Grainger’s Olympic hopes take an­other blow

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FORMULA ONE -

KATHER­INE GRAINGER’S Olympic hopes are still hang­ing in the bal­ance af­ter the 2012 gold medal­list and Vicky Thorn­ley fin­ished only fifth in yes­ter­day’s dou­ble sculls fi­nal at the World Cup in Poz­nan, Poland,

The 40-year-old Scot and Thorn­ley never looked like medal con­tenders in Poland, plac­ing third in Fri­day’s heat be­fore im­prov­ing to qual­ify sec­ond in Satur­day’s repechage.

They took a big step back yes­ter­day, strug­gling home seven sec­onds be­hind Pol­ish win­ners Mag­dalena Fu­lar­czyk and Natalia Madaj in 6 mins 54.83 secs and well be­hind the New Zealand and French boats which they had matched in qual­i­fy­ing.

Ear­lier in Poz­nan, Lossiemouth’s Heather Stan­ning and her English part­ner He­len Glover saw off a late surge from New Zealand duo Genevieve Behrent and Re­becca Scown to re­tain their pairs ti­tle. The Olympic cham­pi­ons came home in a new World Cup best time of 6 mins 52.79 secs.

Ed­in­burgh’s Cal­lum McBri­erty and his English team-mates Oliver Cook and Henry Field­man over­took Tur­key in the clos­ing 500m to win the coxed pairs fi­nal in 7:01.79. The Scot missed out on Olympic se­lec­tion de­spite help­ing Bri­tain’s four to vic­tory at the pre­vi­ous World Cup in Lucerne. There was gold in the men’s four for the Bri­tish team of Alex Gre­gory, Mo­hamed Sbihi, George Nash and Con­stan­tine Louloudis.

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