sport news Row-ing continues at Team GB as men's eight bronze medallist appears to leave ...

sport news Row-ing continues at Team GB as men's eight bronze medallist appears to leave ...
sport news Row-ing continues at Team GB as men's eight bronze medallist appears to leave ...
Row-ing continues at Team GB as men's eight bronze medallist Ollie Wynne-Griffith appears to deliberately leave out team-mate Josh Bugajski from a celebratory social media post for criticising former coach Jurgen Grobler Jurgen Grobler left British Rowing last year after a dispute about his contract Grobler's tenure at Team GB was laden with gold medals - but he was divisive Josh Bugajski was notable by his absence in Ollie Wynne-Griffith's photo Bugajski had accused Grobler of 'destroying' athletes with his training regime  Grobler's biographer Hugh Matheson thinks younger rowers forced him out Sir Steve Redgrave was also advised against joining the coaching set-up in 2018

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Chaos deepened in the toxic British rowing squad yesterday, when the most outspoken critic of former chief coach Jurgen Grobler appeared to have been cropped out of a celebratory picture of their medal ceremony by his own team-mate.

Josh Bugajski, who won bronze in the men's eight on Friday, caused a schism among his fellow rowers when he accused Grobler of 'destroying' athletes with his tough training regime.

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But yesterday Ollie Wynne-Griffith, who rowed in the same boat, posted a picture on Instagram with the caption: 'Pictured: Eight great blokes. Olympic bronze medallists.' 

Team GB came third after a fiercely competitive men's eight final at the Sea Forest Waterway

Tensions have risen between Josh Bugajski (far left) and Ollie Wynne-Griffith (sixth from left)

Tensions have risen between Josh Bugajski (far left) and Ollie Wynne-Griffith (sixth from left)

Bugajski, standing at the end of the line on the ceremony pontoon, is cut out of the image, leaving just seven rowers and cox Henry Fieldman in the frame.

This latest joust comes as The Mail on Sunday has learned that the Olympic squad were split over whether Grobler should stay or go when the subject of his future was aired about a year ago.

In the end he was effectively pushed out last August, because the new hierarchy at British Rowing were unwilling to let him stay just until the end of the delayed Tokyo Olympics — a one-year extension on his previous contract — and instead insisted that he commit to Paris 2024, by which time he would be turning 78.

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