Reigning champion Vicky Thornley to miss European Rowing Championships

Vicky Thornley has withdrawn from the European Rowing Championships in Glasgow, which run from 2-5 August


Vicky Thornley after winning gold at the 2017 European Championships (Naomi Baker)

Reigning champion Vicky Thornley will not defend her European Championships single sculls title in Glasgow this week.

The Leander Club captain took gold in Racice in May 2017 in a season that culminated in a World Championships silver medal.

Thornley said: “It’s hugely disappointing not to be competing in Glasgow this week, not just because I won’t be able to defend my title, but it’s also a rare opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd.

“Unfortunately, I’m not currently in a position to perform at my physical best at the European Championships. I have to look at the big picture, which means being able to race in peak condition at the World Championships in September.

“I’ll be cheering on my teammates from home and look forward to pulling on my GB vest again soon.”

Director of Performance Brendan Purcell added: “It’s never an easy decision to withdraw an athlete from a major championship, especially one on home water, but our priority is to ensure Vicky is able to compete at her best.

“Vicky is a true competitor and, in a strong single sculls field, it’s important that she’s able to fire on all cylinders at the World Championships.”

The European Rowing Championships take place between 2-5 August at Strathclyde Country Park as part of the multi-sport Glasgow 2018 European Championships.