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Chambers duo looking for gold on the horizon

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland brothers Richard and Peter Chambers will go for gold in the World Championships tomorrow in Amsterdam after helping the Great Britain lightweight four team into the final.

Along with team members Chris Bartley and Mark Aldred, the Chambers boys set a strong early pace in yesterday's semi-final and comfortably qualified for Sunday's decider.

In the end the GB crew finished in a time of 5:43.97, less than a second behind Denmark, who also qualified for what promises to be one of the races of the regatta.

New Zealand finished third behind the Danes and GB, but will feel they have more to give when the final takes place in the Dutch capital. In the other semi-final France were the victors, ahead of Australia and the Netherlands.

Those six nations will contest the race to decide who becomes Lightweight Four World Champions for 2014 and with the Holland crew involved, the atmosphere should be pretty special.

It will be interesting to see what tactics the Chambers duo, Bartley and Aldred employ.

Yesterday, starting from lane one, it was a case of the British crew getting out in front and trying to control the race.

Even when the Danish team moved ahead of them, they had the power to keep pace.

At last year's World Rowing Championships in Chungju, the Chambers brothers claimed a bronze medal in the lightweight double.

This season they have returned to the lightweight four, the event in which they won a silver at the London Olympics.

Earlier this week Enniskillen lady Leonora Kennedy rowed in her semi-final with Irish partner Lisa Dilleen finishing fifth in the women's pair event.

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