Tanner delighted as Britain scoop five more medals at World Cup II

Tanner delighted as Britain scoop five more medals at World Cup II
By Sportsbeat

18/06/2017 at 16:32Updated

British Rowing performance director Sir David Tanner signalled a job well done as Great Britain scooped an additional five medals on the final day of World Rowing Cup II in Poznan.

Jack Beaumont, Jonny Walton, John Collins and Pete Lambert won the only British gold of the day in the men's quadruple sculls with a dominant and classy display.

Vicky Thornley maintained her fine form with a silver in the women's single sculls, while the men's four of Matt Rossiter, Moe Sbihi, Matthew Tarrant and Will Satch also scooped silver.

The women's eight won silver to claim their first medal of the season, with the men's eight bagging bronze in the last race of the day.

Britain keep top spot in the overall World Cup rankings, with Sir David delighted at the return from the country's rowers.

"The team have produced some fine and encouraging results this weekend and it's great to see us hold onto our lead at the top of the World Rowing Cup standings," he said.

"To come away with seven medals, five in the Olympic classes, is very pleasing for the squad.

"The performances certainly bode well for the final World Cup of the season in Lucerne and then ultimately the World Championships in three months' time."

Lambert added there was a hunger among the sculling team to kick on even further and send a strong message out to their competitors.

"I'm really happy for the guys," he said. "I've been in this boat a while but for the others this is their first full season in the quad so to go out and do that in that time makes us really happy and that’s a benchmark of where sculling is at the moment in Britain.

"We are all returning Olympians who didn't achieve quite what we wanted in Rio so there's a desire and a hunger to do good things in this boat."

Thornley, meanwhile, is in excellent form, and the 29-year-old admitted she is enjoying life on the water as she chalks up medal after medal.

"I rowed well but it wasn't good enough for the gold today but we'll go back and figure out how to go even faster," she said.

"The conditions were lovely and that was certainly the fastest I've done. I'm just loving it at the moment. These races are really enjoyable to be a part of and it seems to be going well this season."

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