Coleraine brothers Richard and Peter Chambers will row for Olympic gold tomorrow after another impressive victory in their semi-final at Eton Dorney yesterday.
Alongside Chris Bartley and Rob Williams the Great Britain lightweight four stormed past Switzerland with 500m remaining and never looked like being caught.
“It was a good race, we’ve always just set out to go and do out thing, repeatability and consistency and that’s exactly what we did.
“We know we’re a fast crew and it was an Olympic semi-final so people are going to want to go out and race you and stick with us and Switzerland tried but they couldn’t hold the pace towards the end.
“We had to put in a really tough race but that was good for us and will serve us well going into the final,” explained Richard.
His younger brother Peter added, “We were tired at the end but that was one of the best races we’ve rowed but I still think we’ve got a bit more to come.
“We were chuffed with the way we took the race on and that we keep moving on with every race.”
It will be Peter’s first Olympic final but a second for Richard who finished fifth in Beijing.
“We’ve got another gear maybe but everyone was up against the wall going for it towards the finish line so they were tough semi-finals, I think everyone showed their cards and the final will be pretty tough but we’re in a good position,” said Richard.
Their biggest challengers for the medals were all in the other semi-final and defending champions Denmark, who had to come through the repechage, showed they still have lots left in the tank by beating South Africa and world champions Australia.
“We have an idea of who are the best crews but you can see how tough it is from the other heat France and China didn’t make it and neither did Germany.
“That’s just the event; we have an idea who the fastest crew is. Denmark definitely have to be watched out for, they have two Olympic champions in the boat.
“And they have pedigree and they know what they’re doing but we’ve beaten every boat in the final at some point over the last three years .
“And we’re in a really good position and I don’t think we could have done much more up to this point, we just have to go out and deliver our race, do what we do best and if we do that then we can come away with a gold medal,” added Richard.
The success for Team GB continues with seven of thirteen boats already into finals and the potential of a first gold medal coming from rowing today.
Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are favorites to win the women’s pair and will be followed by the women’s quadruple scull of Beth Rodford, Melanie Wilson, Debbie Flood and Frances Houghton
The finale of today’s programme will be the men’s eight with the British taking on Germany in what promised to be a real highlight of the regatta.