The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Scots among medals in Italy

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Five of the eight Scots racing for GB in yesterday’s finals at the Rowing World Cup in Varese, Italy, won medals, including golds for Lossiemout­h’s Heather Stanning and Glasgow’s Angus Groom.

Stanning and partner Helen Glover kept their four-season unbeaten run going in women’s pairs, resisting an early challenge from New Zealand, who eventually took bronze, and a strong-finishing push from silver medallists USA.

Groom, the Commonweal­th single sculls champion, is in his debut season at full internatio­nal level and was in the bow seat of the British quadruple sculls crew that took gold.

Earlier this month he had finished fourth in the European Championsh­ips single scull final and was promoted into the quad for this event because of injury elsewhere.

Olympic champion Katherine Grainger, continuing her return after a two-year break, took bronze with new partner Vicky Thornley in women’s double sculls.

Victoria Meyer-Laker, from Premnay in Aberdeensh­ire, raced to bronze in the women’s eights after returning from early season injury.

Kirriemuir’s Sam Scrimgeour took silver with partner Jono Clegg in the non-Olympic lightweigh­t pairs category to start the British medal haul, which totalled four golds, one silver and three bronzes, making GB the top performing nation of the event.

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