This weekend the European Rowing Championships take place in Brandenburg, Germany, with plenty of crews on show who could play a major role at the Henley Regatta 2016.
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The European Championship Regatta has once again attracted some of the finest rowers from 34 different countries set to compete. The opening day of the three day event saw scorching temperatures and a slight breeze, perfect for rowing.
Great Britain enjoy success on opening day – will these stars be at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2016?
Team Great Britain enjoyed an incredibly successful opening day with several teams qualifying for the finals of a range of events.
In the Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls (Heats) Jamie Kirkwood was unable to catch Daniel Matyasovszki of Hungary who got off to a flying start, but the Brit was still able to qualify. Alan Sinclair and Stewart Innes qualified in first place in the Men’s Pair (Heats) where they face the likes of Serbia, Russia and Poland.
Sam Scrimgeour and Joel Cassells were in fine form in the Lightweight Men’s Pair and will face Spain in the next round. In the Lightweight Men’s Four the British crew made it all look so easy fending off the challenges and making smooth progress.
The Women’s Single Sculls saw Mathilda Hodgkons-Byrne lose her lead in the final metres to Ireland’s Sanita Puspure, but still progressed to the next round. While Olympic champions Charlotte Taylor and Katherine Copeland made short work of their heat in the Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls.
In the Women’s Pair, world record holders Helen Glover and Heather Stanning produced a good performance on their first appearance of the season, winning in plenty of style. While the Women’s Eight stole the lead late on to qualify ahead of Romania.
These victories set up a thrilling weekend and heres hoping the British teams succeed ahead of the Henley Regatta 2016.
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