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New Leander Club captain Vicky Thornley secures GB Trials triumph

New Leander Club captain Vicky Thornley secures GB Trials triumph

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil has secured a pair of notable national distinctions to add to her impressive collection.

Olympic sensation Vicky Thornley secured her fifth straight Great British Trials Championship in fine style, proving to be unstoppable again in the women's singles at the national team's Caversham lake, winning the six-boat final by more than 10 seconds.

Victory comes after the 2017 world singles silver medallist became only the second woman to lead Leander Club, whose rowers have won no less than 124 individual Olympic medals, in its 200th anniversary year.

She said: "I know that I was expected to win, and that means approaching the race differently. I wanted to see how well I could do, examine the technical elements, execute the race and get it right."

Leading from start to finish, Thornley moved out to a clear water lead in the second 500m to go through halfway a length up on Rio eights medallist Zoe Lee, with world U23 quads champion Lucy Glover just behind in third.

The rower, who partnered Katherine Grainger to doubles silver in Rio, stormed away in the closing stages to win in seven minutes 42.39secs by five lengths from Glover.

Leander Club is based on the River Thames at the historic Henley home of world rowing, and its rowers include five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave.

“It’s a big honour and something I never really expected, but to have this happen in Leander’s bicentenary year is very special,” added Thornley.

“I want to help promote the number of women at Leander and make it the go-to club for all women who are looking to succeed at the highest level.”

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