Oliver Cook bursts into tears, claims he ‘blew up’ the wheel after Team GB nearly crashed with the Italian quartet when their dominance in Olympic coxless rowing came to a shuddering halt at the Tokyo Games
Oliver Cook burst into tears, claiming he was partially responsible for Team GB’s dominance in the four wheelless rowing that came to an end in Tokyo.
The GB men’s team had won every four coxless since the 2000 Sydney Games, but the quartet of Sholto Carnegie, Oliver Cook, Rory Gibbs and Matthew Rossiter finished fourth as their hopes of a sixth gold in a row were dashed. .
Australia took the gold, Romania took the silver and Italy took the bronze – but the latter have every right to feel cheated when the British quartet nearly crashed into them at the end of the race, giving them the chance to win a silver. medal were denied.
Oliver Cook burst into tears, claiming he was partially responsible for Team GB’s dominance in the end of the wheelless four
The GB men’s team had won every four coxless-eyed since the 2000 Sydney Games
But talking to BBC Sport after the raceUnable to contain his emotions, Cook said he was “a bit messed up” with the controls and claimed his actions cost him and his teammates further Olympic success.
“I’ve (have the controls),” Cook said.
“I need to diagnose but I feel like I messed up a bit and when I got closer at the end and took big shots at the end as I went to the line I forgot the steering and that cost us to to be honest, cost us a medal.
“All I can say is thank you to everyone who stayed up to watch tonight and I’m really sorry we don’t come back with something.
“I’m really proud of these guys for helping us through this season. I had Covid at the beginning of the year and coming here was not easy.’
The gold medal favorites of Oliver Cook, Matthew Rossiter, Rory Gibbs and Sholto Carnegie (LR) had a disappointing time on the water on day five of the Tokyo Olympics
After thanking the national lottery and for those who stayed up one more time, Cook burst into tears and the interview was cut short.
Meanwhile, Matt Rossiter, a member of the defeated four men, has said his illustrious predecessors will be “complacent” about their failure in Tokyo.
Rossiter, 31, said: “It’s just disappointing that those people are probably going to be really smug now that they’re part of the legacy that won.
“That was a motivation to do well. I hope those people are happy that we didn’t continue the golden run. It did not affect our performance. We managed to shut out the pressure from everything else well.’
About the faulty steering, Rossiter said: “We went all in on the Italians. They’re pretty crazy because maybe we cost them the silver and sorry for those guys. It’s an outdoor sport and things like this happen. It’s just heartbreaking when it’s you and not something on YouTube.”
Matt Rossiter said his illustrious predecessors will be ‘smug’ at their failure in Tokyo