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GB win World Cup with two golds

ROWING WORLD CUP III
Venue: Lucerne, Switzerland Dates: 10-12 July
Coverage: Live on the red button and BBC Sport website (UK only) on Sunday, with highlights on BBC Two on Monday, 1300-1400


Andy Hodge and Peter Reed

British pair trail Kiwis again

Great Britain took the World Cup series for the third successive season but won only two finals in the Lucerne regatta.

The men's four and women's lightweight double of Sophie Hosking and Hester Goodsell both secured gold to take the series titles in their categories.

The men's pair of Andy Hodge and Peter Reed and the men's quadruple scull both came second but won series titles.

The women's quad won the series despite finishing fifth, while the men's double scull were forced out through illness.

Triple Olympic silver medallist Katherine Grainger was well out of contention in the single scull, fourth behind Czech Mirka Knapkova in her final.

We're definitely not going to give up and we're going to win the World Championships on our training camp

Peter Reed

"On balance I'm disappointed but there are technical improvements I can make," said Grainger.

GB's women's pair Louisa Reeve and Olivia Whitlam were third behind their NZ rivals, who took the series title from the Brits based on their number of outright wins despite being equal on points.

Lightweight double Rob Williams and Paul Mattick were fifth in their final, another which was won by New Zealand.

The GB men's eight were fourth behind Germany and the lightweight men's four were last in their final.

Grainger aims to improve efficiency

However, GB performance director David Tanner was upbeat, saying: "We can leave Lucerne and prepare for the World Championships on the back of some good results here."

The most impressive performance of the day came from Matt Langridge, Alex Gregory, Richard Egington and Alex Partridge, who led from the start to win in the coxless four.

Charles Cousins, Marcus Bateman, William Lucas and Sam Townsend recorded GB's best ever World Cup result in a quad.

"None of us went to the Olympics and that was really disappointing, so we're on a mission this season," said Townsend.

Britain's women's double scull finished seventh overall in a new combination, Ro Bradbury filling in for the ill Annabel Vernon.

And the men's double pulled out on Sunday, when Stephen Rowbotham was laid low by a stomach virus after they had qualified for the final.

Alan Campbell, a medallist twice so far at the World Cup so far chose to sit out Lucerne and focus on August's World Championships.

Great Britain were already well placed for overall victory as several of their rival squads, including Germany and New Zealand missed the opening event of the series in Spain in May.

In the third successive race between the two, Reed and Hodge were again outclassed by Kiwis Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, who were five seconds faster.

GB pair promise World Champs improvement

With six weeks to go before the World Championships in Poland, the heavyweight men's squad will undergo a tough training camp at altitude in Austria.

Reed told BBC Radio 5 Live he believes the pair are improving after switching their seating order, and expects to beat New Zealand in August.

"It certainly felt a lot smoother. It's only our second race with me stroking and we've got a lot to learn," he said.

"We've got a big job to do but we're hard grafters, we're definitely not going to give up and we're going to win the World Championships on our training camp.

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"Even though we came second today we're still winners deep down. We're going to go for gold at the World Championships."

Sophie Hosking and Hester Goodsell

GB women win rowing gold

Lightweights Hosking and Goodsell were surprise winners in the last World Cup event in Munich but cemented their reputation by overhauling Belgium in Lucerne.

"It could have been a one-off but we knew from all our work through the winter that we could do it again," Goodsell told 5 Live.

"We've got six weeks and it's the World Championships - that's what we're really focussed on."

Hosking added: "The competition is going to get harder - Australia and other nations will come in."

"We're not going to rest on this but it was a really good World Cup series for us."

In non-Olympic class finals on Saturday, lightweight single sculler Adam Freeman-Pask finished fourth and lightweight pair Ross Hunter and Oli Mahony won their B final.

Meanwhile, world rowing federation Fisa has announced that the 2013 World Championships have been awarded to Chungju in South Korea and that the 2014 event will be in Amsterdam.

Matt Langridge, Alex Gregory, Richard Egington and Alex Partridge

British coxless four win in Lucerne



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