Then Germany  and Switzerland started to lose ground to a spirited effort by Italy. Coming into the final sprint Italy had moved into second and were giving it their all to catch the Germans. The chanting of the crowd was at a crescendo as the crew of the Lo Bue sisters with Mascserano and Rodini gave it their all. But the Germans had more to give and rating 35, Germany's Sturm, Nesajda, Franzke and Kreutzer held them off.  The Germans had retained the gold medal title. Italy grabbed silver and Switzerland hung on to take bronze.


KREUTZER, Franziska (stroke seat) (GER)

This is my third year at Under 23s and I have won each year, but every time was special. I do have one more year of U23s so I guess we’ll see about which crew I am in next year.

Silver-LO BUE, Giorgia (stroke seat) (ITA)

There were too many emotions and there are no words to describe the feeling of medaling. Our last sprint was a part of our strategy, going hard in the beginning and the end.

Bronze-BELAIS, Fanny (3 seat) (SUI)

We were selected mid-June and trained together for two weeks in camp. We succeeded because we race together smiling. We had fun.


The repechages two days ago indicated that Austria would be the crew to beat in this B-final and the Austrian crew made sure of this by getting out in front at the start. The Austrian's included twins, Marie and Mira Steinback who helped the boat's very consistent style. But through the middle of the race, France clung on incredibly tightly to Austria's lead. Then Austria found another gear and pushed away to a win.

Results: AUT, FRA, NOR