Leyden, Groom and Beaumont safely through in Italy

Jack Beaumont and Angus Groom were in good form this morning on Italy’s Lake Varese with a men’s open weight double scull heat victory in 6:21.91. They led from the outset to take the win and are now safely through to Friday’s semi-finals.

Jess Leyden seemed to make light of stepping up from being last year’s World Junior Champion to contesting a heat at World U23 level this morning. She led the field throughout the first half of her open single scull race. As she moved through the halfway point she extended her lead and then the Hollingworth Lake sculler held off a late charge from Latvia, to win in 7:58.84 and move through to Saturday’s semi-finals.


The GB Rowing Team lightweight men’s four of Jamie Copus, Iain Mandale, Tim Richards and Joel Cassells, coached by Henry Bailhache-Webb, knew that Italy would be the main opposition in their heat as the home nation have now won three consecutive World U23 titles in this event with three from four of last year’s World Champion crew racing again today.

Britain contested the race closely in the first half until, with 750m to go, the Italians moved out to just over half a length lead. As the Italians tired in the final 250m, the GB looked momentarily like catching them before falling short in second place in 6:17.23 to Italy’s 6:15.76. A repechage now awaits GB tomorrow morning.

“We have had a solid morning”, said U23 Lead Coach, Peter Sheppard. “I’m very pleased with our two wins and we are in a strong position going into the repechages”.

The USA took the only qualifying slot for the final of the women’s eight from this morning’s heat morning with the GB boat – of Katie Bartlett, Anastasia Chitty, Melissa Wilson, Georgia Francis, Sam Courty, Ruth Whyman, Fiona Gammond, Nicole Lamb and cox Morgan Baynham-Williams – having tracked them throughout. Australia challenged the British in the first half before dropping back.

The men’s eight were third in their heat. Coached by 2000 Olympic Games men’s eight gold medallist Steve Trapmore, the crew of James Johnston, Tom Ford, Cameron Buchan, Tom Pagel, Morgan Hellen, Tom George, Ed Grisedale, Olllie Wynne-Griffiths and cox Ian Middleton were beaten to the two qualifying slots by New Zealand and Germany.

With minimal time together to prepare for this Championships, all the bigger GB boats racing repechages could well ultimately benefit from the chance of another race to fine tune.

Sir David Tanner, GB Rowing Team Performance Director, has already been impressed with the organisation of the event which rolled out today in good racing conditions after overnight thunder and heavy rain. He said: “The organisers here have done a very good job in preparing the Varese site which is so familiar to us in GB because of our training camps. They have transformed the centre into something excellent for all the rowers and spectators”.

Canada overhauled the early race leaders , Poland, just before halfway in the men’s quadruple scull heat featuring the GB boat of Tom Barras, Seb Devereux, Robbie Massey and Sholto Carnegie who were ultimately fifth in a contest where the Czech Republic took up the final semi-final place. The GB quartet will now race a repechage tomorrow.

Earlier Emily Craig opened up the race programme for the GB Rowing Team on the lake at Varese with a third-placed finish in the lightweight women’s single scull heat won by Cyprus with France in second. She will now race a repechage tomorrow.

The final GB result of the day saw the lightweight women’s quad of Ellie Lewis, Jess Elkington, Gemma Hall and Lucy Cruxton win their repechage race in this afternoon’s session. They finished ahead of America and Austria in a time of 7:17.67 and they will now race in Saturday’s final.

Follow us on twitter at @gbrowingteam to find out that result or visit www.gbrowingteam.org.uk to pick up our race report.

Tomorrow’s race schedule starts at 08.30 UK time and features repecahges, quarter finals and semi-finals, concluding at 2.35 UK time for the GB contingent.


(Events featuring GB Rowing Team crews only. For full results visit: http://www.worldrowing.com/events/2014-world-rowing-u23-championships/schedule-results)



Eight – Heat 1

1. USA 6:25.13
2. Katie Bartlett/Anastasia Chitty/Melissa Wilson/Georgia Francis/Sam Courty/Ruth Whyman/Fiona Gammond/Nicole Lamb/Morgan Baynham-Williams (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:29.48
3. Australia 6:33.06
4. Italy 6:41.96

Single scull – Heat 1

1. Jess Leyden (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:58.84
2. Elza Gulbe (Latvia) 8:00.50
3. Anna Sture (Norway) 8:14.10
4. Sofia Asoumanaki (Greece) 8:16.51
5. Racha Soula (Tunisia) 8:19.17
6. Mariliis Reinkort (8:38.37)



Eight – Heat 2

1. New Zealand 5:39.60
2. Germany 5:41.77
3. James Johnston/Thomas Ford/Cameron Buchan/Thomas George/Morgan Hellen/Thomas Pagel/Edward Grisedale/Oliver Wynne-Griffith/Ian Middleton (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:44.88
4. Netherlands 5:53.82
5. Italy 6:00.67

Double scull – Heat 4

1. Angus Groom/Jack Beaumont (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:21.91
2. David Watts/Max McQueeney (Australia) 6:25.14
3. Oleksandr Lukianenko/Serhii Budko (Ukraine) 6:26.89
4. Jacaopo Mancini/Antonio Vicino (Italy) 6:33.44
5. Erik Solbakken/Kris Cato Tohn (Norway) 6:36.53

