GB Rowing Team men’s eight qualify for Worlds final in style

The GB Rowing Team men’s eight brought the curtain down on a very positive day for the British at the World Championships in Holland.

They came through the Russian crew – who had beaten them at the Europeans and a world cup earlier this year – to win their repechage by just under three seconds and qualify for Sunday’s final.

“We got off the start with much more aggression than in the heats and we weren’t going to let the Russians walk on in the early part of the race. Inch by inch we kept and stepped up our momentum”, said cox Phelan Hill of the crew which features World Champions Hill, Will Satch, Tom Ransley and twice Olympic men’s four gold medallist Pete Reed but has some newcomers on board this year and some returning previous World or Olympic medallists.

“That was definitely an improvement on the heats. We were much more cohesive and I think we are a crew that can step up through the regatta. We certainly haven’t shown all the power we’ve got yet”, said Tom Ransley in the seven seat.

Earlier six of the other seven GB crews in action moved onto the next round. The only exception was the women’s eight but they laid down a marker for later in the Championships by coming second only to the World and Olympic Champions, the USA, in their heat.

“It is always good to get the first race of the World Championships out the way as Lucerne [the season’s final world cup in July] was quite a time ago. It’s good to cement what we did in Lucerne but we haven’t shown everything yet”, said Jess Eddie one of the more experienced members of the crew.

The lightweight and open weight men’s double sculls and the lightweight single moved into semis as did Vicky Thornley in the open women’s single alongside the women’s quadruple scull whilst the lightweight women’s quad are through to Friday’s final after winning their repechage.

“On the whole we’ve had a very good day”, said GB Rowing Team Performance Director, Sir David Tanner. “Competition is getting hotter as we move towards semi-finals and finals. It was great to see our men’s eight qualifying so strongly against a more fancied crew

Tomorrow’s race programme includes an early morning semi for the Olympic women’s pair champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning. They open the are programme for the GB Rowing Team in the first race of the day at 08.30 UK Time.

All the other semi-finals start at 13.15 with British crews featuring in eight semi-finals, including the men’s four, lightweight women’s doubles scull and men’s quadruple scull amongst others. The women’s eight will race their repechage, too.

The day’s racing will finish with Para-rowing finals with Tom Aggar and Rachel Morris racing their respective single scull events and the mixed coxed four, who are defending champions, concluding the programme.

For British viewers, the event will be televised by the BBC with two hours of programming on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August on BBC 2. Transmission times are currently:

Saturday 30 August: BBC2 12.15 – 14.15 (UK time)
Sunday 31 August: BBC 2 11.50 – 13.45 (UK time)

There is a live race-tracker on including video coverage in the latter stages of the event.

GB results and information will be tweeted via @gbrowingteam with the day’s round-ups at


The men’s eight brought the curtain down on today’s racing and anticipation was high for a full-on contest. With Russia drawn alongside them the scene was set for a repeat of the Lucerne world cup and European Championships finals in which Russia took silver and GB the bronze. Australia on the other side and China could not be discounted and only two could progress to the final.

Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell, Matt Tarrant, Will Satch, Matt Gotrel, Pete Reed, Paul Bennett, Tom Ransley, Constatine Louloudis and cox Phelan Hill were out of the blocks with aggression in the early phases and did not let Russia, the early leaders, get a big advantage.

As the race moved through its middle phase the GB crew, Russia and Australia were still in contention for the two qualifying slots. From the halfway mark to the 1500m timing point the British combination moved up on Russia and then through them with Australia slipping back. GB went on to win by more than a decent margin.

John Collins and Jonny Walton were rowed out of direct semi-final qualification here in Amsterdam by just 0.04 seconds. Today the question was whether they could bounce back from such a narrow defeat after a great race and sequester one of the two qualifying slots available in today’s repechages.

Yes, was the answer. They were racing in lane three and drawn between Argentina and Serbia. By halfway the rest of the field had slipped behind leaving Serbia and GB to slug it out until Walton and Collins put in a push around 1300m gone to move clear and go on to win in 6:34.38.

