World Rowing Championships 2014 - Day 5

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Posted: August 28, 2014

Report by Mike Haggerty in Amsterdam

With Inverness's Alan Sinclair already qualified directly for Friday's coxed pairs final, the other five Scots racing for GB at the World Rowing Championships were in action on Thursday.

Of them, Lossiemouth's Olympic champion Heather Stanning, Forfar's Sam Scrimgeour and Edinburgh's world champion Polly Swann all qualified for medal finals, but Imogen Walsh of Glasgow and Inverness and Victoria Meyer-Laker from Premnay in Aberdeenshire will have to settle for "B" finals.

Olympic champions Heather Stanning and Helen Glover dominated their coxless pairs semi-final to install themselves as favourites to win in Saturday's final.

They led from the first stroke with, first of all Canada, then Romania and South Africa chasing them, before taking their foot off the gas to cruise across the finish line well ahead, with Romania and South Africa also qualifying behind them. USA won the other semi-final, but with slower intermediate times than the British duo. New Zealand and Australia also qualified from that semi-final.

After the race, a pleased Stanning said, "they weren't fast conditions but they were nice conditions today. It was good to be the first race of the day with a really calm warm up, too". Thinking about the final, she added, "we’re looking forward to that final. It's what we've been preparing for all season. It has a good feel to it."

Later, Scrimgeour and his lightweight pairs partner Jonathan Clegg won their semi-final and they will race for medals on Friday while Swann was in the British eight that finished second in their repechage race behind Romania to move onto their medal final on Sunday.

Imogen Walsh had to settle for fourth when her lightweight double sculls partner, Olympic champion Kat Copeland, got her scull caught in the water in a torrid blanket finish, while Meyer-Laker finished fifth in her semi-final of quadruple sculls.

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