Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls (BLM2x) – Final
This boat class began with 19 countries and now down to the final six it looked like Germany and France were the crews to beat. Germany won last year and France came second with the Netherlands in third. Off the start line this year, that was exactly the order.
Moritz Moos and Jason Osborne of Germany then pushed away to a very handy lead with France's Pierre Houin and Eloi Debourdeau and Conno Kuyt and Bart Lukkes of the Netherlands fighting for the silver medal. Kuyt and Lukkes then moved into second and had put Moos and Osborne under threat for the gold medal spot. This would be a sprint to the line. Moos and Osborne put their rate up and did an amazing move away from the Dutch. France was pushing hard at a 44 stroke rate pace to get the silver, the Dutch were holding on with 35. By just 0.01 of a second, the Netherlands earned silver over France. Germany took the gold and successfully defended their title.
Results: GER, NED, FRA, ITA, HUN, ITA
Gold - OSBORNE, Jason (stroke seat) (GER)
We led from the start, and that was our plan. The field in lightweight men is always tough with close races. We are also going to Amsterdam [World Championships] so we train trough this regatta with no break. This has given us mental strength and we know that we can win with training.
Silver - LUKKES, Bart (stroke seat) (NED)
At the end we were a bit panicked, because we didn’t know if we could make it. It is great to be part of this event, because every year the host country shows itself from its best side.
Bronze - HOUIN, Pierre (bow seat) (FRA)
The Germans were very strong. I’m very happy, but we would have preferred the silver medal.
This boat class began with 19 countries and in the B-final were the athletes going for places 7 to 12 overall. The United States and New Zealand just missed out in the A-final through yesterday's semifinal and they were in the two middle lanes. But it was Ukraine that had the lead with Greece's 17-year-olds racing hard. The high rating Serhii Siabro amd Roman Fedorenko of Ukraine remained out in front and the order did not change at the front despite New Zealand's huge sprint to the line.
Results: UKR, GRE, NZL, IRL, USA, SRB