Olympic talents shine at rain-drenched World Rowing Cup in Lucerne
The Olympics were amongst the thoughts of everyone at the World Rowing Cup II in Lucerne, Switzerland as the day of finals got underway. This would be the last major race for some of these athletes before the Rio Olympics and racing was intense with World Champions often being pushed out of the top spot. Still consistency reigned for some - the New Zealand men's pair and the Croatian men's double sculls.
The weather changed throughout the day of racing, with rain pouring down at some points and the slight wind shifting from head to tail and back again.
The 2016 World Rowing Cup II in Lucerne, Switzerland had an afternoon of finals in the International boat classes. This features three races - the lightweight men's and women's single sculls and the lightweight men's pair.
World Champion Zoe McBride of New Zealand found herself with a bronze medal in the lightweight women's single sculls when Germany's Anja Noske raced a well-paced race. These scullers enjoyed sunny skies, flat water and a little breath of a tail wind on the magical Rotsee regatta course.
The second World Rowing Cup for 2016 in Lucerne, Switzerland moved on to semifinals day with racing beginning under rainy skies before the sun pushed through. A slight tail wind and ever so slightly bobbly water helped athletes race to quick times.
Calm, flat water and warm temperatures painted a perfect picture for the first day of racing at World Rowing Cup II in Lucerne, Switzerland. The regatta course proved why this venue is loved by rowers throughout the world. Racing in the heats went by with few surprises.