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Andrew Triggs Hodge stroked Great Britain to a record-busting win in the Grand Challenge Cup for men’s eights at Henley Royal Regatta today.
Competing as Leander Club and Molesey B.C., the British combination took three seconds off the record held previously by the German national eight, and set in 2011, to record a time of 5:54 on the world-famous course.
Their victory over the University of Washington by over a length set the seal on a successful 164th Henley Royal Regatta, played out in front of record crowds.
The scene is set at the 164th Henley Royal Regatta for a Grand Challenge Cup final to savour.
In today’s semi-finals the University of Washington beat the Polish National eight racing as WKS Zawisza & RTW Lotto and will now meet the Great Britain men’s eight racing here as Leander Club & Molesey B.C.
Bill Lucas and Matt Langridge showed the progress they have made since coming together for the Eton Dorney World Cup just two weeks ago when they handed a heavy defeat to the Chambers brothers in the Double Sculls Challenge at Henley Royal Regatta this morning.
The margin of victory over the Chambers siblings – Peter and Richard - who are representing Leander Club here but who more usually compete as the GB Rowing Team lightweight men’s double, was bigger than expected.
All the leading British crews moved safely through their opening rounds at Henley Royal Regatta on a day when New Zealand’s top boats met mixed fortunes.
Olympic Champions Hamish Bond and Eric Murray continued their peerless run since 2009 in the men’s pair by winning their heat of the Silver Goblets Challenge Cup but by the time they went to the start,their fellow 2012 Gold medallist Mahe Drysdale had been knocked out.