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International Success for Eton's oarsmen

Louloudis KS and Nainby-Luxmoore mi (CMJ) returned from Germany last night with a handful of medals each following their success at the Munich Junior Regatta.

Held on the 1972 Olympic course, this is a two day regatta with finals held on both Saturday and Sunday.  This allows boys to race in two separate boat classes. Competition comes from the top European rowing  nations: Germany, France, Serbia, Croatia, Austria, Italy and Russia to name a few. The British team is drawn from schools and clubs across Great Britain following trials at Easter, and numbered fourteen oarsmen.

Louloudis stroked the top ranked British boat (a coxless four) to gold on the Saturday, followed home by Nainby-Luxmoore who was stroking the second ranked boat to a silver. Both boys then joined six other team mates and a cox the next day in the eight which they also won. Congratulations to them both on not only winning their first international caps, but also for being part of the strongest junior team that GB has sent to the regatta.

The picture shows Louloudis exhausted following his efforts in the VIII. Nainby-Luxmoore, in the stroke seat, is just out of shot (sorry!).  More pictures here.

The previous weekend, The VIII was in action at Wallingford Regatta. In a remarkable race, The VIII led from the first stroke and at halfway commanded a substantial three length lead. This was extended to 4 lengths (eleven seconds) over second placed Shrewsbury, runners up at the Schools Head. The winning time of 5:46.3 could have been a little quicker, but still beats the fastest junior time set by last year's VIII.

For those interested in OEs, Ant Locke (07) is rowing in the seven seat of the Harvard Varsity VIII which placed second at the Eastern Sprints, a championship regatta for programmes on the US's Eastern seaboard. Nick Jordan (08) is in the Harvard Freshmen VIII who also placed second. Matt Evans (05), Captain of the Princeton University Boat Club, had a disappointing sprint regatta unfortunately. Evans will return to the UK next year where he will try for a place in the Oxford Blue Boat.

DATE POSTED: 10 May 2009

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