Wins for Mottram and men’s four as GB qualify five boats to semi-finals on day one of World Cup 3
Five GB boats will compete in semi-finals on Saturday, with the lightweight women’s quad set to contest for medal on day two
Rob Hurn and Sholto Carnegie had a senior debut to remember on day one of World Cup 3 in Lucerne, winning their men’s four heat with George Rossiter and Harry Glenister to progress to Saturday’s semi-finals.
The crew came together this week having rowed as two pairs at Henley Royal Regatta, both reaching the semi-finals of the Silver Goblets and Nickalls’ Challenge Cup.
Under the Lucerne sun, the four led from virtually start to finish, easing over the line half a length up on a fast-finishing Denmark crew.
Sam Mottram also put in an impressive row to win his heat of the lightweight single sculls. The Leander Club rower said beforehand that he was relishing being the master of his own destiny in the single, and he bided his time to move to the front of the field in the final 500m, winning by nearly a length from New Zealand’s James Lassche.
Mottram set the fastest time of all four heats, sending him through to Saturday morning’s semi-final. As an International class boat, the lightweight singles finals will take place on Saturday afternoon.
Another final on Saturday will be the lightweight women’s quad, which will feature Great Britain’s Ellie Lewis, Gemma Hall, Fran Rawlins and Maddie Arlett after they came through the exhibition race unscathed in third place.
Both men’s pairs progressed to the afternoon’s quarter finals, with Matt Rossiter and Ollie Cook taking second in their heat and Morgan Hellen and Callum McBrierty finishing third. In the quarter-finals Hellen and McBrierty came out on top of a great battle with Brazil to take third place. Cook and Rossiter were slightly more comfortable with their third-place finish and both pairs will return for Saturday’s semi-finals.
Jamie Copus and Zak Lee-Green sealed a place in the lightweight double sculls semi-final through the repechage. The duo gave the home favourites Switzerland a good run to the line and comfortably finished second ahead of Poland to progress.
The GB men’s quad will return to action on Saturday in the repechage, having finished just outside the qualification places for the final. John Collins, Jonny Walton, Graeme Thomas and Tom Barras were the fastest crew through the second half of the race but ran out of water to overcome the Dutch crew ahead of them.
Alice Baatz rowed well to finish third in her women’s single scull heat, alongside the experienced duo of Magdalena Lobnig (Austria) and Annekatrin Thiele (Germany). That result took her through to the repechage where she faced another tough field, finishing third again. Despite posting the third fastest time of the four repechages, Baatz will have to settle for a place in Saturday’s C final.
Women’s single scull heat
1. Magdalena Lobnig (AUT1) 7:37.72
2. Annekatrin Thiele (GER1) 7:42.28
3. Alice Baatz (GBR) 7:47.41
Women’s single scull repechage
1. Madeleine Edmunds (AUS) 7:37.36
2. Diana Dymchenko (UKR) 7:41.11
3. Alice Baatz (GBR) 7:43.41