Brookes Rowing Olympic Roundup

Brookes Rowing Olympic Roundup

Last week saw four Brookes Rowing athletes (3 current and 1 former) appearing in their first Olympics.

The Japanese waters brought a mixed bag of results for the British Rowing Team as a whole, but a brilliant bronze for the Men’s Eight, which included Brookes Rower, Josh Bugjaski, highlighted the week of racing.

Bugjaski said he was, “Extremely proud of what we achieved... [They] left everything out on the water and came away with a medal.” After finishing 3rd in their heat and qualifying through the repechage, the British Eight were in a three-boat sprint in the final and were just beaten to the Silver medal by one tenth of a second by the German team. A huge congratulations to Josh and British Men’s Eight team on their well deserved Bronze medal.

Rory Gibbs and the British Men’s Coxless Fourth finished in a heartbreaking 4th place in the Final. All four of the team were competing in their first Olympics and should be incredibly proud of their achievements out in Tokyo and we are looking forward to seeing them in three years time in Paris.

Yesterday we aimed for gold and fell short with fourth. I'm gutted we couldn't bring something home to show for, but I'm proud of the journey we've been on these past two years as a crew

Rory Gibbs


Quentin Antognelli, representing Monaco, finished 15th overall in the Men’s Single Sculls event. Coming into the games his goal was to finish in the top 18 so we’re very pleased that he was able to do just that. We really enjoyed watching Quentin navigate all five of his Olympic rounds, despite the early mornings.

Elsewhere, Katherine Douglas and the British Women’s Eight were unsuccessful in qualifying for the Final.

Brookes Rowers are back in action next week at the 2021 Henley Royal Regatta. You can keep up-to-date with how they get on at their Instagram.