CUBC Alumni at World Cup 2

After strong performances at the European Championships, CUBC alumni backed up to deliver a number of excellent performances, including a World Best Time in the Lightweight Women’s 2x by Imogen Grant.

Smarting from a close loss to the Swiss pair at European Championships, Tom George and Ollie Wynne-Griffith were determined to make every stroke a winner in their final. Leading from the start, they pushed through the race, refusing to let their challengers come back to them at all and took a clear water win over a strong field, and will look to take the Silver Goblets at Henley.

In a race that saw the return of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics winners Australia in the coxless 4, the GB 4- stroked by Freddie Davidson was not overawed. In a tight race from the start, GB was able to meet the challenge of the higher-rating Australians and drew away the win, leading at every marker.

After her WBT in the semi-finals, Imogen Grant’s Lightweight Double Scull was the favourite, but she knew that the challenge from the USA and France would be needful of keeping an eye on and in the race of the regatta, she was correct! The French took a lead by the first marker, but were overtaken by the Americans by the 1k, with GB in 3rd. The French paid for the fast early start and GB moved into second with 500 to go, but have a second and a half to make up for the win. In a huge sprint, Imogen and partner Emily Craig were able to take the victory by 0.08 seconds.

Henry Fieldman had a quieter weekend at World Cup 2 than at the European Championships, but picked up another silver medal. The Australian 8 leapt out to the lead, which they would not release, but GB was able to put a margin over the returning Olympic champions Canada. The order stayed the same to the finish, with all three boats overlapping at the finish.