Today was the second day of racing in the World Rowing Indoor Championships ©Getty Images

Britain's Phil Clapp edged out Ukrainian rival Anton Bondarenko to defend the men's 500 metres title at the World Rowing Indoor Championships.

Clapp's winning time - 1min 11.6 sec - was just 1.1sec shy of his own world record, and 1.2 faster than Bondarenko could muster.

The pair have faced off on numerous occasions previously including the 2017 World Games in Wrocław, where Bondarenko won the gold medal over this distance and Clapp had to settle for silver.

Finnish athlete Joel Naukkarinen - who is competing in the maximum of five events during the World Championships - came third in 1:14.1.

The World Rowing Indoor Championships are taking place remotely this year, with anyone with a Concept2 rowing machine having had to opportunity to qualify for the finals.

In the women's 500m, Portugal's Ana do Carmo Caldas was simply too quick for the field, winning in 1:24.5.

Britain's Joanne Clapp was second, in 1:29.6, and American Bianca Piloseno an additional 0.2sec behind to earn the bronze medal.

There was one world record set in the masters races, and it came in the 65-69 men's 2,000m.

Frenchman Gerard Le Flohic finished the race in 6:46.3 to better his own world record.

The World Rowing Indoor Championships will resume on Saturday (February 27) for the third and final day of racing.