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1984 Olympic re-match promises an exciting weekend [Friday 11 & Saturday 12 July, 2008 on the Henley Regatta Course]

335 crews, from all corners of the globe, makes this year’s 2008 Henley Veteran Regatta its largest ever and brings together two of the conquistadors of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Redgrave and Ellison with two of their USA adversaries, Springer and Ives.

Over twenty years ago the USA coxed four lead for most of the race until the last few hundred meters when, in an extraordinary push from GB, had Gold wrenched from their grasp. GB won in 6:18.64, the first of many Olympic Golds for Redgrave, leaving Silver to USA in 6:20.28.

At this year’s Henley Veteran Regatta, organised by Upper Thames Rowing Club, the men will meet each other again in both Veteran B8 (average age 36) & Veteran C8 (average age 43) categories. It will be a battle to watch. Gregory Springer and Edward Ives racing in the Marin R.A. & Kent Mitchell R.C. Composite, California, USA, will want revenge on Sir Steve Redgrave and Adrian Ellison rowing in the Molesey Composite.

The Molesey Composite B8 has been drawn against Marin R.A. & Kent Mitchell R.C. Composite in the first race in that category on Saturday at 09.15. With both crews entering B and C8s, there is a high probability of the 1984 men meeting each other in the C8 final. But, as entry secretary Barry Gibbs points out, “it won’t be easy, so we have some brilliant racing to look forward to.”

Last years Henley Veteran Regatta enticed Redgrave back into the boat after a break of eight years from competitive rowing. Winning in the Molesey composite coxless four, the crew beat UL Tyrian by 1 ¼ lengths in 3.18.

This year’s Molesey line up more or less sums up the sporting excellence of GB rowing history of the latter part of the 20th century. In the boat With Sir Steve Redgrave are Ian McNuff, who won Silver at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Simon Dennis, who took Gold in the eight at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and Adam Clift, Redgrave’s first doubles partner in international rowing. Jim Beattie was in the winning four with Redgrave at last years Henley Vets. With them are John Garrett, S O’Brien and C. Roberts at stroke. Said Redgrave, “I really enjoyed racing last year, and want to continue to support this prestigious event. Winning remains just as important, and I’m looking forward to meeting the Americans again”.

Redgrave’s first race will be in the Molesey Composite C8 at 16.56 on Friday 11 July.

Notes to editors:

Regatta Organiser is Upper Thames Rowing Club, more details here: http://www.utrc.org.uk/events/hvr/vet.html

Countries represented this year are: UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, France, Holland and Dubai, UAE.

Video of the 1984 Olympic race can be seen here. The second half of the race is 3 minutes 13 seconds into the clip:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=AgJKQg-gVdo

Contact:
General Regatta information contact: Jenny Robb on 07718 807390

For Sir Steve Redgrave (available for interview from July 8) contact: Simon Larter on +44 (0)7768 283074.

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