Rans­ley to learn Rio fate

Bat­ting col­lapse ends Ash­ford’s vic­tory hopes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cricket Www.kentonline.co.uk/sport - By Alex Hoad

Tom Rans­ley hopes to­day is the day when four years of hard work are worth­while and he is con­firmed as a dou­ble Olympian.

Bri­tish Row­ing will name the ath­letes cho­sen to rep­re­sent TeamGB at the Rio Olympic Games in a cer­e­mony at Hen­leyon-Thames this af­ter­noon (Thurs­day).

Rans­ley, the 30-year-old former King’s School Can­ter­bury pupil, from Ash­ford, hopes to be con­firmed in his sec­ond Olympic squad hav­ing had to set­tle for bronze in the men’s eight at Eton Dor­ney four years ago.

He said: “I sup­pose it is a big few days but my fo­cus this week is on train­ing. We have Poz­nan com­ing up and a job to do.”

On Mon­day, Rans­ley was con­firmed in the eight for the fi­nal event be­fore the Olympics, the third and fi­nal World Cup event of the sea­son in Poz­nan, Poland, from June 17-19.

Af­ter a six-week train­ing block, the heats of the men’s eight in Rio will take place on the Ro­drigo de Fre­itas La­goon, just a mile from Copaca­bana Beach on Mon­day, Au­gust 8, with the medals de­cided on Satur­day, Au­gust 13, and Rans­ley is hop­ing to be there.

He ad­mit­ted: “You try not to think too much about the over­all pic­ture on a day-to-day ba­sis. We come in each day with a job to do and that’s all we can fo­cus on.

“When you take a mo­ment to think about it I sup­pose the an­nounce­ment is a big deal and, if you get the news you are hop­ing for, some­thing to en­joy and cel­e­brate be­cause it is the cul­mi­na­tion of four years of hard work.

“It’s part of an over­all jour­ney, the se­lec­tion is not the end, it’s just a step on the way to the ul­ti­mate goal which is com­pet­ing for a medal at the Olympics.”

The GB eight were with­out the ex­pe­ri­enced Pete Reed as they fin­ished fourth in the last World Cup in Lucerne, Switzer­land, last month, though he re­turns for Poz­nan in a crew that in­cludes An­drew Triggs Hodge, gold medal­list in the four at Lon­don 2012 in the stroke seat.

Rans­ley is joined by team­mates Matt Gotrel, Scott Du­rant, Matt Lan­gridge, Will Satch, Paul Ben­nett, Reed and Triggs Hodge and cox Phe­lan Hill,

Rans­ley claimed bronze in the new-look eight at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Bran­den­burg last month, with the hosts claim­ing gold and Rus­sia sil­ver,al­though he was been in­cluded in a reshuf­fled men’s four in the past 12 months.

‘It is a big few days but my fo­cus this week is on train­ing’

Pic­ture: Naomi Baker Sport Pho­tog­ra­phy

GB row­ing star Tom Rans­ley will find out to­day (Thurs­day) if he has made the Olympic row­ing squad

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