ROWING: Giedre on top of the world as golden girls do it for Erin - The Worcester Observer

ROWING: Giedre on top of the world as golden girls do it for Erin

Rob George 2nd Oct, 2022   0

GIEDRE Rakauskaite and Britain’s para rowers paid an emotional tribute to absent cox Erin Kennedy after storming to World Championship PR3 mixed coxed four gold in the Czech Republic.

Worcester star Rakauskaite, Edward Fuller, Frankie Allen, Oliver Stanhope and stand-in cox Morgan Baynham-Williams set a new world lead of six minutes 48.34 seconds to grab glory in Racice.

Kennedy is currently undergoing chemotherapy as part of her treatment for breast cancer and after being replaced by Baynham-Williams following their European Championship gold in Munich, the crew dedicated their victory to their battling teammate.

Allen, 20, said: “We’ve been talking to Erin the whole time we’ve been out here, just communicating with her.

“She’s been so supportive to us and it’s just really nice to have done this for her.

“We’ve done most of our season with her, so just to finish it off was amazing.”

Baynham-Williams added: “It’s been an absolute pleasure. I’ve moved over from the women’s team and stepped into another high performance group. I’ve learnt so many things over the past few weeks.

“It’s been a massive privilege, it’s been a huge opportunity to go out there and really make a mark on the world stage, and especially go out and do it in the world’s best time. It’s pretty special.”

The quintet missed out on setting the world lead by a second in their heat, and were thrilled to finally break that mark on their way to gold in Saturday’s final.

Fuller said: “To miss it by a second in the heat, and to go under it by a second a day later, it’s absolutely incredible. It’s a credit to this whole team that we managed to do it and I’m thankful that we got the right weather for it.”

Rakauskaite said it was mission accomplished.

“That was the plan, to be honest, We did have a bit of a headwind coming in in the first 250 metres and all I could think about was ‘go away, it’s my day – we’re going to get this’,” she said.

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