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Lauren strikes gold in Munich

One of only three girls selected for the British junior team at the event, she was partnered by Tees rower Anna Fairs in the women’s pairs for the first time in an international event and the first morning's racing saw them involved in a tight heat with three crews neck-and-neck down the two kilometre course.
Placed third for much of a race that saw the established Austrian Steinbeck sisters win, the GB crew put on a late burst to pass a fast German crew to take second place by just two-/10ths of a second to gain a place in the final.
The final again pitched the GB Girls against the Austrians alongside crews from the Czech Republic and Germany and it was the Czechs and Austrians who held the challenge with never more than half-a-length seperating the three teams in the early stages.
The Czechs led fore three-three of the race with Austria two metres ahead of the British pair at the 500 metre mark before Kedar and Faird upped the pace to haul in the deficit and drive away to claim the gold medal.
Kedar, who rows for the Reading club, has seen her sponsorship from Lloyds TSB expire and she is looking for another sponsor to see her through to the World Championships and beyond.

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