World Championships: Day Five
Day five of the World Rowing Championships saw six British crews secure A final spots in Sarasota-Bradenton
British boats secured an additional six A final places as GB success continued on day five of the 2017 World Rowing Championships.
The six spots are added to the six already secured, including the Para-rowing mixed coxed four (PR3 Mx4+) who were already assured a spot in Saturday’s finals but still triumphed in their race for lanes this morning.
The men’s quad (M4x) and the lightweight men’s quad (LM4x) were the other GB boats to win at the Nathan Benderson Park on day five, both securing victories in their respective semi-finals.
It was a measured performance from Jack Beaumont, Jonny Walton, John Collins and Peter Lambert in the men’s quad, keeping in touch with the Netherlands for the first half of the race before picking up the pace during the second 1,000m to win the race by half a length.
Moe Sbihi said: “The race itself today was job done from our perspective and getting into the final was the most important thing. Will was unwell and health is more important than rowing races so the right decision was made at the right time.
“It was never going to be easy for Ollie to come in and sit in a very important seat but he came in and did extremely welll. He was super relaxed and did a fantastic job helping us get the boat into the final.”
Tom Jeffery and Tom George will contest the men’s pair (M2-) final after finishing second in today’s semi-final. Jeffrey and George, racing their first ever senior regatta, crossed the finish a length behind the Croatian crew and ahead of France who claimed the third A final spot.
In the women’s lightweight double (LW2x), Kat Copeland and Emily Craig also secured an A final place, taking the third spot in a tightly fought semi behind Romania and the USA as just 1.8 seconds separated the top three crews.
The women’s eight (W8+) were the last British crew of the day to progress to an A final after finishing third in their repechage with the top four moving through to Sunday’s final.
However, it wasn’t to be for the men’s eight (M8+) as they finished in third in their repechage, one place short of the A final as the Netherlands and Romania claimed first and second.
Also racing the B finals this weekend will be the lightweight double sculls (LM2x) pairing of Sam Mottram and Jamie Copus after a fourth place finish in their semi-final left them just one place short of the A final.
PR3 mixed coxed four exhibition race (All progress to final)
1. Great Britain (Grace Clough, Giedre Rakauskaite, Ollie Stanhope, James Fox & Anna Corderoy (cox)), 7:09.36
2. USA, 7:31.66
3. Ukraine, 7:35.31
Women’s eight repechage (Four progress to final)
1. Canada, 6:11.32
2. USA, 6:11.83
3. Great Britain (Anastasia Chitty, Rebecca Chin, Fiona Gammond, Holly Norton, Jo Wratten, Katherine Douglas, Karen Bennett, Rebecca Shorten & Matilda Horn (cox)),
Men’s eight repechage (Two progress to final)
1. Netherlands, 5:32.59
2. Romania, 5:34.22
3. Great Britain (Jacob Dawson, Callum McBrierty, Ollie Cook, Adam Neill, Tom Ransley, Alan Sinclair, James Rudkin, Lance Tredell & Henry Fieldman (cox)), 5:35.70