Final Great Britain rowers named after trial

July 18, 2008 at 9:59 am Leave a comment

Tom Solesbury and Robin Bourne-Taylor have been named in Great Britain’s Olympic men’s pair after pipping Athens Olympian Toby Garbett in a late trial.

Garbett last week won an appeal against being dropped from the squad but could not come through in an eleventh-hour selection race in Austria.

Alex Gregory and Tom Parker have been named as reserves, ahead of Garbett, with Alice Freeman the women’s reserve.

“It’s good to put the final piece into the jigsaw”, said manager David Tanner.

“Robin and Tom rowed together in the pair at the final World Cup of this season.

“The only difference for the Games is that Robin will stroke the boat rather than Tom.”

The duo finished second in the B final – eighth overall – in that final World Cup event in Poznan, Poland at the end of June.

Freeman was the odd one out from nine women named last month as in contention for the women’s eight.

The announcements complete the naming of a 12-boat GB fleet, containing 43 rowers – the most since qualifying quotas were introduced after the 1992 Games.

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