Martin Cross |

‘I just remember screaming at Anna: ‘We can win this!’

The final of the women’s doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was one of the most exciting races ever. In a rare interview with New Zealand’s Evers-Swindell twins and Britain’s Elise Sherwell and Anna Watkins, Martin Cross rewinds the clock back to the 2008 season

In one of the most gripping of all Olympic finals, the women’s doubles at the Beijing Olympics saw the Germans – AnneKatrin Thiele and Christiane Huth – fly out and lead their Olympic final until the very last stroke.

It was the Evers-Swindell twins from New Zealand who tracked them all the way, finally forcing their bows in front, when it looked as though both time and water had run out. The margin at the finish was 0.01 seconds. It was a result that saw the All Blacks become Olympic champions for the second successive time. But, incredibly, there was a third double who came within a whisker of beating both of those crews. In the last 500m, the British boat of Elise Sherwell (née Laverick) and Anna Watkins were closing on the two leaders like an express train. At the finish, they were only 0.23 seconds off gold.

Read on to hear more about this extraordinary showdown as Martin Cross catches up with the two Kiwis, Georgina and Caroline, and Elise and Anna as they relive the memories of that amazing final and the eventful season that preceded it.


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