The University of Bath Rowing Club’s lightweight men’s quadruple scull won bronze in a thrilling final on Wednesday as they represented Great Britain at the 2018 European Universities Games in Coimbra, Portugal.
James Martin, Max Valentine, John Laurenson and Tom Bowles managed to hold off a challenge from the University of Bristol to take third place in 6:45.53, two-tenths of a second ahead of their fellow Brits from the South West.
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology from Germany were clear winners in 6:37.77, while Austria’s University of Klagenfurt took silver in 6:43.54.
The Crew Bath quartet earned their place in the 106-strong British Universities squad after impressing at the BUCS Regatta in Nottingham earlier this year. Their travel costs have been supported by the University’s Elite Athlete Fund.