Lysenko again on top of adaptive single
The highlight of today’s adaptive racing was the final of the AS women’s single and ID mixed coxed at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. The single saw Ukraine’s Alla Lyshenko regain the World Champion title and in the intellectually disabled four, Hong Kong successfully defended their World Champion title.
Arms, Shoulders Men’s Single Scull (ASM1x) – Semifinals
Coming into this final the favourite was reigning World Champion Nathalie Benoit of France, with Alla Lysenko of Ukraine (2009 World Champion) likely to be the biggest threat. Both scullers row with very different styles. Benoit uses a lower rating stroke rate of about 35 to propel her down the course. Lysenko uses a very quick, high stroke rate of about 50.
Today Benoit led at the start, before Lysenko managed to squeeze past. Benoit held on admirably, but Lysenko was able to hold just a slight advantage. Meanwhile, international newcomer, Moran Samuel of Israel was able to get the advantage ofer Jongrey Lee of Korea and secure a medal spot. At the line Lysenko had become a World Champion for the second time. Benoit earned silver and Samuel picked up bronze at her first ever adaptive World Championships.
Results: UKR, FRA, ISR, KOR, BRA, BLR
Alla Lysenko (UKR) - Gold
“I am so hot now, but I came in first, and I am very satisfied with my performance!”
Nathalie Benoit (FRA) - Silver
“I am happy. I am used to the second place. At Munich there were 12 seconds now it is less. This means I trained in a good way. Now I will train hard to get gold at the Paralympics.”
Moran Samuel (ISR) – Bronze
“I’m so thrilled. I knew I could do it but I had very strong competitors. When I knew I would get a medal I was tearing. I am so excited.”
This race was important. Very important. The top two boats would qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games and all six crews must have been very much aware that it wasn’t just a race to finishing seventh in the world. Poland’s Martyna Snopek it the ground running. Snopek took a flying start and never looked back. By the 500m mark Snopek, who last rowed internationally in the b-final of the Paralympic Games, had a large open water lead. This turned the race into a procession with Filomena Franco of Portugal slotting into second, way ahead of Russia in third. Snopek and Franco, unchallenged, are the two Paralympic qualifying boats.
Results: POL, POR, RUS, USA, HUN, CHN
Martyna Snopek (POL)
“I took off really strongly, and when I realized I was in qualifying position, I just kept on taking strong strokes telling myself that I would row at our Olympic Games .I live in London, and the city feels like home to me. These are tears of joy.”
Filomena Franco (POR)
“My goal was the Paralympics. The race was hard and difficult but I’ve reached my goal. Now I want to work hard for London.”
ID Mixed Coxed Four (IDMix4+) – Final
Four boats lined up in this event that is in its second year of competition. The ID mixed coxed four was first raced at the 2010 World Rowing Championships and Hong Kong won the race. Today Hong Kong’s Liu, Lam, Szeto, Tsui and coxswain Chan did it again. Over the 1000m course, Hong Kong was able to build up a huge 10 second margin ahead of nearest rival, Germany. Germany, meanwhile, had to contend with a full on battle against Italy. Germany just held off the Italians and held on to silver.
Results: HKG, GER, ITA, RUS
Chan Tsz Wai (HKG) – Gold
“This is a great victory for the team. They trained a lot to be fit at the World Championships. It’s an honour for us to be world champions”
Florian Schaefer (GER) – Silver
“The race was good. We are very happy about the silver medal”
Frederico Zoppi (ITA) – Bronze
“Getting a medal was important to us, so we are happy.”
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