Four-gold world cup haul for GB Rowing Team

Britain added a further two golds to their morning’s double gold at the season’s final world cup in Lucerne this afternoon.

They came from the men’s quadruple scull of Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins and Peter Lambert and the lightweight women’s double scull of Kat Copeland and Imogen Walsh.

These two crews thus successfully defended the titles they won three weeks ago in France as did the women’s pair of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning in the morning’s session along with the men’s four of Alex Gregory, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash and Andrew Triggs Hodge.

Performance Director Sir David Tanner had been cautous pre-event with his team’s chances given its history of not shining too brightly at the venue and event considered as rowing’s “mecca”.

Today’s performance shook off that gloom and was written in megawatts in contrast to the two medals won here in 2013 – gold from the women’s pair and bronze from the lightweight men’s double.

The other medals of the afternoon session came from the women’s and men’s eights, both bronzes. Single sculler and the lightweight men’s double were fifth and the open men’s double scull were fourth.

Sbihi, winner of men’s four gold in the morning session, found himself subbing for an injured Matt Gotrel in the afternoon’s men’s eight race.

Britain’s other morning session medals came from the men’s pair (sliver) and the lightweight men’s four (bronze) in the Olympic classes and from the coxed pair (silver) and the lightweight men’s pair (bronze) in the international classes.

Tanner said: “It has been a very positive day today with our 11 Olympic class finalists and eight medals from those as well as our two medals from the international classes.. Most exciting to me are our four golds just as we won in the second round of the world cup. Lucerne has not always been our finest regatta but today we have laid a very good base for our World Championships campaign in Amsterdam”.

The BBC will broadcast a highlights programme tomorrow at 16.00.

The British team for the World Champoinshisp will be announced at a press conference at the national training centre on Thursday morning (17th July).


John Collins, who originally took up the sport because his father thought it might be a good one to try for his Duke of Edinburgh Award, and Jonny Walton, a former GB junior Coupe gold medallist, started the final as outsiders. They were fifth in France three weeks ago in a race won by the Sinkovic brothers from Croatia who were today drawn in lane 3.

In the opening 500m Walton and Collins were lying second to Croatia in the lead. As the pack, tightly bunched, moved through the halfway mark the British were still holding second. On the near side the Australians and New Zealand.

Past the grandstands the British began to run out of beans as the Australians came through to take silver and Lithuania bronze with Croatia keeping hold of the top slot. Another very promising race for Walton and Collins even if fourth is always the worst place to finish in sport. Their time – 6:23.67.

Reaching the final here in Lucerne was a major confidence-booster for the British lightweight men’s double of Will Fletcher and Jamie Kirkwood. This young combination were so shattered by their efforts to reach the same phase three weeks ago that Fletcher momentarily passed out and toppled the boat with his partner into the water just after it crossed the finish line.

Yesterday the duo who won world U23 lightweight men’s four gold in 2010, were brimful of brio as they found the kind of rhythm that propelled them to a semi-final win. Today they started modestly and then picked up marginally after the 500m marker in a race being led by the outstanding French crew Stany Delayre and Jeremie Azou.

The British boat could not find the same rhythm as yesterday as the race went through 1000m and the Swiss, Italians and Norwegians all pressured the French. In the final 300m surge the British got themselves back into fifth in 6:36.70 from sixth and the French moved up a gear to take gold from the Italians in silver and the fast-finishing Norwegians sneaked into get bronze ahead of the home duo.

Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins and Peter Lambert were world cup gold winners three weeks ago and set about defending that title today. They faced the German silver medallists and the Estonians who were fifth in France.

The quartet, three of whom came into the squad via “Start” the GB Rowing Team’s fast-track talent identification and development system, got a decent start but fractions of a second behind Germany with Italy also showing well.

At the official 500m mark, the British were fourth but the gaps in time across the field were minimal. It was Estonia who blasted through the second 500m to take the lead, followed by Poland and then Great Britain with the USA also looking dangerous.

