British Olympic Rower, Executive Coach & Inspirational Speaker
Greg Searle 20:40
Mahe Drysdale's decision to target rowing's single sculls at the Tokyo Olympics should not surprise, despite racing Father Time....rowing produces its share of exceptional older athletes. At 38, Brit Sir Steven Redgrave won gold in the coxless four at Sydney, compatriot Greg Searle earned bronze in the eight at London aged 40, and Norwegian Olaf Tufte - a former single sculls rival of Drysdale - was also 40 when he took bronze in the double sculls at Rio.
The silver made Thornley only the third British woman to win an openweight singles medal at the world championships, but half an hour later newcomer Tom Barras claimed an astounding bronze which made him only the fourth Briton ever to win the men's equivalent. Holding pace with the highly experienced Ondrej Synek and Angel Fournier Rodriguez, Barras found a final burst of energy to hold off sprinting Rio runner-up Damir Martin, and was cheered from the grandstands by Olympic legend Greg Searle, who managed the exact same feat twenty years ago.