Jorgensen's silver lining
MARGI JORGENSEN was the top Sarnian performer at the World Coastal Rowing championships in Plymouth with two silver medals.
[caption id="attachment_39093" align="alignright" width="175" caption="The start of the men\'s double sculls. Paul Isaccs and Joe Paul, in the foreground, were in fifth place right until just before the finish. Unnaccountably they failed to cross the line. (Picture by Mark Windsor, 0863887)"]
Due to appalling weather the women's singles race was the last of the championship finals, and finished in almost darkness, but the reception that awaited Jorgensen as she returned to shore after defeating a former Olympic bronze medallist, Tetiana Ustiuzhanina, into bronze and finishing just behind the talented Monika Dukurska from Ireland, lit up the evening.
Jorgensen, who was also second in the 40-plus race, had set off well in the shortened 4km course that had been brought inshore earlier in the day due to the very high winds.
Never far from the leader she pressed hard and on the downwind leg, which had a 90-degree corner, came within four lengths of the Irish girl, but was unable to get closer over the short distance.
Crossing the line Jorgensen was shocked to have picked up the silver medal in a new boat developed and built in Guernsey this year by Wedd Osmond and Pete Le Feuvre and shared through the season with Tim Prout.
Earlier in the day the schedule had completely changed due to the very high winds.
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