Retiring Type

I’m beginning to think I’m the only one who remembers Steve Redgrave’s words after he won his rowing gold medal in 1992 with a young Matthew Pinsent: “Not bad for an old man and a never has been.”

Twelve years later, Matthew has announced that he won’t be trying emulate his former partner by winning a gold medal at five consecutive Olympics in Beijing in 2008 and will be concentrating on his other careers.

That’s a shame as Matthew is about the only person who could match that feat, but I suppose it also cements Steve’s (sorry — Sir Steve’s) unique position in UK sport. So good luck Matthew in whatever you choose to do. Having seen the training schedule, you’ve earned a rest.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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