OE Tom Aggar blitzes to world gold in Poland

Great Britain’s adaptive rower Tom Aggar, an Old Elizabethan, has successfully defended his men’s single scull, setting a new world record in the process in Poznan, Poland.

The 25-year-old was dominant throughout, storming to victory by almost 16 seconds ahead of Ukraine’s Andrii Kryvchun, who took silver.

The Paralympic champion was two lengths ahead at the halfway mark and raced home in 4:51.48 seconds to set a new world record.

"I’m really chuffed. I still get really nervous before a race but I’ve been well-drilled so I just get my head down and get into the race," said Tom.

"Between 250m and 500m, I just kept up a solid pace and pulled away. We train very hard and it’s always good to get a fast time", he said. "I think I can definitely go sub 4:50."