July 11 - Britain's rowing team rounded off its best World Cup season with 11 medals, including four golds, on Lucerne's Rotsee lake.

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins delivered two of the golds with dominant wins in the double and quadruple scull events - the latter in tandem with Beth Rodford and Annabel Vernon.

The lightweight men's four came from behind to pip world champions Denmark and the fourth came from a powerful men's four performance, who beat New Zealand.

"It was a good fight in the double and we wanted to put a really good race together here in the quad," said Watkins.

"The days don't get much better than these."

Performance director David Tanner said: "This is our best World Cup season ever.

"All the world was here in Lucerne so to come away with so many medals has been an exceptional whole team performance.

"I'm very proud of our rowers, coaches, and the back-up team that has helped us produce this level of results."

The men's four of Alex Partridge, Ric Egington, Alex Gregory and Matthew Langridge produced arguably the classiest performance of the day as they easily defeated New Zealand.

"We had a really strong race today, we’re really pleased," said Partridge.

"We got out in front for the first time, and just kept it going – I had the easy job just thinking about what to say to get the three strong guys in front to keep pulling hard to move away.

"We had a bad race in Munich, just not good enough, so we even missed Henley, which we love, to prepare for it.

"Fortunately it paid off.”

The lightweight men's four of Richard Chambers, Paul Mattick, Steve Williams and Chris Bartley had to work harder to beat Denmark in a race that was not decided until the final stroke of the race.

"That was a seriously hard race," said Chambers.

"The charge from the Danes at the end was impressive, they just came so quickly.

"I just kept making the calls from the bow, that’s my role.”

The men's pair and lightweight women's double scull hoped to do better than the silvers they won.

But, by contrast, Alan Campbell reversed a disappointing run of form to finish second in the single scull final.

Marcus Bateman and Matt Wells, in the double scull, lost out to their French rivals to take silver.

The still-developing men's quadruple scull were bronze-medallists in a tough field and the two British eights gave a rousing end to the day's racing programme by each taking a bronze medal - the men having to beat the Olympic champions Russia to do so.

"It's like a dream to win so many medals at Lucerne," said men's chief coach Jurgen Grobler.

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