European double in 2014, albeit with different partners in the women’s pair.

Heather Stanning was ruled out of the Europeans late on but Polly Swann, who had partnered Glover to the world title in 2013, made a seamless return to the crew.

Glover and Swann were a class act once again in Belgrade.

Glover and Swann were a class act once again in Belgrade, setting a championship-best time in their heat before lowering it to 7:03.62 as they won the final by five seconds from Romania’s Cristina Grigoras and Laura Oprea.

In total, 15 GB Rowing crews reached A finals during a highly-encouraging week in Belgrade, with eight medals won in total.

Graeme ThomasSam TownsendCharles Cousins and Peter Lambert were edged into silver-medal position by Ukraine – a result that would be repeated at the World Championships in Amsterdam.

The women’s eight of Rosamund BradburyOlivia Carnegie-BrownKatie GrevesDonna EtiebetJessica EddieZoe LeeCaragh McMurtryLouisa Reeve and cox Zoe de Toledo were runners-up to a traditionally strong Romania crew.

And there were silver medals in the lightweight category for Sam Scrimgeour and Jonno Clegg in the pair, plus the four ofMark AldredPeter ChambersRichard Chambers and Chris Bartley – both crews went on to win World Championship bronze at the end of the season.

The 2014 European Championships marked a first competitive outing since London 2012 for Olympic lightweight women’s double scull champion Kat Copeland.

And it was a smooth return, with Copeland and new partner Imogen Walsh winning bronze medals.

The competition concluded with Phil CongdonOliver CookMatt GotrelPete Reed, William Satch, Matthew Tarrant,Scott DurantJames Foad and cox Phelan Hill finishing third in a new-look men’s eight.

Gotrel, Reed, Satch, Tarrant and Hill went on to defend the World title for the GB Rowing Team in Amsterdam – another demonstration of how the groundwork at the European Championships can reap big rewards down the line.

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