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  Sunday, 22 September, 2002, 17:06 GMT 18:06 UK
Germans shine in Seville
Tom Stallard, Steve Trampmore, Simon Fieldhouse, Kieren West and Christian Cormack celebrate victory in the coxed fours
The British coxed four held off Germany to win gold

Germany finished top of the medals table at the World Rowing Championships after winning two more golds on the final day of competition in Seville.

The Germans won the men's and women's quadruple scull events as they ended the competition with 12 medals, five of them gold.

Italy took their medals tally to 10 with victories in the men's lightweight quadruple and double sculls, the latter in a world record time.


Once we were in the lead we were never going to let it go
Britain's Kieran West

And Britain finished third with six medals after following up James Cracknell and Matthew Pinsent's pairs world record by winning the men's coxed four and women's lightweight pairs.

The coxed four of Tom Stallard, Steve Trapmore, Luka Grubor, Kieran West and cox Christian Cormack, produced an impressive burst to finish a length ahead of their German rivals.

"We just stuck to our plan, stayed in rhythm, and luckily it worked," said West.

"Once we were in the lead we were never going to let it go - it was a case of holding it and sprinting to the line."

Naomi Ashcroft and Leonie Barron were unstoppable in the lightweight women's pairs, taking gold from Chile by 11 seconds.

Helen Casey and Tracey Langlands took the bronze medal for Britain in the lightweight women's double sculls behind Australia and Germany.

And Ned Kittoe and Nick English won bronze in the lightweight men's pairs as Chile set a new world record of 6:29.97.

Australia set a world record in the women's lightweight quadruple sculls to add to its gold in the lightweight doubles sculls.

Canada cruised home to win the men's eight and the USA took gold in the women's event.

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