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Sculler Erica Bodman finishes fifth in Hungary

Erica Bodman
Bodmanwas initially disappointed to miss out on a medal in Hungary

Guernsey's Erica Bodman put in a impressive performance to finish fifth in the single scull event at the World University Rowing Championships.

The Sarnian came second in her heat, setting a new personal best of 07:40:02 over the 2000m course in Hungary.

After successfully navigating through the repechage, Bodman came up against two Olympic rowers in the final.

With a strong headwind creating choppy conditions, Bodman raced valiantly to finish fifth in a time of 09:32:00.

Bodman said: "I was upset immediately after the race because I felt I could have had a stab at a medal.

"However in those conditions it became apparent very quickly who were the more experienced rowers.

"In hindsight I know that it is very encouraging for me to make the A final of a World University Championship, particularly in my single and having only stepped into a single for the first time two years earlier."

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