Zoe Lee set for first competitive row since Rio silver medal

Zoe Lee set for first competitive row since Rio silver medal
By Sportsbeat

12/06/2018 at 18:29Updated

Olympic silver medallist Zoe Lee will race on the international stage for the first time since Rio 2016 when she makes her comeback from a knee injury at World Cup 2 in Linz, Austria.

Lee was sidelined for the entire 2017 season but returned for the winter assessments, finishing first and third in the November and February time trials respectively.

She followed that up with a fourth-placed finish in the single at Senior, U23 and FISU Trials in April.

The 32-year-old will row in the quadruple sculls, a boat that won bronze at the World Championships in 2017, joining Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne, Jess Leyden and Melissa Wilson.

A total of 22 GB crews have been announced to compete in Linz, with one more to be decided after testing on Wednesday.

British Rowing's Director of Performance, Brendan Purcell, said: "It's great to announce a strong team for World Cup 2 off the back of some encouraging results in Belgrade.

"We're looking to continue building throughout the summer ahead of the European Championships in Glasgow and World Championships in Plovdiv.

"With Olympic and Paralympic qualification taking place at the World Championships in Linz next year, this gives us the chance to test the conditions and facilities ahead of that important regatta."

The men's quad is unchanged following their gold medal at the Belgrade World Cup event at the start of June with Tom Barras, Jonny Walton, Graeme Thomas and John Collins all included.

After silvers in the men's and women's eights in Belgrade both undergo changes to their respective crews with Olympic champion Tom Ransley returning to the men's eight in the bow seat.

Recent Princeton graduate Tom George returns after completing his studies in the US with James Rudkin and Josh Bugajski, who will race in one of two men's pairs in Linz, replaced.

In the women's eight, Katherine Douglas and Holly Hill will make their first appearances of the season, with only cox Matilda Horn remaining from the silver medal-winning crew from Belgrade.

Emily Ashford and Emily Ford move across from the pair, while Becca Chin, Sara Parfett, Caragh McMurtry and Jo Wratten come in from racing the four in Serbia.

Fiona Gammond, Holly Norton, Karen Bennett and Rebecca Shorten will row in the four while Anastasia Chitty and Rebecca Girling will be in the pairs.

Angus Groom and Jack Beaumont will continue their silver medal-winning partnership in Linz in the double scull, with Harry Leask in the single scull.

Olympic silver medallist Victoria Thornley was edged out of the medals in the women's single in Belgrade but will look to continue her season's progression in Linz.

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