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Emily Taylor proud after helping GB to a brilliant bronze in Germany

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

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Emily Taylor helped the Great Britain women's rowing eight-team to a dramatic bronze medal at the World Cup Series in Germany at the weekend.

It was GB's women and lightweight crews who led the way in Munich with all four of the open weight crews winning medals – three of which were gold.

Taylor, a former world under-23 champion from Lincoln, helped the crew claw back from fifth to third in the final 250 metres of what proved to be a thrilling two-kilometre race.

Taylor said: "This shows how much we can push ourselves when we put our mind to it.

"That was such a big step, both mentally and physically.

"We can really take things away from that and we know that if we really get it together as a crew we can be so much better."

Taylor, 24, has recently made the step up to the senior ranks of the British Rowing set-up after improving year on year.

Elsewhere there were standout displays from women's double scull of Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins.

The duo are unbeaten since they teamed up in early 2010 and continued their superb run by edging out Australia in second. Poland finished third.

"It was a cracking race," said Watkins. "The ones where you are pushed are always the most satisfying to win.

"The Australians put in a fast time earlier in the week so we knew we had to bring our A game out.

"We must be really pleased with what we have done this season so far. We have raced everyone now that we are likely to face at the London Olympic Games.

"Each opponent has tested in different ways."

Britain's lightweight men's four also warmed up for the Olympics in style by winning gold at the event.

The four of Andrew Triggs Hodge, Tom James, Alex Gregory and Pete Reed remained upbeat despite taking silver in a narrow defeat to Australia.

"We are still part of an incredibly successful GB squad now," said Hodge. "We will go away to the training camp and will put the hard work and attention to detail in the six weeks before the London Olympics begin."

GB rowing team performance director David Tanner said: "We had a really good day by recording some excellent results.

"Many crews have stepped up from the last World Cup. But there were also some disappointments.

"Overall, there were some outstanding performances in the women's doubles and pairs, and from the lightweight men's four."

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