Coxless four lead British medal haul at World Cup finals

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The bronze for the men's quad is the first international medal for a British crew in this boat, and Elise Laverick and Debbie Flood's bronze in the double sculls - behind the Romanians Rumyana Neykova and Miglena Markova and the Olympic champions, Kiwi twins Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell - was an exciting and well-executed result for a 10-day-old crew. The pair of Katie Greves and Carla Ashford also took bronze.

The coxless four extended their unbeaten record to 10 races with a solid performance in the face of a strong challenge from a crew consisting of half of the Dutch eight who won a silver medal in Athens last year. The margin was less than a second.

"It is a luxury to be sitting four or five seconds up in a race," said Steve Williams, the bow man. "But we all know that that's not going to happen for four years. We still haven't shown our whole hand."

The men's quad of Matt Wells, Steve Rowbotham, Alan Campbell and Matt Langridge gave the performance of their short life together. They were quick off the mark and the fastest finishers.