World Cup 3: Three GB crews through to Sunday’s medal finals
The lightweight women’s quad finish an agonising fourth in their final, while the men’s pair, four and quad all progress to Sunday’s medal races
GB qualified three of a possible five crews to medal finals on Sunday, with the men’s four, men’s pair and men’s quadruple sculls all progressing on day two of World Cup 3 on the Rotsee.
GB’s lightweight women’s quadruple sculls also came within inches of claiming a bronze medal in the penultimate race of the day. Ellie Lewis, Gemma Hall, Fran Rawlins and Maddie Arlett were edged on the line by a fading German crew, with just three tenths of a second the margin.
In the day’s semi-finals, the men’s four put in another excellent performance to reach Sunday’s medal race, surging from fifth at halfway to second on the line. Harry Glenister, George Rossiter, Rob Hurn and Sholto Carnegie rowed past early leaders Germany in the closing stages to secure second by half a length.
Semi-final winners Netherlands and Australia will be the ones to beat in Sunday’s final, where GB will look for another strong showing to challenge for a high finish.
Ollie Cook and Matt Rossiter will also race in an A final on Sunday, cruising through in third place from the men’s pair semi-final that featured two British crews. Cook and Rossiter, who finished fifth at World Cup 2 in Linz, held third place from start to finish and secured a final berth by a length.
John Collins, Jonny Walton, Graeme Thomas and Tom Barras put together a composed race to move into the final of the men’s quadruple sculls. Half a length split the top three crews at the halfway mark, but GB held their position at the front of the pack to take the first of two qualification places ahead of Australia
Zak Lee-Green and Jamie Copus were half a length off a place in the A final in the lightweight double sculls, finishing fourth in a hotly contested semi-final. All six crews were separated by just over three seconds, and the GB boat were just edged out by a surging Canadian crew.
Sam Mottram took ninth place in the lightweight men’s single sculls. He put in a fast finish in his semi-final on Saturday morning, but left himself too much to do in the final 500m to finish fourth. In the afternoon’s B final, Mottram left his best racing to the second half again, moving through from fifth to third by the line.
And Alice Baatz put in her third impressive row of the weekend to win the C final of the women’s single sculls. Baatz found herself in a very fast heat and repechage on Friday, but kept her form to comfortably win her final race by half a length having led from start to finish.
Sunday’s racing kicks off with the B finals at 7.55am (BST), with McBrierty and Hellen on the water at 8am. You can watch live coverage of the A finals on the BBC Red Button and website from 9am, or follow along on British Rowing’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Women’s single scull C final
1. Alice Baatz (GBR) 7:45.41
2. Yunxia Chen (CHN1) 7:47.03
3. Haruna Sakakibara (JPN) 7:51.31
Lightweight women’s quadruple scull A final
Men’s pair semi-final
1. Milos Vasic & Nenad Bedik (SRB) 6:33.87
2. Jaime Canalejo Pazos & Javier Garcia Ordonez (ESP1) 6:36.65
3. Matt Rossiter & Oliver Cook (GBR1) 6:38.90
6. Callum McBrierty & Morgan Hellen (GBR2) 6:51.90
Men’s four semi-final
Men’s quadruple scull repechage
Lightweight men’s single scull semi -final
1. Luka Radonic (CRO) 7:04.47
2. Hamish Parry (AUS1) 7:04.49
3. Junjie Fan (CHN) 7:04.87
4. Sam Mottram (GBR) 7:05.87
Lightweight men’s single scull B final
1. Pedro Fraga (POR) 6:58.58
2. Peter Galambos (HUN) 6:58.86
3. Sam Mottram (GBR) 7:02.74