Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Double gold for Copus

SCULLER Jamie Copus has bounced back from a training injury to win gold medals at two

SCULLER Jamie Copus has bounced back from a training injury to win gold medals at two elite regattas in Europe over the last fortnight.

Returning from a two month training break to allow a back injury to recover, Copus, 22 — representing Oxford Brookes University — marked his return to competition at Ghent Regatta in Belgium by winning his lightweight men’s single event by nine seconds, and becoming senior international Belgian champion in the process.

Copus was then selected as part of a Great Britain senior development squad to compete at the 98th international Hugelregatta at Essen in Germany last weekend where he again won his event — this time the U23 lightweight men’s single — by 11 seconds ahead of the top Slovenian sculler, followed by two scullers representing Portugal.

Copus, who lives in Pyrton, teamed up with Henley-based GB senior lightweight sculler Zak Lee-Green — who won Senior Lightweight sculls — as a senior lightweight double, testing his fitness further and coming second to a strong German composite.

Now back in training at the GB rowing team headquarters at Caversham Copus said: “It’s been the most frustrating time of my rowing career, and I’m just glad to be back competing.

“My strategy was to take one day at a time, and not rush things, and I hope by taking it sensibly I’ve set myself up for the rest of the season and beyond. If the results over the last couple of weeks are anything to go by, I don’t feel I’ve lost any of my speed and I’m excited about what the rest of the season might hold.”

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