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STRATFORD rower Esme Booth is relishing her World Championship debut as she looks to upgrade her European silver.

Booth and Emily Ford booked their place in Thursday's women’s pairs semi-finals in the European showpiece in Racice, Czech Republic after finishing second in heat one.

The Team GB pair recorded the fifth fastest time across the heats, clocking 7mins 07.58secs, as they took second place behind the Netherlands duo on day two of the championships.

Esme Booth (59454311)
Esme Booth (59454311)

Booth and Ford were pipped at the post in the women’s pair final in Munich last month as Romanian duo Ioana Vrinceanu and Denisa Tilvescu powered past them on the home straight to claim the spoils.

The British pair have been working tirelessly in camp in Varese since then and Booth believes the final piece of the jigsaw is within sight.

“We were working on that middle 1km going into Munich and we were really happy with how that went,” she said.

“It was just in the last 250m that the Romanians came back at us. We’ve been away on camp to work on that sprint and how to execute that as best we can to complete the whole race profile.

“I’m happy with where we’re at and it’s my first senior Worlds so it will be a whole new experience.

“I’ve been to an Under-23 one but this will be a big step up, so there’s a mixture of excitement and nerves. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it goes.”

The 23-year-old’s silver was one of ten won by the British rowing squad in Munich as they finished top of the medal table.

Booth reckons the results are testament to the feelgood factor around the new-look squad, who have been rejuvenated by fresh faces after coming home from the Tokyo Olympics with just two medals last summer.

“We’ve had the para squad with us on camp and it’s just a really exciting team to be a part of,” she said.

“We are moving forwards and achieving things together as a team, everyone is genuinely excited for each other and wants everyone else to do the best they can. It’s a really nice atmosphere to be in.”

  • British Rowing is responsible for the development of rowing in England and the training and selection of rowers to represent Great Britain. The GB Rowing Team is supported by the National Lottery Sports Fund. To find out more, and to follow the ongoing World Championships in Racice, head to www.britishrowing.org/

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