Let's make it a Flood of tears of joy this time as Debbie hopes it's third time lucky (From Wharfedale Observer)
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Let's make it a Flood of tears of joy this time as Debbie hopes it's third time lucky
Four years ago the “Flood of tears” headlines wrote themselves as Debbie Flood wept after her Great Britain crew had been pipped on the line by China for the gold medal she craved at the Beijing Olympics.
After winning silver at Athens in 2004 the women’s quad were favourites to go one better.
The story was one of bitter disappointment, but the Guiseley rower never gave up hope of another bid for Olympic glory.
At times her dream of competing in her third games in her own country were in doubt.
Injury forced the trained prison officer to miss competing in the team trials at the start of the year.
It could have been the end of the road for the devout Christian, but she demonstrated remarkable determination to regain her place.
First she was selected to row in the Great Britain eight in the World Cup meeting at Munich before being picked for her favourite event.
If Flood is to finally get the gold medal that would crown her distinguished career since converting to rowing after previously being a junior international at judo, her crew will need to be at their very best.
Flood, Beth Rodford, Frances Houghton and Mel Wilson are aware of the threat of Ukraine and Germany who have been performing very well in international competition.
There is also the considerable threat from the 2008 Olympic champions China who will be looking to prove they can win medals outside their home country.
The heats are on Saturday with the final due to be held at Eton Dorney on Monday.