Morris says she now “feels like a rower”

Surrey sculler Rachel Morris said that she felt like a rower for the first time after taking gold in the world cup in Poznan, Poland.

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No words required. This is what it feels like to win world cup gold. Copyright: Intersport Images

Surrey sculler Rachel Morris said that she felt like a rower for the first time after taking gold in the world cup in Poznan, Poland.

Morris timed her finish perfectly to overhaul Norway’s Birgit Skarstein at the finish of her arms-shoulders single scull final with World Champion Moran Samuel of Israel in third.

Beijing 2008 para-cycling champion Morris switched to rowing in late 2013 and has been improving all the time.

“Today I felt like a rower for the first time”, she said.  “It’s about the training and the technique and everything just came together today. I love being out on the water, it’s a fantastic feeling”.

Tom Aggar, like Morris a 2015 World silver medallist, fell just short of the medals in the equivalent men’s final which was dominated by the Ukrainians who took gold and silver with World Champion Erik Horrie of Australia in bronze.

In her final Morris made sure that she wasn’t dropped off the start as Skarstein led out the race.

At halfway Morris was lying second and about three-quarters of a length down.  Just after halfway she began to pick up the pace before putting in a massive push to pass Skarstein with 20 metres to go to win in 5:09.28.
RESULTS

PARA-ROWING FINALS
Arms-shoulders single scull – women
1.  Rachel Morris (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:09.28

2.  Birgit Skarstein (Norway) 5:10.57

3.  Moran Samuel (Israel) 5:18.30

4.  Claudia Santos (Brazil) 5:21.65

5.  Lyudmila Vauchok (Belarus) 5:34.40

6.  Sandra Khumalo (RSA) 5:48.93
Arms-shoulders single scull – men
1.  Igor Bondar (Ukraine 1) 4:34.71

2.  Roman Polysanski (Ukraine 2) 4:35.61

3.  Erik Horrie (Australia) 4:39.51

4.  Tom Aggar (GREAT BRITAIN) 4:41.33

5.  Rene Pereira (Brazil) 4:51.77

6.  Fabrizio Caselli (Italy) 4:55.80

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