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Vicky Thornley concludes excellent season with silver at World Rowing Championships

Vicky Thornley concludes excellent season with silver at World Rowing Championships

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil turned in a medal winning performance at the World Rowing Championships.

Vicky Thornley, who was part of the Team GB squad at the Florida event, continued her excellent run of form with by securing silver in the women’s scull event on the final day of the competition.

The 29-year-old, who won an Olympic silver in the double sculls in Rio last year, clocked seven minutes 24.5 seconds as Switzerland's Jeannine Gmelin won gold.

A strong performance from Thornley saw her finish more than two seconds before third-place Magdalena Lobnig for Austria.

She said: “I’m really happy with that.

“If you’d have said at the start of the season that I would come away from the Worlds with a silver medal I would have taken it.

“It wasn’t enough today to get one over on the Swiss girl. I closed the gap quite a bit but it just wasn’t enough in the end.

“This is right up there for me and after the Olympics this is my best result. I’m definitely happy after that one.”

Director of Sport Allen Boyd, added: “Vicky has enjoyed a phenomenal amount of success in recent months and everyone at the school would like to congratulate her on her silver medal at the World Championships.

“Our Alumni achievements are a reflecting of the solid sporting platform they receive at Rydal Penrhos as part of a very well-rounded education, and their success is a great way for our pupils to see what can be gained if they apply themselves in the right way.”

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