If there was a moment when the damage was done, it came in the third quarter from the British boat who seemed to put on the turbo, moved past Estonia and then engaged all their power to take gold in 5:50.99.

Sam Townsend said: “Yesterday we led from start to finish. You never know if it’s going to be the same and today it was different. We never lost contact and showed we had it when needed”.

Cousins said: “Today we showed we could take it on in the second half”.

Peter Lambert said: “Sam makes all the calls in the boat and he was brilliant. He told us we were moving on Estonia and at 300m he made the call to ‘make a move, stamp on it!’ and we went on to win by a length. Great feeling”.

Graeme Thomas added: ‘I think we are showing that we are quite consistent. People need to do do something special to get ahead and put us under pressure and that is what people tried today but we proved that we were too much to handle in the second half and that they did not have enough in the full track of the race”.

Imogen Walsh, a 2013 finalist in the lightweight women’s double scull with Kathryn Twyman, seemed somewhat worried early this season at the prospect of combining with the Olympic champion Kat Copeland. Those worries were dispelled when the duo won at the last world cup – a first world cup win for both.

In today’s final, which they reached by winning the semi, the British boat were second at 500m to Sweden and as the race moved towards halfway the Australians also contested the lead. At one point all three leading boats looked dead-level. Just before the 1500m the British boat, in a very tight scenario, nudged out front.

They looked as if they were building a lead but Australia still continued to challenge momentarily before Walsh and Copeland stepped up another gear to win by clear-water in 7:08.17 from Australia and Canada in silver and bronze respectively.

“I am really happy with today’s race because I think we had more pressure on us than in France and we still did well despite that pressure”, said Copeland.

Walsh added: “It’s a nice pressure to be under when people expect you to do well. I feel that as a crew we have a lot now to build on”.

Caragh McMurtry, a 2012 silver medallist at U23 level in the women’s pair, is stroking the women’ s eight in Lucerne which is coxed by Zoe de Toledo. The eight also features Polly Swann, a World Champion in the women’s pair last year, and Olympians Jess Eddie, Louisa Reeve and Katie Greves with newcomers Zoe Lee, Donna Etiebet and Ro Bradbury.

This crew has been growing in confidence. Today was a big test with the Canadians also looking in fine fettle in the qualifying race and the Germans, Australians and Romanians all have a good pedigree in this event.

In the opening phases of the final the British were third behind Canada, the leaders, and Germany who looked as if they have stepped on. As the race approached its middle section, the GB boat edged up into second but it was amazingly tight. By the time the crowd could here the urging shouts of the coxes the British boat was being overtaken by the Romanians. The British were not going to leave it there. They tried once more to get back at Romania in the final sprint, falling short by the narrow margin of 0.27 of a second to take the bronze with Canada winning.

Caragh McMurtry voiced the crew’s devastation at Romania coming through them: “I am just overwhelmed with a feeling of disappointment. We had a better start than yesterday and then had some really good mid-race pace but it was still pretty devastating to be rowed though today”.

Polly Swann said: “I think we all put ourselves on the line every stroke of the way. I am really impressed with the girls for doing that but we are very disappointed to be rowed through. It’s good that we have another event this year and we will use this as motivation”.

Donna Etiebet, one of the newcomers to the senior squad this year said: “The key is to get that experience of those close finishes when it is all so critical in that final 200m”.

Katie Greves said: “We wanted to get a good start and then move into a good rhythm and whilst I think we did that we obviously need to work on it more”.

Ro Bradbury added: “We knew exactly how close it was at the finish and I’m just disappointed to be honest. In that last 500m we all went for it.

Vicky Thornley was delighted yesterday at reaching the A final here. After a disrupted preparation caused by injury to Frances Houghton, her double sculls partner, Thornley switched to the single scull. She took third place in yesterday’s semi-final to qualify.

