29 August 2019

Pritchard seals the deal as GB confirm all three boats for Tokyo

Benjamin Pritchard put in another sensational performance at the World Rowing Championships to ensure all three of Great Britain’s para-rowing boats have qualified for next summer’s Paralympic Games.

The Welshman stormed to victory in Friday’s semi-final, crossing the finish in 9m46.130s to book a spot in Sunday’s A final and ensure Great Britain will compete in the PRI men’s single sculls at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

And we’ll certainly be seeing plenty more of the GB para-rowing crew in Tokyo, with Pritchard sealing the third quota place of the week for the squad for the 2020 Games.

On Thursday, the PR3 mixed coxed four of Ellen Buttrick, Giedre Rakauskaite, James Fox, Ollie Stanhope and Erin Wysocki-Jones set a new world best time of 6m49.240s in their semi-final to earn GB another boat in Tokyo.

“We have a really exceptional crew dynamic,” said Cox Wysocki Jones.

“Everyone brings their own specialities to the boat and when we come together and click it’s really magic.”

In the PR2 mixed double sculls, reigning Paralympic champions Lauren Rowles and Laurence Whiteley set a new championship best time in their semi-final to reach the final and ensure Great Britain has a chance to defend that title in 2020.

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