OLIVIA Whitlam’s bronze medal was turned into gold as Great Britain lifted the World Cup for a third successive year.
The former King’s School student, 23, partnered Louisa Reeve to finish third in the women’s pair, the opening race in the final event of the series in Lucerne.
The duo have now been called-up to the GB squad for next month’s World Championships in Poland.
Olympian Whitlam, from Daresbury, and Reeve, 25, of Henley-on-Thames, clocked 7mins 23.73secs over the 2,000m course in Switzerland.
Victory went to New Zealand’s Emma Feathery and Rebecca Scown (7.20.18) with Germany’s Kerstin Hartmann and Marlene Sinnig (7.21.28) clinching silver.
Leander Rowing Club’s Reeve and Whitlam, who competes for Agecroft Rowing Club in Salford, had won gold in the first round of the World Cup series in Spain but then finished outside of the medals in Munich last month.
This time, they were in runners-up position for the first half of the race behind the eventual Kiwi winners, but the German pair came through strongly to overtake them.
“I think we under-performed in Munich and here we have made a step up,” said Whitlam, who, along with Heather Stanning, became the Under 23s world champion in 2007 before teaming-up with Reeve for sixth at last summer’s Beijing Games.