MONMOUTH ROWER STORMS TO WORLD CUP GOLD

12 May 2008

Tom Lucy stormed to an "oarsome" gold as the GB flagship rowing four destroyed their World Cup field in Munich.

Tom Lucy Credit Peter Spurrier - GB Rowing - ThumbnailThe Monmouth 20-year-old, who was only called into the crew two days before the first major test of the Olympic season, said: "That was brilliant. We just got better and better through every race and really turned it on in the final."

His three crewmates were back on a revenge mission after losing their crown eight months ago on the same Olympic lake, when they finished a miserable fourth.

And with world bronze eights medallist Lucy coming in for injured fellow Welshman Tom James, they totally dominated a field which included world silver and bronze medallists Italy and Holland, who were so blown away by GB’s starting pace they didn’t even reach the podium.

GB’s power into a stiff headwind was just too much for anyone else to live with, as they won by three lengths from the Czech Republic who came through to beat Germany for silver on the line.