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Alan Campbell and Richard Chambers into world finals

Venue: Lake Karipiro, Waikato New Zealand Dates: 31 Oct-7 Nov Coverage: Live coverage & highlights on BBC TV, Red Button and online (UK only)

Richard Chambers
Richard Chambers was part of GB's world title-winning four in 2007

Northern Ireland rowers Alan Campbell and Richard Chambers both superbly qualified for their finals at the World Championships in New Zealand.

Campbell led from the front to win his single scull semi-final ahead of Olympic champion Olaf Tufte and the Coleraine man was fastest qualifier.

Chambers and lightweight four team-mates, Paul Mattick, Rob Williams and Chris Bartley also won their semi.

Lightweight sculler Peter Chambers was not in action on Thursday.

Campbell's time of 7:10.07 left him over two seconds ahead of Norwegian Tufte (7:12.32.).

Home hope and four-time world champion Mahe Drysdale won the second semi-final after overcoming a yellow card and a false start.

Drysdale arrived at the start without official country and regatta stickers attached to his boat as championships rules demand.

He then called a false start to his semi-final shortly after it had begun, raising his arm to indicate a technical problem, when one of the stickers came loose.

Drysdale went on to win the semi-final in 7:12.74, more than two seconds clear of Czech rival Ondrej Synek.

Chambers and his lightweight four team-mates comfortably came in ahead of Germany in their semi-final

The British crew, who are gold medal favourites, clocked 6:20.48 which left them 1.62secs ahead of the Germans.

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see also
Strong winds disrupt World Champs
31 Oct 10 |  Rowing
Chambers brothers in British team
21 Sep 10 |  Rowing
Campbell second as Chambers wins
11 Jul 10 |  Rowing
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