Great Britain remains best rowing nation in Europe winning 8 GOLDS at European Championships

Credit: Benedict Tufnell / British Rowing

Great Britain has topped the medal table for third consecutive year at the European Rowing Championships 2024 in Szeged, Hungary.

It’s official once again, Great Britain is the best rowing nation in Europe after a magnificent 10 strong medal haul including 8 Gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze at the 2024 European Championships.

Sunday witnessed a remarkable surge in the medal tally, with England Women clinching four gold medals and one silver, adding to their previous achievements from Saturday’s events.

Of notable significance was England’s dominance in the men’s sweep boats, alongside commendable performances by all ten Para rowing athletes, resulting in gold medals for both the Women’s four and Women’s quad.

Reflecting on the team’s success, Louise Kingsley, Director of Performance at British Rowing, expressed optimism about their position atop the medal table. She emphasised the ongoing learning and growth throughout the season, positioning the team well for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games. She said:

“It’s been a great weekend and it’s promising to see us top the medal table once again. We are still learning and building through this season, but performances this weekend have put us in a good place as we look towards the Olympic and Paralympic Games later this year.”

Ollie Wynne-Griffith and Tom George delivered an exceptional performance in the Men’s pair (M2-), securing their first championship title since transitioning into the pair. Tom highlighted the significance of the win as a milestone towards the Olympics, underscoring the team’s adaptability and resilience in varied conditions.

In challenging windy conditions, the Men’s four (M4-) comprising Oli Wilkes, David Ambler, Matt Aldridge, and Freddie Davidson exhibited remarkable determination to secure the gold. Their commitment to executing their race plan amidst adversity proved pivotal in their victory.

Lauren Rowles and Gregg Stevenson showcased their prowess in the PR2 Mixed double sculls (PR2 Mix2x), clinching back-to-back European titles. Lauren dedicated the win to her partner and newborn son, highlighting the emotional significance of the victory.

The PR3 Mixed coxed four (PR3 Mix4+) crew, featuring Frankie Allen, Josh O’Brien, Giedre Rakauskaite, Ed Fuller, and cox Erin Kennedy, continued their unbeaten streak with a dominant performance, reinforcing their status as formidable competitors.

Despite facing tough competition, the Women’s eight (W8+) secured a solid silver, demonstrating resilience and a commitment to continual improvement. The team remains hungry for further success as they strive to learn and evolve with each race.

George Bourne gained valuable experience in the Men’s single sculls (M1x) final, while Rebecca Edwards and Chloe Brew placed fifth in the Women’s pair (W2-). In the B finals, Becky Wilde and Mathilda Hodgkins Byrne finished seventh in the Women’s double sculls (W2x), while Seb Devereux and John Collins finished ninth in the Men’s double sculls (M2x).

Overall, the Championship performances underscored England’s prowess and determination setting a strong foundation for future Olympic success.

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