World Rowing Championships - Results Report - Saturday 31st August

posted by Roy Sinclair - 31 Aug 2013, 5:54 p.m.

After performing with distinction in both their heats and semi-finals, in today's finals, both Inverness athletes, Imogen Walsh in Lightweight Women's Double Sculls (LW2x) and Alan Sinclair in Men's Coxless Four (M4-) performed well but were unfortunate to miss out on medal positions in their events - see report below

Extract from Report by GB Rowing - Saturday 31st August

Imogen Walsh and Kathryn Twyman were fourth in the lightweight women's double scull. Again they are a new crew this season in an Olympic event won by Kat Copeland and Sophie Hoskinglast year. "I think we have come a long way this season and even since the last world cup in Lucerne. We are two seconds faster than we were there", said Twyman.

Britain has a new line-up in the men's four, too, in 2013 and today Alan Sinclair, Nathaniel Reilly O'Donnell, Scott Durant and Mat Tarrant proved they have what it takes for the future with a fifth place in their first World Championships for all bar O'Donnell, a World silver men's eight medalist in 2011.



Imogen Walsh and Kathryn Twyman kept in medal contention in their lightweight women's double for the early part of the race and, with 500m to go, looked as if they might challenge for the podium before falling back as the top three crews upped the rate in the chase to the line.

Italy, second at 500m, came through to win in 7:17.31 with the USA in silver and Germany in bronze. GB took fourth in 7:24.54.

"I think we have moved on over the season but a lot of the rest of the field have done that too", said Twyman.

"We are still at the stage that we are analysing the race and how it went', said Walsh. "We have moved on further as a crew than probably we ever thought we would do. But whether I think that race was our absolute best, I am still figuring out".

The GB men's four, stroked by Matt Tarrant, and featuring Scott Durant, Nathaniel Reilly O'Donnell and Alan Sinclair made a strong start and were in the mix throughout the first quarter of their final today. In the second quarter they fell slightly off the pace and then came back strongly on the inside lane but could not quite catch the leading boats to finish fifth in 6:22.71.

At the head of the race the Netherlands put in a startling finishing to take gold from the favourites Australia in silver and the USA in bronze.

"It's good to have made the final but it's just a bit frustrating not to have had a really good row today", said Durant. "I think if we had come away with fifth place and said that we had had our best row ever, then we would have felt better', said Durant, showing the measure of their future ambition.

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