18 Aug 2010

Steve Redgrave to attend lake Karapiro Rowing World Championships

6:46 pm on 18 August 2010

The world's greatest rower, five time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, will be at Lake Karapiro for the World Rowing Championships in October.

The legendary oarsman, who retired after winning his fifth successive Olympic gold in Sydney2000, will be part of the BBC television commentary team covering the Championships.

Sir Steve says New Zealand has always been a world power within the sport of rowing, one of his regrets is that he never rowed in New Zealand so he's looking forward to going to the famous Lake Karapiro to see New Zealand rowing at its best.

Sir Steve won gold in five successive Olympic Games. His first gold medal came in the coxed four at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. In Seoul four years later, he won gold in the coxless pair and bronze in the coxed pair. Two more coxless pair gold medals followed in the 1992 Barcelona Games and the 1996 Atlanta Games. At the 2000 Games in Sydney, Sir Steve won his fifth gold in the coxless four and later announced his retirement.