A TEENAGE rower from York won a silver medal at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships – and helped Great Britain to top the medals table.

Lucy Edmunds, 19, was one of 50 athletes who represented GB at the championships in Sarasota, Florida.

Edmunds, a former pupil of Huntington School and an honorary life member of York City Rowing Club, was competing in the Women’s Eight at the event.

They were beaten in the final by a strong Dutch crew but held off a late challenge from the USA to claim the silver, despite an equipment failure stopping one oarswoman rowing full strokes for the last 250 metres of the race.

Edmunds, who returns to Yale University in the USA next month to begin her second year there and re-join her team-mates in the Yale Women’s Crew, said: “I’m delighted to have won a silver medal at the championships and I’m honoured to have been part of such a strong crew.

“We pushed the Dutch as hard as we could and held off the USA in the closing stages. It was our silver medal in the last race of the championships which helped GB top the medals table for the first time ever and I’m so proud of that.”

Great Britain won a total of six golds and two silvers at the championships.