British crews aim for the podium in Switzerland

Nine British boats go in search of success on the day three of the World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne on Sunday.

British Rowing celebrated their first medal of the competition courtesy of a silver medal from the lightweight women’s quadruple scull on Saturday.

A fine performance from Ellie Piggott, Gemma Hall, Maddie Arlett and Robyn Hart-Winks saw them cross the finish line in 6:29.54 to finish second behind Australia (6:26.32) and they easily left the third-placed Japanese foursome in their wake on the second day of competition in Switzerland.

Bedford’s Piggott was delighted to come away with a medal hanging from her neck.

“We're really grateful to get the chance to race here because the lightweight women's quad is usually a World Championships event, so for the event to run and for us to have enough Lottery funding to be able to come is massive,” said the 26-year-old.

“We've all done a lot in doubles this season and it's the first time we've come together in this boat.”

On the third and final day of competition on Sunday, nine British bid to follow in the footsteps of Piggott and co.

The men’s four of Matt Rossiter, Moe Sbihi, Matthew Tarrant and Will Satch won their semi-final by leading from start to finish, just as they did in Friday’s heat to put themselves in with a shout in tomorrow’s final.

Meanwhile, Hattie Taylor, Melissa Wilson, Holly Hill and Rowan McKellar qualified for the women’s four final by holding off the challenge of France to finish fourth in the repechage.

Vicky Thornley battled through a testing semi-final in the women’s single scull, finishing third behind Poznan gold medallist Magdalena Lobnig and Annekatrin Thiele while a second-placed finish behind Poland in the repechage saw the women’s quadruple scull also qualify for their final.

The women’s eight finished third in their exhibition race to stay in the hunt.

The women’s pair of Holly Norton and Karen Bennett, the men’s quad, lightweight women’s double and men’s eight all qualified for their A finals on Friday. Sportsbeat 2017