Work in progress for rowers

05 May 2012 / 17:37

Semi-final victories in four Olympic classes meant an encouraging day for the British rowing team at this season's opening World Cup in Belgrade.

Perhaps the most exciting result came in the men's four, where the combination of Andrew Triggs-Hodge, Tom James, Pete Reed and Alex Gregory were comfortable winners of their semi ahead of the Dutch and French fours, but Triggs-Hodge insists there is room for improvement.

"It is definitely a work in progress," he said. "We really wanted to step on with each race and we're doing that."

"The other semi was a lot faster though and even though we looked better today it was still not fast enough."

Earlier Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won their women's pair semi and George Nash and Will Satch followed suit in the men's pair.

After the men's four steamed into the final, Olympic champions Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter won their semi-final of the lightweight men's double scull.

Performance director David Tanner was a happy man as he looked forward to Sunday's finals.

"I'm very, very pleased with today's semi-finals," he said. "I think it's all to play for tomorrow. We've come here to learn how we have emerged from the winter and as the start of our Olympic campaign rather than to come here as the fully-ready Olympic team as yet.

"I think it's been perfect in terms of opposition here and we should enjoy tomorrow and I am sure we will have some good results."

And there were also two medals in non-Olympic classes - Kathryn Twyman took silver in the lightweight women's single scull while Paul Mattick and Adam Freeman-Pask won gold in the lightweight men's pair.