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Dust settles on world silver

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Annabel Vernon | 13:05 UK time, Monday, 31 August 2009

It sounds like a cliche but now the dust has settled, everything is starting to fall into perspective.

It's 48 hours since my World Championship final, where Anna Bebington and I won a silver medal behind the Polish double, and the medal is now looking somewhat scratched, I'm somewhat hungover and racing seems like something that happens to someone else.

It's still taking some time to sink in what this silver medal means to us - the culmination of a season's blood, sweat and tears.

Of course, we would have loved to have won the final but we were beaten by a faster crew; yet again I come up against the home favourites, which seems to be my curse!

Vernon and Bebington's exhaustion is a contrast with winners Poland

It was the Germans in 2007 when the World Championships were in Munich, the Chinese in 2008 when we were in Beijing, and the Poles this year.

We truly gave it our all but I think we probably gave too much away in the first quarter so we were always chasing it.

Vernon and Bebington with their medalsWe started moving through the field in the third 500m, and with 750m left Anna called for a big effort to win the race.

We truly gave it our all but the Poles just found that extra gear to hold us off, and the last 250m was a bit of a blur - I had absolutely rowed to my maximum and there was nothing left in the tank.

We were over the moon with our race and with our result and this season has been so much fun. Anna and I have grown very close but she's shortly leaving me to get married, which will be tough!

I'm now off on my holidays, starting in Istanbul and finishing in Moscow, so I'll try to write more when I'm back in civilization.

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Watch Bebington and Vernon talk about their event before and after the race in Poland (UK users only)


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