World Rowing Championships: British eight battle Germany again
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|Rowing World Championships|
|Venue: Lake Aiguebelette, France. Dates: 30 August- 6 September|
|Coverage: Finals live on BBC One and BBC Two|
Alex Gregory has insisted there is no bad blood between Britain's men's eight and their German counterparts as they prepare to reprise their rivalry at the World Championships.
The crews will race over the next eight days as Britain look to defend their title against the European and Olympic champions.
"I speak to those guys off the water and we're all the same," the four-time World gold medallist told BBC Sport.
"We're just born in a different place."
The 2012 Olympic champion added: "Any one of them could fit in our squad and vice versa so I have enormous respect for them but still want to beat them."
Gregory's crew is one of 24 entered by GB Rowing into a regatta at Lake Aiguebelette that boasts a record 1300 athletes from 77 countries and also serves as the Rio 2016 qualifying competition.
The leading British women's boat is the pair, with reigning world, Olympic and European champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning looking to extend an unbeaten record that stretches back 27 races and four years.
"The project continues to excite me as we are still finding areas to improve and ultimately we are getting faster," said Stanning.
Britain won 10 medals in last year's event, with golds in the eight and pair added to by wins in the men's four and the para-rowing mixed coxed four.
Katherine Grainger has six world golds of her own and the 2012 Olympic champion continues her international comeback alongside Vicky Thornley in the double.
"It is all about Rio and the Olympics and we're hoping to put a really big marker down and show what we are capable of," Thornley said. "All we want is that bit of shiny metal."
|Thursday, 3 September - Para-rowing finals|
|15:40 Women's Arms/-shoulders single||16:10 Mixed trunk/-arms double|
|15:55 Men's Arms/-shoulders single||16:25 Para-rowing mixed four|
|Friday, 4 September - International class finals|
|10:50 Women's four||11:50 Lightweight women's single|
|11:05 Men's coxed pair||12:05 Lightweight men's quad|
|11:20 Lightweight men's pair||12:20 Lightweight women's quad|
|11:35 Lightweight men's single|
|Saturday, 5 September - Olympic class finals|
|11:00 Women's pair||11:40 Men's four|
|11:10 Men's pair||11:50 Women's quad|
|11:20 Lightweight men's double||12:00 Men's quad|
|11:30 Lightweight women's double|
|Sunday, 6 September - Olympic class finals|
|11:00 Women's double||11:30 Women's eight|
|11:10 Men's double||11:40 Men's single|
|11:20 Lightweight men's four||12:00 Men's eight|