RECAP: Day 2 of the British Rowing Virtual Championships

A packed schedule, captivating racing and some stand-out performances brought the first-ever British Rowing Virtual Championships to a close earlier today

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With each of the 60 races today being a final, event rankings and gold medals were all up for grabs and led to a whole host of nail-biting races throughout the day.

Particular highlights included Val Coleman adding a British record to yesterday’s world record with a time of 03:09.8 in the 90-94 women’s 500m race, whilst Greece’s Georgia Peramatzi added the 40-49 women’s 500m crown to her 2000m gold medal from yesterday. Italy’s Carlo Fabio Calcagni and Great Britain’s Lucy Holt and Chris Anslow also had perfect weekends, winning their respective adaptive 500m races after their victories over 2000m on Saturday.

In junior events Teddy Gannon also completed a fantastic double over the weekend, securing top spot in the Year 9 boys’ 500m race after his win yesterday in the Year 9 boys’ 4 minute race. Ross Rowing Club’s Yasmin Howe had a similarly dominant weekend, completing the double of Year 10 girls’ 500 metre and Year 10 girls’ 5 minute race over the two days, while Emily Downing also topped the podium twice today in the Year 9 girls’ 5 minute race and Year 9 girls’ 500m race.

Today also saw the hugely entertaining and frenetic relay races take place, with teams competing across men’s, women’s, mixed, adaptive and junior events. A team from the Invictus Games Foundation took gold in the adaptive relay, whilst Trentham Boat Club finished top of both the junior girls’ and junior boys’ relays. Weybridge Rowing Club took top spot in the mixed junior relay and USP Goldies of Brazil won the mixed 4x1000m relay, whilst The Sevengers took the bragging rights in the men’s 4x1000m relay.

Following on from yesterday’s records, we also saw three new British records in today’s racing!

  • Masters women 90-99 500m British Record  – Val Coleman, Fishguard and Goodwick Jemima Rowing Club, – 03.09.8
  • Year 11 Girls 500m British Record (matched) – Meg Knight, Trentham Boat Club – 01.34.3
  • (PR1) Men 500m British Record – Chris Anslow, Invictus Games Foundation – 01.56.1

Don’t forget to look back on the Day 1 recap here.

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