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The Year 2001 Race

Guin Batten

NameGuin Batten
Date of birthSeptember 1967
Place of birthEngland
Marital statusSingle
OccupationFull-time athlete, Chair of British Olympic Association Athletes Commission, and co-founder of WIRe (Women In Rowing)
DomicileBrighton, England
In her own words:
"Guin has been Britain's top single sculler since 1994 when she made her Great Britain dÈbut, at the World Championships on Eagle Creek in Indianapolis. She holds the British record for the single scull. Guin came fifth in the singles at the Olympic Regatta in Atlanta and for the next two years she remained in the World's top six scullers. In 1999 Guin moved into the quad which took the last Olympic qualifying slot at St. Catharine's. 12 months later at the Olympic Games in Sydney the crew converted the 7th place into a silver medal by the narrowest of margins (4cm over a 2km race). It took the umpires 12 minutes to issue a verdict. It was Britain's first ever women's rowing Olympic medal. Since then Guin has returned to training and is preparing to race in this summer's World Cup and World Championships.
Guin is a life member of Thames Rowing Club, and has been a member since 1987 when she joined as novice. Guin has won numerous Head Races over the Championship course, including doing the Tideway Grand Slam (winning the Women's Eights, Fours, Pairs and Scullers Heads in a calendar year). Guin won the inaugural modern Thames World Sculling Challenge. In the second race in 1998, she came second in a titanic battle with her sister Miriam Batten which saw them race bow to stern for the majority of the course with a mid race clash, as the siblings fought for the best water through terrible conditions.
Guin holds the course record for the Thames World Sculling Championship and her knowledge of the Tideway and the Championship course should hold her in good stead to take on the might of Europe and America in her own back yard."
Guin Batten in the GBR women's quad
Other selected results:
1996 Lucerne Regatta4x1st
1997 World Championships Aiguebelette1x5th
1997 German National Championships2x1st
1998 World Championships Aiguebelette1x2nd
1998 World Cup Lucerne1x4th
1999 World Championships St Catharines1x2nd
1999 World Cup Lucerne1x4th
2000 World Cup Lucerne4x1st
2000 Olympics, Sydney4x2nd

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