Charles Cousins, world silver medallist in the men’s quad and former winner of the GB Rowing Trials, will miss the 2016 Rio Olympic Games due to a back injury. The 27 year old, who rowed for Great Britain in London, has had surgery on a recurring problem and now faces a long spell on the sidelines.
In a revealing blog post, Cousins described the disappointment at learning he would not be competing for GB this year.
” It wasn’t an easy decision to make, there were tears, a few sleepless night contemplating everything that happened and whether I could have done things differently, but in the end I did what needed to be done,” he explained. “I am devastated that I will not compete at Rio 2016, after all the Olympics are the pinnacle of our sport.”
Cousins finished fifth at the London Olympics, before winning bronze and silver medals at the following two world championships. He also won a string of medals at world cups as part of the men’s quad.
The Reading University graduate has not ruled out a return to the sport though. “As the record of Britain never winning a Mens Quad Olympic medals will hopefully be broken this year, I guess I’ll have to find something new to be the first in. Have we ever won the World Champs in a single? I might be on to something there.”