Rowan Law and Anna Thornton row in Hamburg - and it's silver for Rowan and bronze for Anna!


Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:32 Written by Administrator


Two members of Nottingham Rowing Club represented Team GB at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Hamburg, Germany held over the 6th to 10th of August. Anna Thornton was in the women's quadruple scull and Rowan Law in the men's quad. Both the boats made it through to their respective finals on Sunday, an outstanding achievement in itself, and both crews then went on to win medals against world class opposition.

In the first round, Rowan and his crewmates from Norwich RC, Westminster School BC and Sir William Borlase's School BC stamped their authority on the event by taking an early lead and holding off attacks from the Netherlands and Italy to win by clear water. Italy had been favourites coming into the Championships.

Anna, with girls from Tideway Scullers School and Gloucester Hartpury, also made a good start in their race by taking an early lead,  but they were overtaken by China. They finished in second place with the USA third so this put them in the semi-final.

In the quarter finals Rowan's crew warmed up in the fog but produced a clear win ahead of Belgium and Belarus in a time of 6min 05secs for 2,000m to progress to the semi-finals.

The semi-finals were both closely and hard fought affairs, with Anna's crew being headed by Germany but beating the Netherlands. Rowan's quad won their semi-final but only in the last few strokes, with Slovenia second and Romania third.

The finals, rowed in windy and choppy conditions, saw China win the women's quad with Germany second and GB take the bronze. After a really tough race a delighted Anna Thornton said: "It was an amazing push and now I am really happy with the bronze." They were followed over the line by the Netherlands, Romania and New Zealand. Anna has no time to savour the medal it's now straight off to Nanjing for the Youth Olympics.

Rowan followed this race with an epic struggle against the home nation, but Germany led them home in the last few stokes. New Zealand were third then came Romania, Slovenia and the Netherlands. Chris Lawrie, stroke of the quad from Sir William Borlase, who at one stage had lost a blade, said: "We have been thinking of this race for the past year. We are very happy with the result."

In a great show of sportmanship, two of the Germans got into the British boat and two of the Brits swapped over too. The joint crews then paddled in front of the grandstands to illustrate what a fine race they had been in.

Commenting on these outstanding results Keith Atkinson, President of Nottingham Rowing Club. said: "We are so proud of Anna and Rowan. They have been with us for several years, trained hard, overcome injury and have delivered at the highest level. A credit to their club ,families  and supporters. We couldn't ask for more."

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