Tarrant helps deliver his own golden birthday present

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Mat Tarrant delivered himself a special birthday present today, with the help of Callum McBrierty and cox Henry Fieldman, winning gold in the two-boat men’s coxed pair final at the World Cup in Lucerne today.

McBrierty, Tarrant and Fieldman were emphatic winners over Germany’s Paul Shroeter, Bjoern Birkner and Jonas Wiesen in 7:38.68. It was close in the initial 500m before the British crew pulled away.

Tarrant said: “It’s my first World Cup gold on my 25th birthday so that’s not bad. The coxed pair is a very different beast and that’s only our sixth session together, so it was a great experience. We can build on that in the next few weeks.”

McBrierty added: “We actually really learnt a lot from yesterday’s race [for lanes], understanding how the boat runs and feels. It set us up to have a good rhythm today. It also felt a bit like Henley, the head-to-head racing, so last week was really good preparation – it felt like the same heat and head wind as well!”

Jono Clegg and Sam Scrimgeour followed up with silver in a thrilling ding-dong battle with Italy in the final phase of their llightweight men’s pair final. In a swirling head-breeze, the GB duo led early, were overtaken by Italy with 500m to go but never gave up, looking at one stage as if victory was in their grasp. Only two-tenths separated the crews at the line. Denmark were third in the six-boat final.

Clegg said: “Sam and I are a bit disappointed by that, we felt it was there for the taking but we maybe went a bit too early. There was a really tough head wind, especially in the middle 1000m. We’ve had disappointments as a team in the past, though, and we know what we need to do to fix it before the Worlds”.

European Champion Imogen Walsh concluded the race programme with silver in the lightweight single scull final behind New Zealand’s world best-time holder Zoe McBride who also won world cup gold in Varese last month. Walsh paced her race well and moved up into second part-way through the race. Denmark’s Runge Holmegaard mounted a challenge in the final 500m but Walsh was able to hold her off successfully.

“You have to be happy when you get a medal, it’s always something to be proud of, but I think there is far more to come from me and that is the important thing. If that was my best today then I know my best in six weeks’ time [at the Worlds] will be much better.”, said Walsh.

“Three out of three medals in the international classes is a strong result. I am more than happy with the way we finished the day”, said Sir David Tanner, GB Rowing Team Performance Director.

Tomorrow nine GB boats will contest A finals of the Olympic-class events on the Rotsee. Racing starts at 9.18 UK time with the women’s pair and concludes at 14.03 with the men’s eight.

BBC coverage of those finals will be live on the Red Button 09.15 – 11.10 and 12.30 – 14.15 and there will be a highlights show on BBC 2 on Monday at 15.00.

The GB Rowing Team for the 2015 World Championships – which is also the Olympic and Paralympic qualifying regatta – will be announced on July 21st.

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RESULTS

(Events featuring GB Rowing Team crews only. For full results – www.worldrowing.com)

FINALS

OPEN

MEN

Coxed Pair

1. Callum McBrierty/Mat Tarrant/Henry Fieldman (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:29.03
2. Paul Schroeter/Bjoern Birkner/Jonas Wiesen (cox) (Germany) 7:38.68

LIGHTWEIGHT

WOMEN

Single scull

1. Zoe McBride (New Zealand) 7:33.84
2. Imogen Walsh (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:40.32
3. Runge Holmegaard (Denmark) 7:41.79
4. Jackie Kiddle (New Zealand 2) 7:47.46
5. Judith Anlauf (Germany) 7:51.48
6. Giulia Polini (Italy 1) 7:53.94

MEN

Pair

1. Petru Zaharia/Armando Dell’aquila (Italy) 6:54.52
2. Jonathan Clegg/Sam Scrimgeour (GREAT BRITAIN) 6: 54.71
3. Emil Espensen/Steffen Jensen (Denmark) 6:56.81
4. Augustin Mouterde/Theophile Onfroy (France) 7:00.43
5. Jonas Kilthau/Matthias Arnold (Germany) 7:08.43
6. Mark O’Donovan/Shane O’Driscoll (Ireland) 7:14.15

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CREW LISTS (Includes club, home town, date of birth)
GB Rowing Team for World Cup 11I
Lucerne, Switzerland, July 10-12.

