We've narrowed down our picks for the fours and quads, but we have one big bolter to watch that we haven't mentioned below - the Russian four. With the majority of their rowers being sidelined due to the country's drug infringements, the remaining rowers have all been put together into a four. We're expecting that four to go pretty well...logic dictates that combining four of the countries better rowers should result in a powerful unit - so it will all come down to how well those four guys gel together in this short timeframe. You watch...there may be some raised eyebrows if that Russian four competes for the podium.
Great Britain, Australia, (Italy, Netherlands)
We love the men’s four. Combining the finesse of the pairs with the power of the eights, it’s one of those events that you see different styles and sizes of crews battling it out and doing well. This year looks like it is coming down to another classic Australia v Great Britain face off. The smooth, flowing style of a slightly smaller Australian crew, versus the raw horsepower of the Brits. So far the GB crew has had the better results this season, but if the Aussies can get a lead and hold onto it until the last few hundreds…it’s anyone’s game. Fighting for the bronze, look out for the Netherlands and fast finishing Italians. Extremely good crews in their own right, we don’t think they’ll quite manage to knock off the commonwealth duo.
Australia, Canada, (GB, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, New Zealand?!)
This Olympic cycle the Men’s Quad has been an absolute nail-biter of a field. Every crew in the field could make the final, and every crew in the final could take out the top spot. We’re picking Australia to take out the Gold and Canada to go close, but our heart lies with the plucky New Zealand crew that got given last minute qualification a few weeks ago. There’s something telling us that their experience in not making the cut will have driven them even further in training these last few weeks, and that they perhaps freshened up a bit post World Cup. Either way, let’s cross our fingers for a fairy tale story.
Germany, Poland, Australia
A constantly reshuffled German crew are the ones to pick in the women’s quad. With such a strong squad in general, the German’s seemed to have focused their sculling power into the quad in the last few regattas and that has made them almost untouchable. Poland will be there, and Australia should threaten, but look for a little bit of German dominance.