Team GB rower Moe Sbihi celebrated winning Olympic men’s fours gold by setting foot back in the gym the morning after his finest hour.

The British quartet of Alex Gregory, Surbiton’s Sbihi, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis won the men’s coxless four title on Friday at the Lagoa stadium in Rio, less than 15 minutes after Heather Stanning and Helen Glover defended their women’s pair crown.

The Brits were the only crew to break six minutes in the final, leading from start to finish in five minutes 58.61 seconds to beat world silver medallists Australia into second.

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Ecstasy: Molesey Boat Club pair George Nash, second from left, and Moe Sbihi, second from right, celebrate winning gold in Rio in the men's coxless four race

The result brought a fifth consecutive gold for Team GB in the men’s four, but never mind cutting loose the quartet were back on the exercise bikes on Saturday making sure they could be called on to plug a gap on the final day of the Olympic regatta - if needed.

“Life as Olympic champions! Get up early and support your teammates by being reserves #livingthedream,” he tweeted with a picture of the team in training.

Fellow Molesey Boat Club man Nash admitted it took an Olympic effort just to get on the start line, having been crippled by nerves ahead of the gold medal triumph.

But he need not have been worried as Team GB claimed gold with room to spare.

“It’s been a seriously nervy week just trading these passive aggressive blows with the Australians through the heats, looking at the times and wondering,” he added.

“This morning, oh my word. I experienced the nerves that only really occur once every four years and just felt horrible,” he added.

“I felt weak. I didn’t want to be there. I didn’t want to do it. I had to shake myself into it saying this is why I’m doing it. This is what I’m here for.

"It’s just great to come away with and finish on top.”