British rowers bag three more medals to take overall World Cup title

It was a medal of each colour for Great Britain on Sunday as British Rowing finished World Rowing Cup III with a total of four medals in Lucerne and won the overall World Cup title.

Adding to the silver won by the lightweight women’s double scull on Saturday, Sunday saw the men’s four pick up gold, while the men’s quadruple scull grabbed silver and the women’s eight bagged bronze.

The overall title followed Great Britain winning 11 medals at the first regatta of the World Cup season in Belgrade and seven more in Poznan, last month.

And performance director Sir David Tanner was satisfied with his team’s performances across the season.

“We set out to be the best nation across the World Cup series, so I’m very happy we have achieved that goal and have seen some excellent performances in the process,” he said. “From the four gold medals in Belgrade, and the men’s quad’s impressive win in Poznan, to the men’s four victory here in Lucerne.

“Our results this season have given the coaches plenty of food for thought ahead of the World Championships team selection, which will be announced on 10 August.”

The men’s four of Matt Rossiter, Moe Sbihi, Matthew Tarrant and Will Satch sealed their overall World Cup win with a powerful display having initially trailed at the 500m mark.

Meanwhile the quad of Jack Beaumont, Jonny Walton, John Collins and Peter Lambert came home less than three seconds behind Lithuania for their silver.

The women’s eight picked up the last medal of the day for Great Britain as they finished third behind Romania and New Zealand, with Tanner pleased at how his new crews are rowing together.

“We’ve seen some impressive results in this regatta from crews new to senior level racing, showing promising depth in our programme at the start of the Olympic cycle,” he added.

“Ford and Clarke were seventh in our Trials in April and are now effectively eighth in the world, while three of the second men’s four made their senior debuts and performed admirably against many of the world’s best crews.

“I look forward to seeing how all of our young talent continues to progress in the coming months.”

And it could have been more medals for Great Britain but Karen Bennett and Holly Norton narrowly missed out in the women’s pair, finishing fourth, while Vicky Thornley came home fifth in the single scull and Kat Copeland and Emily Craig were eighth in the lightweight double scull.

The day’s other results saw the women’s four finish sixth, with the women’s quad fifth and the men’s eight sixth.

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