Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Sculler Barras leads the way for Leander at GB trials

LEANDER athletes were on top of their game this week at Caversham, where the national training

LEANDER athletes were on top of their game this week at Caversham, where the national training centre hosted the GB trials for this year’s Senior and U23 world championships.

The final of the men’s single sculls saw Leander’s Tom Barras, a member of last season’s U23 quad, get off to an early lead, which he maintained to claim victory by just over a length.

“It was so competitive over the two days, so I just tried to smash it in the first ‘k’ in the final and get  out of the battle,” said Barras, who is once again eligible for the U23s this season.

Experience came to the fore in the women’s pairs where Leander’s Fi Gammond and Katherine Douglas produced a well-judged race to beat Caragh McMurtry of Southampton Coalporters and Agecroft’s Becca Chin, who had led for the first 750m.

“We improved a lot from the time trial yesterday, where we came third,” said Gammond. “Each race was just a step up and improvement, which is what you want to see.”



Sam Tuck of Molesey and Leander’s Jonathan Jackson had won Tuesday’s semi-finals so it was no surprise to see them set the pace in the final.

Tuck held the advantage for the first kilometre but Jackson began to apply the pressure with 750m to go and eventually surged clear to win by a length.

The men’s pair competition saw Leander’s Cameron Buchan and Matt Rossiter build on Monday’s time-trial success by winning both their semi-final and the final itself.



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