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Trackai. LITHUANIA. GBR LW2X, Bow. Eleanor PIGGOTT and Charlotte BURGESS move away from the start in their morning heat in the lightweight women's double sculls on Lake Galve. 2012 FISA U23 Rowing Championships,  11:43:43 Thursday 12/07/2012 [Mandatory credit: Peter Spurrier/Intersport Images]''Rowing, U23, 2012
Trackai. LITHUANIA. GBR LW2X, Bow. Eleanor PIGGOTT and Charlotte BURGESS move away from the start in their morning heat in the lightweight women's double sculls on Lake Galve. 2012 FISA U23 Rowing Championships, 11:43:43 Thursday 12/07/2012 [Mandatory credit: Peter Spurrier/Intersport Images]''Rowing, U23, 2012

A SWINESHEAD rower has been ranked seventh in the world after coming first in her final at an international competition in Lithuania on Sunday.

Charlotte Burgess, who is part of a 44-strong GB Rowing Team, entered the World U23 Rowing Championships lightweight women’s double scull B final with partner Eleanor Piggett.

The pair came first in the race, beating teams from France, Poland, Australia, Japan and the Czech Republic, stroking to a two-second advantage over the Poles and the chasing French crew by half-way.

They doubled the margin in the third quarter before opening the tank to win five seconds clear from Poland and eight from France.

GB team manager Steve Gunn praised the performances of all the rowers and commented on how the lightweight women won their B final so strongly.

He added: “In terms of development, half the team had never been to a World Championship before and a lot have shown the potential to step up for Rio 2016.

“It was a strong team performance.”

Burgess, a former Reading University rower (pictured, front), was fifth in the lightweight women’s quad at last year’s World U23s in Amsterdam and won silver at the 2010 World University Championships in the lightweight women’s single.

She and her team-mates are gunning for the 26-person GB team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

She will now be aiming to impress at the European Championships in Italy, in September this year.