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Rower Reed in bid to emulate Farah gold haul

Rowing great Pete Reed is to bid for a fourth Olympic gold in Tokyo in 2020 which if successful would equal the mark of fellow Britons Matthew Pinsent and Mo Farah among others.

Reed, who will be 39 at the 2020 Games a year older than when Steve Redgrave won his fifth rowing Olympic title, had returned to the Royal Navy after winning gold in Rio with the eights.

However, Reed, who was born in the United States but his family moved to England when he was a baby, felt his rowing and Olympic love affair had not run its full course.

Aside from the eights gold medal -- the first time Britain won that title since 2000 -- he has two coxless four crowns to his credit in 2008 and 2012.

"I felt I had more to give, more to do. It feels natural," he told the BBC.

"I'm really pushing the ages of what rowers are capable of," added Reed, also a winner of five World Championships golds and three silvers.

"I've seen great stuff before -- Dame Katherine Grainger, Greg Searle and people like Sir Steve Redgrave, who was 38 when he won gold in Sydney, so it's definitely possible.

"The most important thing is that I'm hungry to train, I want to be here."

Reed, who has also won five world titles and three silvers, would not be as old as Grainger, who won silver in Rio aged 40.


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