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Race report: Pulling like a dog to become World Rowing Champions


The boat classes that are not contested in the Olympic and Paralympic Games raced today in the finals of the combined 2016 World Rowing Senior, Under 23 & Junior World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Some of these athletes had also raced at the Rio Olympic Games and a large entry list meant that competition had been fierce getting through to these finals. This included Rio silver medallist Paul O’Donovan of Ireland who took his first World Championship gold medal when he won the lightweight men’s single sculls.

A steady head wind with a slight cross wind blew down the Willem-Alexander Baan Rowing Regatta course. This meant that a change of lanes had occurred to deal with the wind. 

Race Report: Water swells for seniors at World Rowing Champs

The combined World Rowing Senior, Under 23 & Junior World Rowing Championships for 2016 went into day two in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This was an afternoon of heats in the World Rowing Championship senior boat classes.

The Willem-Alexander Baan Rowing Regatta course had white caps with a strong cross-tail wind that caused the rowers to feather as high as they could off the water to prevent their blades from catching on the waves.

Quotes from Athletes