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Complete Coherence at the Olympics

Complete Coherence have been working closely with GB Rowing Team over the last four years and in particular in the run up to the Olympic Games in Rio. Like the rest of the nation we will be excitedly following the journey of the athletes through the games and we will keep you posted of their progress here.


The GB eights brought the Rio 2016 Olympic regatta to a glorious conclusion as they won gold and silver in the space of 30 minutes on another truly Super Saturday. The women’s eight produced a charge through the field in the second half of the race to go from last to second, claiming silver in a thrilling photo-finish.

It was another moment of rowing history on the Lagoa, being the first Olympic medal won by a British women’s eight, and helped to ensure that GB finished top of the Rio 2016 rowing medal table with three golds and two silvers.

It may have been a first Olympic medal for a women’s eight but it was a third silver for Frances Houghton who, like Katherine Grainger, was appearing at a record fifth Olympic Games for a British female rower.

“This fifth Olympics has been really great,” she said. “We’ve really tried to make sure we’ve had a good time. Even before the race we sat around and we were laughing and joking together. Sport can be so much pressure but at the same time, sport is supposed to be fun and a great experience. It’s something you do that you enjoy and you pursue because you like to be challenged.”

Jess Eddie, fifth with the eight in both 2008 and 2012, dedicated the success to the British women rowers who had been part of the programme during the past two decades.

“We’ve worked so hard to get here and it’s not just us, we did that for every single woman who has rowed in the eight for the past 20 years – you know who you are, you helped us get over this line.”

Sir David Tanner, Team GB Leader for Rowing, said: “With three outstanding golds and two superb silvers, our 26 rowing medallists have done TeamGB proud at these Olympics. 26 rowers will be returning home having achieved their dreams here in Rio. To be top of the rowing medal table for the third successive Olympics is something to be truly proud of.

“Well done to our rowers and the outstanding Coaching and Team Support staff, not only out here in Rio but those at home who backed us all the way.”


Helen and Heather, lived up to their billing as gold-medal favourites, dominating the final in the women’s pairs race. They successfully defended their Olympic title from 2012 and are now unbeaten in 39 races, a winning run that stretches back five years and became the first-ever British women to successfully defend an Olympic title as they repeated their heroics from Eton Dorney.

Glover said: “It’s really difficult to put this feeling into words. To defend your title is something very, very special. The first time we did it, it took a long time to realise we were Olympic champions and it was all new to us. This time round, we crossed the line and we were 2016 champions and we felt like that straight away.”


In the women’s pair Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley won a silver medal, showing their class to come through a turbulent season, and step up to row the race of their lives. They fought bravely, taking the tactic to go out hard and lead from the front. When they crossed the finish line, they not only won a silver of Goliathan proportions, but propelled Grainger into the all-time records books – Katherine Grainger is now GB’s most decorated female Olympian of all time.

Grainger said of the race and their early lead:  “I don’t think you ever feel like you are going to win but we were ahead and it felt good. It was certainly a dramatic race”.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning were equally impressive in their semi-final today in the women’s pair, taking an early and substantial lead before going on to win comfortably. This was a marked step up in performance after a luke-warm first race in the early heats, not an easy task in the middle of an Olympic Regatta, but a challenge they were well prepared for going into the games. 


In the double sculls today, five-times Olympian Katherine Grainger and her partner, Vicky Thornley, produced a consummate semi-final to reach Thursday’s final in second place behind Poland in an event which saw the World Champions fall by the wayside in the opposing heat.

Thornley said: “It’s good to come through. Semis are always very tense. We are now looking forward to Thursday and we know that we can do more and better”. Grainger added: “We always said that we would take this regatta one race at a time and we have been doing that.”.

The weather and the water conditions are more settled than they were earlier in the week, and the stage is set for some exciting finals over the next few days – we can’t wait! 


The GB women’s eight paced their heat to perfection to break through a New Zealand lead in the final 500m to win and take a place in Sunday’s final. The win was revenge for their defeat to the Kiwis at the season’s final world cup event prior to the games. 

In the women’s lightweight double sculls Kat Copeland and Charlotte Taylor were fifth in their heat and now race a repechage.
Taylor remaining upbeat about their chances said: “I guess the disappointing thing is that we haven’t shown what we can do.  We need to deconstruct what we have just done and put it all back together again for tomorrow’s repechage”.

In the women’s pair hot favourites Helen Glover and Heather Stanning were pushed extremely close but came through a stiff Danish challenge to win their opening heat of the 2016 Olympic regatta in 7:05.05.
The Olympic, World and European Champions needed a powerful flourish at the end to secure the win.

Stanning said:  “The important thing today was to get into the semi-finals and we did that. It definitely wasn’t a bad row but it wasn’t an exceptional row either”.

Glover added: “On time and on margin that was a tough race but we have experienced having to dig deeper in other races and in training”.


Team GB’s rowers booked one quarter-final and three semi-final slots on the Lagoa de Freitas today despite tough racing conditions provoked by the wind.

In the women’s double sculls Vicky Thornley and Katherine Grainger produced a solid performance to come home second behind the 2013 World Champions from Lithuania and move into the semis of the open women’s doubles scull on Tuesday.

The GB boat led in the early part of the race before being overtaken in the final 250m. Grainger said:  “It was good to get it done today and get out of the heats but it’s going to be do or die from here.  Every crew will think they have what it takes to get into that final”.



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