UPDATED: Boating brothers lead the race for men's medals at Glasgow 2018
UPDATED: Updated to change paragraphs 7 and 8, to reflect the withdrawal from competition of Paul SIEBER (AUT).
GLASGOW - Three pairs of brothers will be vying for gold medals in men's rowing at the 2018 European Championships.
Paul O'DONOVAN and Gary O'DONOVAN (IRL) are among the favourites for the lightweight double sculls.
They shot to fame after giving candid interviews at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where their silver was Ireland's first-ever medal in Olympic rowing. They also won silver at the 2017 European Rowing Championships, but after an impressive win at the third world cup event of the year in Lucerne, Switzerland, the siblings are confident of going one better in Glasgow.
Brothers Valent and Martin SINKOVIC (CRO) are Olympic champions in the double sculls but switched to the pair following Rio 2016 in a bid for a new challenge.
They won silver at the 2017 World Rowing Championships and they arrive in Glasgow off the back of setting a course record at Henley Royal Regatta, beating the time set by Great Britain legends Steve REDGRAVE and Matthew PINSENT in 1995.
French brothers Valentin and Theophile ONFROY are veteran competitors in the pair. They were silver medallists at the European championships in 2017 and have won world cup silver and bronze medals so far this year.
Austria’s Ferdinand and Bernhard SIEBER (AUT) also race the pair.
Meanwhile Portugal’s Afonso COSTA races the lightweight double sculls, and younger sibling Dinis is competing in the lightweight single sculls.
Great Britain's hopes are strongest in the double sculls and quadruple sculls.
Britain has never won a gold medal at a major championships in the quads but did top the podium at two of this year's World Cup regattas, while the double scull of Jack BEAUMONT and Glasgow native Angus GROOM, who first raced together as juniors in 2010, won the second world cup regatta with a commanding performance in Linz, Austria.
In the eights, Germany have won the last five European championships and are undefeated this season but with Great Britain's crew so close behind them, the final race of the regatta promises to be spectacular.
The men's rowing competition begins at Strathclyde Country Park on Thursday 2 August.
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