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Andy Hodge starts his World Rowing Championship campaign
Andy Hodge, of Hebden, near Skipton, competes in the World Rowing Championships tomorrow in Chungju, South Korea.
Twice Olympic champion Hodge is involved in a heat of the men’s eights.
Olympic champion Helen Glover and pairs partner Polly Swann were among the five heat winners for Great Britain in today's opening morning.
The team brushed aside high temperatures and humidity to take further top spots in the lightweight men’s and women’s double sculls, the men’s quadruple scull and, from Alan Campbell, in the men’s single scull.
Edinburgh’s Swann, a senior World Championships debutant, said: “I thought we had a pretty solid first kilometre and then the Romanians gave us a bit of a push early in the second half but I thought we were very much in control.”
Second-placed finishes were also enough to see the men’s four - whose blistering last 500-metre sprint took them from fifth to second in a matter of moments - and the two lightweight single scullers through to the next phases.
With six semi-final and two quarter-final places won today, there are eight more crews in action tomorrow, including the first race for Tom Aggar in the para-rowing men’s single scull and the opening races for the women’s eights, the women’s single and double sculls, the men’s double scull and the lightweight men’s four and pair.
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