The Polish number two boat of Maciej Zawojski and Szymon Posnik was the second fastest boat in the heats on Friday and they were the early leaders over Poland 1. China 1 of Zhiyu Liu and Liang Zhang then snuck into second and closed on Poland 1. Liu and Zhang had been the fastest boat in yesterday’s semifinals as well as the fastest in the heats.

Coming through to the second half of the race Liu and Zhang had moved into the lead. Liu has spent most of his international rowing career in the quad while Zhang has had success in the past in the single sculls. They kept the pressure on as Poland 1 came through with an incredible sprint that saw them snatch the silver with Belarus also sprinting hard to earn bronze ahead of Poland 2.  

Results: CHN1, POL1, BLR, POL2, HUN2, CHN3

Liang Zhang (s), People's Republic of China, Gold
“We just followed our race plan which was made by my team-mate and our coach.”

Dominik Czaja (b), Poland, Silver
“That race was hard! We were fighting with everyone until the end. Our next race will be at the European Rowing Championships but we might be in the Quadruple Sculls.”

Stanislau Shcharbachenia (b), Belarus, Bronze
“We were in a crew together a long time ago, but this is our first time in this lineup, so each race is like a new training session - we go out and try to find what works best for us.”

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Missing out on the final by just a second must have been a motivation for Xudi Yi and Ha Zang of China 2. The got out just a bit ahead at the start and held the lead for the entire race. But Spain did not make it easy for them, pacing the Chinese down the course. Then in the final sprint Bulgaria 1 used crowd support to overtake Spain and finish just a tad behind China 2.

Results: CHN2, BUL1, ESP, HUN1, ZIM, JPN