Thornley’s silver and then Barras’s bronze takes GB’s medal tally to seven for the Championships after winning one gold, three silver and three bronze in Florida.
The Para-rowing mixed coxed four (PR3 Mix4+) claimed the Team’s gold on Friday before the lightweight men’s quad (LM4x) won silver.
There were bronze medals yesterday for the women’s quad (W4x) and the men’s four (M4-) and a dramatic silver for the men’s quad (M4x) following a late change in the stroke seat with Graeme Thomas replacing the injured Pete Lambert.
In total, 15 British boats qualified for A finals in Florida with three further crews – the women’s four (W4-), the men’s eight (M8+) and the men’s double (M2x) – winning their respective B finals, placing them seventh overall.
Following Olympic silver in the double, Thornley has enjoyed a very successful season in the single (W1x), winning European gold and two World Cup medals before today’s World silver.
The 29-year-old World Class Start Programme graduate, finished only behind Jeannie Gmelin of Switzerland, who won the gold, with Magdalena Lobnig of Austria in bronze.
Thornley said: “I’m really happy with that. If you’d have said at the start of the season that I would come away from the Worlds with a silver medal I would have taken it.
“It wasn’t enough today to get one over on the Swiss girl. I closed the gap quite a bit but it just wasn’t enough in the end.
“This is right up there for me and after the Olympics this is my best result. I’m definitely happy after that one.”
Following Thornley up the course was 23-year-old Barras who won bronze in a high-class men’s single scull (M1x) field.
Barras, who is in his first year as a senior, beat the 2017 World Cup winner Robbie Manson and the Rio Olympic silver medallist Damir Martin to claim bronze behind Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic and Cuba’s Angel Fournier Rodriguez.
Barras said: “It’s just absolutely incredible. I never believed any of this was possible before the regatta started.
“Training had been going really well and my performances in the heat and quarters gave me a lot of confidence.
“The guys out there are incredible, they’re like gladiators, so to be mixing it with them in my first season here is an amazing achievement. Hopefully with Jurgen’s [Grobler – men’s head coach] programme I can carry on improving and be right in the mix in 2020.”
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Image courtesy of Naomi Baker – World Rowing