Flockhart taking 'intense' World Rowing Championship debut in his stride

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Dale Flockhart is through to the lightweight single sculls B Final (Getty Images for British Rowing)

Scot Dale Flockhart admits his first taste of senior World Championship rowing has been ‘pretty intense’ after powering into the lightweight single sculls semi-finals in Racice writes Tum Balogun.

The 23-year-old was first selected to represent Britain in 2018, when he raced in the lightweight quad sculls at the Under-23 World Championships.

He competed earlier this year with Jamie Copus in the lightweight double sculls at the European Championships in Munich, where they finished seventh overall.

The Edinburgh rower has taken the step up to the senior circuit in stride and confidently progressed through his opening rounds in the Czech Republic – but revealed it has not been without its challenges.

“Being at my first senior World Championships is great but also pretty intense,” Flockhart said.

“But you just tell yourself to be calm.

“I always tell myself you shouldn't fear anyone, same amount of people in the boat, same kind of boats, same amount of oars.

“There's no need to fear anyone so just remain calm and keep chugging along, you know?”

Flockhart secured second-place in Wednesday’s quarter-final, crossing the line in a time of 7:06.20 to finish just under a minute behind Uruguayan Bruno Cetraro Berriolo and a clear distance ahead of Ahmet Rapi of Sweden in third.

The Scot added: “Tough, that’s the word I’d use for it.

“I had confidence in myself throughout, I know what I've got in my back pocket, so I just told myself to be calm. I knew a couple of the guys would be ahead of me and then they’ll go’.

“So, I did that, managed to grab second, not too far off first so I’m happy with it.”

Flockhart makes his bid for the final on Thursday morning in the second of four semi-finals.

A proud Scot, the Edinburgh star was keen to applaud the support he had received on the ground in Central Europe as well as back home in the Scottish capital.

“Firstly, thanks to Edinburgh University and Scottish Rowing,” he added.

“They’ve helped me out so much this year with guidance coaching and a little bit of funding as well.

“There’s just a great group of athletes in the Scottish High Performance Centre who I can train off and thanks to them.

“Also, thanks to family, girlfriend, and neighbours, they're all into it, they all love it so just thanks to them for always supporting me.”

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