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.
|Women’s Pair||Helen Glover, Polly Swann|
|Men’s Four||Alex Gregory, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash, Andrew Triggs Hodge|
|Women’s Eight||Rosamund Bradbury, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Katie Greves, Donna Etiebet, Jessica Eddie, Zoe Lee, Caragh McMurtry,Louisa Reeve, Zoe de Toledo (cox)|
|Men’s Quadruple Scull||Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins, Graeme Thomas, Peter Lambert|
|Lightweight Men’s Pair||Sam Scrimgeour, Jonathan Clegg|
|Lightweight Men’s Four||Mark Aldred, Peter Chambers, Richard Chambers, Chris Bartley|
|Men’s Eight||Phil Congdon, Oliver Cook, Matthew Gotrel, Pete Reed, William Satch, Matthew Tarrant, Scott Durant, James Foad,Phelan Hill (cox)|
|Lightweight Women’s Double Scull||Imogen Walsh, Katherine 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.
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.
The women’s eight of Rosamund Bradbury, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Katie Greves, Donna Etiebet, Jessica Eddie, Zoe Lee, Caragh McMurtry, Louisa 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 Aldred, Peter Chambers, Richard 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 Congdon, Oliver Cook, Matt Gotrel, Pete Reed, William Satch, Matthew Tarrant,Scott Durant, James 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.