Germany had proved to be the fastest coming through from the heats and they were also the defending junior World Champions. Five of these crews had been finalists at the European Junior Championships with the United States joining the fleet. Water was flying as these boats left the starting blocks. Belarus took the early lead and they settled into a 36 stroke rate pace. Germany, at 38, followed in second. Then the high-rating Germans got their boat into the lead with 500m rowed.

Through the middle of the race the Czech Republic began to really push it. They had moved into second ahead of Belarus who looked to be fading. Germany continued to lead. But then two seat in the German boat caught a crab. The Germans got back on pace but the Czechs took advantage of this disaster and moved up on Germany. The Czech Republic must have gained confidence and then Germany received a steering warning. The final sprint was on and the Czechs had gotten to the finish line in first. Germany gained silver and Italy got ahead of Belarus to earn bronze.

Results: CZE, GER, ITA, BLR, USA, ROU

B-final

A delay as the boats got aligned (France) saw the boats leave the start a minute late. France had a fast first 500m in the repechage and they were the first to lead today. France had nearly a boat length lead at 600m. But now the field was coming back on the French. The Netherlands were now moving and with each stroke they were closing on France. The tail wind had dropped as these boats moved into the last 350m. France was holding off the Dutch. The crowd was on their feet as the Netherlands got their bow ball into the lead. France went again. The Dutch had won.

Results: NED, FRA, RSA, RUS

Adela Truhlarova, Gold, Czech Republic
“It was just fantastic! It was an amazing race and amazing experience.”

Lynn Artinger (c), Silver, Germany
“It wasn’t a nice race but we tried our best and we take away the silver.”

Khadija Alajdi El Idrissi, Bronze, Italy
“This is incredible. It is like a dream come through for all of us.”