Stallard fourth in GB trials

PUBLISHED: 15:26 14 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 26 October 2009

Munich, GERMANY, 27.08.2007, GBR M8+, Bow Tom JAMES, Tom STALLARD, Tom LUCY, Tom SOLESBURY, Josh WEST, Richard EDINGTON, Robin BOURNE-TAYLOR and Alstair HEATHCOTE, Cox, Acer NETHERCOTT, on the second day on the  Munich Olympic Regatta Course, venue for 2007 World Rowing Championship, Bavaria. [Mandatory Credit. Peter Spurrier/Intersport Images]

Munich, GERMANY, 27.08.2007, GBR M8+, Bow Tom JAMES, Tom STALLARD, Tom LUCY, Tom SOLESBURY, Josh WEST, Richard EDINGTON, Robin BOURNE-TAYLOR and Alstair HEATHCOTE, Cox, Acer NETHERCOTT, on the second day on the Munich Olympic Regatta Course, venue for 2007 World Rowing Championship, Bavaria. [Mandatory Credit. Peter Spurrier/Intersport Images]

© Peter Spurrier/Intersport-Images

WELWYN rower Tom Stallard is still in the frame for an Olympic seat after performing strongly at last weekend s senior GB trials. A 2007 World Championship bronze medallist, Stallard finished fourth in the pairs event at Hazewinkel in Belgium. The men s t

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

WELWYN rower Tom Stallard is still in the frame for an Olympic seat after performing strongly at last weekend's senior GB trials.

A 2007 World Championship bronze medallist, Stallard finished fourth in the pairs event at Hazewinkel in Belgium.

The men's title was won for the fourth time in a row by Andy Hodge and Peter Reed.

Stallard, racing with the Army's Robin Bourne-Taylor, finished fourth overall, just behind Colin Smith and Tom James, former World Cup silver medallists, and Rick Egington and Alex Partridge, world champions in 2007 and 2006 respectively.

Whilst Hodge and Reed were jubilant, their Camelot-backed men's four team-mate and Olympic champion Steve Williams was relegated to the bank when his partner Matt Langridge went down with an illness and had to withdraw.

Williams watched a race unfold where Smith and James were the main challengers to the established hierarchy.

Despite finishing outside the top three in a regatta played out under grey skies and persistent rain, Stallard is still in the mix for a second Olympics.

A former Tewin resident, ex-Cambridge University president Stallard competed for Britain in the men's eight four years ago at the Athens Olympics.

The GB coaches have still to make their crew decisions for the Beijing Games.

They will select a squad on the basis of all the trials results and how the athletes perform over this summer's World Cup events.

Cambridge Blue Stallard, 29, finished third in the 2007 World Rowing Championships in the men's eight.

He was a gold medallist in the coxed four in 2002 and won silver in the same event the following year.

RESULTS

Men's Final

Pair

1 Peter Reed (Leander) / Andy Hodge (Molesey) 6:32.33; 2 Colin Smith (Leander) / Tom James (Molesey) 6:37.60; 3 Alex Partridge (Leander) / Rick Egington (Leander) 6:40.93; 4 Robin Bourne-Taylor (Army) / Tom Stallard (Leander) 6:42.43; 5 Alastair Heathcote (Army) / Toby Garbett (Leander) 6:48.13.


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