Lancaster's Durant named in men's eight for Rio Olympics

A Lancaster rower has had his place confirmed in the men's eight for this summer's Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Friday, 1st July 2016, 3:07 pm
Updated Friday, 1st July 2016, 4:12 pm
Scott Durant.

Scott Durant, who will be making his Olympic debut, was originally named as one of 12 men’s sweep rowers to make up the men’s eight, pair and two reserves.

Team GB have now confirmed their line-up with the former Lancaster Royal Grammar School pupil joined by Tom Ransley, Andrew T Hodge, Matt Gotrel, Pete Reed, Paul Bennett, Matt Langridge, Will Satch and cox Phelan Hill in the eight.

This crew pressed the German Olympic champions all the way to the line before narrowly taking silver at last month’s world cup in Poland.

Durant, 28, is also a European Bronze medalist in the men’s eight this year having been European champion and World Bronze medalist in the men’s four in 2015.

In all three men’s eight World finals, the main opposition has come from Germany.

However, the Dutch, third at last year’s World Championships and winners at the Lucerne World Cup will also prove strong contenders in Rio this summer.

The squad will now be focussing on a month of hard training in European-based camps before travelling on to Brazil.

Durant joins Lancaster-born Polly Swann who takes her place in the corresponding women’s boat at the games.