Gold medal for Cassells and Chambers

Coleraine’s Peter Chambers and Ballymoney’s Joel Cassells raced to the gold medal in the lightweight pair at the European Championships in Poland on Sunday.

Chambers and Cassells set a European record of 6:28.58 to edge out France with Germany in third.

Chambers and Cassells led from start to finish and held off a fast finish from the French boat - Augustin Mouterde and Theophile Onfroy - to win by just three-tenths of a a second.

The lightweight pair is a non-Olympic class event but the Coleraine pair hope this result puts pressure on the current GB lightweight four quartet ahead of the second World Cup regatta in Varese, Italy in three weeks.

Peter Chambers won a world title in the lightweight pair in 2011 before going on to win Olympic silver a year later in the lightweight four, while Cassells was making his international senior debut.