World Rowing Championships 2014 - Day 1

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Posted: August 25, 2014

Report from Mike Haggerty in Amsterdam

Two of the three Scots competing in the GB team in Sunday's first day of racing at the World Rowing Championships here in Amsterdam successfully moved on to the semi-final stage by dominating their opening heats.

Lossiemouth's Olympic champion Heather Stanning and her golden partner Helen Glover were in clear control of their heat, cruising home over ten seconds ahead of second-placed Ireland as they paddled across the line. South Africa and USA won the other two heats, and although they both posted faster times than the British duo, Glover and Stanning clearly had plenty in hand, rating just 25 for the last 200 metres of the race.

Later, Glaswegian Imogen Walsh and her partner, Olympic champion Kat Copeland were two lengths clear of a chasing Poland as they won their heat of lightweight double sculls. Australia, New Zealand and South Africa were the other heat winners in this class, but this British duo did not need to do anything special to hold off a closing Polish charge.

However, Victoria Meyer-Laker from Premney in Aberdeenshire came a disappointing fourth with her crew-mates in their opening heat of women's quadruple sculls, and now depends on the repechage to attempt to make further progress.

The two Scottish men involved in the GB team - Forfar's Sam Scrimgeour in lightweight pairs, and Inverness's Alan Sinclair in coxed pairs - start their campaigns on Monday while world champion Polly Swann from Edinburgh races on Tuesday in opening heats of women's eights.

There were strong tailwind conditions on the Bosbaan as GB produced six opening heat wins. As well as the women's pair and lightweight double sculls, other British successes came though the men's four, pair and quad, and the lightweight men's double scull.

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