Lightweight Men’s Four (LM4-) – Final
The Dutch had their hopes pinned on this race with their crew in today's final. At the beginning of the race bronze medallists from the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Great Britain had a small lead. The high-rating World Champions, Denmark, then squeezed ahead but Great Britain was not going to let them get away. This race was going to be a showdown between World Cup winners New Zealand and Denmark, but New Zealand had to substitute one member due to injury at this regatta. This brought the younger Bond, Alistair Bond, out of the lightweight double and into the four.
Much to everyone's surprise New Zealand had the lead at the half way point. But then Denmark took up their stroke rate and grabbed the lead. Morten Joergensen, Jacob Barsoe, Jacob Larsen and Kasper Winther of Denmark were back at the head of the field after sitting in second thorugh the World Cup season. Meanwhile Bond was having the race of his short career with the lightweight four. He was helping to hold off Olympic silver medallists, Great Britain. At the line the great Danes had successfully defended their 2013 title, a very happy New Zealand had taken silver and Great Britain had held off a flying French crew to take bronze.
Results: DEN, NZL, GBR, FRA, AUS, NED
Gold - JOERGENSEN, Morten (DEN)
We planned to peak in 2016, this year we had to work 30hrs a week but from next year we will train more.
Silver - RAPLEY, Curtis (NZL)
I am very pleased, we handled the conditions well and we executed the race well.
Bronze - ALDRED, Mark (GBR)
We were all guns blazing, we did a lot in the middle, we showed some guts to hold it.
China finished sixth at the World Rowing Cup in Aiguebelette indicating their potential. They, however, finished fourth in the semifinal but there was little in it between the entire field. Then China, Germany and the United States broke away a little. Coming through to the finish China maintained the lead looking very professional at the head of the field.
Results: CHN, GER, ESP, USA, AUT, ITA