Rowing: Coode makes golden debut
Ed Coode joined with the Olympic gold medal pair, Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent, and enjoyed a comfortable victory on his debut in place of Tim Foster in the No 3 seat. The three crews who came in after Britain in the 1998 championships were missing this time and, after rating 44 strokes to the minute to take the lead, the British quartet were never troubled. They cruised home with Poland hanging on in a stretched field to prevent a British one-two.
Richard Dunn, 22, and three thirtysomethings - Jonny Singfield in his first race since 1994, Jonny Searle, the Olympic champion in 1992, and Jim Walker - struggled to keep straight without a rudder. They managed to pull back to third and were closing on Poland at the finish.
Coode's performance created a dilemma for the British selectors for the next World Cup regatta, in Vienna in three weeks' time, when Foster will be available again. "Next week it will be quite interesting to see what happens," Redgrave said. "I wouldn't like to be the one making that decision."
The women's pair of Cath Bishop and Dot Blackie had to cope with being favourites for the first time since winning silver at the World Championships last year. They raced "on the line", which is the notional graph of the race pace set out through the winter by their coach, Mike Spracklen.
The women's double scull of Gillian Lindsay and Miriam Batten are the world champions, but they faded in the second half of their race and the Dutch, perennial silver medallists, took gold.
The startling result of the day came from the British coxless pair of Steve Williams and Simon Dennis, who took silver behind Ninoslav Saraga and Oliver Martinov of Croatia. They hauled their way back from fifth at the half-way stage and were closing rapidly on the winners in the last 250 metres. They beat the Australian pair, David Weightman and Robert Scott, who chased Redgrave and Pinsent home to take silver in Atlanta.
Latest in Sport
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao begin and what channel is it on?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao live: Mayweather puts on defensive masterclass to win by unanimous decision
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao begin on Sky Sports Box Office?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does the fight start and what channel is it on?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Only 132 pubs in the United Kingdom will show the fight - so where can you watch it?
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 3 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 4 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
Indonesia executions live: 'Hysterical' families heard prisoners being shot dead by firing squad
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
£28000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Digital Marketing Cons...
£16640 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Assistant Stores Keeper is r...
£16000 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportunit...
£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Developer required to join a bu...