Mixed fortunes for trio at world cup

COLERAINE’S trio of rowers suffered mixed fortunes at the third World Cup regatta of the season in Lucerne at the weekend.

Brothers, Peter and Richard Chambers won bronze in the final of the men’s lightweight double sculls, one of only two medals won by Great Britain in the Olympic classes. Alan Campbell though slipped to sixth and last in the men’s single sculls final, sixteen seconds behind winner Ondrej Synek.

The final of the men’s lightweight double sculls quickly turned into a three boat race with the Chambers brothers blasting away from the French and Italian crews. The French fought back to lead at 500m, but as the charge for the line reached it’s climax, Italy came fighting back and overtook the Chambers brothers in the final few strokes.

“It would be really disrespectful to think that we can come into a new event this season and win it,” said the elder Chambers, Richard.

“I think we have done a really good job getting into the medals at all three world cups. Now we know where we are at and what work we need to do.”

With the Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale missing from the single sculls field it was expected that Campbell would once again challenge Synek and Marcel Hacker for the medals and the Coleraine man led after 500m and was still in contention at the halfway mark. He then simply slipped away with Synek going on to win and Campbell coming in sixth. “I just didn’t have the energy, I just had nothing left in the legs in the second half and had a bit of a shocker really,” said Campbell.