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ROWING: Delighted Houghton books her place in final
1:00pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in Sport
Fran Houghton spoke of her delight after reaching the women’s double sculls final in Chungju, South Korea.
The 32-year-old, from Wheatley and teammate Vicky Meyer-Laker rowed to a dominant victory in their semi-final yesterday, clocking 7mins 13.45secs.
“It’s the first time that I’ve made a World Championships final in a small boat so I’m really pleased”, said Houghton who has several world titles and two Olympic silvers in the quadruple scull to her name.
Houghton and Meyer-Laker contest their final tomorrow alongside Britain’s men’s and women’s eights.
Britain’s other semi-final win came from the lightweight men’s four of Henley resident Chris Bartley, his Leander Club colleagues Will Fletcher, Jonno Clegg and Adam Freeman-Pask.
They paced their race well to slide past a tiring New Zealand in the final 200m.
“That was pretty much the perfect race”, said Fletcher.
“In the final we will get a centre lane now so we will have to make the most of that,” said Bartley, who won Olympic silver in this boat a year ago.
Vicky Thornley missed out on the women’s single sculls final after finishing fourth, while fellow Henley resident Matthew Langridge and Bill Lucas befell the same fate in the men’s double.
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