Rowing: Haining digs deep to mine gold: Britain's Olympic and world champions pull confidently to victory
Monday 12 July 1993
Haining has built up his shoulder muscle but his preparation has been slow with years in coxless fours and eights before he specialised in the single scull for 1991 season, when he finished seventh. He raced in the Olympic quadruple scull last year before spending the winter training with weights. He is now capable of Britain's first single sculls medal in 20 years of lightweight championships.
Britain's world and Olympic champions all won, with Steven Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent being offered the headwind they longed for. Redgrave and Pinsent found that, although they were in fifth place after 500m, they had the power to draw three seconds clear.
Of Britain's other crews, the lightweight men's coxless four, who have won the World Championships for the last two years, looked supremely confident, hauling in the Italians, who had stolen a length at half-way.
The lightweight women's coxless four, who have twice finished second in the world, won with certainty over two American fours, who finished a quarter second apart. The lightweight men's eight had the nearest miss, closing from over a length down on Denmark after 500m to lose by three feet. This crew have always been slower in the first half than the Danes, but on Saturday led them to 1,000m before finishing third. Yesterday the British were left to chase the whole way.
The women's pair, who have not been beaten this season, came to grief after a fast first 500m and finished third, but were disqualified for crossing into the next lane. The women's coxless four also finished third, but should hold a final place in the World Championships in Prague in six weeks' time.
Latest in Sport
Tony Bellew vs Nathan Cleverly: Bellew takes his revenge with points win over Cleverly
Perth midfielder Ruben Zadkovich sent off 17 seconds after coming on against Wellington
England vs Samoa match report: England finally end losing streak as Jonny May stars in win ahead of Wallabies showdown
WWE Survivor Series 2014: Start time and full match card
Arsenal vs Manchester United match report: Wayne Rooney and a Keiran Gibbs own goal make Gunners rue missed chances
- 1 'Not suppost to cry': 9-year-old lists the worst things about being a boy
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
Voluntary Only - Expenses Reimbursed: Reach Volunteering: A trustee (company d...
£45000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join a successful an...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Digital Sales Account Manager...