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Rowing: Watkins breaks Grainger’s domestic run

April 18, 2011

Katherine Grainger’s winning streak of six previous titles in the single scull was brought to an end by Anna Watkins who won at the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials at the Olympic venue.

Watkins said: “Whilst it’s nice to win, I don’t really like to race against Katherine, I would far rather be in a boat with her against the rest of the world.”

She won with a time of 7:37:01 over her double scull partner, while world quadruple scull champion Beth Rodford came third with a time of 7:50:59.

Watkins made a smooth but powerful start to the race which helped to take an early lead and it what was always going to be a race between her and Grainger. Grainger took a lead of two-thirds of a length just before halfway and it remained that way until the 500m mark when Watkinds hit back with pace and power to grab the win by two and a half seconds.

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World silver medallists Helen Glover and Heather Stanning dominated the women’s pair final winning in a time of 7:15:27. They made a statement early on in the race as they lead by over a length before stretching their lead for a comfortable win.

Glover said: “We wanted to race well and win and put ourselves in the best possible position for the season ahead.”

Jess Eddie and Lousia Reeve came second after establishing a lead on Natasha Page and Lindsey Maguire and Jo Cook and Alison Knowles just after the halfway point. Jo Cook and Alison Knowles put in a consistent performance to come third.

In the lightweight women’s single scull final Sophie Hosking created a margin at 1100m to go on to win. She bided her time well and made her move in the tight women’s race when it counted. Newcomer Kat Copeland pipped the early race leader Andrea Dennis to come second.

The two places for women in the lightweight events at the Olympics look to be very closely contested.

Bethan Borrett, Sportsister
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