Olympic silver for Tewin's Tom Stallard

PUBLISHED: 19:48 18 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 26 October 2009

Caversham, Reading, Tom STALLARD, GB Rowing Team Training at Redgrave Pinsent Lake, Engand [Credit Peter Spurrier/Intersport Images]

Caversham, Reading, Tom STALLARD, GB Rowing Team Training at Redgrave Pinsent Lake, Engand [Credit Peter Spurrier/Intersport Images]

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TEWIN Olympic rower Tom Stallard and his men's eight crew were disappointed despite collecting a silver medal in Beijing. The eight had high hopes of coming home from China as Olympic champions. Just last month Stallard had told the WHT that he felt his c

TEWIN Olympic rower Tom Stallard and his men's eight crew were disappointed despite collecting a silver medal in Beijing.

The eight had high hopes of coming home from China as Olympic champions.

Just last month Stallard had told the WHT that he felt his crew were on the pathway to a gold medal.

However, things did not go quite to plan on Sunday at Shunyi.

From the start the Canadian eight, who are world champions, took the lead and never looked like giving it up.

Canada were a full boat length in front by the halfway point.

Both GB and the USA battled back strongly in the closing 250m to ensure a tight finish.

The Brit boat of Alex Partridge, Stallard, Tom Lucy, Richard Egington, Josh West, Alastair Heathcote, Matt Langridge, Colin Smith and cox Acer Nethcott fought hard but there was simply not enough water left to overhaul Canada.

In the end Team GB finished narrowly ahead of third placed USA in a time of 5 minutes 25.11 seconds.

Stallard's cox Nethercott, a forner Broxbourne School pupil, said: "There was a stage where we started losing it, you need momentum and Canada had it."

Number six seat Heathcote added: "What we've done before is gone off at a pace that no-one's been able to keep up to, but the Canadians got too far ahead this time.

"It was in our minds that we'd come through and beat the Canadians at some point, but we didn't.

"It came down to great force and a gutsy performance. Unfortunately it wasn't quite there to beat them.

"I'm disappointed. I thought we had the Canadians, but it turns out that we didn't have enough left in the tank."

West, in the GB seat number five, admitted finishing as runners-up was at least some consolation.

He added: "We were out there racing for the gold, but silver is still amazing."

Stallard, who is soon to start work with Formula One team McLaren, was in the same boat as West fours years in Athens which finished eighth in the final.

West added: "It's a very different experience being out there at the top rather than at the bottom."

The men's eight final marked the end of the rowing events at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Overall it was a hugely successful regatta for the GB squad.

They collected a total of six medals, two gold, two silver and two bronze.

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