In the first half today Thornley was in a good fourth place but in a strong field she could not make impact from there in a race won by New Zealand with Australia and Austria taking silver and bronze. Thornley‘s time in fifth was 7:46.72.

The GB Rowing Team has a new-look men’s eight which is stroked by Will Satch – one of four remaining athletes from last year’s World Champion eight. The others are cox Phelan Hill, two-man Tom Ransley and five-man Pete Reed – the latter is also a double Olympic champion in the men’s four.

Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell, a former world silver medallist at bow, Paul Bennett, Matt Gotrel, Mat Tarrant and Constantine Louloudis are newcomers since 2013 – although Louloudis was part of the crew in 2012 who won Olympic bronze.

With just a couple of hours to go to racing Matt Gotrel was sidelined by a rib injury and Moe Sbihi was called up into his seat as a substitute.

Off the start today the Germans were quickest with the British well-placed in fourth and moving into third as the halfway marker approached. Russia and Poland were challenging hard.

In the final 500m the Germans and Russians were out front with the GB boat battling to get back in contention. At the line the British had the overlap on Russia to take bronze with Germany pulling away to win.

“We have mixed emotions” said cox Phelan Hill. “We would have like to have won but realistically I think today is where we are at our stage in development after 10 days or so together. Today gives us confidence to go away for a good training block overseas. We know we can move on”.

In the morning’s B finals the second-ranked GB men’s pair of Oliver Cook and Phil Congdon were fifth, the open weight women’s quadruple scull and the lightweight GB crew took the one-two. The open weight’s win gave GB a point for their overall world cup tally.





Pair – Final A

1. Helen Glover/Heather Stanning (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:12.99
2. Grace Predergast/Kerri Gowler (New Zealand 2) 7:15.03
3. Louise Trappitt/Rebecca Scown (New Zealand 1) 7:20.45
4. Naydene Smith/Lee-Ann Persse (South Africa) 7:25.53
5. Cristina Grigoras/Laura Oprea (Romania) 7:26.03
6. Aletta Jorritsma/Heleen Boers (Netherlands) 7:26.57

Eight – Final A

1. Canada 6:10.53
2. Romania 6:14.50
3. Rosamund Bradbury/Louisa Reeve/Katie Greves/Donna Etiebet/Jessica Eddie/Zoe Lee/Polly Swann/Caragh McMurtry/Zoe De Toledo (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:14.74
4. Germany 6:18.32
5. Netherlands 6:20.23
6. Australia 6:21.35

Single sculls – Final A

1. Emma Twigg (New Zealand) 7:31.52
2. Kim Crow (Australia) 7:33.74
3. Magdalena Lobnig (Austria) 7:42.74
4. Mirka Knapkova (Czech Republic) 7:44.69
5. Victoria Thornley (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:46.72
6. Chantal Achterberg (Netherlands) 7:48.22

Quadruple sculls – Final B

1. Kristina Stiller/Olivia Carnegie-Brown/Victoria Meyer-Laker/Beth Rodford (GREAT BRITAIN 1)
2. Ruth Walczak/Eleanor Piggott/Brianna Stubbs/Charlotte Taylor (GREAT BRITAIN 2) 6:50.05
3. Anne Andersen/Christina Johansen/Hedvig Rasmussen/Rannva Olsen (Denmark) 6:50.74
4. Benedetta Bellio/Veronica Paccagnella/Alessandra Patelli/Gaia Palma (Italy) 6:53.77



Pair – Final A

1. Eric Murray/Hamish Bond (New Zealand) 6:28.70
2. James Foad/Matt Langridge (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:37.88
3. Veselin Savic/Dusan Bogicevic (Serbia) 6:38.45
4. Marco Di Constanzo/Matteo Castaldo (Italy) 6:41.13
5. Shaun Keeling/Vincent Breet (South Africa 1) 6:45.70
6. David Hunt/Brittain Lawrence (South Africa 2) 6:54.69

