TWO former King's School pupils got their hands on medals at the World Championships in Ger many.
Tom James capped his last-minute call-up to the Great Britain eight by helping them to a bronze medal, while Farndon's Chris Bartley raced home behind Italy and France in his GB lightweight quadruple scull for another third place.
James, 23, had stepped in for Tom Parker after he fell ill just 30 minutes before the Olympic-class event went a float.
But Britain's prospects of a podium finish did not look good halfway through Sunday's final on the Munich Olympic Regatta Course.
Struggling in fifth, they powered back by setting the quickest third-quarter time to fly past Russia and then Olympic gold medallists America before the final 500m mark.
Still moving faster than anyone else in the field, they almost caught the German eight, who took silver three-quarters of a length down on winners Canada.
Athens Olympian James, who was just 19 when he stroked the GB eight to world bronze in Milan four years ago, said: 'We went off hard but found ourselves down early on.
'But we kept our composure and we knew the crews around us had blasted off and would pay for it.
'We really got on a beautiful rhythm and we were steaming through but just ran out water.'
James, from Wrexham, enjoyed his first Boat Race success with Cambridge University in April and was part of the GB coxless four that won silver at the World Cup in Switzerland in July.
James's achievements in Germany at the weekend were matched by those of another former Chester King's School pupil, Bartley.
The 22-year-old said after lifting his bronze in the quad: 'I'm totally exhausted, but just delighted.
'We went out with a plan and stuck to it pretty much. We started to come through the Germans at the end, and although we caught them there was very little left in the tank.'
The crew of Bartley, Simon Jones, Rob Williams and Dave Currie finished a length and a quarter up on the host nation.
Italy took gold in six minutes 01.70 seconds, with France in silver 1.24 seconds back and GB third in 6.03.83.