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Newbury rower Katie Metalli continued her successful run of form as she collected two silver medals at the Gent International Spring Regatta in Belgium at the weekend.

First held in 1888 the Ghent race attracts entries from all over Europe including the top university and club crews from the UK and this year the standard was particularly high with rowers chomping at the bit to get racing again after two years of Covid restrictions.

In the heats Katie and her Tideway Scullers School crew won their heat but were easing down at the finished and meant they qualified fourth fastest from the five finalists but then once again showed their racing competitiveness as they became the fastest Tideway crew ever in Ghent's 101 year history to finish in 6:26.30 just missing out to an Oxford Brookes University by only half a length with Brookes having to break the course record to claim the victory. The margin between second and third was even closer however as Britain's most successful rowing club ever, Leander finished just 0.38 seconds behind Scullers.

Katie Metalli
Katie Metalli

It was almost a carbon copy in Sunday's racing as Metalli's Tideway with another realively easy qualification heat and then the first three finished in the same order in the final with TIdeway edging slightly closer to Brookes and further away from Leander.

Katie Metalli team
Katie Metalli team

So it was two more European silvers for the 26 year-old from Woolton Hill who continues her remarkable run of form where she has not finished outside the top three in any event since the season began in September. It tops her previous best of a bronze medal at Ghent and she said afterwards, “although it was always a big ask to try and beat the High-Performance program Brookes crew as we are all part-timers with jobs but it was was frustrating nonetheless. They are in a different category to us for Henley so not really our main rivals but it would still have been nice to beat them if we could. They are a very good crew though and it is some comfort to know that they had to break a course record to beat us”.

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