Other Sport

Lambert makes rowing history

2012-07-01 19:56
Peter Lambert (File)

Johannesburg - Peter Lambert of the Old Edwardian Boat Club made history on Sunday when he became the first South African to win the Diamond Scull race at the Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames in London.

He beat G. Thomas of Great Britain in the final.

On Saturday, Lambert, who was seeded second, became the first South African to reach the final of the prestigious evemt.

"It was actually Thomas who powered out at the start taking a small lead on Peter," said Lambert's coach, Dustyn Butler. "But after the quarter mile mark, Peter settled into a powerful rhythm with a longer stroke, overtaking Thomas and he never looked back.

"He won comfortably by over three boat lengths and South Africans can feel tremendously proud because the Henley Royal Regatta is considered to be the most famous regatta in the world," said Butler.

The President of the South African rowing selection and training committee, Paolo Cavalieri, himself a Barcelona Olympic rower, said Lambert's achievement was a good sign for the Olyumpic Games later this month.

"Rowing is one of the five sports likely to do us proud in London with a medal. Our Lightweight Four won a silver medal at the World Cup Regatta in Switzerland a month ago and they were rowing against teams they will be facing in London. So we're confident South Africans will have a medal to celebrate from our rowers," said Cavalieri.

Read more on:    rowing


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


30 of the world's greatest golfers will be heading to the Gary Player Country Club for this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge - now in its 35th year. For all the latest news, player profiles, hole-by-hole descriptions and past winners, be sure to check out Sport24's dedicated section.

Latest blogs

How much of a runner are you?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.