The GB Rowing Team’s women’s eight were drawn in a heat with the USA – world and Olympic champions and one of the stand-out crews in world rowing. To progress to the final via the one qualifying slot available would therefore be an improbably tall order.

This race was due to run yesterday but was delayed overnight by unfair wind conditions late which caused a postponement in the regatta.

For Rosamund Bradbury, Louisa Reeve, Katie Greves, Donna Etiebet, Jessica Eddie, Zoe Lee, Polly Swann, Caragh McMurtry and Zoe Lee today’s heat was an opportunity to race to the best of their ability, lay down a marker against crews like China, Germany and the Netherlands as well as to seize a good lane draw for the ensuing repechage should the USA win as expected.

The GB women delivered everything in a race won, as predicted, by the USA. The GB crew came through strongly after the opening phases to sit ahead of a chasing three-boat pack. They reached the 100m mark with their bow ball behind the USA but ahead of the rest. By halfway they had more of a lead.

Despite considerable encouragement from both banks the home crew faded in the middle third and Germany and China were unable to make an impact on the GB boat. They took second in 6:27.67. Canada meanwhile won the other heat in an identical winning time to the USA.

Eddie said: “I think we dealt with the overnight delays well and went out to race today like any other day.

“It is always good to get the first race of the World Championships out the way as Lucerne [the season’s final world cup in July] was quite a time ago. It’s good to cement what we did in Lucerne but we haven’t shown everything yet”.

Vicky Thornley found herself today in the same quarter-final as the World Champion Kim Crow of Australia but with the top three going through to the semi-finals.

Thornley got out to a good start, leading after 150m and even when the event settled she was well placed behind Crow and ahead of the American, Genevra Stone. In the second half Thornley and Stone battled it out for 250m before the American came through whilst Thornley was well clear in third and qualified for the semi-finals.

Tina Stiller, Beth Rodford, Vicky Meyer-Laker and Lucinda Gooderham needed a bounce-back performance in today’s women’s quadruple scull repechage after a lacklustre heat. A top-three finish would see them safely through to the semi-finals.

They delivered in style by hitting the front before halfway and then stretching out their lead over the chasing Italians and Russians to win in 6:45.36. Now they race a semi-final tomorrow.

Their lightweight counterparts are through to the final here after winning their repechage today. Ruth Walczak, Ellie Piggott, Brianna Stubbs and Charlotte Taylor needed a top two finish and made sure of their progression by gradually pulling ahead of China and the USA to take the lead and then bring home the win by over a length in 6:51.38.

Charlotte Taylor set up the rhythm well that allowed the boat to start with intent and carry through to reach Friday’s final.

Jamie Kirkwood and Will Fletcher will feature in tomorrow’s semi-finals after a close-run quarter-final of the lightweight men’s double scull in which they were lying fourth for much of the first 1500m before stepping up to pull past Austria and then the early leaders New Zealand who flagged so badly in the final 500m that they were out of the top three qualifying slots by the finish. Switzerland won the race in 6:33.66 to GB’s 6:36.00.

Zak Lee-Green raced today in the lightweight men’s single scull quarter-finals from which the top three were set to qualify for the semis. Lee Green is in Holland as a racing reserve but produced a great performance today to reach the semis here, taking second place behind China’s Zhao Jingbin.

The recently-qualified dentist set out with intent, chasing the Chinese who took an early lead. Behind him some drama unfolded when the Andrew Campbell Jr caught his blade hard enough to tip out of the boat and put himself out of contention.

That might have unsettled the field around him but Zak Lee Green was well out of the danger zone and carried on closing the gap on China to take second place in 7:22.56 with Japan’s Hiroshi Nakano in third.




