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Marlow rower becomes Euro star
ABI Armstrong was in triumphant form last week as she powered to gold and silver medals at the European Junior Championships in Switzerland.
She partnered Maddy Badcott to victory in the U18 doubles on Saturday and then added a silver in the same event a day later.
The pair had only been put in a boat together three weeks previously but their training paid off as they led from start to finish in their first heat before repeating the trick in the final to finish two lengths clear of second-placed Poland.
A sprained ankle made life difficult for Armstrong, who lives in Flackwell Heath and is a member at Marlow Rowing Club.
But she battled through the pain to win silver behind the Italians and help Great Britain to the overall team trophy.
The result continued a fantastic summer for the 18-year-old, who has also just been offered a rowing scholarship in America.
She flies to Indiana University today, becoming the first Marlow junior rower to win a scholarship in America.
Meanwhile, it was a mixed bag of results for the five Bucks rowers at the Junior World Championships in Lithuania at the weekend.
Seb Devereux and Marlow Rowing Club’s Sholto Carnegie booked their place in the final of the doubles with a third-place finish in their semi-final, but they could only finish fifth behind winners Germany.
Elsewhere, Harry Glenister and Sir William Borlase’s pupil Chris Lawrie were unable to help the quads finish higher than fifth in their heat.
Joshua Kent, also of Marlow Rowing Club, was the team’s reserve sculler.
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