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Glover and Swann top British medal hopes at rowing Worlds

August 8, 2013 12:42 pm

Olympic champion Helen Glover will lead Britain's medal charge at this month's rowing World Championships in Korea.

Glover will partner Polly Swann in the women's pair as they look to continue their unbeaten season with another gold in Chungju, following victories in all three World Cup regattas.

Frances Houghton and Victoria Meyer-Laker will compete in the women's double sculls in the absence of Olympic champions Katherine Grainger and expectant mother Anna Watkins, who are both taking time out from the sport.

Olympic champions Alex Gregory, Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge will continue in a powerful looking men's eight that won gold at the World Cup at Eton Dorney but missed out on the medals in their last outing.

Elsewhere, Olympic bronze medallist Alan Campbell competes in the singles sculls for the ninth time at a World Championship.

However, British performance director Sir David Tanner is being modest with his medal targets, with the regatta marking the start of a long Olympic cycle towards Rio in three years.

British crews did top the points table after the three-regatta World Cup series but in Lucerne - where many nations fielded their best rowers for the first time this season - they claimed only one gold, through Glover and Swann, and a bronze.

“Lucerne was useful in that it gave us a baseline from which to move forward," said Tanner.  

“This year has all been about giving new, young rowers their chance at the top alongside our more experienced names.  So we should not expect big fireworks in Korea but this team still has the talent to sparkle."

British team for the rowing World Championships

Men's four: Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell, Alan Sinclair, Scott Durant, Matthew Tarrant; Men's eight: Dan Ritchie, Tom Ransley, Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Mohamed Sbihi, Andrew Triggs Hodge, George Nash, Will Satch, Phelan Hill (cox); Men's single scull: Alan Campbell; Men's double scull: Matt Langridge, Bill Lucas; Men's quadruple scull: Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins, Peter Lambert; Men's lightweight four: Adam Freeman-Pask, William Fletcher, Jonathan Clegg, Chris Bartley; Men's lightweight pair: Sam Scrimgeour, Mark Aldred; Men's lightweight double scull: Richard Chambers, Peter Chambers; Men's lightweight single scull: Jamie Kirkwood; Women's pair: Helen Glover, Polly Swann; Women's eight: Beth Rodford, Zoe Lee, Melanie Wilson, Jessica Eddie, Louisa Reeve, Katie Greves, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Zoe de Toledo (cox); Women's single scull: Victoria Thornley; Women's double scull: Frances Houghton, Victoria Meyer-Laker; Women's quadruple scull: Rosamund Bradbury, Kristina Stiller, Monica Relph, Lucinda Gooderham; Women's lightweight double scull: Kathryn Twyman, Imogen Walsh; Women's lightweight single scull: Ruth Walczak

- Sportsbeat 2013