Belfast rower Rebecca Shorten helps the British team through to the European final

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Rebecca Shorten helped Britain’s rowers get into day one of the European Championships by booking their place in Saturday’s women’s four-man final.

he Belfast star, 28, won her women’s four-man race alongside Samantha Redgrave, Heidi Long and Rebecca Shorten on the opening day of the Multisports Championship in Munich to progress to this weekend’s showpiece.

Shorten’s boat crossed the finish line in 7:11.95 to triumph over Romania, Italy, France and Spain at the Olympic Regatta Center in Munich.

The quartet sailed in blustery German conditions and believe they are peaking at the perfect time before a much-anticipated finale.

Redgrave said: “It was a good wind for sure.

“We feel good and confident – we liked the way we rowed into that headwind and how we handled it.

“I think we’re looking forward to the final – we have to keep our heads on and stay calm and collected.

“We’re happy with that – we have little things to work on, but it’s the same every race.

“Bring the finale.”

For the second edition in 2022, the innovative Multisport European Championship brings together the existing championships of the continent’s flagship sports in a single event that elevates the champions of Europe.

And Shorten has every chance of winning one of the 177 gold medals on offer after his first day.

Rowing kicked off Germany’s 11-day windfall on Thursday morning, along with cycling, gymnastics and sport climbing.

Athletics kicks off at Munich’s iconic Olympic Stadium on Monday while triathlon, canoe sprint, table tennis and beach volleyball are also featured in the revamped event.

Redgrave is eager to be a part of it and after booking his place in the A final he added: “It’s really cool.

“It’s nice to be alongside other sports that we follow – I’m a big fan of athletics, so to do this at the same time and knowing we’re in the same leagues is really fun.

“I hope we will have the chance to go and see other sports – we don’t have that in other leagues.

“It’s nice to see us alongside other popular sports and I’m happy to watch other things – it’s good to take your mind off things.

“Munich is really cool. It’s everyone’s dream to go to the Olympics and see the rings here.

“You can see it’s been set up for a lot of people – with a huge grandstand. I’m really excited.”

The European Multisport Championships Munich 2022, including athletics, beach volleyball, canoe sprint, cycling, gymnastics, table tennis, triathlon, rowing, sport climbing, take place on 11e to August 21 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games in the German city.

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