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European Universities Championship (EUSA) gold medal for women's rowing

Press release issued: 19 July 2018

The European Universities Games in Coimbra, Portugal are Europe’s largest university sports event of the year, and the largest multisport event ever held in Portugal. Over 4,000 participants from Europe’s leading sport universities are competing in 13 sports between 15 and 28 July 2018.

The University of Bristol's women's 8 rowing team won gold yesterday at the European Universities Championship, organised by the European University Sports Association (EUSA).

The team from Bristol were in a very close race with only a few seconds between the competitors. Bristol entered the race with hopes of winning a medal, despite facing strong competition, and they were able to control the race from the front and hold on to win by 0.2 seconds! This is the first women's medal for Bristol University at EUSA.

The crew contained Jemima Lucas who only learned to row this year, as well as a number of rowers who learned to row only after beginning their studies at Bristol.

The University also had a men's lightweight quad competing, who narrowly missed out on a bronze medal by a mere 0.2 seconds. 

A video of the last stages of the race available here 

The Women's 8 crew comprised of:  Alice Lovett (Law), Phoebe Beer (Medicine), Grace Ward-allen (Civil-Engineering), Natalie Dixon (Maths & Economics), Jemima Lucas (Maths), Anna Roe (English), Charlotte Greenwood (English & Sociology), Sally Elphick (Medicine), Sophie Margetts (English).

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