GB women's coach finalises rowing squad for Worlds

Debbie Flood, Beth Rodford, Frances Houghton and Annabel Vernon
Debbie Flood, Beth Rodford, Frances Houghton and Annabel Vernon won gold in the women's quadruple sculls at last year's World Championships

Great Britain rowing coach Paul Thompson has finalised his team for next month's World Championships in Bled, Slovenia.

Thompson named most of the GB squad last month, but delayed naming his sculling team to keep his options open.

Debbie Flood, Beth Rodford, Annie Vernon and Mel Wilson, who won silver at last month's Lucerne World Cup, will now race in the women's quad.

Frances Houghton returns from injury and will compete in the single scull.

Caroline O'Connor will cox a crew of Alison Knowles, Jo Cook, Jess Eddie, Lindsey Maguire, Natasha Page, Louisa Reeve, Katie Solesbury and Vicky Thornley in the women's eight.

Solesbury's inclusion for Olivia Whitlam is the only change from the British eight who narrowly missed out on a medal at the World Championships at Lake Karapiro last year.

Thompson also named the squad's reserves with Ro Bradbury and Emily Taylor travelling for the women's team and Constantine Louloudis, George Nash and Tom Broadway playing the same role for the men.

Britain will take a 68-strong team to Bled and will field boats in all the Olympics classes and three of the four Paralympic classes.

The World Championships, which begin on 1 September, double as a qualifier for the London 2012 Olympics.

Great Britain will aim to defend four world titles in Slovenia but arrive full of confidence having won 10 medals, including four golds, at last month's Lucerne World Cup - the biggest event outside the World Championships this season.

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