Reed's Men's Eight triumph at World Championships
12:35pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Sport
PETE REED added another gold medal to his groaning trophy cabinet at the World Rowing Championships in Chengdu, South Korea.
Reed helped the team to break new ground as his Men’s Eight were the first from GB ever to win gold in this category.
Earlier in the day, the Men’s Lightweight Men’s four took bronze to bring Britain’s tally from the weekend’s finals to two golds and five bronzes with the para-rowing Mixed Coxed Four also winning gold last Wednesday.
Reed, with Alex Gregory and Andrew Triggs Hodge, were 2012 Olympic champions in the Men’s Four and since joining the eight after London the group has been making rapid progress.
The Eight had won bronze in London behind Germany and the United States. This time they pushed World and Olympic Champions Germany into second in a time of 5:30.35.
It was a momentous victory on Tangeum Lake for the Britons. They dictated the pace, leading at all checkpoints, though Germany closed to within five-tenths of a second as they crossed the line of the 2,000m race.
Reed said: “It was an amazing race. We are part of history now in the British Eight. It was a pleasure and privilege to be part of it. Eight amazing guys to share that with and who contributed in such amazing ways all the way down the boat.
“We are up for this all week. I am absolutely thrilled. I have some fabulous memories that I can share in the future with these guys.
“The venue here is also magical. It looks like an Olympics. You can see that people really care here.
“Finally, I have thought a lot about Acer Nethercott recently (the 2008 Olympic cox who died recently). He was a good friend and I know he would have wanted us to be here and I am glad that we are bringing back a gold medal which I think we should dedicate to him.”