Rans­ley and GB eight fin­ish fourth


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

There was dis­ap­point­ment for Tom Rans­ley and the Great Bri­tain men’s eight in the lat­est World Cup in Lucerne, Switzer­land.

Rans­ley, the King’s School (Can­ter­bury) pupil, from Ash­ford claimed bronze in the new-look eight at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Bren­den­burg last month, with the hosts claim­ing gold and Rus­sia sil­ver.

GB could not, how­ever, re­peat their podium fin­ish in Sun­day’s final, al­though they were miss­ing dou­ble Olympic cham­pion Pete Reed through in­jury, with Alan Sin­clair his re­place­ment.

All the Olympic-qual­i­fied eights took part bar Poland.

Hol­land held on to take vic­tory in 5min 28.56sec with run­ners-up Ger­many just ahead of the US.

GB were less than a sec­ond back in fourth in 5.31.47.

Rans­ley and team-mates Matt Gotrel, Scott Du­rant, Matt Lan­gridge, Paul Ben­net, Sin­clair, An­drew Triggs Hodge, Will Satch and cox Phe­lan Hill, had pro­duced a tac­ti­cal race to qual­ify for the final, fin­ish­ing third in 5.34.08 be­hind Hol­land (5.30.38) and Ger­many (5.30.51). 30-year-old for­mer

Tom Rans­ley

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