Tuesday, 24 June 2014


Wrexham’s Vicky Thornley and Cardiff’s Zak Lee Green both represented the GB Rowing Team at the World Cup II in Aiguebelette, France over the weekend.

Thornley partnered fellow Leander teammate Frances Houghton in the women’s double sculls at the World Cup II. Houghton and Thornley are the tallest women in the GB team and each has had a different career path with a mix of sculling and sweep for Start graduate Vicky and an Olympic medal winning history of sculling for Houghton.

This crew is yet to find its mojo at this level but has all the ingredients to do so. Today they were fifth in a race won by Australia. They could not hold onto the tails of the early pace-makers.

At halfway they were holding fourth and challenging for third before dropping back as the final sprint moved away.

Lee Green, 23, raced in Sunday’s early morning B finals session in the lightweight men’s single scull. He paced his race to move up to third with 350m to go, pushing past the home country's entrant. The race was won by Paul O'Donovan of Ireland and David Afandiyev of Azerbaijan was second.

Performance Director Sir David Tanner said: "Our rowers have really stepped up for the finals day as they did at the European Championships. There were some really impressive medals showing how savvy our team is when it comes to top level racing.

"We've had some stand-out performances from our top rowers and some real steps from some of our new talent. Overall it's been a great weekend and a fantastic venue in France".


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