LEANDER sculler Jack Beaumont marked his return to competition with an A final performance at the World
LEANDER sculler Jack Beaumont marked his return to competition with an A final performance at the World Cup in Varese.
Beaumont, who injured his back in a boating collision last year in Portugal, partnered clubmate Nick Middleton in the double sculls, where they finished in sixth place.
“We hadn’t been in the boat that long together â€“ we only found out we would be racing after trials,” said Beaumont.
“Our approach was simply to get three good races under our belt â€“ we weren’t putting too much emphasis on our finishing position.
“Of course we wanted an A final place and were really pleased â€“ we were in the race for the first half so we were glad we attacked it.”
Gold went to the world champion Sinkovic brothers from Croatia, ahead of Poland and Norway.
In the pairs, in which GB won their only gold medal of the weekend thanks to Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell and Matthew Tarrant, Leander’s Callum McBrierty and University of London’s Oliver Cook finished third in the B final.
The women’s quad, made up of Leander’s Holly Nixon, Jessica Leyden, Rosamund Bradbury and Tees RC’s Kristina Stiller, who have yet to qualify for the Rio Olympics, finished in fourth place.
In the lightweight men double sculls B final, Leander’s Jamie Kirkwood and Agecroft RC’s Zak Lee Green finished runners-up to Poland.
The GB team had chosen next month’s European Championships as their focus for the start of the season, leaving just six crews to race in Varese.