Triple Olympic champion Pete Reed will fight for place in Team GB rowing at Tokyo 2020

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Pete Reed has announced he will continue rowing as he bids for a place at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

The rower from Nailsworth - who won Olympic gold medals at Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio in 2016 - has returned to training with Team GB this week in the hope of competing in his fourth games.

Reed was part of the men's eight that won gold in Rio in the summer. Credit: PA Images

At 35 it's likely to be his last chance of a medal and Reed admitted he hadn't taken the decision lightly because of the intensity needed for training at international level.

I have taken my time but still have the passion for the sport. I obviously want to see how it goes rather than making grand statements about gunning for a fourth gold in Tokyo."

Peter Reed, Olympic rower
Reed arriving home from Rio with a third Olympic gold medal. Credit: PA Images

Reed was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours for winning that historic third gold in the Men's Eight in Rio.

His previous gold medals had both come in the men's four butReed re-trained to be ready for life in the longer boat.

Reed first burst onto the national scene in 2003, making the final of the coxed four at the World U23 Championships, just over a year after taking the sport up seriously at the University of the West of England.

Reed was also part of the successful men's four at London 2012. Credit: PA Images

In 2001, while serving on HMS Exeter, he entered a fleet-wide Royal Navy fitness challenge on the rowing machine and posted the fastest time.

Renowned for his legendary lung capacity, Reed went on to join the GB squad in 2004, row and win with Oxford in the 2005 Boat Race, before settling into a high-achieving men’s four that won multiple World titles before taking gold at Beijing 2008.

On London 2012’s ‘Super Saturday’, Reed added a second men’s four Olympic gold in front of a roaring home crowd at Dorney Lake.

In Rio he added a third gold, this time in a men’s eight that won so emphatically in the last race of the whole Olympic Regatta on the Lagoa Roger de Freitas, beating their perennial rivals from Germany.

Sir David Tanner, Performance Director for British Rowing, welcomed Reed back:

There is no doubt that Pete is one of the most dedicated and talented rowers of his generation."

Sir David Tanner, Performance Director with British Rowing