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
Manchester United injury news: Angel Di Maria unlikely to face Spurs as Marouane Fellaini's 'mystery illness' turns out to be rib injury
Arsenal vs QPR player ratings: Could anyone outshine new Gunners hero Alexis Sanchez and who was worse than villain Olivier Giroud?
Manchester City team news: Manuel Pellegrini hopes to have Vincent Kompany back for Burnley visit but hopes not to risk Stevan Jovetic
Neil Warnock sacked: Tim Sherwood fits role for Crystal Palace
Arsenal injury news: Laurent Koscielny could return but Olivier Giroud suspended for trip to West Ham
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
£45000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Panel Wireman required for small electro...
£25000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An SME based in East Cheshire, ...
£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Do you have previous experience...