Golden weekend for UK rowers at European Championships

Great Britain’s Jess Leyden, Lola Anderson, Georgie Brayshaw and Lucy Glover celebrate their victory in the quadruple sculls at the European Championships in Munich. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

The Todmorden Leyden rower, 27, teamed up with Lucy Glover, Lola Anderson and Georgie Brayshaw to beat the Netherlands in Munich in a super weekend for British Rowing.

Their gold marked one of four won by Britain on Saturday – three of them in a row – as the dominant display of the women’s quadruple sculls provided further momentum ahead of next month’s World Championships in Racice.

The British crew were delighted with their German victory but admit that replicating their exploits in the Czech Republic remains their number one priority.

Great Britain’s Jess Leyden, Lola Anderson, Georgie Brayshaw and Lucy Glover compete. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images for UK Rowing)

Leyden said: “We worked so hard for this. We changed what we wanted to change and it is really paying off now. Looking back on the field was really nice.

Brayshaw, 29, added: “It’s amazing and I’m absolutely buzzing – I want to cry.

“But it makes me so hungry for the World Championships in September.

“Actually I can’t wait and now I’m so hungry. I’m so happy and it’s so surreal to win today.

Britain’s rowers finished top of the medal table after further success on the final day of competition in Munich yesterday.

After winning four golds, two silvers and a bronze in Oberschleissheim on Saturday, Britain clinched two more golds and a silver on Sunday to take their tally to 10.

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

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 enter the fray as the days go by.

Exactly 177 gold medals are on offer at the event and Leiden were delighted to get their hands on one after a dominating German display.

Great Britain overtook Switzerland in Thursday’s heats as a time of 7:09.73 marked them as the team to beat Saturday’s final.

And they delivered when the pressure was on for the Dutch, Ukrainians, Swiss, Italians and Germans to be crowned European champions in style.

Great Britain also clinched gold medals in the men’s and women’s fours and men’s eights events on a memorable day at the Munich Olympic Regatta Center in 1972.

Anderson added: “We’ve had quite a disruptive season – we’ve had different combinations but we just tried to keep it simple and make the most of it.”

On Sunday, Frankie Allen, Giedre Rakauskaite, Ed Fuller and Ollie Stanhope were the winners of the PR3 mixed coxed four, gaining nearly 20 seconds over France, with Germany third.

It was an emotional victory for coxswain Erin Kennedy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer three months ago and has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy since joining the team.

“I’m really, really proud of the team,” Kennedy said. “It’s a lot for me to bear, but it’s also a lot for them. They came to get me every time.

Following the PR3 victory, Imogen Grant and Emily Craig took gold in the lightweight women’s sculls doubles, while the women’s eight – six of whom had already won medals in Munich – took silver after being passed by Romania in the last 500m.

The European Multisport Championships Munich 2022, including athletics, beach volleyball, canoe sprint, cycling, gymnastics, table tennis, triathlon, rowing and sport climbing, will take place from 11 to August 21 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games in the city of Germany. . Watch daily live coverage on BBC One, Two, Red Button, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website


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