Rans­ley back in GB crew

Row­ing

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Olympic cham­pion Tom Rans­ley has been in­cluded in Great Bri­tain’s 43-strong squad for the first World Row­ing Cup event of the sea­son in Bel­grade next month

The 31-year-old, who hails from Wood­church and is a former pupil at King’s School in Can­ter­bury, has re­cov­ered from a shoul­der in­jury and will take his place in the men’s eight, hav­ing helped the team to win gold in Rio last year.

Rans­ley is one of the es­tab­lished names in the party with sev­eral emerg­ing young­sters get­ting their chance to test them­selves on the in­ter­na­tional stage for the first time.

He lines up along­side Tom Ford, Tim Clarke, Callum McBri­erty, Cameron Buchan, Adam Neill, James Rud­kin, Lance Tre­dell and cox Henry Field­man. Bri­tish Row­ing per­for­mance di­rec­tor David Tan­ner said: “The first World Cup of the sea­son is a great place to test the wa­ter at the start of the new Olympiad.

“While we know there is still work to do in all ar­eas of the team, I’m ex­cited about the sig­nif­i­cant new tal­ent that will be on show.

“The event of­fers us the op­por­tu­nity to stake our claim at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity in the new Olympic cy­cle, as well as a chance to re­view and ex­per­i­ment with the new crews at our dis­posal.”

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