GB to battle in six medal finals on Saturday at Glasgow 2018 European Rowing Championships
All seven crews to race in repechages successfully progress to later rounds of competition as European Championships moves into finals weekend
Seven GB crews came through repechages to book their places in the next rounds of the Glasgow 2018 European Rowing Championships at Strathclyde Country Park.
Friday’s results set up a total of six medal finals for Great Britain on Saturday as the competition reaches the business end.
Four crews won their repechages, including both the women’s pair and women’s four. Hattie Taylor and Rowan McKellar, in the pair, led from start to finish to lead France over the line by a length and move through to Saturday’s medal race.
The four, which missed out on an automatic qualification place in the heat by just a thousandth of a second, made sure of their progression by winning their repechage by half a length. Sara Parfett, Caragh McMurtry, Emily Ashford and Jo Wratten also led from the start to keep the Netherlands at bay in second.
The women’s quadruple sculls also looked comfortable in their repechage win to reach Saturday’s final. Alice Baatz, Mathilda Hodgkins Byrne, Melissa Wilson and Zoe Lee finished nearly half a length up on Russia to take the first of two qualification places to the final.
Zak Lee-Green and Jamie Copus were in a tight battle with Slovakians Marek Reznak and Peter Zelinka all the way down the course in the lightweight men’s double sculls. The Brits crossing the line just two tenths of a second ahead. Both crews go through to Saturday’s semi-finals.
Ellie Piggott and Fran Rawlins sealed their place in the lightweight women’s double final on Sunday with second place in their repechage. GB finished over a length ahead of Ireland to secure their progression behind Switzerland.
GB’s men’s eight finished second to Romania in their repechage to see them through to the final, with the women’s eight finishing third in their exhibition race ahead of Saturday’s race for medals.
British Rowing Director of Performance Brendan Purcell said: “It’s really positive to see our crews confidently coming through their repechages and into finals and semi-finals. There were four solid wins out on the water and every crew that raced today has helped tune their performances for the weekend.
“The first two days of racing have left our athletes feeling confident ahead of the intensity of finals racing to come over the next two days.”
Women’s pair repechage
Women’s four repechage
Women’s eight repechage
1. Romania 6:07.01
2. Netherlands 6:07.52
3. Great Britain (Anastasia Chitty, Katherine Douglas, Holly Hill, Rebecca Girling, Fiona Gammond, Holly Norton, Karen Bennett, Rebecca Shorten, Matilda Horn) 6:07.63