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GB take brave route for World Championships

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Martin Gough | 18:30 UK time, Thursday, 16 July 2009

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Great Britain's rowing hierarchy could have panicked over the last few weeks. After winning six Olympic medals - two gold, two silver and two bronze - to top the medal table in Beijing, the squad have looked decidedly ordinary of late.

The last two World Cup regattas have brought just three victories and although GB won the World Cup series overall, that was mainly because two of their biggest rivals - Germany and New Zealand - missed the opening event while the other, Australia, didn't even take part in the series.

But they have still opted to continue their experiment for this year's World Championships in Poznan, Poland, in August, putting veterans in new situations and giving experience to younger athletes, with a confidence and bravery that has arguably been lacking in the past.

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