In the present day, James will be hoping he can emulate at London 2012 such a feat after overcoming being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation last winter to be included in the coxless
DARCs under-18 girls crew (above) of Katie McDaid, Carina Sowerby, Lauren McMillan and Jess Harris who claimed |a bronze medal in the junior women's coxless
quad sculls at the National Junior Championships and (right) Hope Cessford shows off her gold medal after victory in the under-16 girls' single sculls at Strathclyde Park
However, James has returned to full training and announced himself back on the competitive circuit in style, and was part of a men's coxless
four team that won gold at the recent Lucerne World Cup.
The women's senior 2 coxless
quad of Janet Wilkinson, Charlotte Brown, Ruth Wilkinson, Danielle Coulton found the going tough against the tough student crews but came in a creditable fourth in 22:37.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Team of the Year - Bet365: 1-4 European Ryder Cup side, 6 Great Britain coxless
four rowing team, 13-2 Arsenal, 12 Great Britain 4 x 100m relay team, 20 England cricket team, 50 Australia cricket team, 66 Greece football team.
Magic Matthew and his coxless
fours team were the highlight of Britain's greatest day at the Olympics so far.
WARWICK'S Steve Williams has admitted that it is difficult to comprehend he has become an Olympic gold medallist in the men's coxless
Redgrave's heroics were becoming the stuff of legend and, three years later, he and Andy Holmes, a crew-mate from Los Angeles, raced both the coxed and the coxless
pair at the 1987 World Championships.
MATTHEW PINSENT and James Cracknell, world champions in the coxless
pair and reigning Olympic champions in the coxless
four, underlined their position as the leading men's crew at the Great Britain National Team Trials in Belgium.
Redgrave, who teamed with Matthew Pinsent to win the coxless
pairs at the Atlanta Games, is one of only five athletes in history to win gold at four consecutive Olympics.
Team Newcastle rowers made a splash at the Women's Henley Regatta, where they reached three finals and picked up one trophy - in the elite coxless
Peter Reed, Alex Gregory, Tom James and Andy Triggs-Hodge hope to claim GB's fourth successive gold in the coxless