Quadruple scull – Heat 1

1. Canada 6:04.73
2. Poland 6:10.42
3. Czech Republic 6:14.00
4. Norway 6:15.90
5. Tom Barras/Sebastian Devereux/Robert Massey/Sholto Carnegie (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:18.71



Single scull – Heat 3

1. Anna Ioannou (Cyprus) 8:04.62
2. Julie Marechal (France) 8:06.67
3. Emily Craig (GREAT BRITAIN) 8:13.89
4. Denise Walsh (Ireland) 8:22.48
5. Anastasia Lebedeva (Russia) 8:26.00



Four – Heat 1

1. Italy 6:15.76
2. Jamie Copus/Iain Mandale/Timothy Richards/Joel Cassells (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:17.23
3. France 6:25.85
4. Japan 6:26.44
5. Canada 6:30.96
6. Norway 6:54.22




Quadruple scull – Repechage 1

1. Elisha Lewis/Jess Elkington/Gemma Hall/Lucy Cruxton (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:17.67
2. USA 7:21.97
3. Austria 7:29.62
4. France 7:36.55
5. Norway 7:45.44





Katie Bartlett (Nottingham RC/Nottingham/02.02.1994)
Anastasia Chitty (Oxford Univ Women’s BC/London/07.12.1993)
Melissa Wilson (Cambridge Univ Women’s BC/Edinburgh/10.06.1993)
Georgia Francis (Imperial College BC/Newbury/18.08.1994)
Sam Courty (Bath Univ BC/Alnwick/07.01.1993)
Ruth Whyman (Gloucester RC/Tewkesbury/07.03.1992)
Fiona Gammond (Headington School Oxford BC/Bicester/19.10.1992)
Nicole Lamb (Newcastle Univ BC/Hexham/20.01.1993)
Morgan Baynham-Williams (cox) (Leander Club/Ross-On-Wye/28.06.1994)
Coach: Jesse Burgoine

Single Scull

Jess Leyden (Hollingworth Lake Rowing Club/Burnley/22.02.1995)
Coach: Ian John

Quadruple scull

Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne (Gloucester Hartpury/Hereford/01.10.1994)
Holly Nixon (Leander Club/Enniskillen/07.12.1993)
Jo Wratten (Tees RC/Middlesbrough/23.03.1992)
Lucy Burgess (Northwich RC/Northwich/27.04.1994)
Coach: Pete Sheppard




Jamie Cook (Univ of London BC/Windsor/02.07.1992)
George Rossiter (Leander Club/Newbury/09.03.1992)
James Rudkin (Newcastle Univ BC/Litchborough/07.07.1994)
Lewis McCue (Robert Gordon Univ BC/Aberdeen/26.12.1994)
Coach: Brian Young


James Johnston (Leander/Henley-On-Thames/26.08.1994)
Tom Ford (Newcastle Univ BC/Holmes Chapel/03.10.1992)
Cameron Buchan (Leander/Dunipace/03.12.1992)
Tom Pagel (Griffen BC/Oxford/28.05.1994)
Morgan Hellen (Molesey BC/Maidstone/19.10.1992)
Tom George (Leander/Oxford/22.09.1994)
Ed Grisedale (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Congleton/09.12.1993)
Ollie Wynne-Griffiths (Molesey BC/Guildford/29.05.1994)
Ian Middleton (cox) (Cambridge Univ BC/Oxford/27.06.1995)
Coach: Steve Trapmore

Double scull

Angus Groom (Leander Club/Glasgow/16.06.1992)
Jack Beaumont (Leander Club/Maidenhead/21.11.1993)
Coach: Matt Beechey

Quadruple scull
Tom Barras (Cardiff Univ BC/Staines/07.01.1994)
Seb Devereux (Leander Club/Chalfont Saint Giles/15.02.1995)
Robbie Massey (Cardiff Univ BC /Shrewsbury/14.12.1992)
Sholto Carnegie (Leander Club/Oxford/28.02.1995)
Coach: Ian Shore

Coxed Four

Sybren Hoogland (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Norwich/03.11.93)
Tim Grant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Sevenoaks/02.07.1993)
Will Warr (Leander Club/Tunbridge Wells/12.03.1992)
Callum McBrierty (Leander Club/Edinburgh/13.08.1992)
Harry Brightmore (cox) (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Chester/01.07.1994)
Coach: Angelo Savarino



Single scull

Emily Craig (Univ of London BC/Mark Cross/30.11.1992)
Coach: Phil Gray

Quadruple scull

Ellie Lewis (Agecroft RC/Marlow/14.04.1994)
Jess Elkington (Exeter Univ BC/Exeter/29.08.1992)
Gemma Hall (Newcastle Univ BC/Wargrave/10.04.1992)
Lucy Cruxton (Reading Univ BC/Stoke-On-Trent/22.12.1993)
Coach: Phil Gray




Wilf Kimberley (Imperial College BC/London/15.07.1992)
Charles Waite-Roberts (Univ of West England BC/Basingstoke/06.11.1992)
Coach: Stuart Whitelaw


Jamie Copus (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Chicago/30.01.1993)
Iain Mandale (Isis BC/Surbiton/27.01.1993)
Tim Richards (Imperial College BC/Goring-On-Thames/17.05.1992)
Joel Cassells (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/15.06.1994)
Coach: Henry Bailhache-Webb

Single Scull

Sam Mottram (Leander Club/Stoke Mandeville/14.11.1994)
Coach: Clive Cooper


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