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Rowan McKellar for once optimistic as women's four make World Championship final

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By Paul Martin, Sportsbeat Grounded Glaswegian Rowan McKellar admits the ever-improving performances of the women's four at the World Rowing Championships are testing her natural pessimism to the limit.

Ad McKellar's crew, also consisting of Rebecca Shorten, Heidi Long and Samantha Redgrave, continued their unbeaten record this season by winning their semi-final in Racice to advance to Saturday's showpiece.

RowingImogen Grant eyes World Championship gold in career best form2 HOURS AGO The British quartet crossed just under two seconds clear of second-placed Ireland and will now bid to back up the European gold they claimed in August – not that McKellar is getting ahead of herself. «I'm always convinced everything is going to go wrong but it [the unbeaten record] does give me confidence,» she said. «It just means we've got to go out and do what we've done before.

We're all good at reminding each other of that. »I'm never going in thinking this is sunshine and daisies – there's never any worry of being overconfident with me. «But that semi-final was a big step on from the heat.

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