Pair – Final B

1. Giovanni Abagnale/Vincenzo Abbagnale (Italy) 6:46.99
2. Bastian Bechler/Anton Braun (Germany) 6:47.77
3. Milos Vasic/Nenad Bedik (Serbia 2) 6:48.92
4. Alexander Sigurbjonsson Benet/Pau Vela Maggi (Spain) 6:50.77
5. Oliver Cook/Philip Congdon (GREAT BRITAIN 2) 6:51.33
6. Ioannis Tsilis/Dionysios Angelopoulos (Greece 2) 6:53.82

Coxed Pair – Final A

1. Alexander Egler/Peter Kluge/Jonas Wiesen (cox) (Germany) 7:03.00
2. Scott Durant/Alan Sinclair/Henry Fieldman (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:03.59
3. Thomas Doornbos/Stefan Broenink/Time van den Ende (cox) (Netherlands) 7:15.79

Four – Final A

1. Alex Gregory/Moe Sbihi/George Nash/Andrew Triggs Hodge (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:58.53
2. Boaz Meylink/Mechiel Versluis/Olivier Siegelaar/Robert Luecken (Netherlands) 6:00.41
3. Will Crothers/Rob Gibson/Conlin McCabe/Kai Langerfeld (Canada) 6:01.92
4. Bjoern Birkner/Maximilian Munski/Toni Seifert/Kristof Wilke (Germany) 6:03.08
5. Matteo Lodo/Paolo Perino/Mario Paonessa/Giuseppe Vicino (Italy) 6:06.68
6. Jan Pilc/Milan Dolecek Jr/Jakub Podrazil/Matyas Klang (Czech Republic) 6:06.92

Eight – Final A

1. Germany 5:31.88
2. Russia 5:33.02
3. Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell/Tom Ransley/Paul Bennett/Mohamed Sbihi/Pete Reed/Constantine Louloudis/Matthew Tarrant/Will Satch/Phelan Hill (cox) 5:35.36
4. Poland 5:38.45
5. New Zealand 5:38.99
6. Australia 5:39.34

Double sculls – Final A

1. Martin Sinkovic/Valent Sinkovic (Croatia) 6:19.12
2. James McRae/Alexander Belonogoff (Australia) 6:21.41
3. Rolandas Mascinskas/Saulius Ritter (Lithuania) 6:21.78
4. John Collins/Jonathan Walton (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:23.67
5. Hans Gruhne/Stephan Krueger (Germany) 6:29.08
6. Robert Manson/Karl Manson (New Zealand) 6:38.49

Quadruple sculls – Final A

1. Graeme Thomas/Sam Townsend/Charles Cousins/Peter Lambert (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:50.99
2. Kaur Kuslap/Allar Raja/Sten-Erik Anderson/Kaspar Taimsoo (Estonia) 5:52.37
3. Peter Graves/Stephen Whelpley/John Graves/Benjamin Dann (USA) 5:54.73
4. Jade Uru/John Storey/Nathan Flannery/Chris Harris (New Zealand) 5:55.08
5. Dawid Grabowski/Mateusz Biskup/Dariusz Radosz/Miroslaw Zietarski (Poland) 5:55.32
6. Karl Schulze/Philipp Wende/Kai Fuhrmann/Tim Grohmann (Germany) 5:57.73



Double sculls – Final A

1. Imogen Walsh/Katherine Copeland (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:08.17
2. Alice McNamara/Ella Flecker (Australia) 7:10.37
3. Lindsay Jennerich/Patricia Obee (Canada) 7:10.81
4. Laura Milani/Elisabetta Sancassani (Italy) 7:11.66
5. Cecilia Lilja/Emma Fredh (Sweden) 7:13.89
6. Joanna Dorociak/Weronika Deresz (Poland) 7:20.73



