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Henley 2009

Friday is quarter-finals day.  The VIII raced King's Chester whom they beat comfortably.  After taking a slight lead off the start, they covered the distance between the Barrier and Fawley (the equivalent to the second 500m of a standard 2km race) in very quick time (1 sec slower than Wednesday, but in a headwind this time).  This gave them a commanding position, and they again were able to relax the rating down to about 30 strokes per minute (36+ is flat out) past the enclosures and into the finish, winning by 3 lengths.
Elsewhere in the event there were three close races.  Pangbourne, whom we will face tomorrow, were always in front against Shrewsbury, but were never able to relax, winning by a length.  Early risers saw one of the races of the day between Belmont Hill and Abingdon.  Belmont Hill took an early lead of a length, perhaps even more, but Abingdon attacked relentlessly, rating 37-38.  By the enclosures they had drawn level, and they drew away to win a very exciting race by 3/4 length.  Later in the day another Anglo-American clash saw the opposite pattern.  Latymer were the early leaders against Brunswick School, but were overhauled in the second half to lose by 1 length.  They (Brunswick) have thus outlasted what many picked as the main threat from across the pond (Belmont Hill).
Tomorrow in the semi-finals, The VIII will face Pangbourne at 1220, and Abingdon will face Brunswick at 1530.



DATE POSTED: 03 July 2009

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