Rowing: British eight finds form
The unknown boat in this class was the returning USA crew, which has won the championship for the past two years. The USA squandered a onelength lead in the other heat to the fast-finishing Romanians and just scraped home. The only crew from the European season to find new pace is the Australian boat, which was closing fast on Great Britain at the line.
The British eight should reach the final, but will need to chop an extra one and a half seconds from its times to get into the medals.
The men's quadruple scull, selected more as preparation for Sydney than in expectation here, was pushed back into fourth place, giving away four seconds in each quarter.
The women's quadruple scull prospers in spite of itself. If the middle pair of Katharine Grainger and Sarah Winkless can develop the compatability and racing experience of their stroke, Guin Batten, and bow, Lisa Eyre, it may move up a gear. Yesterday it finished second behind a new and superbly drilled Germany boat, but ahead of Australia and Poland. A place in the final will boost a push at Sydney.
The lightweight women's double scull of Jane Hall and Tracey Langlands has found no form this year and slipped to fifth in their opening heat yesterday, well off Olympic pace.
The lightweight men in the two Olympic events, the double scull and the four, will also be struggling to qualify from this regatta. The double finished second to the 1996 champions the Swiss Gier Brothers. Less hopefully the four was in the pack to half-way but lost five seconds in the third 500 metres.
Latest in Sport
England vs Japan: Watch the moment Laura Bassett's own goal saw England knocked out of the 2015 Women's World Cup
David De Gea to Real Madrid: Manchester United goalkeeper spotted arriving at Madrid airport
Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United: Transfer news live - Robin van Persie to leave, Saints and Tottenham battle for Toby Alderweireld
Wojciech Szczesny was 'lied to' by Arsene Wenger over future after £11m transfer of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’
- 1 David Cameron refers to 83-year-old Labour MP Dennis Skinner as 'Jurassic Park'
- 3 Russell Brand condemns moment of silence for Tunisia attack victims as 'minute of bulls**t'
- 4 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
- 5 Alwaleed bin Talal: Saudi Prince to donate entire $32bn fortune to charity
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
£15000 - £16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you've got first class custo...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity to join a medium s...
£11830 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Working in a friendly, sales ta...
£15000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading web des...