Gibson and Horsburgh claim World medals2 October 2017
University of Edinburgh athletes Eilidh Gibson and Gavin Horsburgh showed their quality this weeked as they both came away with medals from their respective canoeing and rowing World Championships.
Fourth-year Biomedical Sciences student Gibson kicked off the winning run as part of the C1 women’s team that claimed gold at the 2017 ICF Canoe Slalom and Wildwater Championships in Pau, France. It was a strong display from the Brits with Gibson and teammates Mallory Franklin and Kimberley Woods pipping Australia to the title.
To round off a brilliant Championships, Gibson went on to finish fourth in the individual C1 event, which was won by Franklin, and was only ousted from a podium finish by the second last run in the final.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, Gibson’s fellow University of Edinburgh scholar, Gavin Horsburgh, continued his meteoric rise in rowing as he led Britain’s lightweight men’s quadruple scull (LM4x) to the team’s first medal of the 2017 World Rowing Championships after winning silver on the opening day of finals.
The quad of Horsburgh, Peter Chambers, Ed Fisher and Zak Lee-Green were edged on the line by France, who clinched gold by just 0.17 seconds with Greece back in third.
Twenty year old Horsburgh has now won an impressive three medals in successive world championships – gold in the 2015 junior Worlds, and gold in last year’s under 23 competition.
“We went out there three days on the trot and committed ourselves each time and showed our best form,” said Horsburgh.
“In the final we didn’t quite get the result we wanted but we couldn’t have asked for more effort.
“It’s a fantastic feeling to win a medal but to also win Britain’s first here; we couldn’t have asked for more. It’s my first senior Worlds and we set a high bar for ourselves and I wouldn’t be sat here without three incredible teammates.”
Horsburgh was joined in America by fellow Edinburgh and Winning Students scholar, Maddie Arlett, who, alongside Winning Students graduate Robyn Hart-Winks, was part of the women’s lightweight quadruple sculls (LW4x) which finished fifth in their final as Italy, Australia and China claimed the medals.