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Damp but calm finals at Lucerne World Rowing Cup

The final in the World Rowing Cup series in Lucerne, Switzerland had a hot day of racing  for finals despite the overcast weather. A full day of racing began with hosts Switzerland dominating the lightweight men's pair and single and closed with FISA's new president, Jean-Christophe Rolland handing out medals to the medallists in the men's eight- Germany, Russia and Great Britain.

In between there was drama in the men's single sculls with World Champion, Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic stopping just before the line and New Zealand's lightweight men's four beating World Champions, Denmark. The lightweight women's double sculls ended in gold for Great Britain and the women's eight was all about Canada.

Soggy, slippery semifinals at Lucerne World Rowing Cup

The rain came down just in time for the start of semifinal racing at the 2014 World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland. Moving through this round of racing rowers sitting in the starting blocks had to make sure their hands stayed firmly on the handles of their wet oars. This added an extra element of skill to the outdoor sport of rowing.

Although temperatures were cool, the water remained flat calm on the Rotsee regatta course in this final leg of the 2014 World Rowing Cup series.

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