GB Rowing Team quad in crystal clear win after foggy start in Hamburg

The GB Rowing Team’s junior men’s quad warmed up in the Hamburg fog this morning but later raced to a crystal clear quarter-final win to secure a semi-final slot at the World Junior Championships.

Steven Parsonage, Rowan Law, Samuel Meijer and Chris Lawrie led virtually from buzzer to finish line. At 500m they had over a second on the opposition, led by Belarus. By halfway, they had almost doubled their lead.

Behind them Belgium overtook Belarus but the GB boat held its lead to secure victory in 6:05.18 to Belgium’s 6:08.46. Belarus also progressed to tomorrow’s semi-finals in third place, holding off the Chinese by mere tenths of a second.

Oliver Jonas and Arthur Doyle had earlier opened the GB Rowing Team’s racing programme of the day and locked down a semi-final place by taking second to Germany in their quarter-final.

Germany led from the outset with the British boat keeping first Poland and then Moldova at bay to ensure their safe passage to the next phase, finishing in 7:03.25 to Germany’s 7:00.94.

The GB junior men’s eight were involved in a very tight repechage to close out the day’s programme. Producing a storming second half, the GB boat qualified for Sunday’s final in second place in a time of 5:54.31 behind France.

As in their heat, the GB combination of Liam Tustin, George Pearce, Alexander Barakat, Matthew Aldridge, Henry Lambe, James Clarke, Luke Towers, William England and Alex Gass, the cox, started modestly in a race from which only two boats could qualify for the finals. They were fifth at the 500m marker but had pulled themselves up into fourth at halfway in a race led by France, followed by Serbia.

With 500m to go the British boat were up to third and had just over a second to make up on Serbia. From there they launched their final push and made the impact needed even though they were being chased themselves by the USA.

Only the junior men’s double scull of James White and Fraser Russell suffered a setback to their hopes of reaching the top twelve in Germany when they took fourth place in their quarter-final in a race won by Greece. The British duo were third at halfway.

Tomorrow’s race programme has been rescheduled due to predicted lunchtime thunderstorms. The A/B semi-finals will now start at 09.00 UK time.

(Events featuring GB Rowing Team crews only. For full results:





1. Jacob Schulte-Bockholt/Laurits Follert (Germany) 7:00.94
2. Oliver Jonas/Arthur Doyle (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:03.25
3. Alexei Jandic/Maxim Perendisli (Moldova) 7:06.49
4. Jakub Jankowski/Bartosz Modrzynski (Poland) 7:14.34
5. Yoan Ovnarov/Ivan Kolev (Bulgaria) 7:19.06
6. Ivan Olah/Ivo Bonacin (Croatia) 7:20.71

Double scull

1. Ionannis Petrou/Stefanos Ntouskos (Greece) 6:37.56
2. Marcelo Garcia Figueredo/Daniel Garcia Gutierrez (Spain) 6:38.99
3. Yahor Maziarkin/Sierhel Kozel (Belarus) 6:40.30
4. James White/Fraser Russell (GREAT BRTIAIN) 6:43.22
5. Ryo Okubo/Dalki Nomura (Japan) 6:52.55
6. Evards Ezernieks/Martina Polis (Latvia) 6:55.91

Quadruple scull

1. Steven Parsonage/Rowan Law/Samuel Meijer/Chris Lawrie (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:05.18
2. Belgium 6:08.46
3. Belarus 6:10.24
4. China 6:10.83
5. Serbia 6:13.16
6. Lithuania 6:17.61





1. France 5:53.60
2. Liam Tustin/George Pearce/Alexander Barakat/Matthew Aldridge/Henry Lambe/James Clarke/Luke Towers/William England/Alex Gass (cox)(GREAT BRITAIN) 5:54.31
3. Serbia 5:54.81
4. USA 5:56.27
5. Russia 6:00.96
6. Austria 6:05.88


Junior World Championships, Hamburg, Germany, 6-10 August, 2014



Matilda Martin (Headington School, Oxford, BC)
Heidi Long (Marlow RC)
Fionnuala Gannon (St Georges College BC)
Saskia Budgett (Tideway Scullers School)

Coach: Ade Roberts

Quadruple scull

Susannah Duncan (Tideway Scullers School)
Anna Thornton (Nottingham RC)
Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne (Gloucester Hartpury)
Flo Pickles (Gloucester Hartpury)

Coach: Tom Pattichis



Oliver Jonas (Tideway Scullers School)
Arthur Doyle (St Paul’s School BC)

Coach: Mark Woodcock

Coxed Four

Charles Elwes (Radley College BC)
Thomas Digby (Abingdon School BC)
Chetan Chauhan-Sims (Emanuel School BC)
Charles Thurston (Eton College BC)
Hugo Marsh (cox) (St Edwards School BC)

Coaches: Richard Boulton/John Gearing


Liam Tustin (Evesham RC)
George Pearce (Pangbourne College BC)
Alexander Barakat (Eton College BC)
Matthew Aldridge (Christchurch RC)
Henry Lambe (Abingdon School BC)
James Clarke (King’s College School BC)
Luke Towers (Pangbourne College BC)
William England (Monmouth School)
Alex Gass (cox) (Reading Blue Coat School BC)

Coach: Neil Double

Double scull

Fraser Russell (Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School BC)
James White (The Windsor Boys’ School BC)

Coach: Dez Atkins

Quadruple scull

Steven Parsonage (Norwich RC)
Rowan Law (Nottingham RC)
Samuel Meijer (Westminster School BC)
Chris Lawrie (Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School BC)

Coach: Robin Dowell

Non-racing spare: Alex Haynes (Marlow RC)

Lead Coach: Richard Boulton
Team Manager: John Layng
Equipment Manager: Colin Greenway
Doctor Lucy Free
Physio: Andy Knee Robinson


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