Arlett wins first medal as GB enjoy more success at rowing worlds

Madeleine Arlett enjoyed a successful end to her World Rowing Championships campaign by winning bronze in the lightweight women's single scull in Linz.

Arlett, who finished second in her semi-final on Thursday, crossed the line in 7m49.820s to claim the bronze medal, with Marie-Louise Draeger of Germany and Chiaki Tomita of Japan finishing in first and second respectively.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” said Arlett.

“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time and to do it myself is even more special. I’ll take some time off now to recover.”

Arlett was the only GB rower to claim a medal on Friday, but that was not to be the end of the day’s success as two more British boats confirmed places at next summer’s Olympic Games.

First up it was Graeme Thomas and John Collins in the men’s double semi-final, who crossed the line in third place to book a spot both in the A final and for their boat at next summer’s Games.

And when Vicky Thornley took to the Linz waters just under an hour later, she ensured the success continued for GB as she stormed to a second-place finish to qualify for Sunday’s A final and put the women’s single scull on the trailer out to Tokyo 2020.

The Great Britain squad have now qualified five boats for the Tokyo Games, with medal races continuing over the weekend.