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GB Trials 2016

GB Training Lake, Caversham, 21-22 March 2016

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Leander reasserted its position as the main feeder Club for the GB international team at this year’s Olympic trials, where no less than 44 of the Club’s athletes raced for places in Rio against just 5 for the next-placed Club.

There were wins for Leander’s Vicky Thornley (pictured) in the women’s single, Alex Gregory in the men’s pairs, and lightweight sculler, Will Fletcher.

Vicky led the women’s single scull final and produced a dominant performance, pushing herself to the end to claim a third successive GB Trials win. “When it sinks in that I’ve won an Olympic trials, that will be a nice feeling. I’ve put myself in the best position to be in a good boat, so that’s all I can do” she said.

The quality of the field in the men’s pairs was reflected in a closely-fought race won by Alex Gregory and Moe Sbihi. But the Leander/Molesey pair came under real pressure from Stan Louloudis and Pete Reed, with less than a second advantage at the line.

Will Fletcher followed up his first-ever trials win at the December assessment with a confident victory in the lightweight men’s single.

Leander’s Jamie Kirkwood, looking for a third-successive GB Trials win, put in a strong finish but Fletcher was able to hold off the charge to take first place in 7:13.16. Sam Mottram was third.

“I’m obviously really happy,” said Fletcher. “It’s a great end and start to the season if you know what I mean. Final trials are over, now we can look forward to the big one – the Olympics.”

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