With Victoria Meyer-Laker from Premney in Aberdeenshire on board, GB's women's quadruple sculls crew won their second-chance repechage race on Wednesday at the World Rowing Championships here in Amsterdam to qualify for Thursday's semi-final in their event.
This race had been postponed from Tuesday because of crosswind conditions, and the British crew led from the first stroke to cross the line almost five seconds ahead of Italy and Russia, who both also qualified for the semi-finals.
Later, Edinburgh's world champion Polly Swann was in the powerhouse of the British eight that came second in their opening heat, behind reigning world and Olympic champions USA, who took the one available direct slot for Sunday's final. This was another postponed race and the result puts the British eight into Thursday's repechage race. While USA will go to the start-line of the final as red-hot favourites for gold, this British performance shows they are real medal contenders.
Also racing in semi-final action on Thursday will be Lossiemouth's Olympic champion Heather Stanning, in coxless pairs with her fellow-Olympic champion Helen Glover; Forfar's Sam Scrimgeour in lightweight pairs with Jonathan Clegg; and Glaswegian Imogen Walsh, who partners Olympic champion Kat Copeland in lightweight double sculls. All three of these crews won their opening heats, so all look set to stay in the medal hunt on Thursday.
In other British performances on Wednesday, replacement lightweight single sculler Zac Lee-Green finished second in his quarter-final behind China to qualify for the semi-finals; the women's lightweight quadruple scullers won their repechage to go onto their final; William Fletcher and Jamie Kirkwood were second in their lightweight double sculls quarter-final to move onto the semi-final stage; double scullers John Collins and JonathanWalton won their repechage to race in their semi-final; women's single sculler Vicky Thornley was third in her quarter-final to qualify for the semi-finals; and the British men's eight won their repechage to proceed to their final.