Lauren Rowles has broken her own indoor rowing world record ©Getty Images

Paralympic and world champion Lauren Rowles broke her own world indoor rowing record at the British Rowing Virtual Championships.

Rowles, who recorded her previous best in December at the Mizuno British Rowing Indoor Championships, further bettered her performance in her own home as part of the virtual event.

She set a time of 8min 9.7sec in the PR2 category over 2,000 metres.

Speaking of the competition, the 22-year-old said: "It's been great to see the community unite together in these unprecedented times and despite not being able to compete on the water we have still been able to keep the competitive fire alive through the British Rowing Virtual Championships.

"I'm left happy but hungry for more after setting an age group world record and I'm looking forward to getting back on the water ready for the Paralympic season."

The British Rowing Virtual Championships took place with more than 1,200 competitors from 30 nations, who competed in real-time, side-by-side virtual racing.

More than 120 virtual races took place over the weekend with races live-streamed alongside commentary and webcams.

British Rowing chief executive Andy Parkinson added: "We're delighted to have organised such an innovative event at a time when competitive sporting action has been so difficult to come by.

"It's remarkable how many stories we've heard from competitors about being motivated and inspired to get on the rowing machine in training for this event and it's been a real pleasure to be able to offer something so unique and accessible to the rowing community both here in the United Kingdom and abroad." 

Rowles won the TA mixed double sculls title at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, and the PR2 mixed double sculls at the 2019 World Championships.