Cambridge University Boat Club oarsmen Freddie Davidson and Callum Sullivan strike gold with Great Britain at World Under-23 Rowing Championships
Freddie Davidson and Callum Sullivan are the golden boys after earning victory at the World Under-23 Rowing Championships.
The Cambridge University Boat Club duo were representing Great Britain in Sarasota, Florida, in what became a medal-laden event as they topped the table with six golds and two silvers.
Davidson, the incoming president of CUBC, was racing in the men’s coxless four alongside David Ambler, Thomas Digby and Charles Elwes.
The crew, coached by outgoing Light Blues assistant coach Richard Chambers, led the race from start to finish, upgrading the silvers they won in last year’s championships to gold.
They clocked 5min 51.58sec to beat the New Zealand four by just under a second.
Sullivan, who raced in the No 5 seat in the Light Blues’ victorious Boat Race crew this year, was part of the men’s eight in Florida, racing alongside Henry Blois-Brooke, Harvey Kay, Matthew Rowe, David Bewicke-Copley, Leonard Jenkins, William Stewart, Felix Drinkall and Vlad Saigau.
They also led from start to finish to win in 5.34.30, with the US second in 5.36.21, to take GB’s sixth gold medal and make it their best performance at the World Under-23 Championships.
Brendan Purcell, British Rowing’s director of performance, said: “To come away from the Under-23 World Championships with six gold medals and two silver medals is incredible.
“As chief coach for the under-23s, Pete Sheppard has brought these athletes and coaches together to deliver a truly outstanding team performance.
“Everyone has stepped up over the past six weeks and then delivered their best performances on race day.
“In every event we were extremely competitive and it’s fantastic to have so much strength and depth for the future. A lot of these athletes will step onto the senior world stage in the coming years and keep British Rowing at the forefront of world performance.”
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