Fantastic fourth for Selkirk rower Maddie Arlett

Maddie Arlett (far left) and her GB Leightweight Quadruple Sculls team mates
Maddie Arlett (far left) and her GB Leightweight Quadruple Sculls team mates
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Selkirk rower Maddie Arlett just missed out on a medal at the World Under-23 Rowing Championships when competing in Plovdiv Bulgaria yesterday.

The Borders ASP athlete made the Women’s Lightweight Quadruple Sculls final, along with her GB team mates following a gutsy heat run on Thursday.

The quad of Arlett, Ellie Lewis, Flo Pickles and Lucy Cruxton then finished just outside the medals in their final.

Italy were clear winners after a powerful performance but the British crew were in touch with Germany and France throughout in the battle for the podium places.

They were closing in on third place around the 1,250m mark but France responded to the threat and went on to pip Germany to silver, with the British crew fourth in 6:56.08.

“Looking back at the race if we were to do it again there was nothing we would have done differently, said 21-year-old Maddie, a sports science student at Edinburgh University.

“We didn’t get the result we wanted but we put everything in to it and weren’t quite quick enough on the day.”

The local rowing star still has next year as an Under 23, definitely one to keep an eye on.

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