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Britain won six medals in Beijing, topping the table in the rowing events, but we'll be looking to do even better in front of a home crowd.

Eton Dorney is potentially very quick and, with a decent tail wind, records could be set. The British team is in a good place: its depth is better than ever, right across the board.

We're confident — and the opportunity is there to go and win medals. We just have to make it happen, although that won't be easy.

The big finals on Wednesday are the men's eight and the women's pair.

Britain's women rowers have a good chance in both the double sculls and the pairs, with Helen Glover and Heather Stanning going up against their big rivals, New Zealand duo Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown. A British win at the World Cup in Belgrade suggests we can do a similar thing at home.

In the eight, the country to beat are world champions Germany, unbeaten in three years. The British squad hasn't raced in a world cup and they're an unknown quantity in some senses.

But they've got a lot of experience in Greg Searle, who already has a gold from Barcelona, and silver medallist James Foad. Plus they have plenty of horsepower in the shape of young Constantine Louloudis. They should be a very quick boat and hopefully home advantage will pull them through.

Olympic gold medallist and Eurosport rowing commentator Tom James was talking to the Daily Telegraph.

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