posted by Roy Sinclair - 27 Jun 2013, 8:35 a.m.

Silver medals were won by two Inverness athletes in last weekend's Samsung Rowing World Cup on Dorney Lake, Eton in difficult, windy conditions where Alan Sinclair and Imogen Walsh claimed their respective medals in the men's coxless fours and women's lightweight double sculls.

This year 's GB men's four has a completely new line-up of Alan Sinclair, Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell, Scott Durant and Matthew Tarrant, who settled early on into third position in their final behind Australia and Romania, giving themselves work to do in the second half of the race.

Refusing to panic, however, the British settled into a nice rhythm in the second 1000m, rowing through the Romanians into second position and gaining fast on the Australian four. They ran out of racing distance to overhaul the Australians, however, and had to settle for silver just 1.3 seconds behind the gold medal winning Australian crew - a fine return for the relatively new crew, as Tarrant pointed out.
"It's really great; we have obviously had a crew change," he said. "We've really made some good progress in the past couple of weeks. Really encouraging training at Caversham but Friday was our first day to see if everyone else has stepped on as well." Commenting on the tricky racing conditions, Scott Durant added: "It's pretty tough out there. When you are coming in on a crew like Australia like we were there, you really put yourself in a lot of pain and only feel it when you cross the line.
"It's pretty agonising but it's good to come away with something after a couple of weeks of preparation."

There was very little to choose between the six crews in the lightweight women's double sculls over the opening 100 metres before the two British crews competing started to slip behind Germany and Sweden in the second quarter of the race.
Kathryn Twyman and Imogen Walsh then responded to put themselves back in contention, coming through the Swedish pair to seize a silver medal just 1.7 seconds behind the winning German crew. Brianna Stubbs and Eleanor Piggott finished fourth.
"We are a little bit disappointed with silver," Walsh said. "It would have been ok if it was our best race but we didn't quite nail it today. It took us a while to settle into a rhythm." Twyman added: "We've been training all year in singles and were in singles for trials so we've not had much time together. We've got plenty to find."

Both Walsh and Sinclair will ramp up their respective training programmes over the next few weeks in readiness for the next Samsung Rowing World Cup Regatta which takes place on the Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland in the middle of July.

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