Rowing: London celebrate string of wins

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London Rowing Club's campaign to win at Henley in their 150th year kept on target yesterday when their four in the Visitors' Challenge Cup beat Porcellian of the US, both fours in the Wyfold Challenge Cup progressed to the next round, and both eights in the Thames Cup succeeded: the powerful A crew against Thames Tradesmen, and the B crew impressively against City of Bristol.

London's B crew in the Visitors' lost to a Molesey and Imperial College combination which saw Jonny and Greg Searle, champions in coxed pairs at the 1992 Olympics, come out of retirement at the age of 37 and 34 respectively. With Jan Herzog of Germany at three and Australian Richard Hearne at stroke - both with international records - they look as if they may progress further.

Imperial College have a semi-final against Durham University today in their quest to win the Prince Albert trophy for student coxed fours which the college presented to the regatta this year. In the other half of the draw, Goldie (the Cambridge development squad) defeated the selected crew from Reading University.

Two selected crews were knocked out of the Temple Cup, Newcastle University by Glasgow University, and the University of Bristol by the Dutch students from Proteus-Eretes.