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Ulstermen are edged out of medal places in World Cup

Published 30/05/2016

Single sculler Alan Campbell started well but eventually had to settle for fifth place
Single sculler Alan Campbell started well but eventually had to settle for fifth place

The three Coleraine rowers involved in the finals at the World Cup regatta in Lucerne just missed out on medals.

Richard Chambers was fifth in the lightweight double sculls, as was Richard's younger brother Peter in the lightweight four final.

Single sculler Alan Campbell started well but eventually had to settle for fifth place.

The 33-year-old, aiming to compete in a fourth Olympic Games this summer, is showing steady progression and had his traditional fast start in the final.

However, as the race reached its second half the London 2012 bronze medallist couldn't hold on to his rivals Mahe Drysdale from New Zealand and the Czech Republic's Ondrej Synek.

The two men who finished ahead of Campbell at the Olympics in Beijing four years ago eased away from the field and the Kiwi had the greater strength to edge away and win.

Four races in three days looked to have taken their toll on Campbell, who was a distant fifth but can take plenty of positives from this display.

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