GB performance director Tanner excited as world semis loom

28 August 2013 / 17:49

Performance director Sir David Tanner admits it is now business time at the World Rowing Championships after Britain made sure all 17 of its Olympic and international class boats were placed in the top 12 in South Korea.

Alan Campbell and the British women’s eight were the pick of the bunch on day four with the former winning his quarter-final in the single scull and the latter taking victory in their repechage to both reach the semi-finals.

Lightweight single sculler Jamie Kirkwood advanced after a top-three finish in his quarter-final while second place in the single scull repechage was enough for London 2012 Olympian Vicky Thornley to progress.

And, with the medal races drawing ever closer at the World Championships in South Korea, British performance director Tanner can’t wait to see what his troops can deliver.

“With all our boats through to the top 12 it has been a really solid team performance so far,” said Tanner. “I was very pleased to see our men and women’s eight reach the A finals on Sunday already and there is now lots to play for in the semis over two days of racing.”