British Rowing at the Olympics


XXVIIth Olympics
September 2000
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Olympic Press Clippings Preview pieces on the Sydney Olympics



September 18th

  • FISA's latest report is USA defeated in more exciting heats.
  • On the BBC, GB eights struggle in heats, Four-star Brits tighten grip, Queally fires up Cracknell, and It's a percentage game by Richard Phelps.
  • From SOCOG, Aussie eight stamp claim to rowing gold, Aussie women's eight trounced by Romania, Newmarch and Lee beaten in lightweight scull, Making the weight, and Farewell to Misery.
  • Meanwhile the official IOC site has Romanian rowers on track for gold, US and Britain suffer shock defeats, Repechages, last chances for seven rowing events, Champions toppled, except Romanian Women's Rowing Eight, and a daily update by event with a host of other snippets.
  • In the Times, Blood, sweat and cheers (Bethan Bell in Sydney).
  • The Independent coverage includes Redgrave two races awy from greatness, Ryan, Kraft surprise on comeback, and one I missed yesterday, Strong start for British rowers.
  • The Telegraph now reports on Saturday's racing: Warning for Australia as Redgrave sets tempo.
  • In the Guardian, Fearless four issue a timely reminder.
  • Dodd writing for the general public on www.sportal.co.uk: Eights admit to a poor start, and yesterday, Redgrave back on song. Earlier in the week on this site, Pom baiting to the fore.


    September 17th

  • Three articles on the FISA website: Three men in Aussie pair, Surprises and action in Games heats, and Olympic heats - race by race.
  • The BBC carries Searle and Coode deliver.
  • Five pieces on the Sydney Morning Herald site: First day brings mediocre returns for Australia, Invincible Redgrave says crew must improve, Slatter and Taylor forced into repechage, NZ's 'rowing family' through to semis, and Aust women's double scull come fourth.
  • New admiral aboard the flagship (Guardian)
  • In the Sunday Times, Wake-up call spurs Redgrave and British rowers set to shine again.
  • From the Sunday Telegraph, Pinsent lays doubts over Redgrave to rest.
  • More in the Sydney Morning Herald, which is covering some non-Aussie team news too: Aussie four beaten out by GB's Redgrave four, Tomkins' bid gains momentum, and Douglas forced into repechage.
  • The Sydney site olympics.com.au has three items: Poor start to Aussie campaign, New foursome beaten by Redgrave crew, and Aussie rowing pairs struggling on opening day.
  • On the official IOC website, there is Surprises at Sydney International Regatta Centre, Double sculls win to Slovenia, The big boats arrive for the men's and women's eights, and Redgrave puts his bid for fifth gold.


    September 16th

  • Rowers star in Olympic parade (FISA)
  • Redgrave chance for revenge (Telegraph)
  • Another Chinese rower withdraws (SMH)
  • Winds have created rowing pains, races may turn into time trials (Philly Inquirer)
  • Wind set to blow up storm (Times)


    September 15th

  • US duo out for revenge (NBC Olympics)
  • Australian men's four to face Redgrave (NBC)
  • Ginn predicts win for men's pair (SMH)
  • Hot heat required to have a hope against eager Brits (SMH)
  • Women's quad show medal potential (BBC)
  • Cracknell's TV tale is set for golden ending (London Evening Standard)


    September 14th

  • Mueller underdog says coach (FISA)
  • Batschi says rowers will lap up weight of expectation (SMH)
  • Pinsent rejects rowers' wind worries (Times)
  • Pinsent is happy to fly the flag (Independent)
  • Pinsent spurred by World Cup defeat (BBC)
  • Perfecting the art of pulling together (Irish Times)
  • China's rowing coach says team didn't use EPO (Sporting News)
  • To get his rowers rolling, Cipollone yells it like it is (Inquirer)

  • September 13th: Pinsent revels in shadow of a legend (Independent), Oarsome bid for third in row (SMH), Course prepared for windy weather (FISA), Pinsent flag bearer (BBC).

  • September 12th: Redgrave: the fifth dimension (Independent), A voyage of discovery (Spokane.net), Their rowing record has proved to be one for the ages (Inquirer, Olympic history).

  • September 11th: Danish four still want gold (FISA), Boyhood dreams are brought within reach (James Cracknell, Telegraph), Missing the boat to Sydney (Observer), Insider's view of the holding camp (Alison Mowbray, WireWeb).

  • September 10th: Stroke of genius feels the strong pull of history (Independent), Redgrave craves a fitting finale (SMH), Fight for life won, now the battle for gold (SMH), True Grit (Times), 100 British Olympic medal hopefuls (Guardian), Redgrave's swansong, again (BBC).

  • September 9th: Korn tries to ease her pain (Ottawa Citizen), How eight women rowing a boat turned the tide (Boston Globe), Rowing official gets Olympic award (AP), Atrill follows in Redgrave's wake (Independent).

  • September 8th: Chinese explain rowers' withdrawal (FISA), Bush fires leave Danes almost stuck in the mud (SMH).

  • September 7th: Fedotova out of single (FISA), Rowing body wants explanation (BBC).

  • September 6th: Male out of sculls after fall on dam (Independent), Danes train on falling reservoir (FISA), Cracknell confident of GB victory (BBC), Best of British (olympics.com.au).

  • September 5th: Male out of Olympics with a broken wrist (London Evening Standard).
  • September 4th: Chinese duo pull out of Games (FISA).

  • September 3rd: Redgrave bid hit by weather (BBC), Redgrave lying low in pursuit of fifth gold (Reuters/Yahoo).

  • September 1st: EPO tests begin (FISA),
  • Fine-tuning for Sydney (James Cracknell, BBC diary), Davidon goes for sculls medal again, this time a partner (SF Examiner).

  • August 28th: Redgrave touches down and hits the bank in quest for watershed gold (SMH).

  • August 24th: Redgrave leaves for Sydney (BBC).

  • August 20th: Smailes' pace (olympics.com.au).

  • August 16th: A wild time in the mountains (James Cracknell, BBC diary).

  • August 15th: Foster's struggle to reach Sydney (BBC).

  • August 11th: Dreamable, Achievable, Minimal (WireWeb), Don't underestimate us (James Cracknell, BBC diary).

  • August 10th: Rowers banned for life (BBC), Redgrave set for record books (BBC), Fearless Redgrave prepares for Sydney (BBC).