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World gold for Andy Hodge and men’s eight
Andy Hodge, of Hebden near Skipton, was to the fore as Great Britain ended a successful World Championships in Chengdu by taking their first-ever gold medal in the men’s eight event.
Having already secured one gold and three bronze medals during the regatta in South Korea, the eights crew finished ahead of Germany and the United States.
The men’s eight were bronze medal winners at the London 2012 Olympics, where Germany took the gold.
But it was a momentous victory on Tangeum Lake for the British crew of Hodge, Daniel Ritchie, Tom Ransley, Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash, William Satch and cox Phelan Hill.
They dictated the pace of the 2000 metres race, leading at all of the checkpoints – although Germany closed to within five tenths of a second of the leaders when they crossed the line.
On the final day of competition, the men’s lightweight four managed to secure third, with Adam Freeman-Pask, Jonathan Cleggwon, Chris Bartley and William Fletcher taking bronze.