Disappointment for the men’s quad at World Rowing Cup III
The third and final World Rowing Cup enters its second day today. Held in on Lucerne’s magical Rotsee in Switzerland, the water conditions for the heats yesterday were ideal with flat water complemented by sunny skies and mild temperatures.
With many squad athletes tied up at Henley Royal Regatta last week and the European Championships in Glasgow just around the corner, Great Britain has sent a relatively small group to WCIII to lighten the load on the athletes.
One of the top boats in action was the M4x in the new configuration of John Collins, Jonny Walton, Graeme Thomas and Tom Barras at stroke. At Henley, the quad had just one race against Fana Roklubb of Norway who were sculling with Leander substitute, Seb Devereux. The GB crew put on an impressive show and despite not being pushed overly hard, beat the time to the Barrier and Fawley, finishing 1 second down on the record time they set in 2017.
The story in Lucerne on Day 1 couldn’t have been more of a contrast with the crew finishing a disappointing 4th in their heat in the 6th fastest time of the day. With two from each heat going through to the final, the quad will today face the repechage at 15:32 (local) and will have to place top two to make the final.
Elsewhere Rob Hurn and Sholto Carnegie made their senior debut and won their M4- heat in a time of 06:01.94 with George Rossiter and Harry Glenister. Rowing in pairs at Henley both crews were beaten in the semi-finals with Glenister and Rossiter losing to the Silver Goblets and Nickalls winners, the Sinkovic brothers. Other heats looked fast with the Australian four, who won in Linz, winning their heat in a time of 05:53.53. The Australians are in the other half of the draw so GB goes into their semi-final at 14:07 (local) with a good chance of making the final.
The Great Britain lightweight women’s quad on the start at World Rowing Cup III Lucerne ©British Rowing
The LW4x of Ellie Lewis, Gemma Hall, Fran Rawlins and Maddie Arlett came through their exhibition race unscathed in third place. They go into their final today at 13:10 (local) where China will be the favourites to win.
GB hasn’t sent a men’s eight to Lucerne but there were fast performances from the Dutch (who sent two eights) who won their heat half a second quicker than the German eight who also won their heat. Interestingly the Australian eight rated 5 strokes a minute higher than Germany from start to finish. They join Germany, Holland and the USA in the final on Sunday with the other two places being decided in the repechage today.
There is a massive entry of six heats in the men’s single scull category. Coming straight from his Henley win, Mahe Drysdale battled out his heat with Irelands Philip Doyle and Sverri Nielson of Denmark but pulled through at a rate of 35 strokes a minute to win in the fastest time of the day. By contrast, Robbie Manson won his heat with ease finishing at rate 24.
You can follow the action on the World Rowing live tracker today and on Sunday the finals will be broadcast live on the World Rowing website from 10:05 CET. The BBC will be covering the Sunday finals https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/rowing/44550380 on the Red Button starting at 09:00.
Friday summary for Team GB
Women’s single scull heat
1. Magdalena Lobnig (AUT1) 7:37.72
2. Annekatrin Thiele (GER1) 7:42.28
3. Alice Baatz (GBR) 7:47.41
Women’s single scull repechage
1. Madeleine Edmunds (AUS) 7:37.36
2. Diana Dymchenko (UKR) 7:41.11
3. Alice Baatz (GBR) 7:43.41
Lightweight women’s quadruple scull exhibition race
1. China 6:28.22
2. Germany 6:30.23
3. Great Britain (Ellie Lewis, Gemma Hall, Fran Rawlins, Maddie Arlett) 6:31.79
Men’s pair heats
1. Jaime Canalejo Pazos & Javier Garcia Ordonez (ESP1) 6:40.29
2. Matt Rossiter & Oliver Cook (GBR1) 6:43.03
3. Patrick Boomer & Andy Harrington (IRL2) 6:45.74
1. Valentin Onfroy & Theophile Onfroy (FRA1) 6:40.99
2. Paul Jacquot & Mario Gyr (SUI) 6:42.79
3. Callum McBrierty & Morgan Hellen (GBR2) 6:43.02
Men’s pair quarter-finals
1. Lukas Helesic & Jakub Podrazil (CZE) 6:36.68
2. Milos Vasic & Nenad Bedik (SRB) 6:40.48
3. Matt Rossiter & Oliver Cook (GBR1) 6:42.52
1. Jaime Canalejo Pazos & Javier Garcia Ordonez (ESP1) 6:31.52
2. Paul Schroeter & Laurits Follert (GER) 6:34.84
3. Callum McBrierty & Morgan Hellen (GBR2) 6:36.64
Men’s four heat
1. Great Britain (Harry Glenister, George Rossiter, Robert Hurn, Sholto Carnegie) 6:01.94
2. Denmark 6:03.09
3. Austria 6:04.74
Men’s quadruple scull
1. Germany 5:46.16
2. Netherlands 5:46.53
3. Great Britain (John Collins, Jonny Walton, Graeme Thomas, Tom Barras) 5:47.25
Lightweight men’s single scull heat
1. Sam Mottram (GBR) 6:58.94
2. James Lassche (NZL) 7:00.90
3. Fiorin Rueedi (SUI2) 7:01.76
Lightweight men’s double scull heat
1. Tim Brys & Niels Van Zandweghe (BEL) 6:20.31
2. Emil Espensen & Alexander Modest (DEN) 6:23.06
3. Jamie Copus & Zak Lee-Green (GBR) 6:31.62
Lightweight men’s double scull repechage
1. Andri Struzina & Julian Mueller (SUI) 6:24.60
2. Jamie Copus & Zak Lee-Green (GBR) 6:25.88
3. Jerzy Kowalski & Milosz Jankowski (POL) 6:27.52