Vicky Thornley: Olympic silver medallist reaches World Championships semi-finals

Vicky Thornley
Vicky Thornley trains at the Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake near Reading
World Rowing Championships
Venue: Linz, Austria Dates: 25 August-1 September Start time: 13:30 BST/12:30 BST
Coverage: Watch on BBC One from 13:15 BST on Saturday, 31 August and on BBC Two from 12:30 BST on Sunday, 1 September.

Olympic silver medallist Vicky Thornley has qualified for Friday's semi-finals in the women's single sculls at the World Championships in Linz.

The Welsh rower will attempt to qualify her boat classification for Tokyo 2020 after winning her quarter-final.

Thornley needs to finish in the top nine for an automatic spot for Great Britain in Japan.

The 31-year-old has won both races in the championships so far making her a contender for a podium spot.

Thornley's Welsh compatriot Zak Lee-Green and crewmate Jamie Copus just missed out on the A/B semi-final and instead will go in Thursday's C/D semi-final in the lightweight men's double sculls.

Lee-Green and Copus cannot win a medal in Austria now after finishing fourth in their quarter-final.

Paralympic hopeful Ben Pritchard remains on course for a podium position and competes in the A/B semi-final on Friday in the PR1 mens single scull, after gaining the only automatic qualification spot on Monday.

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