Copeland makes successful return

Olympic gold medallist Kat Copeland overcame pre-race nerves to make a successful return to competition at the European Championships.

Copeland skipped the 2013 season but is back in a boat this year, competing alongside Imogen Walsh in the lightweight women's double sculls for the first time, and they fended off a challenge from Holland to win their opening heat - their first race as a partnership in Belgrade.

Copeland said: "I am glad to get it over with really to be honest. I was a bit nervous."

Walsh added: "It was a bit of a step into the unknown as it's our first race of the season and our first race together."

The men's four of Andrew Triggs Hodge, Moe Sbihi, George Nash and Alex Gregory set a European best time of six minutes and 49.08 seconds in winning their heat.