Silver lining for Gooderham at worlds
Lucinda Gooderham enjoyed a memorable World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France, after clinching a silver medal.
Competing in one of two women’s four teams alongside Rebecca Chin, Karen Bennett and Holly Norton, the Garboldisham-based ace, who received a late call up to the event, helped guide Great Britain to second place in Saturday’s final.
The USA clinched victory and the gold medal in a winning time of six minutes and 25 seconds, just over six seconds ahead of Great Britain, with China finishing a further four seconds behind to claim the final place on the podium.
Gooderham’s medal joy was a part of highly successful championships for Great Britain which saw them finish top of the medal table with five golds, nine silvers and one bronze.
Golds went to both the lightweight men’s pair of Joel Cassells and Sam Scrimgeour and the coxed pair of Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell, Mat Tarrant and cox Henry Fieldman while there was also silvers for the lightweight women’s quadruple scull of Brianna Stubbs, Ruth Waczak, Emily Craig and Ellie Piggott and Imogen Walsh in the lightweight women’s single.
Speaking of his delight at Great Britain’s showing in France, GB Rowing performance director Sir David Tanner said: “It was good to see the women’s double qualify for the final and join the eight Olympic class boats.
“I am also really pleased with or medals from the International Class crews. These boats are giving experience to young rowers on the Olympic pathway and reaching the podium is fantastic for them and inspirational for the rest of the team”.