OPEN

WOMEN

Pair – two boats

Helen Glover (Minerva Bath RC/Penzance/17.06.86)
Heather Stanning (Army RC/Lossiemouth/26.01.85)
Coach: Robin Williams

Karen Bennett (Leander Club/Edinburgh/05.02.89)
Rebecca Chin (Agecroft RC/Deganwy/11.12.91)/
Coach: Robin Williams

Eight

Katie Greves (Leander Club/Oxford/02.09.82)
Louise Reeve (Leander Club/London/16.05.84)
Jessica Eddie (London RC/Durham/07.10.84)
Donna Etiebet (Sport Imperial/London/29.04.86)
Victoria Meyer-Laker (Leander Club/Premnay/18.03.88)
Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Oxford/28.03.91)
Rosamund Bradbury (Leander Club/Banstead/17.12.88)
Zoe Lee (Imperial College BC/Richmond/15.12.85)
Zoe de Toledo (Cox) (Leander Club/London/17.07.87)
Coach: James Harris

Double Scull

Katherine Grainger (St Andrew BC/Glasgow/12.11.75)
Victoria Thornley (Leander Club/Wrexham/30.11.87)
Coach: Paul Thompson

Single scull

Beth Rodford (Gloucester RC/Gloucester/28.12.82)
Coach: Nick Strange

Quadruple Scull

Melanie Wilson (Imperial College BC/London/25.06.84)
Kristina Stiller (Tees RC/Yarm/23.06.87)
Frances Houghton (Univ of London Tyrian Club/Oxford/19.9.80)
Jessica Leyden (Leander Club/Todmorden/22.02.95)
Coach: Nick Strange

OPEN

MEN

Pair – two boats

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

Oliver Cook (Univ of London BC/Windsor/05.06.0)
Stewart Innes (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/20.05.91)
Coach: Rob Dauncey

Coxed Pair

Callum McBrierty (Leander Club/Edinburgh/13.08.92)
Mat Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Shepperton/11.07.90)
Henry Fieldman (cox) (Molesey BC/Barnes/25.11.88)
Coach: John West

Four

Alan Sinclair (Leander Club/Munlochy/16.10.85)
Scott Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.88)
Tom Ransley (Leander Club/Ashford/06.09.85)
Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (Univ of London BC/Durham/13.04.88)
Coach: Christian Felkel

Eight

Matt Gotrel (Leander Club/Chipping Campden/01.03.89)
Constantine Louloudis (OUBC/London/15.09.91)
Pete Reed (Leander Club/Nailsworth/27.07.81)
Paul Bennett (Univ of London BC/Leeds/16.12.88)
Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC/Surbiton/27.03.88)
Alex Gregory (Leander Club/Wormington/11.03.84)
George Nash (Molesey BC/Guildford/02.10.89)
Will Satch (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/09.06.89)
Phelan Hill (cox) (Leander Club/Bedford/21.07.79)
Coach: 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)
Jonny Walton (Leander Club/Leicester/06.10.90)
Coach: Mark Banks

LIGHTWEIGHT

WOMEN

Single scull

Imogen Walsh (London RC/Inverness/17.01.84)
Coach: Paul Reedy

Double Scull

Charlotte Taylor (Putney Town RC/Bedford/14.08.85)
Kat Copeland (Tees RC/Ingleby Barwick/01.12.90)
Coach: Paul Reedy

LIGHTWEIGHT

MEN

Pair

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

Four

Jamie Kirkwood (Leander Club/Cresswell, N’bland/30.08.89)
Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/14.03.90)
Chris Bartley (Leander Club/Chester/02.02.84)
Mark Aldred (London RC/Birmingham/18.04.87)

Coach: Rob Morgan

Double Scull

Will Fletcher (Leander Club/Chester-le-Street/24.12.89)
Richard Chambers (Leander Club/Coleraine/10.06.85)
Coach: Darren Whiter

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