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Five GB boats qualify for Olympic and Paralympic Games on day five of World Rowing Championships

Great Britain had a new World Best and Championship Best record on day five of the World Rowing Championships, as five crews secured qualification spots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games


PR3 mixed coxed four. Credit Nick Middleton

The PR3 mixed coxed four of Ellen Buttrick, Giedre Rakauskaite, James Fox, Ollie Stanhope and Erin Wysocki-Jones set a new World Best time in their semi-final, securing a spot for Great Britain at the 2020 Paralympic Games in the process.

Cox Wysocki-Jones said: “We have a really exceptional crew dynamic, everyone brings their own specialties to the boat and when we come together and click it’s really magic.”


Paralympic champions Lauren Rowles and Laurence Whiteley set a new championship best time in their semi-final for the PR2 mixed double sculls and qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic Games – all on Whiteley’s 28th birthday.

Rowles said: “It’s not every day you get to qualify for a Paralympic Games and it makes today even more special to come away with the Championship record as well. We’re looking forward to leaving it all on the line on Saturday.”

Chief coach for the Para-rowing squad Tom Dyson summed up the day: “Today’s results were another really positive step and it’s incredible to get two of the boats qualified for Tokyo. The four have really moved the standard on again this year and we will be looking forward to seeing what both they and the double can do in the finals come Saturday.”

There was elation for Jess Leyden, Melissa Wilson, Mathilda Hodgkins Byrne, Charlotte Hodgkins Byrne and their coach Jane Hall as they booked Great Britain a women’s quadruple sculls spot at the Olympics for the first time since 2012. In an intensely close repechage, the crew battled it out with Poland and the USA for the two available semi-final spots, crossing the line just 0.18 seconds ahead of the USA crew to take second place.

Charlotte Hodgkins Byrne said she couldn’t tell if they or the USA had secured the second place spot: “Even when we crossed the line I didn’t realise, and when we were rowing back to the landing stage I kept asking Mathilda ‘are you sure? have they changed it?’ I couldn’t believe it.”

The lightweight double of Imogen Grant and Emily Craig also qualified a place at the Olympic Games after a confident performance which saw them hold the lead at the 500m mark before crossing the line in second place behind the Dutch crew.

An overjoyed Craig said: “I can’t believe we did it. It’s been such a tough six weeks leading up to this. We got 500m in to the race and I thought ‘we’re in the lead, oh my god, we’re going to do it’. This has been my dream since I was 12. I can’t believe it.”

The men’s four of Matt Rossiter, Ollie Cook, Rory Gibbs and Sholto Carnegie also secured a qualification spot for the Olympics, finishing 0.23 of a second behind Romania to take second place in their semi-final.

The women’s eight put in a dominant performance in their repechage to progress through to Sunday’s A final, overturning European champions Romania in the process. With five Olympic qualification spots available, Sunday’s A finals for the eights promise to be intense contests.

Rio silver medallist Karen Bennett was pleased with the performance, saying: “We stepped on from our heat to the rep – we really went out there and were determined to do it, which showed through in the race. Now we’re focusing on our recovery for our final on Sunday, especially now we have had a taste of what the intensity will be like.”

Teammate Hattie Taylor added: “I’m relieved that’s done now… it’s good to have two races under our belt and I’m excited to see what we can do in the final.”

Maddie Arlett and Sam Mottram both progressed through to the A finals for the lightweight single sculls after each coming second in their semi-finals.

Arlett said: “It feels amazing to have made the A final. That race felt better than the heat; I had a bit of a wobble midway but that’s all part of the fun. I’m definitely happy.”

The women’s four and men’s quad will have a fight on their hands for the top two positions in Saturday’s B finals as each missed out on a place in the A final. The women’s pair of Sam Courty and Annie Withers will also progress through to the B final but with 11 qualification spots available, they will need to secure a top five finish in the race.

Kyra Edwards and Ruth Siddorn, Tom Barras, and Zak Lee-Green and Jamie Copus all progressed through to the C finals of the women’s double sculls, men’s single sculls, and lightweight men’s double sculls respectively.

