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Our girl Rebecca shines for GB to land her second top flight silver

By Steven Beacom

Belfast's Rebecca Shorten continues to make waves for the Great Britain rowing team at elite level.

The 24-year-old won her second World Cup silver medal of the season in Austria at the weekend in the build-up to this year's European Championships in Scotland in August.

Back in June, Shorten was part of the GB women's eight rowing squad that helped secure runners-up spot in the first World Cup regatta of the year in Belgrade.

The latest podium position came in the women's four alongside Karen Bennett, Holly Norton and Fiona Gammond.

The GB crew made an excellent start, but the Australian crew finished strongly to claim victory in a thrilling race, with China in third.

The Aussies were timed at 6:30.83, with Great Britain just behind on 6:32.47 and China on 6:33.20.

Lucerne in Switzerland will host the final World Cup regatta in 2018 ahead of the eagerly anticipated European Championships, which is a home event for GB.

Shorten has established herself as a key figure in the squad, showing quality in both the eight and the four.

Intriguingly, the four has been added to the Olympic programme for the Tokyo Games in 2020.

Like all rowers, the dream for Shorten would be to take part in the greatest show on earth, though the Northern Ireland lady will be well aware there are more important events to shine in before then.

Whether or not Shorten competes at the next World Cup regatta remains to be seen, however, with British Rowing Director of Performance Brendan Purcell declaring that in preparation for the European Championships, GB will not take their strongest squad to Lucerne.

He said: "We won't be sending a full squad to World Cup 3 in Lucerne with an eye on the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, and our crews will be working hard to impress in front of a home crowd in August."

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