The World Rowing Cup III gold medallist Michael Schmid of Germany rocketed out at a 59 stroke rate start. This gave him the edge over Martino Goretti of Italy. The Italian raced at World Rowing Cup II and finished third with Schmid taking silver at this same regatta. Germany’s Lars Wichert followed in third.

Going through the middle of the race, Schmid, the reigning European Champion was still under threat from Goretti with just 0.35 seconds separating these two boats. This leading battle saw Schmid and Goretti break clean away from the rest of the field with the fight for third going on between the remaining four crews. The final sprint was on and Schmid had earned a small edge over Goretti. But Schmid knew he still had to sprint going to a 38 stroke rate. Meanwhile Samuel Mottram was at a 43 stroke rate and closing on Germany. Goretti was at 40 as he saw the fight for bronze developing. At the line Schmid had successfully defended his title.

Results: SUI, ITA, GBR,  GER, CRO, HUN

Michael Schmid, Switzerland, gold
“It’s a great feeling. To repeat as European champion and defend a title is something I’ve never done before, so that’s really cool. It’s also been cool to compete alongside our Swiss colleagues in other sports at these games, is like a mini Olympics.”

Martino Goretti, Italy, silver
“I was not expecting anything from this tournament, it’s my first big one in a sculling boat, so it’s really been a blank page. To podium has been awesome, I am very satisfied with bronze. Switzerland is very talented and experienced.

Samuel Mottram, Great Britain, bronze
“This is just the best feeling ever! Coming into the last 250 meters and hearing the crowd cheer for me was an incredible feeling. It’s really fantastic to be part of all of this. I’ve worked for so many years for this, the target will now be gold in Plovdiv.”

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Belgium and Slovenia were the next best rowers after yesterday’s semifinal and it was Rajko Hrvat of Slovenia who used a high and aggressive stroke rate to get out into the lead and stay there. By the middle of the race Hrvat had a very handy lead over Spyridon Giannaros of Greece. Hrvat has been racing internationally since 2006 when he joined Slovenia’s under-23 team. Hrvat crossed the line to finish seventh overall at this European Championships.


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