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Vicky Thornley claims gold at European Rowing Championships

Monday, 29 May 2017 :  In the women’s single sculls, the 29-year-old Brit held off a late burst from two-time Olympic champion Ekaterina Karsten, 44, of Belarus to cross the line in 7:34.230 minutes, while Germany’s Annekatrin Thiele took third.

Thornley won a World U23 title in Racice back in 2009 and can now add European champion to her list of accomplishments GB’s first medal of the day came in the women’s quadruple sculls as Holly Nixon, Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne, Jess Leyden and Beth Bryan moved up from fourth at the halfway stage to take bronze, and almost pinched silver from the Dutch boat – Germany taking gold.

Emily Craig and Kat Copeland also moved from fourth at halfway to cross the line third, in the lightweight women’s double – won by Weronika Deresz & Martyna Mikolajczak of Poland – while Holly Norton and Karen Bennett claimed bronze in the women’s pair, behind Kristyna Fleissnerova & Lenka Antosova of Czech Republic and Danish duo Hedvig Rasmussen & Christina Johansen.

There was disappointment for Great Britain’s other boats, as the likes of the men’s four, featuring Olympic champions Will Satch and Moe Sbihi, finished fifth and the women’s eight faded in the second half of the race to come fourth.

But British Rowing’s performance director Sir David Tanner insists there are positives to build on for the squad.


Source : internet

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