Lightweight Women's Double Sculls (LW2x) - Final
Coming through from the semifinals Great Britain's Imogen Walsh and Katherine Copeland had the best form. Copeland returns to rowing after taking a year off following her Olympic gold medal and with new partner, Walsh they medalled at the European Championships earlier this month. At the start China One had the edge, but by the middle of the race Sweden was in the lead with Walsh and Copeland pushing hard.
Walsh and Copeland then found the lead as Sweden slipped back to lose their position to Leonie Pless and Anja Noske of Germany. In the final sprint Walsh and Copeland manage to move away from the field with an impressive negative split scenario. This left a huge battle between Sweden, Germany and Great Britain Two. Great Britain's second boat (Eleanor Piggott and Charlotte Taylor) had the best sprint. Rating 41, Piggott and Taylor had rowed through China, Sweden and then Germany in the close of the race. Great Britain would dominate the medals podium.
Results: GBR1, GBR2, GER, SWE, CAN, CHN1
Gold - Katherine Copeland (GBR)
We felt really calm and in control. We talked about having a feeling of excitement and confidence, and we wanted to feel like we were in control. I’ve never won a Wold Cup before!
Silver – Eleanor Piggott (GBR)
We made up for a lack of experience by really planning. We went through all scenarios to prepare how we would respond. It was just a really enjoyable experience, beautiful and memorable.
Bronze - Anja Noske (GER)
It was a really hard race, especially because of the heat. We tried our hardest.
The large Chinese squad here at Aiguebelette included Huan Zhang and Le Chen of China Two. The young duo are competing in their first international regatta together and they raced a very consisted race from their leading position. A new 2014 crew for the United States came through in second.
Results: CHN2, USA, AUS, DEN, IRL, BRA