Surbiton's Sbihi makes key call as men's four are crowned world champions

Unbeaten: Surbiton's Moe Sbihi, far right, and Team GB's world champion men's four crew celebrating European gold earlier in the season

Unbeaten: Surbiton's Moe Sbihi, far right, and Team GB's world champion men's four crew celebrating European gold earlier in the season

First published in Sport Streatham Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Surbiton's Moe Sbihi took the plaudits as Team GB's men's four claimed world championship gold on Saturday.

Molesey Boat Club men Sbihi, George Nash and Andrew Triggs Hodge - plus Alex Gregory - secured an imperious victory ahead of the USA in silver and Australia in bronze in Amsterdam.

The Americans pressured the British combination early in the first half before the GB four - inspired by Sbihi - powered away to win in 5:40.24 and complete the season unbeaten.

"We were all pretty nervous before that one. We were unbeaten this season and we all knew we had to go out and perform," said Gregory.

"We raced the USA in the semi-final and they did exactly the same thing.

For us, It was all about keeping cool and calm and then to pull could away when we needed to. Moe [Sbihi] made the call at just the right time and we all responded and the boat just flew.

Triggs Hodge added: "It was really tough out there but we knew what we had to do.

"We had to push on and really dominate and that's what we did".

Fellow Molesey man James Foad and partner Matthew Langridge too silve rin the men's pair after just six weeks in the boat together.

They led the New Zealand defending champions, Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, for longer than expected before being overtaken.

"They've been together for six years unbeaten and we've been together for just six weeks," said Langridge.

"I think we did a pretty good job.

Foad added: "We wanted to be the first crew in a while to push them and I think we did that. I'm pleased with that performance.".

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