12 May 2018
Great Britain para-rowers claim six medals in Italy
Great Britain’s para-rowers took their Gavirate International Regatta medal total to six after claiming three silvers on the final day of the event in northern Italy.
Laurence Whiteley had already claimed gold on Saturday and doubled his medal haul on day 13 with silver in the PR2 men’s single, finishing behind Dutch sculler Corne de Koning.
Andy Houghton also took silver on Sunday, finishing behind Ukraine’s Roman Polianskyi in the PR1 men’s single sculls, with rookie Benjamin Pritchard reaching the A final and finishing sixth in his second international race, having took fifth a day earlier.
Houghton had lost to Paralympic champion Polianskyi by more than 20 seconds in 2017, but in the first PR1 single cull final on Saturday claimed silver again, with Polianskyi only five seconds ahead.
Daniel Brown, Paralympic champion from Rio 2016, and Ollie Stanhope, world champion in 2017, went in the PR3 men’s pair and helped themselves to two silver medals.
They finished behind Canadian pair Andrew Todd and Kyle Frederickson on both occasions, who completed the course three seconds ahead in Sunday’s final.
The GB Rowing Team Paralympic squad now head to a training camp in Varese, with members of the Para-rowing Development Squad experiencing their first overseas camp.