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Second time lucky for GB men's eight

The Great Britain men's eight rowing team qualified for the Olympic final with a victory over Canada and Holland in the repechage.

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GB rowing duo make final in record time

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning confirmed their status as gold medal favourites as they stormed into the final of the women's pair in the rowi...

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Medal Record

London 2012
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Biography

During the 2012 World Cup season, Mel raced in the women's quadruple scull with Vicky Thornley, Beth Rodford and Frances Houghton. The crew won a bronze medal in Belgrade and finished 5th in Lucerne.

At the 2012 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 10/11 March at Eton/Dorney, Melanie finished 5th in the women's single scull.

At 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, Melanie raced in the women's quadruple scull with crewmates Debbie Flood, Beth Rodford and Annabel Vernon, finishing 7th.

In Munich at the first World Cup of 2011 Melanie, in the absence of injured Anna Watkins, raced with Katherine Grainger in the women's double and won a fine gold medal, with clear water between them and the boats of USA and Belarus in silver and bronze positions respectively. Melanie moved into the women's quadruple scull for the Lucerne World Cup, where she won a silver medal.

At the 2011 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 16-17 April at Eton/Dorney, Melanie took 4th place in the women's single scull.

Melanie took part in the first World Cup of the 2010 Series, racing in the women's single scull in Bled where she was 10th.  She then went with the British Team to the World Rowing Championships on Lake Karapiro, New Zealand, as a spare.

She finished 5th in the women's eight at the 2009 World Championships in Poznan.

Melanie grew up in Hong Kong but moved to the UK so that she could go to University in Nottingham, where she studied for a BSc in Biochemistry.  After University she worked in a research laboratory in Kenya before moving to London.  She accepted a place at Imperial College to read Medicine in October 2009 and is training to be a Doctor. 

She is a keen sportswoman as she previously spent a lot of her time swimming and playing water polo, she also enjoys cycling.