Many congratulations to Imogen Walsh who wins Gold at the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia

posted by Roy Sinclair - 3 Sep 2011, 9:56 p.m.

Steph Cullen, Imogen Walsh, Kathryn Twyman and Andrea Dennis qualified for the lightweight women's quadruple scull final by winning their heat on Monday in one of the Championships' tightest finishes.

Starting today's race in lane three they had China to their right and Italy to their left. The British combination, coached by Ben Reed, were leading at 500m with Italy, China and the USA all close and pressing.

At halfway a roar went up as the commentator announced them still in the lead. It was close, though, with Italy. In the third 500m the British moved out to a much stronger advantage and China nudged ahead of Italy who were now third.

China, not happy with second, now attacked the GB lead. They picked up the pace but had left it too late. Victory to GB by a boat length. China second and the USA third, just pipping Italy by a single hundredth of a second.

"That's the best race ever. You don't expect to lead out a World championships final like that from the first stroke to the line. I was determined though to take each stroke as it came because I knew that China had a sprint on them and I wasn't going to take anything for granted. World Cbampion! It hasn't sunk in yet", said Steph Cullen.

"Yes it felt good winning. It was good to be able to enjoy those last few strokes", said Imogen Walsh. "It wasn't sure, though, until the last 100m".

Andrea Dennis said: "My plan is always to go as fast as we can from start to finish so it was just a case of head down and go. We've been going well and the whole squad is just so strong. We've been fighting amongst ourselves to get into the boats and we really believed in our strength.

"I'm so thrilled. I've never dared to think about what it would feel like to stand on the podium in first place and hear the national anthem. I'm really looking forward to it."

Kathryn Twyman: "It is just fantastic. We wanted to improve our first 500m and I think we executed the plan. I loved it."

Inverness Rowing Club members are highly delighted to record that one of their own has achieved such a fantastic and well deserved result. It was a superb performance by a masterful crew. :D :D :D

Report - courtesy of British Rowing website - GB Rowing Team News

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