London Greek Constantine Louloudis wins gold medal at Rio Olympics for Great Britain in the Rio Olympics 2016.
The British quartet of Alex Gregory, Mo Sbihi, George Nash and Louloudis became Olympic champions in the men’s four rowing.
They beat Australia by 1.83 seconds in a time of 5:58.61 at the Lagoa Stadium.
And, incredibly, it he fifth successive Games in which Britain had delivered a winning men’s four crew, following on the legacy set by Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell.
But Louloudis, 24, admitted the pressure and expectation hung heavily on their shoulders throughout the race.
The man whose mum is a Lady-in-Waiting to the Princess Royal, said: “There’s no question that it has all weighed on us.
Constantine Louloudis said
“I know it weighed on me personally, it was not a run we wanted to break.
“We are the top ranked men’s boat in perhaps the top rowing nation in the world, it was on us to win it.
“We had to do that. Having never really felt a sense of duty to country before, I really felt it that time.
“I was like: ‘I think the public wants gold medals and we are in a position to give them one.”
Glover and Stanning, undefeated for five years now, cruised to a 39th successive victory together as a pair.
They duo dominated from start to finish, beating New Zealand’s Genevieve Behrent and Rebecca Scown by 1.24sec in a time of 7:18.29.
His father is Greek and comes from the island of Andros. His mother Madeleine is the youngest daughter of the 20th Viscount Dillon and is a Lady-in-Waiting to The Princess Royal.
He was a King’s Scholar at Eton College. After Eton, he started a Classics degree at Trinity College, Oxford and graduated with a first in classics. learned to row at Eton and in 2007 stroked the Eton VIII that won at Henley Royal Regatta, the National Schools Regatta and the Schools’ Head.
He was in the six seat of the winning Oxford Blue boat at the 2011 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. Later in 2011, he won the Men’s Pairs, with George Nash, at the FISA World Rowing Under 23 Championships on the Bosbaan on 24 July 2011 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
He took a year out of his studies to train for and compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning a bronze medal in the men’s eight. Louloudis then returned to his Oxford studies, rowing in the winning eights of a second and third Boat Race in 2013 and 2014, before returning to the British eight, which he stroked to a gold medal at the 2014 World Rowing Championships. The next year he won a final Boat Race as president of Oxford University Boat Club.
At the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Louloudis rounded off his medal collection by stroking the GB men’s 4- to gold, the fifth consecutive time a British crew had won the event.