The Scottish quintet of Heather Stanning, Imogen Walsh, Polly Swann, Sam Scrimgeour and Alan Sinclair all brought home medals from World Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland following Sunday’s finals.
Stanning, of Lossiemouth, is a Captain in the British Army and having returned to the squad after a year spent on active service the 29-year old need some time to regain her intensity at the very top level of her training percentages. Three weeks ago in Aigubelette Stanning and her partner Helen Glover proved that hurdled had been passed as they beat America to win gold.
The pair passed the test in Lucerne as well as they raced to another gold medal. It was not quite as straight forward as their previous effort in France, however. Even though they took an early lead which they maintained for the duration of the race, they were pushed hard in the last 250m as New Zealand’s pair forced the Olympic Champions to raise their game.
Afterwards Glover revealed that she had been battling a cold for two weeks before arriving in Lucerne. "We needed to come here and get the job done rather than lay out everything. It feels a bit like an anti-climax, a sensible day at the office rather than anything more exciting".
Stanning added: "I am really proud to be back and rowing with Helen and to put a race together here without unleashing our main game".
Invernesses Imogen Walsh continued her partnership with 2012 Olympic Champion Kat Copeland in the lightweight women’s double sculls. This combination won a bronze medal at the European Championships in Belgrade earlier this year, and added a gold medal in Aiguebelette. The combination carried on in the same vein in Lucerne, winning another excellent gold.
In an extremely tight first 1500m the GB boat was battling hard with Sweden, Canada and Australia, but they once again proved their strength in the final 500m as they surged away from the pack to win by clear-water in 7:08.17.
Following the race, Walsh said: "It's a nice pressure to be under when people expect you to do well. I feel that as a crew we have a lot now to build on".
Edinburgh’s Polly Swann has been racing in the GB women’s eight since Heather Stanning made her comeback. She had previously raced in the pair with Glover, winning gold at the World Championships last year and in Belgrade earlier this year. This crew has been growing in confidence, but came up against stiff competition in the final on Sunday in the form of crew from Canada, Romania, Germany and Australia.
The eight secured a bronze medal in an extremely close race. Canada’s crew produced a dominant performance from start to finish as GB tussled with Romania for a silver medal, with the Romanians taking 2nd place by just 0.24 seconds.
Swann said: "I think we all put ourselves on the line every stroke of the way. I am really impressed with the girls for doing that but we are very disappointed to be rowed through. It's good that we have another event this year and we will use this as motivation".
Sam Scrimegour, of Kirriemuir, partnered Maidenhead’s Jono Clegg in the lightweight men’s pair and they produced another bronze medal winning performance for GB. In a close race where the top three crews were all within a second of each other, the British pair just lost out to the Czech Republic and Switzerland who finished 2nd and 1st respectively.
Alan Sinclair, also of Inverness, raced alongside Scott Durant and cos Henry Fieldman in a new coxed pair for this World Cup. They raced to a silver medal behind Germany, and ahead of the Netherlands in a race which included just the three crews.
Premnay’s Victoria Meyer-Laker raced in the women’s quadruple sculls with Kristina Stiller, Olivia Carnegie-Brown and Beth Rodford. The quad is yet to hit their straps this season but they did win the ‘B’ Final in the morning session yesterday, finishing seventh overall in the competition.
The GB Rowing Team’s Performance Director, Sir David Tanner, said: "It has been a very positive day today with our 11 Olympic class finalists and eight medals from those as well as our two medals from the international classes.. Most exciting to me are our four golds just as we won in the second round of the world cup. Lucerne has not always been our finest regatta but today we have laid a very good base for our World Championships campaign in Amsterdam".
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