Eight – Heat 1

1. USA 6:20.96
2. Rosamund Bradbury/Louisa Reeve/Katie Greves/Donna Etiebet/Jessica Eddie/Zoe Lee/
Polly Swann/Caragh McMurtry/Zoe De Toledo (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:27.67
3. China 6:29.92
4. Germany 6:30.31
5. Netherlands 6:32.95
6. Belarus 6:53.69

Single scull – Quarterfinal 4

1. Kim Crow (Australia) 7:57.07
2. Genevra Stone (USA) 8:01.76
3. Victoria Thornley (GREAT BRITAIN) 8:06.39
4. Micheen Thornycroft (Zimbabwe) 8:17.38
5. Jeannine Gmelin (Switzerland) 8:21.02
6. Marcela Milosevic (Croatia) 8:27.05

Quadruple scull – Repechage 1

1. Kristina Stiller/Beth Rodford/Victoria Meyer-Laker/Lucinda Gooderham (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:45.36
2. Sara Magnaghi/Alessandra Patelli/Laura Schiavone/Sara Bertolasi (Italy) 6:49.70
3. Maria Antsiferova/Julia Kalinovskaya/Iuliia Volgina/Ekaterina Kurochkina (Russia) 6:55.86
4. Yekaterina Artemyeva/Svetlana Germanovich/Mariya Vassilyeva/Viktoriya Chepikova (Kazakhstan)



Eight – Repechage 1

1. Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell/Matthew Tarrant/Will Satch/Matt Gotrel/Pete Reed/Paul Bennett/
Tom Ransley/Constantine Louloudis/Phelan Hill (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:41.75
2. Russia 5:44.57
3. Australia 5:49.10
4. China 5:56.02
5. Spain 6:00.01

Double scull – Repechage 3

1. John Collins/Jonathan Walton (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:34.38
2. Marko Marjanovic/Aleksandar Filipovic (Serbia) 6:36.81
3. Andrei Jamsa/Tonu Endrekson (Estonia) 6:40.49
4. Gergely Papp/Bendeguz Petervari-Molnar (Hungary) 6:50.55
5. Ariel Suarez/Cristian Rosso (Argentina) 6:56.71



Quadruple scull – Repechage 1

1. Ruth Walczak/Eleanor Piggot/Brianna Stubbs/Charlotte Taylor (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:51.38
2. Jing Liu/Tianyu Teng/Huan Zhang/Le Chen (China) 6:53.51
3. Hillary Saeger/Kristin Hedstrom/Sarah Giancola/Mary Jones (USA) 6:56.51
4. Fabiola Nunez Zurita/Analicia Ramirez/Lila Perez Rul/Montserrat Garcia (Mexico) 7:11.61
5. Sara Vichova/Marketa Pazderkova/Denisa Cvancarova/Monika Novakova II (Czech Republic)



Single scull – Quarterfinal 2

1. Zhao Jingbin (China) 7:20.63
2. Zak Lee-Green (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:22.56
3. Hiroshi Nakano (Japan) 7:27.41
4. Milos Stanojevic (Serbia) 7:34.21
5. Nedelcho Vasilev (Bulgaria) 7:37.76
6. Andrew Campbell Jr (USA) 11:47.10

Double scull – Quarterfinal 2

1. Simon Schuerch/Mario Gyr (Switzerland) 6:33.66
2. William Fletcher/Jamie Kirkwood (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:36.00
3. Paul Sieber/Bernhard Sieber (Austria) 6:38.21
4. Adam Ling/Alistair Bond (New Zealand) 6:41.76
5. Nikolaos Afentoulis/Panagiotis Magdanis (Greece) 6:44.03
6. Vasiliy Stashkov/Jury Shchelokov (Russia) 6:47.90

World Rowing Championships 2014
(listed bow to stroke with cox)
Amsterdam, 24-31 August




Helen Glover (Minerva Bath RC/Penzance/17.06.86)/
Heather Stanning (Army RC/Lossiemouth/26.01.85)
Coaches: Robin Williams & Paul Thompson


Rosamund Bradbury (Leander Club/Banstead/17.12.88)/
Louisa Reeve (Leander Club/London/16.05.84)/
Katie Greves (Leander Club/Oxford/02.09.82)/
Donna Etiebet (Sport Imperial BC/London/29.04.86)/
Jessica Eddie (London RC/Durham/07.10.84)/
Zoe Lee (Imperial College BC/Richmond, N. Yorks/15.12.85)/
Polly Swann (Leander Club/Edinburgh/15.06.88)/
Caragh McMurtry (Reading Univ BC/Southampton/22.08.91)/
Zoe de Toledo (cox) (Leander Club/London/17.07.87)
Coach: James Harris

