Scullers are primed for final assault
Saturday 09 July 2005
With Annie Vernon substituting in the bow seat for Rebecca Romero, who has a back strain, they led a new German combination over the line. Russia won the other heat, faster than the British over the first half of the course, but slower over the second.
Romero, Sarah Winckless, Frances Houghton and Catherine Grainger had earned maximum points in the first two rounds of the Cup at Eton and Munich, although attempts to win at Versailles and Henley were thwarted by catching a boat-stopping crab at the French regatta and having to miss Henley because of an injury to Winckless.
The men's coxless four remain unbeaten after winning their heat comfortably yesterday. Steve Williams, Peter Reed, Alex Partridge and Andy Hodge secured the lead with a quick start which enabled them to experiment with a different way of rowing.
"We raced a little bit differently,'' said the British coach, Jürgen Grobler, who formed the crew in May. "It is to build up confidence using technique and harmony rather than just going flat out. I think they did it quite well and had the discipline to do it today.''
Alex Gregory's regatta ended when he was lifted out of his boat after suffering an asthma attack during the last 1,000 metres of his heat in the double sculls. Although fully recovered, the boat was withdrawn from the afternoon's rêpechage.
Despite the mishap, Gregory and his partner, Colin Smith, finished third behind the winners, Luka Spik and Iztok Cop of Slovenia, the Olympic silver medallists. Gregory and Smith are new to the senior team this year, and have been selected for the Under-23 World Championships in 11 days' time.
The two Wests, Kieran and Josh, secured a semi-final place in a spaced-out heat of the coxless pairs, and the lightweight coxless four also avoided the rêpechage round when they chased Ireland over the course and took the third qualifying place in a neck-and-neck struggle with Poland.
Latest in Sport
- 1 Enrique Iglesias injured trying to catch a drone mid concert
- 2 Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, reveals new look on Annie Leibovitz shot Vanity Fair cover
- 4 Man on naked bike ride gets ejected after becoming aroused
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Why this year's general election was the most unfair in Britain's history
£26000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A luxury beauty house with a nu...
£8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This company are currently recruiting new exp...
£25000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This award winning Property Man...
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has ari...