The French looked to be the favourites judging by their heat two days ago, but it was Great Britain in the lead at the start. Joel Cassells and Peter Chambers of Great Britain are in their first season together and they won their heat two days ago. France's Augustin Mouterde and Theophile Onfroy then found their rhythm and went after the British leaders. Cassells and Chambers were ready. They must have been used to these cool, choppy conditions and they were showing great form. In the final sprint France pushed again and closed on Great Britain. The British went to 42 strokes per minute and gave it their all. At the line Cassells and Chambers were the holders of the European title as well as setting a new European Best Time. The new standard now becomes: 6:28.58. France's time was also faster than the former European Best Time. 

Results: GBR, FRA, GER, ESP, GRE, POL

Peter Chambers (GBR)

I am happy to be here as four weeks before I was training on the bike and not supposed to race here. I am happy with what we did here. Let’s see what will happen after this Championships. 

Augustin Mouterde (FRA)

We knew the race was going ot be really fast. We had a good race, we tried the whole way to catch the British, but just didn’t manage to win, we are still really happy.

Jonas Kilthau (GER)

We had nothing to lose. We just wanted to have an aggressive race. The goal coming herewas the A-final as it is the first time at a Championships for us.

 

 

B-final 

Russia's Aleksandr Botalov and Mikhail Belikov had been unlucky not to make the A-final, missing out by just 0.24 of a second, and they did their best in today's B-final by leading from start to finish. The Czech's pressed hard but Russia had more power. This is good start to Botalov's international rowing career. 

Results: RUS, CZE, HUN, AUT, UKR