Single scull

Victoria Thornley (Leander Club/Wrexham/30.11.87)
Coaches: Paul Thompson/Robin Williams

Quadruple scull

Kristina Stiller (Tees RC/Yarm/23.06.87)/
Beth Rodford (Gloucester RC/Gloucester/28.12.82)
Victoria Meyer-Laker (Leander Club/Premnay/18.03.88)/
Lucinda Gooderham (Leander Club/Norfolk/09.06.84)/

Coach: Nick Strange

Open women spares:

Monica Relph (Leander Club/Cambridge/15.01.88)/
Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Oxford/28.03.91)/
Jessica Leyden (Hollingworth Lake RC/Burnley/22.02.95)




James Foad (Molesey BC/Southampton/20.03.87)/
Matt Langridge (Leander Club/Northwich/20.05.83)
Coach: Rob Dauncey

Coxed Pair

Alan Sinclair (Leander Club/Inverness/16.10.85)/
Scott Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.88/
Henry Fieldman (cox) (Molesey BC/London/25.11.88
Coach: John West


Alex Gregory (Leander Club/Wormington/11.03.84)/
Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC/Surbiton/27.03.88)/
George Nash (Molesey BC/Guildford/10.02.89)/
Andrew Triggs Hodge (Molesey BC/Hebden, N. Yorks/03.03.79)
Coach: Jurgen Grobler


Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (Univ of London BC/Durham/13.04.88)/
Matthew Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Shepperton/11.07.90)/
Will Satch (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/09.06.89)/
Matthew Gotrel (Leander Club/Chipping Campden/01.03.89)/
Pete Reed (Leander Club/Nailsworth, Glos/27.07.81)/
Paul Bennett (Univ of London BC/Leeds/16.12.88)/
Tom Ransley (Leander Club/Cambridge/06.09.85)/
Constantine Louloudis (OUBC, London, 15/09/91)/
Phelan Hill (cox) (Leander Club/Putney & Bedford/21.07.79)
Coaches: Christian Felkel & Jurgen Grobler

Double scull

John Collins (Leander Club/Twickenham/24.01.89)/
Jonathan Walton (Leander Club/Leicester/06.10.90)
Coach: Mark Banks

Quadruple scull

Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC/Preston/08.11.88)/
Sam Townsend (Reading Univ BC/Reading/26.11.85)/
Charles Cousins (Leander Club/Willingham/13.12.88)/
Peter Lambert (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/03.12.86)
Coach: Paul Stannard

Open men’s spares

Oliver Cook (Univ of London BC/Windsor/05.06.90)/
Phil Congdon (Molesey BC/Bury St Edmunds/06.06.89)
Jack Beaumont (Leander Club/Maidenhead/21.11.93)



Double scull

Imogen Walsh (London RC/Inverness/17.01.84)/
Kat Copeland (Tees RC/Ashington/01.12.90)
Coach: Paul Reedy

Quadruple scull

Ruth Walczak ((Molesey BC/Rochdale/15.09.88)/
Eleanor Piggott (Wallingford RC/Olney/16.05.91)/
Brianna Stubbs (Wallingford RC/Headington/13.07.91)/
Charlotte Taylor (Putney Town RC/Bedford/14.08.85)
Coach: Tom Evens



Sam Scrimgeour (Imperial College BC/Kirriemuir/28.01.88)/
Jonathan Clegg (Leander Club/Maidenhead/14.07.89)

Coach: Rob Morgan


Mark Aldred (London RC/London/18.04.87)/
Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/14.03.90)/
Richard Chambers (Leander Club/Coleraine/10.06.85)/
Chris Bartley (Leander Club/Chester/02.02.84)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Lightweight men’s spare:

