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Great Britain shine at World Rowing Championships

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

Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter won their heat in the lightweight men's double sculls
British boats won nine of the 12 Olympic class events on Monday

Great Britain's rowers won more heats than any other nation on day two of the World Championships in New Zealand.

British boats were victorious in nine of the 12 Olympic class events, with four crews going straight through to finals to be held later in the week.

The new-look women's quad, only put together a month ago, won their race to reach Friday's final.

Other winners included the women's double sculls, men's lightweight double sculls, men's four and men's pair.

After only five races were possible on Sunday because of high winds at Lake Karapiro, calmer conditions enabled the full programme to be completed on Monday.

The women's quad were in the opening race of the day and it turned out to be the most exciting as the British crew of Debbie Flood, Beth Rodford, Fran Houghton and Annie Vernon pipped their German rivals by a tenth of a second.

The crew was only assembled just over a month ago after it was decided Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins would concentrate on the double.

The duo raced in both the double and the quad during the World Cup campaign, and Watkins acknowledged that it was a tough call whether or not to double up here.

She said: "It was a decision we gave a lot of thought to but when you've got people back in the team who are world champions in the women's quad, and they're capable of performances like today, we want everybody in the team to do well.

"It's great that we've got more than one way of doing it in the British team."

Grainger and Watkins dominated the World Cup season, which ended in July, and picked up where they had left off, blowing away their opposition to cruise into Sunday's final.

Four-time world champion Grainger stated: "It feels like the start of the season again and that's the sort of race you dream of. For it to unfold like that, was probably more than we could have hoped for."

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