Tomorrow sees six GB crews in action, starting with Ben Pritchard in the semi finals of the PR1 M1x at 10:10 BST. You can watch all the races live on


Women’s pair (A/B semi-final)

1. Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre (AUS) 6:58.00

2. Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens (CAN) 7:00.45

3. Aina Cid and Virginia Diaz Rivas (ESP) 7:03.16

6. Sam Courty and Annie Withers (GBR) 7:20.97

Next GB race: B final 

PR2 mixed double sculls (A/B semi-final)

1. Lauren Rowles and Laurence Whiteley (GBR) 8:07.33

2. Svitlana Bohuslavska and Iaroslav Koiuda (UKR) 8:21.73

3. Josiane Lima and Michel Gomes Pessanha (BRA) 8:26.98

Next GB race: A final

PR3 mixed coxed four (A/B semi-final)

1. Great Britain (Ellen Buttrick, Giedre Rakauskaite, James Fox, Ollie Stanhope and Erin Wysocki-Jones) 6:49.24

2. Australia 7:07.65

3. Israel 7:11.84

Next GB race: A final

Lightweight women’s double sculls (A/B semi-final)

1. Marieke Keijser and Ilse Paulis (NED) 6:50.91

2. Emily Craig and Imogen Grant (GBR) 6:52.37

3. Ionela-Livia Cozmiuc and Gianina-Elena Beleaga (ROU) 6:54.01

Next GB race: A final

Men’s four (A/B semi-final)

1. Romania 05:47.70

2. Great Britain (Matt Rossiter, Ollie Cook, Rory Gibbs and Sholto Carnegie) 05:47.93

3. Italy 05:51.73

Next GB race: A final

Women’s four (A/B semi-final)

1. Netherlands 6:22.78

2. Poland 6:25.22

3. USA 6:25.80

5. Great Britain (Sara Parfett, Emily Ford, Polly Swann and Holly Hill) 6:28.13

Next GB race: B final

Men’s quadruple sculls (A/B semi-final)

1. Italy 5:33.22

2. Poland 5:34.08

3. Australia 5:36.61

4. Great Britain (Jonny Walton, Jack Beaumont, Angus Groom and Pete Lambert) 5:39.86

Next GB race: B final

Lightweight men’s single sculls (A/B semi-final)

1. Alexis Lopez Garcia (MEX) 6:51.03

2. Sam Mottram (GBR) 6:51.44

3. Aaron Lattimer (CAN) 6:52.72

Next GB race: A final

Lightweight women’s single sculls (A/B semi-final)

1. Marie-Louise Draeger (GER) 7:32.77

2. Maddie Arlett (GBR) 7:35.20

3. Nicole van Wyk (RSA) 7:36.36

Next GB race: A final

Women’s quadruple sculls (Repechage)

1. Poland 6:12.10

2. Great Britain (Jess Leyden, Melissa Wilson, Mathilda Hodgkins Byrne and Charlotte Hodgkins Byrne) 6:13.82

3. USA 6:14.00

Next GB race: A final

Women’s eight (Repechage)

1. Great Britain (Fiona Gammond, Zoe Lee, Jo Wratten, Hattie Taylor, Rowan McKellar, Rebecca Shorten, Karen Bennett, Holly Norton and Matilda Horn) 6:05.88

2. Romania 6:07.64

3. Russia 6:12.00

Next GB race: A final

Women’s double sculls (C/D semi-final)

1. Martyna Radosz and Krystyna Lemanczyk-Dobrzelak (POL) 6:53.41

2. Ruth Siddorn and Kyra Edwards (GBR) 6:59.27

3. Aspasia Christodoulidis and Anneta Kyridou (GRE) 7:05.92

Next GB race: C final

Men’s single sculls (C/D semi-final)

1. Tom Barras (GBR) 6:49.15

2. Aleksandar Filipovic (SRB) 6:49.23

3. Juan Carlos Cabrera (MEX) 6:53.99

Next GB race: C final

Lightweight men’s double sculls (C/D semi-final)

1. Andrew Campbell Jr and Nicholas Trojan (USA)

2. Julian Schoeberl and Matthias Taborsky (AUT)

3. Jamie Copus and Zak Lee-Green (GBR)

Next GB race: C final