Great Britain top standings at European Rowing Championships

01 June 2014 / 16:18

Gold for the men’s four and women’s pair at rowing's European Championships in Belgrade helped Great Britain to top spot in the medals table.

Andrew Triggs Hodge, George Nash, Mohamed Sbihi and Alex Gregory stormed to men’s four success after leading from the start and finishing in a European Championship best time of 5mins 48.86secs.

Gregory said: ”I’d say it’s been going well in training no doubt about it but it’s really nice to come and prove what we are doing in training is right.

“The times have been competitive and we could only come here and race who was here and it’s a really pleasing start and something to improve on but something we can’t complain with; I’m really happy with that.

“We don’t know what’s going on now but I hope for the next regatta we are staying together.”

And Helen Glover and Polly Swann, in the women’s pair, made sure they were not outdone when they finished seven seconds ahead of Romania and also posted a European-best time of 7mins 03.62secs.

Elsewhere, there were silvers for men’s lightweight pair Sam Scrimgeour and Jonathan Clegg, men’s quadruple sculls quartet Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins, Graeme Thomas and Peter Lambert and also the lightweight men’s four and women’s eight. 

There were also bronze medals for Kat Copeland and Imogen Walsh in the lightweight women’s double sculls and the men’s eight in the final race of the regatta.

GB finished with eight medals in total, and finished ahead of Czech Republic and Germany in the overall standings.

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