Pete Reed enjoys a golden moment at the World Cup
FORMER UWE student Pete Reed was part of Great Britain's gold rush at the World Rowing Cup in Belgrade.
As a member of the men's coxless four, Reed and his team-mates powered over the finish line two-and-a-half seconds ahead of second-placed Greece.
Reed, who only began rowing while at the UWE, was one of two changes to the line-up at the start of the season.
The team is now looking to continue Britain's dominance in the event made famous by Sir Matthew Pinsent and Sir Steve Redgrave.
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After three years together in the men's pair, Reed, 30, and Andy Triggs Hodge, have moved back to the four to join 2011 world champions Alex Gregory and Tom James.
Speaking after their victory, Reed said: "We've come from two very different projects and we're trying to get the best out of both.
"We've had our ups and downs so far, but we now seem to have a good foundation."
Stephen Rowbotham, who grew up in Winscombe, experienced a more difficult tournament as the men's quadruple sculls finished fourth in their semi-final.
The Leander Club rower, a former pupil at Clifton College, had to settle for a win in the B final, which placed Great Britain seventh overall.
Rowbotham experienced Olympic success in Beijing in 2008, winning bronze in the men's double scull, which gave Britain its first medal in the event since 1976.
He will now be looking to the next two World Cups in Switzerland and Germany to try to cement his place in the London 2012 squad.
Britain won 12 medals in total – four golds, six silver and two bronze.