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Final GB rowers named after trial

Tom Solesbury and Robin Bourne-Taylor
Solesbury and Bourne-Taylor came eighth in the final World Cup regatta

Tom Solesbury and Robin Bourne-Taylor have been named in Great Britain's Olympic men's pair after pipping Athens Olympian Toby Garbett in a late trial.

Garbett last week won an appeal against being dropped from the squad but could not come through in an eleventh-hour selection race in Austria.

Alex Gregory and Tom Parker have been named as reserves, ahead of Garbett, with Alice Freeman the women's reserve.

"It's good to put the final piece into the jigsaw", said manager David Tanner.

"Robin and Tom rowed together in the pair at the final World Cup of this season.

"The only difference for the Games is that Robin will stroke the boat rather than Tom."


The duo finished second in the B final - eighth overall - in that final World Cup event in Poznan, Poland at the end of June.

Freeman was the odd one out from nine women named last month as in contention for the women's eight.

The announcements complete the naming of a 12-boat GB fleet, containing 43 rowers - the most since qualifying quotas were introduced after the 1992 Games.

Men's crews

Four: Tom James, Steve Williams, Peter Reed, Andy Triggs Hodge

Eight: Alex Partridge, Tom Stallard, Tom Lucy, Richard Egington, Josh West, Alastair Heathcote, Matt Langridge, Colin Smith, Acer Nethercott (cox)

Pair: Tom Solesbury, Robin Bourne-Taylor

Single scull: Alan Campbell

Double scull: Matt Wells, Stephen Rowbotham

Lightweight double scull: Zac Purchase, Mark Hunter

Lightweight four: Richard Chambers, James Lindsay-Fynn, Paul Mattick, James Clarke

Women's crews

Eight: Beth Rodford, Carla Ashford, Natasha Howard, Natasha Page, Jess Eddie, Sarah Winckless, Alison Knowles, Katie Greves, Caroline O'Connor (cox)

Pair: Louisa Reeve, Olivia Whitlam

Quad scull: Annie Vernon, Debbie Flood, Frances Houghton, Katherine Grainger

Double scull: Elise Laverick, Anna Bebington

Lightweight double scull: Helen Casey, Hester Goodsell

see also
Team GB for Beijing
01 Jul 08 |  Team GB
Rowing on the BBC
13 May 08 |  Rowing

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