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Rowing: GB rowing team takes world champs gold hat-trick for first time

November 6, 2010

As the Great Britain Rowing Team’s lightweight men’s four of Chris Bartley, Rob Williams, Paul Mattick and Richard Chambers crossed the line to win gold in New Zealand this afternoon it marked the moment when GB won a hat-trick of Olympic-class golds at a World Championships for the first time in history.

The lightweight men’s double scull of Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase and the women’s quadruple scull had gone before them yesterday. GB has more chances of medals tomorrow.

Meanwhile Britain added a further two silvers and a bronze to their overall tally today. Andrew Triggs Hodge and Pete Reed were involved in the what one expert described as the “race of the century” in the men’s pair when they came closer – within three tenths of a second – than ever before to beating the New Zealanders Eric Murray and Hamish Bond before narrowly missing out.

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Rowing: Women’s eight make it to the final in New Zealand

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Scotland’s Heather Stanning and Cornwall’s Helen Glover, rookies in the senior GB Rowing Team, were silver medallists also behind New Zealand opposition and Alan Campbell added bronze in the final race of the day – the men’s single scull.

“The lightweight men’s four broke GB’s world championships gold medal record with a fabulous performance in the tightest race of the day to cap a great season for them”, said GB Rowing Team Performance Director David Tanner.

“But the breakthrough performance of the day undoubtedly came from Heather Stanning and Helen Glover in the women’s pair who showed no fear in their first senior World Championships to take GB’s first silver of the day”.

The British women’s pair have both come through talent identification schemes into the sport and whoever spotted them must have felt on top of the world today as Stanning (of the British Army) and Glover (a former PE teacher in Bath) held doggedly onto the coat-tails of the reigning world champions to take silver – not for a second allowing anyone else to come back on them.

“We knew what we were capable of but we just had to go out and do it”, said Glover afterwards.

“It’s been a long week since the heat on Monday. We knew we wanted to be on the podium. We both have high standards and I don’t think we would have been happy with anything else”, added Stanning.

Only the lightweight women’s quadruple scull missed out on the rostrum. They were fourth in a race won by Germany

Tomorrow Britain has further chances of medals with both eights racing as well as Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins, the overall 2010 world cup winners, in the double scull and Matt Wells and Marcus Bateman in the equivalent men’s boat.

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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  1. Pingback: Rowing: Grainger and Watkins take gold as GB rowing team tops world championship medal table | Sportsister

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