Zak Lee Green (Agecroft RC/Cardiff/05.02.91)

Double scull

William Fletcher (Leander Club/Chester-le-Street/24.12.89)/
Jamie Kirkwood (Leander Club/Creswell/30.08.89)
Coach: Darren Whiter


Arms & Shoulders Men’s Single Scull
Tom Aggar (Royal Docks RC/Maidenhead/24.05.84)
Coach: Nick Baker

Arms & Shoulders Women’s Single Scull
Rachel Morris (Guildford RC/Farnham/25.04.70)
Coach: Nick Baker

Legs-Trunk -Arms Mixed Coxed Four
Grace Clough (Nottingham RC/Sheffield/ 21.06.91)/
Pamela Relph (Leander Club/Aylesbury/14.11.89)/
Dan Brown (Upper Thames RC/Reading/29.11.82)
James Fox (Univ of London/Peterborough/02.05.92)/
Oliver James (cox) (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/05.10.90)
Coach: Tom Dyson


Sir David Tanner, Performance Director / Team Manager
Jürgen Grobler, Chief Coach Men
Paul Thompson, Chief Coach Women & Lightweights
Louise Kingsley, ATM – Para

Medical & Science

Ann Redgrave, Doctor
Liz Arnold, Physiotherapist
Roz Brawn, Physiotherapist
Sally Brown, Physiotherapist
Pat Dunleavy, Physiotherapist
Mark Homer, Physiologist

Media & Logistics

Maggie Netto, ATM – Admin
Maurice Hayes, ATM – Resources
John Tetley, Boatman
Caroline Searle, Press Officer


The outline racing schedule is as follows. NB – rowing is an outdoor sport and timetables may change at the last minute due to weather conditions. For updated information please visit: or follow us on twitter: @gbrowingteam.

Listed below in potential order of racing each day.

SUNDAY 24 August

13.30 – 18.00: Heats of the:

Lightweight men’s and women’s single scull (LM1x, LW1x)
Men’s and women’s pair, (M2-, W2-)
Lightweight men’s and women’s double scull (LM2x, LW2x)
Men’s four (M4-)
Men’s and women’s quadruple scull (M4x, W4x)
Men’s single scull

MONDAY 25 August

11.14 – 12.40 Heats of the:

Arms-only men’s and women’s single scull (ASM1x, ASW1x)
Trunk and arms double scull (TA2x)
Leg Trunks and Arms double scull (LTA2x)
Leg trunks and arms coxed four (LTA4+)

14.05 – 17.45 Heats or reps of the:

Lightweight men’s pair (LM2-)
Lightweight men’s and women’s single scull (LM1x, LW1x)
Lightweight men’s and women’s quadruple scull (LM4x, LW4x)
Lightweight men’s double scull (LM2x)
Men’s and women’s double scull (M2x, W2x)
Lightweight men’s four (LM4-)
Women’s eight (W8+)
Men’s and women’s single scull (M1x, W1x)
Men’s eight (M8+)

TUESDAY 26 August

13.20 – 14.20 Repechages of the:

Arms-shoulders men’s and women’s single scull (ASM1x, ASW1x)
Trunk and Arms double scull (TA2x)
Legs Trunk and Arms double scull (LTA2x)
Leg trunk and arms coxed four (LTA4+)

15.22 – 15.45

Repechages of the:

Lightweight women’s single scull (Lw1x)
Women’s and men’s pair (W2-, M2-)
Lightweight women’s double scull (LW2x)
Men’s four (M4-)
Women’s and men’s quadruple sculls (M4x, W4x)


11.44 – 12.10 B finals of:

Arms-shoulders women’s single scull (ASW1x)
Trunk-arms double scull (TA2x)
Leg trunk and arms double scull (LTA2x)
Leg trunk arms coxed four (LTA4+)

and: Semi-finals of:

Arms-shoulders men’s single scull (ASM1x)

14.18 – 17.45 Repechages or quarter-finals of:

