• Rowing World Cup

Searle the hero as Team GB dominate the water

ESPN staff
May 30, 2010
Greg Searle won his first gold medal in 1992 © Getty Images

Great Britain finished as the top nation at the Rowing World Cup, claiming six gold medals on an outstanding Sunday that saw 38-year-old veteran Greg Searle grab the headlines.

Searle's eight showed imperious calm and intelligent tactics to come from fifth place to usurp the Dutch team, who had gone out fast. Searle's men won by more than a second, suggesting the old man of the team could claim an Olympic gold medal 20 years after claiming his first.

"I'm as much on target to win gold in London as I can be," Searle stated. "I'm getting stronger and I feel, while in this system, by the time I'm 40 I could be rowing the best I ever have."

Katherine Grainger is still hunting her first Olympic gold, having taken silver three times, and she walked away with two gold medals on Sunday. First she partnered Anna Watkins to victory, and then the pair were joined by Beth Rodford and Annie Vernon to form a victorious quadruple scull.

"It feels incredible and sensational right now. It was a really classy row in both events and we took control of both races right from the start," Grainger said.

The men's four took gold ahead of Serbia, but they may now be disrupted after Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs-Hodge once again failed in the two-man event. As two of Britain's best rowers, they may now be slotted into the four-man make-up.

The men's double sculls are bang in form though, taking a one-two ahead of Estonia, while the women's eight claimed gold, beating the Netherlands.

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