Houghton on track for medals at World Rowing Championships
Andy Houghton is one race from World Rowing Championships glory after qualifying for the PR1 single sculls final in Florida.
The para-rower finished second in the semi-final in a time of 10:30.62, just ten seconds short of Australia’s Erik Horrie.
Houghton will now hope to add a World Championships medal to the two World Cup bronzes he already has to his name.
The 36-year-old faces stiff competition in Ukraine’s Roman Polianskyi, who put in an incredible performance in the first semi-final to cross the line in under ten minutes.
But just reaching the final is an achievement in itself, given this is Houghton’s first World Rowing event since the World Rowing Cup in 2013.
His is not the only boat set to add to the four medals won by Great Britain at the last edition of the World Championships.
Great Britain’s PR3 mixed coxed four dominated the exhibition race on Thursday, meaning they will be positioned in lane three for Saturday’s final.
The team of Grace Clough, James Fox, Oliver Stanhope, Anna Corderoy and Giedre Rakauskaite powered through 2000m in 7:09.36 to finish 21 seconds ahead of the USA boat in second.
Their American rivals may be buoyed by the home crowd in the final at Nathan Benderson Park in Florida, but in Paralympic gold medallists Clough and Fox the British boat has plenty of experience that could prove vital on the water.
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