Eton Eight’s Rowing Victory
Eton’s rowing eight stormed to victory in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup, at Henley-Upon-Thames, on Sunday 3rd July.
The Eton eight led from the outset against the 2015 champions, St Paul’s School. In a challenge that was started in 1946, by a visit from the then Princess Elizabeth, it is steeped in history. This year, it did not disappoint, with displays of huge strength and determination from both finalists. Eton had beaten Westminster School in the semi-finals, to win a place in the final and having won three of the last seven meetings of the Princess Elizabeth Cup Challenge, the pressure was on for Eton College to win back their 2014 title. Eton’s winning time was a very fast 6 minutes and 47 seconds; three seconds faster than the champions last year.
The Challenge opened its door to international teams in 1964 and sees teams from the USA as well as Australia take part. The Challenge has previously seen many international rowing stars take to the oars and hopes to generate many more potential Olympians.
You can watch the race in full here
Old Etonian Wins Olympic Gold
Eton College extends a huge congratulations to OE and former Captain of the Boats in 2010, Constantine Louloudis, on winning a gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Great Britain's rowers claimed a fifth consecutive Olympic title in the men's four in Rio. Mohammed Sbihi, George Nash, Constantine Louloudis (far right of photo below) and London 2012 winner Alex Gregory finished in five minutes 58.61 seconds. In April 2015, Louloudis became only the fifth man in history to win four University Boat Races when, as Oxford President, he stroked the Dark Blues to victory over Cambridge.