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World title ends successful summer for rowers

Constantine Louloudis (KS 2010) won his second senior world title Great Britain Men’s Eight in the recent World Rowing Championships in France. In April Constantine became only the fifth man in history to win four University Boat Races when, as Oxford President, he stroked the Dark Blues to victory over Cambridge. 

He was selected in the GB Eight for Henley where he and his crew mates recorded a victory over the German Olympic Champions in the final of the Grand Challenge Cup and it was the Germans who provided the strongest challenge to Constantine’s crew on the waters of Lac d’Aiguebelette in the shadow of the Alps last Sunday. 

Constantine, a former Captain of the Boats at Eton, rowed in The VIII in 2009 and 2010, winning the schoolboy triple of Schools’ Head, National Schools and Henley in both years. As well as being a two time World Champion at senior level (2014 and 2015) he is also World Champion at Junior (2009) and Under 23 (2011) levels and won a bronze medal as part of the GB Men’s Eight at the London 2012 Olympics.

Also racing at the World Rowing Championships was Mike Evans (RPDF 10) who came 12th in the Men’s Pair racing for Canada. 

Earlier in the summer Felix Drinkall (TEWH), Paddy Adams (RPDF), Tom Shurman (MAG), Charlie Pearson KS and David Austen (PGW) raced in the Coxed Four that helped Team GB win the U16 Match against France at the Royal Albert Docks in London. 

A few weeks later, James Goble (NCWS 2014) finished fifth in the Lightweight Pair at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Francois Gouws (NCWS), David Bewicke-Copley (JDN) and George Cozens (JRBS) were all part of the GB Team that raced in the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Szeged, Hungary. Francois and David won a silver medal in the Junior Men’s Coxed Four, while George won a bronze medal coxing the Junior Men’s Eight coached by Sam Grant, Eton’s Rowing Professional. In August, Alex Lindsay (PBS) and Oscar Lindsay (AW) represented Great Britain in the World Rowing Junior Championships in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. Alex finished fifth in the Junior Men's Eight, while Oscar finished eighth in the Junior Men's Coxless Pair.

Coverage of the World Rowing Championships and Constantine’s victory is available on BBC iPlayer.

Date Posted: 11 September 2015
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