World Rowing Championships: Day Two
Victories for the men’s double and Vicky Thornley in the singles continue GB’s fine start to the World Rowing Championships
Thomas and Groom, competing together in their first international race for over a year, sat in second for much of their heat before overhauling the Italian crew of Filippo Mondelli and Luca Rambaldi in the final 500m to move into the semi-finals in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida.
And European Champion Thornley followed suit shortly after, commanding her race from start to finish and eventually crossed the line over three seconds clear of her nearest rival. Thornley, who won Olympic silver in the double in Rio last year, will race again in the semi-finals on Friday.
Earlier in the day the women’s lightweight quadruple scull (LW4x) quartet of Maddie Arlett, Robyn Hart-Winks, Eleanor Piggott and Gemma Hall secured GB’s third A final spot of the week, finishing second behind Canada. The quad join the men’s coxed pair (M2+) and the women’s quad (W4x) who booked their final places yesterday.
Elsewhere, Gavin Horsburgh, Peter Chambers, Ed Fisher and Zak Lee-Green in the lightweight men’s quad (LM4x) secured second place of the day for Britain in their heat and will move through to Thursday’s semi-finals.
Holly Hill and Melissa Wilson in the women’s pair (W2-) finished only behind New Zealand in their heat and will enter the repechages, with Hill and Wilson racing together in the pair for the first time at a senior regatta.