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Daddy's girl Sophie Hosking destined for greatness since childhood
Wimbledon’s Sophie Hosking was always destined to win Olympic gold, especially in the eyes of her father.
After winning a one-sided lightweight double scull final at Eton Dorney, Hosking revealed that her father, 1980 rowing world champion David Hosking, saw her potential when she was very young.
She said: “My dad used to coach me in the double when we were younger and I remember him saying I had what it takes to be a world champion. I am not sure I really believed him but it is a very special moment to share this with him now.”
She added: “Dad was always winding me up and telling me I’ve not won the world’s but now I can tell him, 'you’ve not won the Olympics'."
In a show of sheer dominance, Hosking and Kat Copeland blew away the rest of the field winning by more than two seconds ahead of China in second and Greece in third.
The race started closely with the crews level up to the 1,000m mark. But then Great Britain took hold of proceedings, began to pull away and they never looked back.
Hosking said: “We talked about racing it as a time trial and have done some good stuff in training.
“Being in the lane we were (six) helped us to focus on what we were doing, I wasn’t really aware of what was happening in the race.
“The winning margin is a shock on reflection, because in lightweight rowing the margins are usually very tight. It is very pleasing but at the end of the day, winning is winning and the margin is irrelevant.”
Despite the emotion and excitement of crossing the finishing line as Olympic champions, Copeland revealed that the first words she said to Hosking were: “We’re going to be on a stamp”, although that was swiftly followed by: “We’re Olympic champions.”