EMILY Ford's World Rowing Championships action concluded with today's appearance in the women's pair final.

The 27-year-old Leander Club rower, a former student of The Grange School in Hartford who hails from Holmes Chapel, finished fifth in the Olympic class final with her partner and clubmate Esme Booth at Labe Arena in Račice, Czech Republic.

They started strongly and led in the early stages, were second to winners and reigning Olympic champions New Zealand at the 750m mark and had dropped to fourth by the 1,300m mark.

Ford and Booth, European Championships silver winners this year, ended up 13.06 seconds behind the gold medallists at the finish line, with The Netherlands second, USA third, Romania fourth and Croatia sixth.

The pair came through two races to reach todday's final.

Ford and Booth finished third in Thursday's second semi-final in the Czech Republic's central Bohemia region, approximately nine and five seconds behind the New Zealand and USA boats respectively and seven seconds ahead of the fourth-placed Australian boat.

They had finished second in their heat to reach the semi-finals.

Her brother Tom, 29, will be in the Great Britain men's eight boat tomorrow aiming to match the gold medal won in this year's European Championships.

Emily learned to row as a junior and first represented GB at the World Rowing Junior Championships in 2012.

She then won successive medals at the World U23 Championships; a bronze in the four in 2015 and a silver in the eight in 2016.

Her first appearances for the senior team came at two World Cup regattas in 2018. That year she also won the Town Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in a GB Rowing Team composite crew.

In 2019 she was selected in the coxless four for the European Rowing Championships, where she finished sixth, and World Championships, where she came seventh.

Moving into the eight in 2021, she was fourth at the European Championships and sixth at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Throughout 2022 she has raced in a pair with Booth, winning at World Cup I and taking the bronze medal at World Cup III before securing the silver medal at the European Rowing Championships, where the duo doubled up into the eight, gaining a second silver.