Houghton back in action at World Rowing Championships
Andy Houghton opened the account for the Great Britain para rowing team at the World Championships, coming second in his PR1 single scull heat to qualify for the semi-final.
Houghton covered 2,000m in a time of 10:11.27, battling to the end in an attempt to catch Russia’s Alexey Chuvashev, who finished in 10:02.35.
It was the Brit’s first appearance at a World Rowing event since he took bronze at the World Rowing Cup in 2013 and from his performance in Florida it is undeniable that he is still at the top of his game.
Houghton now advances to Friday’s semi-final, where he will look to add a World Championships medal to the two World Cup bronzes he has to his name.
Great Britain’s other para rowing boat in the competition, the PR3 mixed coxed four, elected to sit out of the optional exhibition race, instead saving themselves for the race for lanes on Thursday.
Paralympic gold medallists Grace Clough and James Fox, Gavirate International Para-rowing Regatta champion Oliver Stanhope and cox Anna Corderoy and Great Britain debutante Giedre Rakauskaite will face tough competition for places against a talented USA boat.
But claiming an optimal lane could prove paramount as the boat attempts to add to the four medals won by Great Britain at the last edition of the World Championships.