Olympic24: GB in the medals in sailing and rowing regatta

Olympic24: GB in the medals in sailing and rowing regatta

13 July 2015 / 07:02

It was a successful day for British crews at the World Cup regatta in Lucerne, while Chris Froome is still sitting pretty in yellow at Le Tour. He's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • 49er European Championships ends with silver for world number one pair
  • Chris Froome surprised as key rivals loses time at Tour de France
  • British men's eight win Lucerne World Cup for first time in 15 years
  • Olympic champion women's pair Stanning and Glover maintain winning form
  • New personal best for long jumper Jazmin Sawyers

Silver for Pink and Bithell at European Championships

World number one pair John Pink and Stuart Bithell recovered from a disqualification in one race to claim silver in sailing's 49er European Championships.

Pink and Bithell, who claimed bronze at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland last month, concluded the six-day Open regatta – which permits off-continent entries – in third place overall.

New Zealand’s world champions Pete Burling and Blair Tuke sealed the overall regatta victory with Germany’s Justus Schmidt and Max Boehme, the top European crew, in second overall.  

“We’ve got a new boat here and we were using a different rig to normal as we have all of our best kit going to Rio for the test event,” said Pink.

“We were happy to get all that tuned in in the first two days and then we developed on that as the week went on and built some confidence in how quick we were going.  

“We raced well – we had a few silly mistakes that cost us a few places but other than that we raced very well and went pretty quick.  

"We’ve just got to cut those little bits out and we’ll be pushing even harder on the Kiwis.”

Froome maintains and increases yellow jersey at Tour de France

Great Britain's Chris Froome retained the overall leader's yellow jersey after a closely fought stage nine team time trial at Tour de France in Brittany.

The 2013 champion now leads BMC's American rider Tejay van Garderen by 12 seconds in the overall standings.

And - more importantly - he gained time on his key general classification rivals, two-time winner Alberto Contador, last year's runner-up Nairo Quintana and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali.

Nibali, in particular, had a shocker and is now two minutes and 22 seconds back.

"I am surprised he's lost so much time already," said Froome.

"I certainly didn't expect it. I thought he was going to be the one guy from the main contenders who would gain time in this first phase of the race.

"Nibali and Quintana have lost substantial time already so the pressure is on them to be attacking as we go into the climbs."

Glover and Stanning look good ahead of World Champs

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning laid a perfect platform for their World Championships preparation by winning World Cup gold in Lucerne.

The Olympic, world and European Champions moved out to a 27-race winning streak by holding off a strong New Zealand pair, Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler.

The GB duo moved out to a big early lead and then sustained the pressure to win in 6:57.59, while Denmark took the bronze.

Glover said: “I felt like we were in control through all of it.  In some sense, I guess, we expected a bit more of a race from them.”

Stanning added: “That was really pleasing because Helen called the race perfectly. We saw New Zealand put in a push but Helen said ‘stay there’. We had the stimulus outside the boat but we felt contained within it.

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Men's eight end 15 year wait for Lucerne World Cup win

Great Britain's men's eight again bettered arch-rivals Germany at rowing's World Cup in Lucerne.

A week after their victory at the Henley Royal Regatta, the world champions edged out the Olympic champions to claim their first men's eights victory at the regatta in 15 years.

Matt Gotrel, Constantine Louloudis, Pete Reed, Paul Bennett, Mohamed Sbihi, Alex Gregory, George Nash, Will Satch and cox Phelan Hill worked themselves into a good lead early in the race before Germany mounted a charge which brought them back bow-ball to bow-ball with the British crew.

“It was pretty nerve-wracking in the boat, I don’t know what it was like watching, but it was good to stay on the right side of it,” said Sbihi.

Satch added: “We are pretty pumped after that. It’s 15 years since a British eight last won in Lucerne, so it’s a bit of an historic moment.”

Germany beat Great Britain to the European title earlier this year but since then have lost their last three head to head races.

European champions James Foad and Matt Langridge marked their return to action after an injury pause to take silver in the men’s pair behind New Zealand's Olympic champions.  Elsewhere, there were bronze medals for Alan Campbell in the single sculls and the GB women's eight.

“We have had five strong medals and two outstanding golds from our women’s pair and men’s eight.  We didn’t get everything right here but we will go away to our pre-worlds camps next week with confidence in what we’ve achieved and some good learnings for those championships," said Sir David Tanner, GB Rowing's performance director.

Sawyers soars to new personal best

Jazmin Sawyers jumped a new 6.71 metre personal best to secure long jump silver at the European under-23 Championships.

“I’m so chuffed!” said Sawyers. “I feel like that’s the kind of jump I’ve been waiting to show I can do for ages and it’s been so frustrating that it hasn’t come out.

“When it came up on the board I could barely believe it – I’m so so happy! It’s my first personal best in almost three years – I’ve got no more words.”

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