Lightweight Men's Four (LM4-) - Final
In 2013 New Zealand put together their first medal winning lightweight four. They finished the season with silver behind Denmark. This season the New Zealanders look like they have a new spirit and at the World Rowing Cup in Aiguebelette they soundly beat the Danes. But Denmark does not race to be second and both crews knew that Lucerne would be like starting over.
At the start Denmark decided to take charge. Winther, Larsen, Barsoe and Joergensen of Denmark were in the lead. But their lead was small and by the middle of the race a push from the New Zealanders had the two crews locked together. Hunter, Taylor, Lassche and Rapley of New Zealand then did another push and the lead was theirs.
Could Denmark come back? Once in front New Zealand was able to push away and using a negative split strategy the New Zealand four pushed away to earn the World Cup gold medal. In the closing 100m of the race, Denmark rated 41, but their slightly hunched style was not giving them the same lift as the New Zealand crew was achieving.
Meanwhile, Great Britain (bronze medallists from Aiguebelette) was having a battle with France. The British got the better of the battle and also got the bronze medal.
Results: NZL, DEN, GBR, FRA, AUS, ITA2
Gold – HUNTER, James (NZL)
We are pretty happy with our performance. It is always stressful lining up against the Danish and the British for that matter, but we are just ecstatic with the win.
Silver – BARSOE, Jacob (DEN)
It felt pretty good for the first 1000m, but then we missed something and NZL took us. They are a good crew. We are ready for the challenge in Amsterdam.
Bronze – BARTLEY, Chris (GBR)
We knew if we went off hard we wouldn’t be able to keep up the pace. We know we’d need to work harder to close the gap. We will review the video of the race and analyse our performance compared to NZL. We will stick to our training program; we think it is something technical we are missing because we gave all we could.
This turned into a three boat fight with the Netherlands, Germany and Spain on top of each other for the entire race. Spain had the edge until Germany did a very strong piece through the second 500 and pushed into the front. But Spain had more to give and in the final sprint Spain, rating 39, got to the line first to earn their country a World Cup point.
Results: ESP. GER, NED, CAN, CZE, ITA1