Catz win big in Rio Rowing Eights

Catz Olympians

Catz win big in Rio Rowing Eights

Ten days in and it has already been a historic Olympic games for Team GB. It’s also a significant one for St Catherine’s Alumni Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE (2004, Geography and the Environment) and Zoe De Toledo (2010, Experimental Psychology), who have won Gold and Silver medals in the Rowing Eights.

The Women’s Eight final on Saturday saw the British team facing down the United States. For a while it seemed like they might clinch it, but the Americans clawed a lead back in the second kilometre to seize the top prize. Zoe, who coxed for the Great Britain team, was rewarded with a silver medal – the first time Team GB have been decorated in the Women’s Eight.

The gold medal came fifteen minutes later when the British Men’s Eight team, including Andrew, beat the Germans by finishing the two-kilometre race in 5 minutes and 29.63 seconds.

Both Olympians add to the already strong Catz rowing tradition. In fact this is Andrew’s third gold medal, adding to the ones he won in London and Beijing. Other Catz Olympic rowers include Ante Kusurin (2006, Geography and the Environment), Stephan Moelvig (2005, Geography and the Environment), Colin Smith (2003, Geography), Matthew Pinsent (1989, Geography) Rupert Obholzer (1988, Botany), and Joanne Clark (1982, Metallurgy).

The action isn’t over yet. Mari Rabie (2010, Statistics) will be competing in the Triathlon this Saturday for Team South Africa. You can read more about our Olympians preparations for Rio on page 7 of the latest edition of CatzEye.