Redgrave in awe as Stallard's GB boat books final berth

PUBLISHED: 19:39 11 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:07 26 October 2009

Poznan, POLAND, GBR M8+,  Race for lanes, move away from the start area. at the 2008 FISA World Cup. Rowing Regatta. Malta Rowing Course on Saturday, 21/06/2008. [Mandatory Credit:  Peter SPURRIER / Intersport Images]
Crew, Bow - Alex PARTRIDGE, Tom STALLARD, Tom LUCY, Richard EGINGTON, Josh WEST, Alastair HEATHCOTE, Matt LANDGRIDGE stroke Colin SMITH and cox Acer NETHERCOTT

Poznan, POLAND, GBR M8+, Race for lanes, move away from the start area. at the 2008 FISA World Cup. Rowing Regatta. Malta Rowing Course on Saturday, 21/06/2008. [Mandatory Credit: Peter SPURRIER / Intersport Images] Crew, Bow - Alex PARTRIDGE, Tom STALLARD, Tom LUCY, Richard EGINGTON, Josh WEST, Alastair HEATHCOTE, Matt LANDGRIDGE stroke Colin SMITH and cox Acer NETHERCOTT

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OLYMPIC rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave admitted that Tewin rower Tom Stallard and his men s eight team-mates have proved him wrong with their heat winning performance in Beijing. The five-time Olympic gold medallist had questioned the decision to streng

OLYMPIC rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave admitted that Tewin rower Tom Stallard and his men's eight team-mates have proved him wrong with their heat winning performance in Beijing.

The five-time Olympic gold medallist had questioned the decision to strengthen the GB eight by adding the world bronze winners in the pair last year to the boat.

Redgrave believed the pair would have had a better chance of making the podium on their own in Beijing.

However, the eight's stunning heat two victory, in which they defeated reigning Olympic champions the USA in a time of 5 minutes 25.89 seconds, booked their place in Sunday's final.

Redgrave said on the BBC: "I thought our better chance was to win a medal in the pair and not the eight, but they've proved me wrong there and I'm pleased that they've proved me wrong."

Of the eight's performance, in which they beat the 5 mins 27.69 secs time set by heat one winners and world champions Canada, he added: "That's going to really put them in with a chance of winning the event, especially in the time that they did.

"The Canadians were quick but that was an absolute brilliant performance.

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