Monday, 23 October 2017

Marshall scoops silver at World U23 Championships

LEANDER’S Tom Marshall came away from the World U23 Championships with a silver medal in the lightweight fours, while the

LEANDER’S Tom Marshall came away from the World U23 Championships with a silver medal in the lightweight fours, while the Wallingford-based duo of Brianna Stubbs and Ellie Piggott won gold in the lightweight women’s double scull.

The results were the stand-out performances by the British squad racing in the searing heat of the venue in Linz, where temperatures on finals day reached a record-breaking 39C the highest ever recorded in Austria.

The lightweight four of Charles Waite-Roberts, Marshall, Tim Richards and Joel Cassells were only formed directly after Henley, but made a great start and had a canvas lead over the field by 250 metres.

The British boat still held the lead after 1,500 metres but were overhauled by three-times previous champions Italy, before holding on to take silver, ahead of France in third place.

Piggott and Stubbs held the lead throughout the final of the lightweight women’s doubles in one of the tightest races of the day. With less than two seconds separating the top three boats the Wallingford girls extended their lead as Germany came up strongly in the last 500m to take silver with New Zealand in third.

There was a bronze medal for Wargrave-based Gemma Hall, representing Newcastle University, and Ellie Hall of Sir William Borlase, in the lightweight women’s quads.

The British crew were in contention with the leaders Germany and Australia for the first 500m but slipped back before holding off Denmark to take their bronze.

After Leander’s Stewart Innes was pulled out of the men’s quad scull with a stomach upset it was Marcus Bowyer of Exeter who subbed in alongside Leander’s Jack Beaumont, with Barnaby Stentiford and Angus Groom of Durham University.

In a race dominated by Switzerland the GB crew struggled back in the pack but a strong second half saw them overhaul Ukraine and France to take fourth place overall. But there was disappointment for the men’s eight, featuring Tim Clark of Stoke Row, and coxed by Rory Copus of Watlington, who finished in fifth place. After 500 metres Poland were leading with GB in second, but by halfway a surge by New Zealand brought them into the lead and they never let go.

With 500 metres to go the GB crew suffered at the hands of a massive push by Spain who denied them fourth place behind New Zealand, the USA and France.

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