BROTHERS Rory and Jamie Copus have returned from the FISU World University Rowing Championships in Gravelines, France where the Great Britain team topped the medal table for the first time in a University Championships at world level.
Britain made the A final in all nine boat classes entered, winning medals in eight of them, including a gold for the men’s eight that featured cox Rory Copus. GB won by just over a length from home nation France, with Canada taking bronze, at the first world event to be hosted on this new course situated half-way between Calais and Dunkirk.
Jamie Copus followed up his silver medal in the lightweight four at the U23 World Championships by switching to sculling for his international debut in the lightweight men’s single where he secured bronze.
The most contested event had 18 entries which included three scullers who had recently competed in the senior world championships.
Jamie Copus sculled a well-judged race, overhauling the Russian sculler with 250m left, to finish third behind Steinhubel of Germany and Matyasovszki of Hungary.