Best GB showing in-depth at World U23s
GB rowers produced Britain’s best in-depth performance to date at any World U23 championships by qualifying 11 from 12 possible boats for tomorrow’s finals due to be held at Strathclyde Park.
In choppy and breezy conditions the men’s eight and pair were both semi-final winners today. They will be joined in the finals by three other crews who emerged from semi-finals today alongside six further crews who had already reached the finals through heat wins or placings in yesterday’s repechages.
Only Ben Smith, in the men’s single scull, failed to progress after catching a crab seconds before the line in his semi-final today.
"We’ve had a great regatta so far after some good training at Caversham (GB Rowing’s training centre)", said Drew Robertson, the GB Team Manager. "Conditions have been difficult and all the crews performed well".
The British men’s eight caught the eye today. They went out quickly and had a commanding lead by halfway from where they countered attacks mounted by both Estonia and the USA before winning in 5:37.01.
Robertson was also pleased with the men’s pair who "raced with great maturity". They put themselves in contention in the early part of the race before moving through the field to win in 6:41.00 ahead of Italy.
There were also strong performances from the GB single sculler Ruth Walczak, who led all the way before being pipped in the final metres, and from the lightweight women’s double scull who were not fazed when Greece bolted out of the blocks only to fade further down the course. "They kept their focus and raced their own race", said Robertson.
The GB women’s four, who won their heat to qualify, will be amongst the ones to watch tomorrow. They could have a battle in store with Australia.
Britain’s men’s double may also have a medal chance after winning their heat to qualify in style.
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(Races with GB crews only. Full results
1. Ukraine 7:49.99
2. GREAT BRITAIN 7:50.22
3. Hungary 7:55.69
4. Finland 7:56.98
5. El Salvador 8:19.27
6. Russia 8:24.21
1. GREAT BRITAIN 6:41.00
2. Italy 6:42.77
3. Ukraine 6:44.20
4. Slovenia 6:48.51
5. Georgia 6:53.91
6. Switzerland 6:59.67
1. Serbia 6:04.28
2. GREAT BRITAIN 6:05.89
3. New Zealand 6:06.14
4. Croatia 6:10.97
5. Ukraine 6:12.87
6. Poland 6:14.49
1. GREAT BRITAIN 5:37.01
2. Estonia 5:38.65
3. USA 5:38.79
4. Canada 5:41.75
5. Spain 5:47.98
6. Netherlands 5:58.68
1. Lithuania 7:03.25
2. Germany 7:04.91
3. Monaco 7:06.92
4. GREAT BRITAIN 7:09.06
5. Latvia 7:10.16
6. Mexico 7:11.48
1. Italy 7:12.49
2. Hungary 7:12.95
3. GREAT BRITAIN 7:14.47
4. Greece 7:16.76
5. Switzerland 7:20.00
6. Sweden 7:30.28
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GB CREWS FOR WORLD U23 CHAMPS
(Strathclyde Park, July 26-29 )
(NB – listed from bow to stroke with
athlete name followed by club in brackets).
Olivia Whitlam (Agecroft RC/Warrington)/Heather Stanning
(Uni of Bath/Lossiemouth)
Coach: Hamish Burrell
Vicky Bryant (Oxford Brookes/Chester-le-Street)/Emily Taylor
(Durham Univ/Lincoln)/Kirsty Myles (Oxford Brookes/Edinburgh)/ Rachel Jefferies (CUWBC/Oxford)
Coach: Nick Strange
Ruth Walczak (Hollingworth Lake RC/Rochdale)
Coach: Ade Roberts
Women’s quadruple scull
Tina Stiller (Nottingham RC/Yarm, N.Yorks/23.6.87)/Franki Jus-Burke (Nottingham RC/Nottingham/3.1.87)/Atlanta St John (Reading Uni/North Leigh/Oxon/13.1.87)/Lauren Fisher (Reading Uni/Reading/17.2.86)
Coach: Ade Roberts
Tom Wilkinson (Leander/Henley)/Charles Burkitt (Leander/Reading)
Coach: Chris Collerton
Cameron Nichol (Uni of London/Glastonbury)/Oliver Moore (Imperial/Burford)/Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey/Surbiton)/Colin Scott (Cambridge Uni/ Malvern)
Coach: Peter Sheppard
Ryan Davies (Oxford Brookes/Henley)/Pete Marsland (Molesey/Hampton)/Alex Holden-Smith(Oxford Brookes/Bewdley)/George Laughton (Newcastle Uni/Douglas, I.O.M)/AndyGraham (cox) (Durham Uni/Walton-on-Thames).
Coach: Andy Bird
Joshua Davidson (Leander/Richmond)/Matt Tucker (Oxford Brookes/Windsor)/Will Robinson (Oxford Brookes/Reading)/Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell
(Uni of London/Durham)/ Tom Ransley (York City RC/Canterbury)/Nick Clark (Leander/Marlow)/Will Laughton (Imperial College/Douglas I.O.M)/Pete Randolph (Bristol Uni/Twickenham)/Seb Stuart (Durham Uni/Salisbury)
Coach: Stuart Whitelaw
Ben Smith (Imperial/Oxford)
Bill Lucas (Reading Uni/Dartmouth)/Charles Cousins (Rob Roy/Cambridge)
1. Emma Steel (Durham Uni/Chester-le-Street)/Frances Fletcher (Durham Uni/Chester-le-Street)
Coach: Peter Lee
Henry Chin (Durham Uni/Camberwell)/Bob Hewitt (Scarborough BC/Scarborough)/Adam Freeman-Pask (Imperial College/Windsor)/Chris Boddy (Tees RC/Thornaby-on-Tees)
Coach: Nathan Adams
Team Manager: Drew Robertson
Doctor: Tom Jenkins
Physio: Su Clark
Equipment Manager: Maurice Hayes