Junior Men’s Coxed four (JM4+) – Final
The European Junior Championship medallists were all in this final. Italy, Serbia and Turkey lined up together with Italy being the first to show. They rated 42 to get their bow ball ahead of the reigning junior World Champions, Germany. Australia and Serbia sat equal behind the two leaders. The Italians then managed to break clean away. The question was, could they hold this until the end. Then the United States began to move and they were ahead of Australia and Serbia and moving up on the Germans.
The United States then saw the back of the field close on them with Serbia doing a piece through the third 500m. Germany had caught the stern end of Italy’s boat and coxswain Max Schwartzkopff must have been telling his crew to push hard. Italy reacted and remained in the lead as Serbia and the US went head-to-head to the line. Italy’s Londi, Panizza, cascone and Benetti had done it. Germany held on to second and the United States won the battle against Serbia for bronze.
Results: ITA, GER, USA, SRB, AUS, TUR
The three-boat B-final opened with Great Britain in the lead at the start. But the margins were incredibly tight and going through the middle of the race South Africa had pushed into the lead with Ukraine challenging Great Britain. In the repechage Ukraine had been the faster boat and in the final sprint Ukraine came up to take on South Africa. The South Africans just held them off.
Results: RSA, UKR, GBR
Lapo Londi (b), Gold, Italy
“These conditions are our strong point. We just searched for the agility over the waves. “
Max Schwartzkopff (c), Silver, Germany
“It was very challenging today but we managed to get a good start. This gave us a good lead over the other teams. We’re very happy with the silver medal.”
Ethan Ruiz (c), Bronze, United States of America
“I looked to my left and saw Serbia, and I called: get to the podium. It feels amazing to win Bronze!”