Rowing: Henley lure for Redgrave

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Steve Redgrave seems likely to row at the Henley Royal Regatta this year in an attempt to become the first person to win every major trophy there.

Redgrave has won all the events from single sculls to fours, but the Grand, which is for eights and is the most senior race in the regatta, has eluded him.

Redgrave said in 1995 he would not compete at Henley again as he planned to retire after the Atlanta Olympics but he has rescinded that decision and will pursue another gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He and his pairs partner, Matthew Pinsent, decided in October they needed a new challenge and the coxless four, won by Australia in Atlanta, provided the right motivation.

The four will be selected from next month's trials at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, with the crew preparing for the World Championships in France later this year. One of the practice runs will be Henley and Redgrave is aiming at combining two fours in order to make history by winning the final trophy to add to his collection.

For Tim Foster, part of the Oxford crew in next month's Boat Race, it could be a chance to go for Olympic gold again in the event in which he and the Searle brothers won a bronze.

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