Great Britain’s men’s eight won bronze on the final day of competition at the 2018 World Rowing Championships, taking GB’s medal tally to four.
From an unfavoured outside lane, GB set their rhythm quickly – pushing pre-race favourites hard through the first half of the race.
As the 2,000m progressed the Germans lived up to their billing by holding onto their lead as GB and Australia battled it out for silver and bronze in the final 500m.
GB, featuring James Rudkin, Alan Sinclair, Tom Ransley, Tom George, Moe Sbihi, Ollie Wynne-Griffith, Matthew Tarrant, Will Satch and Henry Fieldman, pushed hard to hold off the sprinting Australians but were pipped to silver on the line by 0.03 seconds.
British crews took three fourth-place finishes in a tough day of racing, with winds forcing the organisers to reassign the lanes in an attempt to ensure fairness.
Harry Leask put in a phenomenal sprint in the closing metres to overhaul New Zealand’s Robbie Manson into fourth place in a race won by Norway’s Kjetil Borch.
Charlotte Hodgkins Byrne and Anna Thornton took the race to their rivals in their debut women’s double sculls final, leading through 500m and contending for a medal at the halfway point. While Lithuania, USA and New Zealand passed them in the second half, GB held their nerve to seal fourth place ahead of the Netherlands.