Alex in line for fours spot – eight years on
Alex Partridge could finally get to row in one of the sport's most iconic events at the London Olympics this summer, eight years after illness robbed him of a shot at gold.
The former Monkton Combe pupil is one of two rowers, the other being Tom James, waiting to see if he will complete Britain's coxless four at next month's opening World Cup meeting in Belgrade.
If the 30-year-old gets the nod to join Andrew Triggs, Pete Reed and Alex Gregory in the quartet, that would put him in pole position for a similar place in the Olympic squad.
Partridge had been a member of the coxless four – made famous by Sir Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent in the past – going into the 2004 Games in Athens.
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However, he was diagnosed with a collapsed lung shortly before the competition and had to watch from the sidelines as the crew of Pinsent, James Cracknell, Steve Williams and replacement Ed Coode won gold.
Hoping to win an Olympic title this summer are Minerva Bath's Helen Glover and University of Bath graduate Heather Stanning, who will once again make up the women's pair at the World Cup from May 4-6.
Vicky Thornley, who also started her rowing career at the university, has been named in the women's quadruple scull alongside Olympic silver medalist Frances Houghton, Beth Rodford and Mel Wilson.
University graduate Marcus Bateman and Matt Wells, who won double scull Olympic bronze in 2008, will join Charles Cousins, Stephen Rowbotham and Tom Solesbury in a new-look men's quadruple scull.