ROWING: Bottesford’s Callum helps Great Britain eight to bronze medal at World Championships

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BOTTESFORD’S Callum Jones formed part of the Great Britain rowing team’s junior eight who earned themselves a hard fought bronze medal at the World Junior Championships in Bulgaria on Sunday.

Sixteen-year-old Callum’s under-19s eight clinched a place on the podium in the final race of the day at Plovdiv.

Winners Italy led early on and Callum’s Great Britain, Germany, USA and Romania fought it out to decide silver and bronze in the sweltering heat.

The USA crew were dropped at 1,000m as GB and Germany closed in on Romania. The three-way sprint to the line saw the lottery-funded British boat cross the finish line just a canvas behind silver medallists Germany, with Romania close behind.

Clearly a natural talent, former Belvoir High School student Callum has enjoyed a rapid ascent in the junior rowing world, starting out in indoor competitions several years ago when he quickly became national champion in his age group.