Lancaster rower wins European gold

Polly Swann, right, with Helen Glover.
Polly Swann, right, with Helen Glover.

A Lancaster-born Great Britain rower has added a European gold medal to her world title.

Polly Swann triumphed in the women’s pair with London 2012 gold medalist Helen Glover in Belgrade on Sunday.

The duo stormed home at the Minerva Bath in a European record time of seven minutes 3.62 seconds.

It was a result that means they remain unbeaten as a pair having won all their World Cup races and the World Championships in Chungju, South Korea, in 2013.

Swann however had been supposed to pair up with Glover’s Olympic partner Heather Stanning at the European Championships, only for the gold medalist to pull out due to fatigue.

Edinbrugh-based Swann missed out on the women’s eight at the London games due to a back injury and now has her eyes firmly set on the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Britain topped the medals table in Serbia with two gold, four silver and two bronze.