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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 July 2007, 14:34 GMT 15:34 UK
GB secure first World Cup trophy
Houghton, Vernon, Flood and Grainger with their golds
GB's women's quad repeated as World Cup winners
Great Britain secured their first World Cup trophy in the 10 years of the event but the flagship coxless four suffered another defeat in the Lucerne regatta.

The women's quad and lightweight men's four - for the first time ever - sealed World Cup titles in their events.

But the four, beaten by New Zealand in Saturday's semi, were pipped by the Netherlands, with the Kiwis third.

There were silvers for single sculler Alan Campbell and the double scull, and the lightweight double took bronze.

The overall victory, relegating habitual winners Germany into second place, will buoy the squad with the World Championships seven weeks away.

"We'll go to the Munich-based World Championships with a degree of confidence after this season", said performance director David Tanner.

"Without doubt this has been our best team result ever across the World Cup series

"We have some good chances and we'll need to keep our minds also on the key Olympic qualification slots for Beijing, which will be decided in Munich."

With Alex [Partridge] back on board we can improve from here

Andy Hodge
Stroke, GB coxless four

Even the four, unbeaten between the 2004 Olympics and this weekend, found positives after being part of a tight, three-boat finish.

They expect Alex Partridge to return from a knee injury in time for the World Championships, taking his place back from Tom James.

Steve Williams, the only Olympic champion in the four, said: "That was a full-on race.

"That is what we were looking forward to - we haven't experienced that in the past three years."

Strokeman Andy Hodge added: "With Alex back on board we can improve from here.

"But credit to the Dutch, who have moved on since [the last World Cup regatta in] Amsterdam and to the New Zealanders."

The development of the lightweight programme this year was underlined when the four of secured their second gold medal in the third event of the series.

In the lightweight double, Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter have found themselves behind only Denmark all year and Sunday was no different.

The women's quad bounced back from defeat in Amsterdam, although the winners there - China - were absent from this event.

Campbell lost out to World Champion Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand, sculling through Ondrej Synek to take silver, although the Czech had done enough to secure the overall event title.

Both British eights - men's and women's - ended up in fourth place in their finals.

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