Rowing: Campbell keeps his World Cup lead

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Britain's rowers won six medals in the second round of the World Cup at the weekend. The men's coxless four won and the women's quadruple scullers also finished first, with a bonus awarded to the dual Olympic medallist in the stroke seat, Katherine Grainger, in the form of an MBE.

The sculler Alan Campbell finished second and three crews won bronzes - the women's eight, the lightweight double scullers James Lindsay-Fynn and Mark Hunter and the heavy double scullers Matt Wells and Steve Rowbotham.

The men's eight, reshuffled behind the Olympic champion, Kieran West, at stroke, were barred from the final after a broken rudder in the semi-final caused them to dip blades in China's lane for a few strokes.

Campbell went off like a rocket in his final and dropped the Olympic champion, Olaf Tufte, and the world record holder, Marcel Hacker. Only the world champion, New Zealand's Mahe Drysdale, stayed in touch and he took the lead with 1,200 metres gone.

A cigarette paper separated them after 1500m but Campbell paid for his quick start and could not catch the Kiwi. Both men were happy, though, Drysdale for winning and Campbell for holding on to his points lead in the World Cup overall.

The women's quad used the repêchage - which the Chinese had forced them into - to good effect, and controlled the final.

"It was refreshing to swap around," said the stroke of the men's coxless four, Andy Hodge. "Last year was like putting four blokes in a boat and seeing if it works. Now we are applying stuff that we are doing in training."

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