|Jonny Walton Silver at World Cup regatta|
At the last World Cup regatta before the Rio Olympics, held in Poznan, Poland, the GB double scull grabbed a fantastic silver medal. The Double scull with John Collins at stroke and former Leicester Rowing Club sculler Jonny Walton at bow, had a storming race.
Leading from the start, they opened up just over half a length by 500m. The double, who have recently swapped positions, then maintained their power and rate through to half way and the distance was nearly a length. The higher rating New Zealand crew in 2nd place, were not going to roll-over though and were steadily inching their way back. In the last 250 both the New Zealand crew and a French double were attacking GB hard. At 1800m all three crews were at 40 and pushing to the line. The New Zealand crew were just about edging in front with France pushing GB. In the last few strokes New Zealand pipped GB for Gold but GB held off France to take a magnificent Silver medal.
What a time to do it, the last regatta before the Rio Olympics. Only three weeks ago, New Zealand pushed the all-conquering Sinkovic brothers from Croatia, very hard and were leading for over half the race. This will give Jonny and John a huge amount of confidence going into the final training camps before heading off to Rio.
This is the first time that the two of them have been on the podium at senior level. We await the Rio Olympic rowing regatta with great excitement.