Lightweight men’s pair (LM2-)
Lightweight men’s single scull (LM1x)
Lightweight men’s and women’s quadruple scull (LM4x, LW4x)
Lightweight men’s double scull (LM2x)
Men’s and women’s double scull (M2x, W2x)
Lightweight men’s four (LM4-)
Women’s eight (W8+)
Men’s and women’s single scull (M1x, W1x)
Men’s eight (M8+)

THURSDAY 28 August

14.15 – 16.50 Semi-finals of:

Lightweight men’s and women’s single scull (LM1x, LW1x)
Women’s and men’s pair (W2-, M2-)
Lightweight men’s and women’s single scull (LM2x, LW2x)
Men’ four (M4-)
Men’s quadruple scull (M4x)

17.30 – 18.40 Para-rowing FINALS

B final, arms shoulders men’s single scull (ASM1x)

followed by A Finals:

Arms shoulders women’s and men’s single scull (ASW1x, ASM1x)
Trunk Arms double scull (TA2x)
Leg, Trunks Arms double scull (LTA2x)
Leg trunks arms coxed four (LTA4+)

Friday 29 August

13.30 – 14.00 B finals of:

Lightweight men’s pair (LM2-)
Lightweight men’s and women’s single scull (LM1x, LW1x)
Lighwteight men’s and women’s quadruple scull (LM4x, LW4x)

14.15 – 15.45 Semi-finals of:

Men’s and women’s double scull (M2x, W2x)
Lightweight men’s four (LM4-)
Men’s and women’s single scull (M1x, W1x)

16.00 – 17.45 FINALS of:

Women’s four (W4-)
Men’s coxed pair (M2+)
Lightweight men’s pair (LM2-)
Lightweight men’s and women’s single scull (LM1x, LW1x)
Lightweight men’s and women’s quadruple scull (LM4x, LW4x)
Lightweight men’s eight (LM8+)

SATURDAY 30 August

10.33 – 11.33 B Finals of:

Women’s and men’s pair (M2-, W2-)
Lightweight men’s and women’s double scull (LM2x, LW2x)
Men’s four (M4-)
Women’s and men’s quarduple scull (M4x, W4x)

13.33 – 15.03 FINALS of:

Women’s and men’s pair (W2-, M2-)
Lightweight men’s and women’s double scull (LM2x, LW2x)
Men’s four (M4-)
Women’s and men’s quadruple scull (W4x, M4x)

SUNDAY 31 August

10.33 – 11.35 B Finals of:

Men’s and women’s double scull (M2x, W2x)
Lightweight men’s four (LM4-)
Women’s eight (W8+)
Men’s and women’s single scull (M1x, W1x)
Men’s eight (M8+)

13.03 – 14.33 FINALS OF:

Men’s and women’s double scull (M2x, W2x)
Lightweight men’s four (LM4-)
Women’s eight (W8+)
Men’s and women’s single scull (M1x, W1x)
Men’s eight (M8+)

Closing ceremony


2013 World Championships Medals, Korea.

Total medals won: 8 (3 golds, 5 bronzes)
Olympic class medals won: 2 golds, 3 bronzes
International class medals won: 2 bronzes
Paralympic class medals won: 1 gold

Women’s Pair – GOLD
Helen Glover, Polly Swann

Men’s Eight – GOLD
Daniel Ritchie, Tom Ransley, Alex Gregory, Pete ReedMohamed Sbihi, Andrew Triggs Hodge, George Nash, Will SatchPhelan Hill (cox)

Men’s Quadruple Scull – BRONZE
Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins, Peter Lambert

Lightweight Men’s Four – BRONZE
Adam Freeman-Pask, Will Fletcher, Jonno Clegg, Chris Bartley

Lightweight Men’s Double Scull – BRONZE
Richard Chambers, Peter Chambers

Legs, Trunk and Arms Mixed Coxed Four – GOLD
Pamela Relph, Naomi Riches, Oliver Hester, James Fox, Oliver James (cox)

Lightweight Women’s Single Scull – BRONZE
Ruth Walczak

Lightweight Men’s Pair – BRONZE 
Sam Scrimgeour, Mark Aldred

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