Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Emery to Push Boat out in World Title Bid; Dutch Success Earns Kieren a GB Call-Up ROWING SPECIAL

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Emery to Push Boat out in World Title Bid; Dutch Success Earns Kieren a GB Call-Up ROWING SPECIAL

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ROWER Kieren Emery is on top of the world twice over after his latest oarsome medal success.

The 21-year-old from Newcastle struck gold, along with partner Peter Chambers, in the lightweight men's pairs competition at the World Under-23 Championships in Holland.

That success has led to the former Walbottle School pupil being selected for the full senior World Championships, which start in Bled, Slovenia, on August 28.

It will be the former Tyne Rowing Club member's first taste of the championship, although he has represented his country at junior world level.

Emery is confident he and Cumbria-based Chambers can row their way to more golden glory - and put themselves in the frame for next summer's London Olympics in the process.

He said: "I am very happy and proud to have been selected and I am looking forward to competing.

"We have a good chance of a medal. The French will be tough opposition, but we beat them at the first World Cup meeting of the year in Munich.

"New Zealand are always there or thereabouts as well but, without putting too much pressure on ourselves, we think we can do well."

Emery and Chambers not only struck gold in Holland, they claimed a new world record in the process.

They had their noses ahead 200m into their final, racing in windy and choppy conditions.

They led Curtis Rapley and Armin Svoboda of New Zealand at the first official timing point by two seconds.

By halfway the Kiwis had narrowed the gap down to exactly a second and were clearly determined to pressurise the British boat.

The British boys, though, held their nerve and pulled away to win by almost four seconds at the line.

Emery, who won silver with Chambers at the first World Cup of 2011 in Munich, added: "We were pleased and felt strong in the first 1,000m.

"We knew New Zealand would come at us after halfway, but we just decided to go for it - and luckily that decision paid off."

On his Olympic chances, Emery was cautious, saying: "The Games are in the back of my mind, but I am not taking anything for granted. …

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