London 2012: Sbihi and Louloudis settle for bronze after brave battle

13:14 01 August 2012

Great Britain

Great Britain's men's eight (left to right) Alex Partridge, James Foad, Tom Ransley, Ric Egington, Mohamed Sbihi, Greg Searle, Matt Langridge, Constantine Louloudis won bronze after pushing eventual winners Germany all the way. Photo credit: Stephen Pond/PA wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Olympic rowing: Team GB finish third in the men’s eights behind Germany and Canada

The London pair of Mohamed Sbihi and Constantine Louloudis helped Team GB clinched a heroic bronze medal as the rowing men’s eights pushed the dominant German crew all the way but couldn’t upset the form books.

The home crew have had to play second fiddle to the Germans over the last four years but at the halfway point of the 2,000 metre course Britain pulled ahead as the noise level at Eton Dorney raised to a crescendo.

But their rivals had more in the tank and responded from the 1,500m mark, leaving the field behind with 250m to go.

It left the crew of Sbihi and Louloudis – which also included James Foad, Ric Egington, Matt Langridge, Alex Partridge, Tom Ransley, Greg Searle and cox Phelan Hill - with a challenge on their hands in the form of the 2008 Beijing champions Canada who came on strong at the finish to pip Britain to silver by almost three seconds

Related articles


Latest Sport Stories

Islington BC's Simon Collins

Islington BC’s Simon Collins recovered from a difficult start to clinch victory against home boxer Joe Dennison on a Banbury ABC show on Saturday.

Hanover Primary School's successful squad at the Islington Schools swimming gala

Four Hanover Primary School students secured gold medals as their girls’ team finished triumphant at the Islington Schools swimming gala finals.

Bethune (blue) beat Young London Meteors 2-1 in the Dickie Davies Cup. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Hackney & Leyton League Premier Division leaders Mile End are through to the next round of the Dickie Davies Cup after their impressive 9-2 win over Riviera.

Left to right: Luca, Liam and Luan Veras with their medals at the Belgium Open Kumite Championships. Back: their father and coach, Sensei Raphael Veras

Brothers Luan and Luca Veras both overcame strong competition to pick up gold medals at the International Belgium Open Kumite Championships in Leuven.

Great Britain's James Ward (far right) with Great Britain captain Leon Smith, Jamie Murray and Andy Murray

Great Britain stand on the verge of history in the Davis Cup as they prepare for this weekend’s final, bidding to win the crown for the first time in 79 years.

Chris Rainsford (left) in action on the road for Highgate Harriers. Pic: Dieter Perry

Highgate Harriers were crowned national champions on Sunday as the prestigious UK 10k road race championships were held as part of the 30th anniversary of the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (left) celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the game against Dinamo Zagreb. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA

In our weekly Arsenal fan column, Uche Amako says the club’s record signing is making the most of his peak years.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (right) celebrates with Olivier Giroud after scoring his side's first goal against Dinamo Zagreb.

Arsene Wenger is confident that Arsenal can defy history by overcoming Olympiacos in Greece next month to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.

Most read sport


Tesco - Every little helps

Would you like to have the opportunity to win a huge £2,500 to spend at Tesco? Well with this amazing prize you can do exactly that! MyOffers are giving you the chance to get your hands on £2,500 to spend on anything you desire may it be free weekly groceries for the foreseeable future, a new TV, home decoration or even a new sofa!

You could get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge!

Here’s your chance to win one of the most feature-packed smartphones on the planet, from tech giants Samsung, The Samsung S6 Edge!

Digital Edition

Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder