West injury blow

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The Olympic champion Kieran West has been hit by his second injury of the summer and will miss the World Championships in two weeks' time. Spasms began in West's shoulder at the start of a practice session, and he will be unable to row for six weeks.

West's replacement in the British men's eight will be Joe von Maltzahn.

The British juniors began their own World Championship campaign yesterday with their preliminary heats in Duisburg. Two of the six crews in the team made it straight through to tomorrow's semi-finals, the other four having to row repêchage races today.

The star of the first-day show was Matthew Langridge in the men's single sculls, winning his heat with ease. The other crew through to the semi-finals was the men's eight.

The quad and three junior fours had to settle for two third and two fourth places in their heats. The men's coxed four took third.