Dan Ritchie eyes Olympic place in honour of his brother

Great Britain rower Dan Ritchie will continue to the 2016 Olympics in memory of his brother, who died last year.

The 26-year-old from Herne Bay, Kent, was part of the men's eight that won the opening 2013 World Cup race in Sydney on Sunday.

"I'm quite religious and before the race I usually pray, so I said one for my little brother," he revealed.

"What I'm going to do now is for him too and I'm going to carry on to Rio 2016 and give it everything."

Ritchie endured a terrible 2012, first suffering a knee injury that scuppered his London Olympics aspirations.

He then collapsed in September and was rushed to hospital with a heart scare before his brother suffered a sudden seizure and died in December.

"Thinking of Aaron got me fired up more than I thought it would and towards the end of the race I welled up quite a bit," he revealed.

"It's nice to start 2013 so well after everything that happened last year and now I'm looking forward to the rest of the season."