Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Redgrave Expects Record Gold Haul

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Redgrave Expects Record Gold Haul

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Byline: Matt Majendie Olympics Correspondent

[bar] IR Steve Redgrave believes that GB rowing's mentality of winning at all costs will inspire them to their most successful Olympics of all time.

Britain's best showing at the Games in rowing came in 1908, also in London, with four golds three silvers and one bronze but Redgrave believes the current squad can surpass that feat.

"There's just a winning mentality in the team which wasn't there in my time," said Redgrave. "There's this attitude of why should I go for a silver or a bronze when there's a gold on offer.

"This team is just so strong, stronger than in Sydney when we won two golds and a silver or Beijing where it was two golds, two silvers and two bronzes. The team will be around the medal mark of the 1908 Games, maybe even better."

Britain's oarsmen and women got their season off to a successful start in the first of three World Cup regattas in Belgrade at the weekend where they won four golds, six silvers and two bronzes. Redgrave described the event as "probably the best-ever World Cup race that we've ever done as a team".

He added: "I was very impressed by the squad although it's roughly where I'd expect them to be. It's difficult to make sweeping statements about what's going to happen at the Games because the stronger crews from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US were mostly missing."

Despite Britain's dominance at their season-opening regatta, Redgrave insisted there was no danger of the squad resting on their laurels.

"That won't even come into the equation," he added. "It won't be a case of anyone sitting back."

In all, Redgrave believes Britain's rowers have the ability to win five or six gold medals at Eton Dorney this summer but warned that of the crews with the potential to win gold, the men's eight was the least likely. …

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