Olympic champions impress at rowing World Cup

13 July 2013 / 16:50

Four Olympic champions will lead Great Britain's medal charge at the rowing World Cup in Lucerne.

In total ten British boats will contest finals in Switzerland on Sunday, after seven crews came through their repechages or semi-finals to join the already-qualified women's eight, pair and double scull.  

Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover races the women's pair with newcomer Polly Swann whilst London 2012 men's four gold medallists Andrew Triggs Hodge, Peter Reed and Alex Gregory are all in the men's eight final.

"With our finals qualifications that we have a good depth across our team and we have found the standard here higher than the last World Cup at Eton Dorney, as we thought," said British team performance director Sir David Tanner.

"Medals will be tough to win in the finals."

Britain's scullers were also in good form, with the men's quadruple scull qualifying behind Olympic silver medallists Croatia and the double scull combination of Bill Lucas and Matt Langridge winning their repechage.

Single sculler Alan Campbell - a winner last week at the Henley Royal Regatta - was second in his semi-final while fellow Northern Irishmen Peter and Richard Chambers impressed in the lightweight men's double scull.

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