The World Best Time holders (from 2018) are Germany and they had the fastest qualifying time this year from yesterday’s semifinals. But New Zealand, winner of the other semifinal, was only 0.05 of a second slower. They met today side-by-side in the middle lanes. Romania went off at 58 with Germany turning out to be the faster boat. Germany’s crew of Wibberenz, Moritz, Bachmann and Sinkweitz continued to set the pace. Italy seemed to have technical problems with Giulia Clerici had to adjust something. Clerici has already won a medal today when she coxed the women’s coxed four to gold. New Zealand took chase to challenge Germany and as the Germans settled into their race pace, New Zealand overtook them. Romania slotted into third with Canada, Italy and Switzerland neck-and-neck for fourth.

New Zealand moved into the second half of the race in the lead and then managed to get a boat length Germany. The crews came through into the final sprint with New Zealand still in the lead over Germany. Romania held on to third with Canada now moving up on Romania. Romania was at 37 and so was Canada. New Zealand, at 35, at won.


Rebecca Leigh, New Zealand, Gold
“I loved the second 500 meters in our race! We pushed into the lead and held well together. I’m over the moon with the result!”

Sarah Wibberenz (s), Germany, Silver,
“We wanted a medal, silver or gold, so we’re happy with this.”

Gabriela Paraschiv, Romania, Bronze
“It was very hard and very hot out there. We are happy with how the race went and to take away a medal. A medal was what we wanted but not what we expected.”

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The Netherlands and the Czech Republic only just missed out on making the A-final and they sat next to each other. But it was France in the lead at the start before the Czech’s took over. France held on with Great Britain coming up to challenge along with the Netherlands. The Czechs got to the line first.


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