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Ex-Warwick rower reaches an Olympic final

Thursday, 2nd August 2012

Author: Francesca Salzano

On the 6th June it was announced that Tom Solesbury would be competing in the London Olympics in the Quadruple scull. Yesterday that same quartet became the first ever GBR boat to secure a place in the quadruple sculls Olympic final.

Tom Solesbury in 3 seat of the boat started his rowing career at Warwick University. What started out as a sibling rivalry to try and beat his brother, who had started rowing two years previously while at the University of Bath has manifested into a wealth of success within rowing. A newcomer to the GB senior rowing squad in 2005, Tom was selected in the GB VIII for the 2006 World Championships and finished 5th. In 2008 he raced in the VIII in the World Cup series winning silver in Munich and in 2009 whilst completing an MSc in management research at Oxford University, Tom gained his Blue in Oxford's victory in the Boat Race. Most recently in 2011 he competed at Henley Royal Regatta where his crew beat the 2010 World Champions, Croatia convincingly in the final of quadruple sculls.

Yesterday on day 5 of the Olympics at Dorney Lake, the quartet produced the fastest last 500m of all the crews to secure third position behind Croatia and Australia narrowly beaten to the line by three tenths of a second. Tom Solesbury quoted by the BBC said 'The Object of the Olympic games in this project, is just to do everything to get to the Olympic final.'
Warwick Rowing are proud to be supporting Tom and his team mates and wish them the best of luck for tomorrows (Friday 3rd August) Final.