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Waiting for Stan the man (M8+ final Munich)

Posted by rowingvoice on June 21, 2012

The men’s eight final was a bummer unless you are Polish or Australian. It demonstrated that handing out medals on a plate confounds the Brits. The present here was the absence of the German eight that Britain has been edging closer to with each race of the season. Absent also were the Canadians, Dutch and recently qualified Americans who, on the lack-lustre showing of GB in Munich, will all thump them at Dorney.

The Aussies arrived in Europe for Lucerne regatta three weeks ago and disappointed themselves, but they’ve sure gotten over the jetlag now. The Poles, however, stole a march on them by taking the lead in the second quarter and keeping it for gold. Ukraine brought up the rear behind the British crew’s bronze. Only four entries — bad show.

I caught one remark by Greg Searle just before the medal ceremony. ‘Shame not to have Stan,’ he said, referring to the continued absence of Constantine Louloudis in the stroke seat. ‘We think he’ll fit in and give us what we need.’ It would be unfair to infer from this that all hope rests in Louloudis’s entry on the scene, only five weeks before the games. Searle’s quote should not be taken out of the context of his other remarks to which I was not privy. But one must hope that the crew’s has more powder in the magazine.

Christopher Dodd

Gold Poland, silver Australia, bronze Great Britain; UKR.


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