Lucinda eyes spot in Olympics after win in B final

A Peterborough City Rowing Club member in action at Thorpe Meadows. Photo: Alan Storer
A Peterborough City Rowing Club member in action at Thorpe Meadows. Photo: Alan Storer
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Lucinda Gooderham is hoping a race victory in Wednesday’s GB rowing team trials will be enough to earn a spot in the crew formation training next week, writes Alex Moss.

The Garboldisham-raised rower was among more than 100 athletes competing at the Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake in Caversham this week.

In the first day of the Olympic-season time trials on Tuesday, the 31-year-old finished seventh in the open women’s singles category with a time of seven minutes and 31.15 seconds.

Gooderham was less than a second off a top six finish, which would have secured her a place in the final on the following day.

Tees Rowing Club’s Tina Stiller (7.30.31) took the last place in the final on Wednesday, with the top six dominated by four of Gooderham’s Leander Club team-mates.

Leander Club’s Victoria Thronley won the final with a time of 7.34.14, while Gooderham did her chances of being selected for the upcoming European Championships no harm by winning the open women’s singles B final.

The 31-year-old clocked a time of 7.55.84, finishing almost five seconds clear of Imperial College BC’s Georgia Francis (8.00.39), who came second.

Gooderham now hopes to have been selected for the training programme at Caversham, which starts next Wednesday and will offer a last chance to impress before the team for the European Championships is announced on April 6.