Pam Relph seals golden Paralympic rowing double
PUBLISHED: 13:50 12 September 2016 | UPDATED: 18:51 20 September 2016
Pamela Relph savoured Paralympic rowing success in Rio.
Pamela Relph’s amazing record in the mixed coxed four continued as she won Paralympic rowing gold at the Lagoa Stadium in Rio.
The Histon-based rower joined the crew in 2011, and despite a complete change in personnel since their London Paralympic success, their dominance of the class has stretched to five years unbeaten.
Relph was joined in Brazil by James Fox, Dan Brown, Grace Clough and cox Oliver James, and they won the gold medal in 3min 17.17sec, beating the second-placed American crew by two seconds.
“It was just an absolutely amazing day,” said Relph, who was winning her second gold medal after the success in London. “We just felt so well prepared. I don’t think ever had people around me that have calmed me so much.
“I was an absolute nervous wreck these last two days coming into it. These guys are supposed to be the ones that have never done it before and they were keeping me really grounded, I just felt totally in control and I knew that we were going to win - I’ve got this engine role around me and it’s such an amazing feeling.”
On the support from the British supporters, Relph added: “It’s totally amazing, you can feel them willing you on in the last 250m as well.
“It does add a lot of pressure as well because we’re coming to do one race, we’ve been training for four years to do one single race and we can’t mess up, there are no three or four events in this sport.
“We train for three minutes, and to have all of our family there, they are taking all the strokes with us, and they want us to win as much as we want us to win, so it’s such an amazing boost.”