Alex Gregory and Pete Reed forced to pull out of GB Rowing trials

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By Inatizzy | Sunday, February 10, 2013, 04:30

Illness forced Olympic champion Alex Gregory to pull out of the GB Rowing team's assessment trials in Boston, Lincolnshire, yesterday.

Gregory, from Wormington, was due to race in a pair with Nailsworth Naval officer Pete Reed.

The duo won gold at London 2012 in the men's four, along with Andy Hodge and Tom James.

Yesterday morning, however, Reed tweeted: "Good morning from Boston. Poor old @AlexGregoryGB is sick in bed (send some love to him). We won't race sadly."

A spokeswoman for GB Rowing said that the pair's inability to race would be unlikely to have any impact on future selection in the build-up to the first World Cup of the season next month.

Caroline Searle said: "The two are such established names, and are tested and assessed all the time, that missing today is unlikely to affect their chances of selection."

Reed tweeted further yesterday afternoon: "Both back home safely. We're sad about not racing. Plan for today, don't start vomiting. Either way, tomorrow will hurt. No day off now."

* You can keep up with Pete Reed's latest news by following his tweets at @PeteReed, or via his online blog.

Gloucester Olympic finalist, Beth Rodford, who came sixth in the women's quadruple scull at London 2012, won her women's open single trial yesterday. 

* The Samsung World Rowing Cup season begins in Sydney, Australia, on March 22.

* The second event is at Eton Dorney - the venue for London 2012 - from June 21 to 23, and the final event in Lucerne, Switzerland, from July 12 to 14.

* The World Championships are in Chungjiu, South Korea, from August 25 to September 1.

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