ROWING star Robbie Prosser added European 8s U23 bronze to his glittering collection in Belgium.

The GB oarsman, who comes from Llangattock near Crickhowell and learnt to row on the Wye at Monmouth School, took world U23 coxed four gold in a new world record time in Italy four weeks earlier.

But racing this time in a crew of those who mainly missed out on the worlds, Prosser’s boat chased home Romania and Poland in their six-boat final to take third.

Having finished second to Romania in the heat, GB hit the 500m mark in third 1/3L back on the east Europeans and feet down on the Czechs, with Poland, Germany and Estonia in close attendance.

They then squeezed feet in front of the Czechs to go through half-way in second, but the Poles were now just a canvas back and moving fast.

And with Romania now more than a length to the good in first, Poland pushed through into second in the third quarter, with the Czechs just a bowball - one-hunredth of a second - back on GB at the 1500m mark.

The Brits could have crumbled under the pressure at this point, but to their credit they rallied and repelled the Czechs in a grandstand finish, crossing 1/2L up in bronze, with the Poles the same margin up in silver and Romania in gold just over a length up.

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