• Rowing World Championships

Great Britain win gold at World Championships

ESPN staff
September 1, 2013
Great Britain's men's eight saw off Olympic champions Germany to take gold © Getty Images

Great Britain's men's eight fended off the challenge of Olympic champions Germany and the United States to secure gold at the Rowing World Championships in South Korea.

The achievement marks the first time in the competition's history that Britain has won the event, with Dan Ritchie, Tom Ransley, Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Moe Sbihi, Andy Triggs Hodge, George Nash, Will Satch and cox Phelan Hill taking first place in a time of five minutes 30.35 seconds.

Germany claimed second in five minutes 30.89s and the United States finished third with their effort of five minutes 33.92s.

"The last few years we've felt like the bridesmaid but never the bride but today that all changed," Hill said. "The key moment was through the 1000 metres mark - the Germans really attacked us and took a couple of men back but we closed the door on their big move and controlled it from then on."

Great Britain collected two gold and three bronze medals at the regatta, including a bronze medal for the men's lightweight four. Elsewhere, the women's eight finished fourth.

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