Rowing: Redgrave ready to turn up the heat
The four seek their third win in this event since Redgrave and Pinsent came in after the stress of taking the coxless pair through a similar four-year cycle in Atlanta.
The crew have lost just once since they were formed, a year ago with a substitute in place of Tim Foster, who was then holding the number three seat. Otherwise they have won everything on a strategy of never letting the opposition close. Every time the pack seems to pose a danger they find another gear.
They do find the going tough, and much of their mystique springs from the way they refuse to show the pain at the finish of even the hardest races.
The rest of the British team racing for places in the top six finals failed yesterday, and only the 37-year-old Peter Haining, the outstanding athlete in his class, has a place.
The crews must be broken up and a new four created from the three strongest athletes and the best racing stroke in the hope of a wild card Olympic qualification next summer.
Latest in Sport
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns aged 27
- 3 Cilla Black defends Cliff Richard: 'I am positive that the allegations are without foundation'
- 4 Nicki Minaj finally releases predictable 'Anaconda' video
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women
£45000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Quantitative Analyst (Financial Services, ...
Negotiable: Harrington Starr: Application Support Engineer (C++, .NET, VB, Per...
Negotiable: Harrington Starr: C# .NET Software Developer (Client-Side, SQL, VB...
£40000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...