Rowing golds for Brits

Helen Glover and Polly Swann on their way to a gold medal

Helen Glover and Polly Swann on their way to a gold medal

Great Britain won two gold medals on the final day of the European Rowing Championships in Belgrade.

The men’s four crossed the line in a European-best time of five minutes 46.86 seconds, Andrew Triggs Hodge, George Nash, Mohamed Sbihi and Alex Gregory leading from start to finish.

Helen Glover and Polly Swann also claimed gold in the women’s pair, beating second-placed Romania by seven seconds in a time of seven mins 3.62 secs.

Glover, who is also Olympic champion in this event, said: “I think we got off to a normal start for us but the others probably went out harder than normal and paid a bit for it later.”

There were also silver medals for the men’s quadruple scull, lightweight men’s four and lightweight men’s pair against world-rated opposition, while the women’s eight also took a runners-up spot.

The new men’s eight combination closed out the event with bronze behind Olympic champions Germany and a strong Russian line-up in an exciting final race, while Kat Copeland, in her first major competition in two years, won bronze in the lightweight women’s double sculls alongside Imogen Walsh.

Britain topped the medals table with two gold, four silver and two bronze.

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