Pair – Final A

1. Simon Niepmann/Lucas Tramer (Switzerland) 6:41.58
2. Jiri Kopac/Miroslav Vrastil Jr (Czech Republic) 6:41.82
3. Jonathan Clegg/Sam Scrimgeour (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:42.64
4. Clement Duret/Theophile Onfroy (France) 6:46.41
5. Darryn Purcell/Alister Foot (Australia) 6:49.95
6. Guido Gravina/Alberto Di Seyssel (Italy 2) 6:53.52

Four – Final A

1. James Hunter/Peter Taylor/James Lassche/Curtis Rapley (New Zealand) 6:00.17
2. Kasper Winther/Jacob Larsen/Jacob Barsoe/Morten Joergensen (Denmark) 6:02.89
3. Mark Aldred/Peter Chambers/Richard Chambers/Chris Bartley (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:06.09
4. Augustin Mouterde/Thomas Baroukh/Franck Solforosi/Guillaume Raineau (France) 6:07.88
5. Blair Tunevitsch/Samuel Beltz/Nicholas Silcox/Thomastom Gibson (Australia) 6:09.09
6. Elia Luini/Martino Goretti/Stefano Oppo/Paolo di Girolamo (Italy) 6:09.63

Single sculls – Final A

1. Michael Schmid (Switzerland) 7:14.05
2. Damien Piqueras (France) 7:16.83
3. Daniel Lawitzke (Germany) 7:16.88
4. Spyridon Giannaros (Greece) 7:17.13
5. Adam Freeman-Pask (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:19.59
6. Rajko Hrvat (Slovenia) 7:22.56

Double sculls – Final A

1. Stany Delayre/Jeremie Azou (France) 6:25.32
2. Andrea Micheletti/Pietro Ruta (Italy) 6:27.01
3. Kristoffer Brun/Are Strandli (Norway) 6:27.95
4. Simon Schuerch/Mario Gyr (Switzerland) 6:28.87
5. William Fletcher/Jamie Kirkwood (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:36.70
6. Jan Vetesnik/Ondrej Vetesnik (Czech Republic) 6:44.12


CREW LISTS (Includes club, home town, date of birth)
GB Rowing Team for the World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, Switzerland 11-13 July



Pair – Boat 1

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 McMurty (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)

Quadruple scull
(see also lightweight quad below who will race in open category in Lucerne)

Kristina Stiller (Tees RC/Yarm/23.06.87)/
Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Oxford/28.03.91)/
Victoria Meyer-Laker (Leander Club/Premnay/18.03.88)
Beth Rodford (Gloucester RC/Gloucester/28.12.82)/
Coach: Nick Strange


Monica Relph (Leander Club/Cambridge/15.01.88)
Rebecca Chin (Agecroft RC/Salford/11.12.91)



Pair – Boat 1

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

Pair – Boat 2

Oliver Cook (Univ of London BC/Windsor/05.06.1990)/
Phil Congdon (Molesey BC/Bury St Edmunds/06.06.1989)/

Coxed Pair

Alan Sinclair (Leander Club/Inverness/16.10.85)/
Scott Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.88)/
Henry Fieldman (cox) (Imperial College BC/Barnes, London/25.11.88)/
Coach: Rob Dauncey


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)/
Tom Ransley (Leander Club/Cambridge/16.09.85)/
Paul Bennett (Univ of London BC/Leeds/16.12.88)/
MOHAMED SBIHI (SUBSTITUTE FOR GOTREL) Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC/Surbiton/27.03.88)/
Pete Reed (Leander Club/Nailsworth, Glos/27.07.81)/
Constantine Louloudis (OUBC, London, 15/09/91)/
Matthew Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Shepperton/11.07.90)/
Will Satch (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/09.06.89)/
Phelan Hill (cox) (Leander Club/Putney & Bedford/21.07.79)
Coaches: Christian Felkel & Jurgen Grobler

Single Scull

Alan Campbell (Tideway Scullers School/Coleraine/09.05.83)/
Coach: John West

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



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




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

Single Scull

Adam Freeman-Pask (Reading Univ BC/Windsor/19.06.85)
Coach: Darren Whiter

Double scull

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





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