GB rowers secure six Rio quota places

GB rowers secure six Rio quota places

03 September 2015 / 12:37

London 2012 champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning insists they are not finished yet despite being one of six British boats to earn a 2016 Rio Olympic quota place at the Rowing World Championships in France.

All nine British boats that went into their semi-finals came away with a spot in their respective showpiece, with six of these securing Rio places along the way too.

Glover and Stanning in the women’s pair did exactly that after winning their semi-final, with the pair eager to cap off a successful trip by bringing home the gold medal as well.

“I am pleased with today’s race, it was the race we expected to have and it’s a nice reward from the semi final to qualify the boat for Rio,” Stanning said.

“The next race is the one that counts, it’s the final race of the season, and we’re really looking forward to it.”

Glover added: “It was a good solid race today and we got on with the job. The final is coming at the right time, we are ready for it.”

Other semi-final winners were Glover and Stanning’s male counterparts James Foad and Matt Langridge, as well as the lightweight men’s double scull of Will Fletcher and Richard Chambers.

These were backed up by second-place semi-final finishes for the men’s four and Olympic champion Kat Copeland and Charlotte Taylor in the lightweight women’s double scull.

The men’s quadruple scull were third in their semi-final to also book a Rio spot.

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