We’ve been eagerly watching this year’s Olympic Games in Rio, particularly as Phelan Hill (87-97), coxswain of the GB Rowing Team men’s eight, has once again been hoping to row to an Olympic medal.

Having won a bronze medal London 2012 Olympics, Phelan’s prospects were promising as he had since guided the men’s eight to three World Championship titles.

Speaking before setting out for the Olympic games, Phelan commented, “For me London was such a great experience but it was my first experience of the Olympics, and I felt I’d grown really well through that cycle and I never felt that I reached my potential…Now I feel I’m at my peak. I’m getting towards as good as I can possibly be and so getting to the Olympics is my opportunity to really test myself and see how good I am.”

We were therefore delighted to see GB win gold in the men’s eight rowing event on Saturday 13th August. The team produced the perfect race, having led throughout to secure the country’s first gold medal in the event since the Games in 2000. Congratulations to Phelan and the rest of the men!

Relive the race again here.

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