It was a comfortable start to the World Rowing Championships for Coleraine’s Richard and Peter Chambers and Alan Campbell as they eased through their respective heats on a hot and humid day in Chungju, South Korea.
In the lightweight double sculls the Chambers brothers clinched one of the five semi-final places for Great Britain by comprehensively beating their opposition by seventeen seconds.
They were focused off the start and took an immediate lead and were ahead by half a length at halfway.
The Greek pair of Pangiotis Magdanis and Spyridon Giannaros challenged them throughout the first half of the race but the third 500m the siblings began to pull away leavingtheir Greek counterparts to knock back their stroke rate and save energy for the repechages.
“We pretty much expected them to bewith us to 1k and then we moved on a bit in the third 500m, we waited to see if they would stick with us,” explained Peter.
Older brother Richard added, “They were not able to hold on to our speed. It was a good row from us but we know that wewill need to step on, as the semi finals will be fierce competition. But we are looking forward to it.”
Campbell took his heat of the men’s single sculls head-on from the outset, gradually building a big lead and then coasting to the line ahead of Nicholas Purnell from Australia and Bulgarian Georgi Bozhilov who earlier in the summer beat Campbell in the final of the Diamond Sculls at Henley
“I’m really pleased with it. I got out to a good start and kept moving away through the second and third 500 metres,” he added,
Unlike some of the other classes the single sculls has a quarter-final round, which comes up on Wednesday. All Campbell’s major challengers including the defending world champion Mahe Drysdale from New Zealand, the London 2012 silver medalist Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic and German Marcel Hacker also won their heats.