London 2012 Olympic Games

Follow the progress of London Rowing Club's three Olympians - Sophie Hosking (LW2x), Bill Lucas (M2x) and Rob Williams (LM4-), coaches Paul Reedy (LW2x), Robin Williams (W2-) and Nick Strange (W8+) and the rest of Team GB during the Olympic Regatta at Eton Dorney.

Saturday 4 August

Lightweight Women's Double Sculls - Final

Sophie and Kat's Gold Medal Winner's stampGOLD - In a stunning race, London's Sophie Hosking and her partner Kat Copeland, coached by LRC Chief Coach Paul Reedy, won Team GB's fourth gold medal of the Olympic regatta, the first ever gold medal by a GB lightweight women's crew.  Sitting in third place at the 500m mark, the GB double moved through China during the second 500 and surged past the reigning world champions Greece around the 1250m mark.  Cheered on by the fanatical Eton Dorney crowd, GB sculled away from the field over the final 500m, crossing the line over 2.5 seconds clear of China who caught Greece on the line. 

Result: 1. GBR 7:09.3 2. CHN 7:11.93 3. GRE 7.12.09 4. DEN 7:15.53 5. AUS 7:20.68 6. GER 7:22.18

Thursday 2 August

Lightweight Mens Four - Final

SILVER - In one of the closest finishes of the regatta, LRC's Rob Williams, rowing in the 2 seat of the GB lightweight men's four, won a silver medal, just being edged out on the line by South Africa. Rowing in lane 3, GB were only in 5th place after 500m but a strong second 500m saw them move up into 3rd at the halfway mark. Urged on by the 30,000-strong crowd, GB caught Denmark in the last 500m and although briefly managing to get their bows in front, just lost out to the fast-finishing South Africans in a blanket finish.

Speaking afterwards, Rob Williams said:

You can't be upset when you win a silver medal with 30,000 people cheering you on. It was a fabulous experience. We laid it all down. I couldn't give more and nor could the other three.

Result: 1. RSA: 6:02.84 2. GBR 6:03.09 3. DEN 6:03.16 4. AUS 6:04.05 5. SUI 6:09.30 6. NED 6:11.39

Men's Double Sculls - Final

5th - The first London athlete to race in a final of the regatta was Bill Lucas in the men's double sculls.  GB got off to a fast start in lane 1, lying in 2nd place at the 500m mark.  At 1000m, Sydney 2000 gold medallists Spik & Cop from Slovenia were out in front by a length, with GB still in contention in 3rd.  By 1500m , Italy in lane 6 had pushed through into the lead, with GB in a three-way tussle for bronze with New Zealand and Argentina. World champions New Zealand unleashed a devastating turn of speed completing the last 500m 3.5 seconds faster than anyone else to take the gold medal, with GB finishing 5th.

The GB women's eight, coached by London's Nick Strange, were just pipped for 5th place on the line in the final of women's eights.


All three London athletes are in action today.  Sophie Hosking goes in the first semi-final of lightweight women's double sculls at 10:30.  Bill Lucas races at 11:50 in the final of the men's double sculls immediately followed by Rob Williams row rows in the 2 seat of the GB lightweight men's four in their final at 12:10.

Wednesday 1 August

Congratulations to London's Robin Williams who coached GB's  Helen Glover and Heather Stanning to their historic gold medal in the women's pair in a terrific race, umpired by LRC member Chris Drury.  At the medal ceremony, Helen and Heather were presented with their flowers by LRC President and FISA Treasurer Mike Williams.

Congratulations also to Phelan Hill, an honorary member of LRC, who coxed the GB eight to a courageous bronze medal in a thrilling race.

Tuesday 31 July

Lightweight Men's Four - Semi-Final

Switzerland and GB were the early leaders and at the 500m mark had about 1/4 length on the remainder of the field. At the 1000m mark, the Swiss and GB crews maintained their advantage with Germany snapping at their heels. A strong third 500m by GB saw them draw level with Switzerland, with both crews passing 1500m a length up on Germany. Roared on by the crowd, GB wound the rate up to 38 and crossed the line 1/2 length ahead of Switzerland and the fast-finishing Dutch.

Result: 1.GBR 5:59.68 2. SUI 6:00.97 3. NED 6:01.37 4. GER 6:02.10 5. USA 6:05.06 6. CZE 6:06.85

Men's Double Scull - Semi-Final

Barely a length separated all six crews after 500m with GB in fourth behind early leaders Slovenia, winners of this event in 2000 at Sydney. At the half-way mark, Slovenia had opened up clear water on Lithuania, GB and Norway who were scrapping for the two remaining final places. With 500m to go, Slovenia had extended their advantage to 2 lengths hald on to win.  In the sprint for the line, Lithuania just held off GB, with Norway, winners of the Munich World Cup joining Olympic champions Australia in the B Final.

Result: 1. SLO 6:19.97 2. LTU 6:21.62 3. GBR 6:22.47 4. NOR 6:22.88 5. FRA 6:29.61 6. CAN 6.38.94

Sunday 29 July

Lightweight Women's Double Sculls - Heats

Waiting in the stillness of the start, GB seemed immune to both the crowd noise further down the course and the gathering storm couds overhead.  Halfway down the course they poured on the pace as the heavens opened around them. Earlier they had been led by New Zealand on the opposite side of the course. By 1200m gone the British had created a length lead and behind these two leaders a surging battle raged between Cuba and Denmark. Denmark not only emerged to see off Cuba but to take the second qualifying slot for the semi-final by overhauling New Zealand in the final stretch. Roared on by a vociferous home crowd, Hosking and Copeland maintained their blistering pace to win.

Result: 1. GBR 6:57.97 2. DEN 6:59.94 3. NZL 7:02.78 4. CUB 7:12.99 5. ARG 7:33.37 6. EGY 7:45.23

Saturday 28 July

Lightweight Men's Four - Heats

After a blistering start, GB settled down into a strong race pace and shared the early lead with world champions Australia.  At the halfway mark, Australia had an adantage of 1/3 length but with 500m to go GB had drawn level. Roared on by 30,000 spectators in the packed grandstands, GB rowed away from the field and crossed the line one length ahead of Australia, with Germany a further half length back just piipping Czech Republic for the third semi-final place.  A fine performance from the GB quartet who are the fastest qualifiers for Tuesday's semi-final.

Result: 1. GBR 5:49.29  2. AUS 5:51.18  3. GER 5:52.05  CZE 5:52.69    

Mens Double Sculls - Heats

The fast-starting GB double established an early lead as GB, New Zealand and Argentina pulled away from Estonia. By the 1,000m mark, Argentina had establshed a slender lead which they maintained through to 1,500m.  In the final sprint for the line, New Zealand came through to snatch first place, in a new Olympic best time,  by a canvas from GB.

Result: 1. NZL 6:11.30 (OB)  2. GBR 6:11.94 3. ARG 6:13.68 4. EST 6:33.88


LRC's Bill Lucas, together with Sam Townsend from Reading University BC, race in heat 3 of the men's double sculls at 10:50.  With the first 3 crews qualifying for the semi-finals, they have been drawn against the reigning world champions from New Zealand, Argentina who finished 6th at the last World Cup regatta in Munich and Estonia.

At 11:10, Rob Wiliams goes in Heat 2 of the lightweight men's fours, wher they face Austra;ia who they beat into second place in Munich, Germany and Czech Republic, again with three crews to progress to the semi-finals.

Sophie Hosking begins her Olympic campaign on Sunday in lightweight women's double sculls.

Click here for today's start list. 


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