Aylesbury-born rower has golden chance after storming into Olympic final

Andrew Triggs-Hodge

Andrew Triggs-Hodge

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Andrew Triggs-Hodge looks a good bet for Olympic gold on Saturday after winning through the men’s four semi-final in some style on Thursday.

The Aylesbury-born rower, who now lives in Oxford, was part of the British men’s team who laid down a marker ahead of Saturday’s final with a thrilling victory over arch rivals Australia.

The defending Olympic champ was rowing alongside Pete Reed, Tom James and Alex Gregory as they hit back from a length down to row through the Australians with a huge push in the last 500 metres.

Britain are looking to extend their golden era in the fours to a remarkable 16 years following Olympic triumphs in Sydney, Athens and Beijing.

An intense rowing rivalry with the Aussies ensures Saturday’s finale will be epic and Thursday’s performance from the Team GB men will have gone a long way stoking the flames ahead of the rowdown.