Maidenhead sculler Jack Beaumont narrowly misses out on World Rowing Championship medal

Jack Beaumont completed the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria without a medal after a frustrating fourth-place finish in the final of the double sculls.

Beaumont, from Maidenhead, and Angus Groom had stormed onto the final after impressively winning their semi-final in 6mins 6.59secs, ahead of reigning champions New Zealand and European silver medallists Romania.

Yet despite being given lane one, which according to the organisers was the quickest for the final, Beaumont and Groom crossed the line fourth in 6.08.03.

With France setting an unrelenting pace throughout the race, GB and Switzerland were trading places for silver and bronze, but a fast finish by New Zealand saw Beaumont and Groom edged out of the medal positions by half a length.

It was a disappointing climax to the season for the duo who have had a interrupted season because of injury to Groom, but were still fancied for a podium place.

Maidenhead pararower Andy Houghton finished sixth in the PR1 men’s single sculls heat.

Erik Horrie set his second world best time of the week to sprint past Ukraine’s Roman Polianskyi, with Houghton finishing behind Brazil’s Rene Pereira.