Rotsee, Lucerne, Switzerland
13-15 July 2018
A blistering finish saw the GB men’s quad take gold at the final World Cup regatta of the season, to lay own a marker for September’s World Championships in Bulgaria.
The Leander/Agecroft composite of John Collins, Jonny Walton, Graeme Thomas and Tom Barras had been lying back in fourth place at the halfway mark, where the fast-starting Germans hung on to the lead ahead of the Netherlands and Poland.
But the GB men kicked in hard after 1250m to pull through into second place with 500m to go, as the Netherlands took over the lead and Germany faded into fourth.
The momentum in the GB boat moved up another notch, as Barras led his crew into a sprint for the line, where they took gold 0.74 sec ahead of the Dutch with Poland hanging on for bronze.
Their win came just seven days after the crew beat Norway to claim the Queen Mother Challenge Cup at Henley.
More importantly it puts them right back on top after the disappointment of seventh place in Linz three weeks ago. Their B final place was all the more surprising after the crew had claimed gold at Belgrade three weeks earlier.
The men’s four, with three Leander athletes on board, had an excellent regatta with a fourth-place finish. Australia set a blistering pace to lead from start to finish, but Harry Glenister, George Rossiter, Rob Hurn and Sholto Carnegie held their own in the middle of the field, beating the World Cup-leading Germans into fourth place.
Leander’s Matt Rossiter and Ollie Cook of UL matched their result from World Cup 2, finishing fifth in the men’s pair final, edging Serbia on the line by just 0.06 sec.
The third and final regatta in the 2018 World Cup series sees a small GB squad of just 24 athletes in nine crews making their way to Lucerne, Switzerland, this weekend.
With the team’s focus on the European Championships in just three weeks’ time only the men’s and women’s quads have been sent to the Rotsee, along with the entire lightweight team.
Leander’s John Collins, Jonny Walton, and Tom Barras, with Graeme Thomas of Agecroft (pictured above), come off the back of their win last Sunday in the Queen Mother Challenge Cup at Henley. They kicked off their season with gold in Belgrade but finished a disappointing seventh three weeks later in Linz and will be looking to consolidate their strategy in preparation for the Europeans as well as the senior Worlds next month.
The GB women’s quad, including Leander’s Jess Leyden, also won on Sunday and will be looking to pick up more race experience in Lucerne. The recently-assembled crew was only put together in time for Linz, where they finished down the rankings, in marked contrast to the bronze medal won by two surviving members of the crew last year in Florida.
The GB lightweight crews are still in a state of flux but Emily Piggott of Wallingford is back in the women’s double with Emily Craig of UL after their bronze in Belgrade. In the men’s events Jamie Copus of Oxford Brookes joins Agecroft’s Zak Lee-Green in the lightweight double, with Leander’s Sam Mottram racing his first international of the season in the single.