Lightweight Women’s Single Sculls (LW1x) – Finals
During the heats France’s Laura Tarantola proved to be the fastest with Alena Furman of Belarus a second slower. Furman won World Rowing Cup I and finished second at World Rowing Cup II. But the fastest at the start was Poland’s Katarzyna Welna. Then Clara Guerra of Italy used a 36 stroke rate to get into first. Guerra was second last week at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships. Germany’s Marie-Louise Draeger did not start this race due to illness.
Coming through to the middle of the race Guerra made a move and got a small lead over Furman who had moved into second with France and Poland neck-and-neck for third. Only Sweden’s Emma Fredh looked to be off the pace. Fredh is the reigning European Champion and she is known for her strong second half.
Furman was now in the lead and had pushed away from the rest of the field with Tarantola trying to hold on. The first European Champion of the day was crowned. Furman had won with Tarantola in second and Guerra in third.
Results: BLR, FRA, ITA, POL, SWE
Alena Furman, Belarus, gold
“It was tough out there. This week I have been ill and I have found it difficult to recover. In the World Championships I want to win again but it will be difficult with Canada and USA there.
Laura Tarantola, France, silver
“That was a hard race, I went in to win. My plan was to stay with everyone and take off after. Belarus and Italy were fast off the start. It’s super cool, because I’m normally in the LW2x, but since my partner is sick, I’ve been in the 1x for five days. So there wasn’t much pressure to win. I’ve really enjoyed my races and to end on the podium is cool because it’s something I haven’t managed in 2 years.”
Clara Guerra, Italy, bronze
“It was a really great race and I really enjoyed it.”
Coming through from the repechage it looked like Austria’s Anja Manoutschehri was the one to beat. Manoutschehri established herself in the lead and kept her stroke rate high through the middle of the race to build her lead. It was very close behind Manoutschehri between Russia and the Netherlands. The Dutch sculler got the better of Russia and with Manoutschehri out at an open water lead, there was no real sprint to the line.
Results: AUT, NED, RUS, LAT