Rowing World Championships: Helen Glover and Polly Swann win gold
Last Updated: 31/08/13 11:21am
Golden greats: Helen Glover and Polly Swann of Great Britain pose after taking gold in the women's pair in Chengdu
Helen Glover's dominance of the women's pair event continued with a new partner in Chengdu as she and Polly Swann took gold at the World Championships.
The 27-year-old topped the podium at the London Olympics with Heather Stanning and, when Stanning rejoined the Army, Swann was called up to replace her.
The transition has been a seamless one too, as proved by this win in seven minutes 22.82 seconds, which shaded Romania into second and New Zealand into third.
It looked all too easy for the British pair, who finish the season unbeaten.
"We were in a commanding position from stroke one, USA put us under pressure for first 500m and made us a bit worried, but we stayed focused and continued on," Glover said afterwards.
"At 1000m we looked at the Romanians and we knew we had it under control. We just couldn't believe how good it felt for the second thousand. Crossing the finish line we were overjoyed that we did it."
There was success in the men's pairs too, as Oliver Cook and James Foad took first place in the B Final, with the A Final won by New Zealand.
Brothers Peter and Richard Chambers were bronze medallists in the lightweight men's double sculls, with Norway crossing first and Switzerland second.
"We couldn't do anything else. It's the worst I've felt after a race ever. We left everything out there," Peter Chambers said.
The men's quadruple scull also took bronze in a dramatic finish to their final, picking up a first-ever British medal in the class in the process.
Charles Cousins, Graeme Thomas, Peter Lambery and Sam Townsend kicked on in the last 1500m to finish behind only Croatia and Germany.
The women's four took third in their B Final, while Kathryn Twyman and Imogen Walsh recorded the same result in the lightweight double sculls.
In the men's lightweight four, Alan Sinclair, Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell, Scott Durant and Matthew Tarrant wound up fifth.