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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 July 2007, 18:23 GMT 19:23 UK
Campbell clinches win at Henley
Great Britain's Alan Campbell
Alan Campbell beat world champion Mahe Drysdale at Henley
Britain's Alan Campbell clinched a superb victory over world champion Mahe Drysdale in the final of the Diamond Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta.

The 24-year-old had never previously beaten New Zealand's Drysdale in international competition.

Campbell, from Coleraine, led from the start to win by a length and a quarter in eight minutes four seconds.

"That was the toughest race I have ever been involved in. I had to dig really deep," said Campbell.

"It is a great feeling to know I have beaten a double world champion, the world record-holder and my best friend.

"There are higher expectations now - not just from the crowd. I expect higher standards from myself."

The British coxless four of Steve Williams, Peter Reed, Andrew Triggs-Hodge and Tom James - in for the injured Alex Partridge - extended their two-year unbeaten run with victory in the final of the Stewards' Challenge Cup.

The quartet - racing as Leander and Molesey - beat Brentwood College Rowing Club and Shawnigan Lake School from Canada by two-and-a-quarter lengths in a time of seven minutes 14 seconds.

In the final of the Remenham Challenge Cup, the German national eight - rowing for Dortmund Rowing Club - beat the British eight, in the colours of Thames RC and Leander, by a length-and-a-half.

There was disappointment for Britain's Jennifer Goldsack, who was beaten in the final of the Princess Royal Challenge Cup single sculls event by the USA's Michelle Guerette.

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