Brothers to row for world glory after semi thriller
Coleraine brothers Richard and Peter Chambers will row together for a world title tomorrow morning after winning the men's lightweight double sculls semi-final at the World Championships in Korea.
It was a thrilling race with little to choose between the top four teams.
Last summer's Olympic silver medalists remained in the pack for the first half behind Austria who led early but faded to fourth at the end.
Norway made their strike for home from a long way out but with about 600m to go the Great Britain duo picked up the pace and came through them in the final sprint to the line to win in 6:18.39, just three tenths of a second ahead.
"We got out at the start and just tried to do our own thing," said Richard, the elder of the two. "We had a good battle with the Norwegians and it's just good to win. We knew it was going to be tough but it was also a good challenge for us."
Richard will be aiming for his third world title while Peter is chasing his second but they've never been together in the same boat.
Richard added: "We haven't won a regatta final as a partnership yet but we have won heats and semi-finals and we take confidence from our training."
All six crews could win the gold and Richard especially knows what it's like to win by tenths of a second as he did in the lightweight four at the World Championships three years ago, and lose by inches as both brothers did at the Olympics in 2012.
Meanwhile, Alan Campbell was facing the challenge of amongst others Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic in his single sculls semi-final this morning and Leonora Kennedy from Enniskillen and her Irish team-mate Monika Dukarska were taking part in the semis of the women's double sculls.
Meanwhile, Olympic champion Helen Glover and new team-mate Polly Swann surged into the final of the women's coxless pair with a three-second advantage over Taylor Goetzinger and Meghan Musnicki. Glover said: "We rowed our own race and now we are building towards the final."
Ruth Walczak was a winner in the lightweight single sculls.
The men's quadruple sculls team of Graeme Thomas, Charles Cousins, Sam Townsend and Peter Lambert qualified in second place behind Germany.
The lightweight women's double sculls team of Imogen Walsh and Kathryn Twyman were also second, while Mat Tarrant stroked the men's four team including Alan Sinclair, Scott Durrant and Nathaniel Reilly O'Donnell into the final in third place.