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World Junior Rowing Championships

 

The photograph shows Constantine far left with his crew on the podium.

Constantin Louloudis KS is now World Champion after a convincing win in the coxless fours in Brive, France this weekend. His crew which contained team mates from George Watson's, St Paul's and Kingston Grammar beat a fast starting Australian crew to win gold. Romania came through the Australians in the end to push them back to third. This outstanding result  matches that of Ant Locke ('07) who became world Champion in Amsterdam in '06 before going on to be Captain of Boats. Constantine, who stroked The VIII this year, takes on the Captain's mantle when he returns to the College in September.

Three other Etonians pulled up just short, loosing to a German eight by one second. Their silver medal will be hard to accept, but they will do so in time. Fortunately two will compete for Great Britain next year eager to go one better. The boys were Ed Nainby-Luxmoore (CMJ) who is in D block, Max Monfared (MAG) and Caspar Jopling (NJR) both in C block. The Germans started too quickly for the British, and had a length's lead at 500m. This proved too much for the crew to absorb, and although they gave chase valiantly they could not close the gap sufficiently.

This finishes a superb year for The VIII which was anecdotally the best schoolboy crew of its era. More details can be found here  under the junior world's section and here.

ABH

DATE POSTED: 09 August 2009

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