Tanner eyes more medals after world rowing silver and bronze

29 August 2014 / 18:08

GB Rowing Team performance director Sir David Tanner expects the squad’s medal tally at the World Rowing Championships in Holland to grow further after taking silver and bronze on Friday.

The men’s coxed pair of Alan Sinclair, Scott Durant and cox Henry Fieldman claimed second spot on the podium after finishing behind New Zealand for Britain's first medal of the day in Amsterdam.

Sinclair, Durant and Fieldman had been quickest off the line but the Kiwis hit back to post a world best time of 6:33.26 minutes, with Great Britain edging out Germany in third.

While in the lightweight men’s pair, Sam Scrimgeour and Jono Clegg took bronze after being edged out of silver in a thrilling final sprint with France.

Reigning champions Switzerland had already established a firm lead but Britain were pushed all the way by France who eventually stole second on the line.

But with seven more crews taking part in finals over the weekend, including the men’s lightweight fours following their safe progession from Friday's semi-final, Tanner was looking for even more silverware.

"I am really pleased with our two medals today and I believe tomorrow we have some strong medal chances in our finals," he said.

“Special credit today for an exceptional performance from our lightweight men's four in qualifying for the A Final in a cracking time."

That lightweight men’s four performance saw Mark Aldred, Peter and Richard Chambers and Chris Bartley finish second in their semi-final after a thrilling battle with Denmark.

It would be the Danes who would take overall victory in a world’s best time of 5:43.16 minutes with Great Britain crossing in 5:43.97 although 2012 Olympic silver medallist Chambers promised there was more to come.

“We went faster than any other British lightweight men's four has gone,” he said. “Obviously you would like to win but qualifying was the aim and that wasn't the finished article. There's more to come on Sunday.”

Elsewhere on the water, the lightweight women’s quadruple scull of Ruth Walczak, Brianna Stubbs, Ellie Piggott and Charlotte Taylor were sixth on their debut final at senior world level.

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