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Team GB dominate Lucerne podium; ROWING.

GREAT Britain enjoyed a successful day as they claimed four gold medals at the Rowing World Cup in Lucerne yesterday.

After reaching an impressive 14 finals, Britain recorded wins in the men's four, the men's quadruple sculls, the women's pair and the lightweight women's double sculls.

They also came home with two silvers and four bronze medals following the showpiece as they improved on last year's two medals - one gold and one bronze - overall.

On a hot day in Switzerland, Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins and Peter Lambert saw off the rest of the field in the men's quadruple sculls in five minutes 50.990 seconds ahead of Estonia and the United States.

In the lightweight women's double sculls, Ashington's Kat Copeland and Imogen Walsh finished fastest as they crossed the line in 7mins 08.170secs - over two seconds in front of nearest contenders Australia, with Canada third as the British pari followed up their win three weeks ago in France.

In the morning session, the women's pair of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning did likewise as they powered over in 7:12.990 ahead of the two New Zealand pairs, while Alex Gregory, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash and Andrew Triggs Hodge were victors in the men's four as they finished ahead of Holland and Canada in a time of 5:58.530.

Performance director Sir David Tanner was delighted with Britain's success and hopes they can continue to shine when they compete in Amsterdam from August 24-31.

He said: "It has been a very positive day today with our 11 Olympic class finalists and eight medals from those as well as our two medals from the international classes."

Britain also came home with silver in the men's pair and the men's coxed pair and bronze in the lightweight men's four in the Olympic classes and the lightweight men's pair in the international classes.

The women's and men's eights both secured third-placed finishes.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 14, 2014
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