But then New Zealand did a power piece and left the Americans to try and hold off an ever-improving Australia. This was the last race of the day and despite Italy being at the back of the field the crowd was still encouraging the local crew on. It help as Italy managed to move its way up the field.

In the sprint to the line, New Zealand kept the pressure on and outrating the rest of the field, at 44, they showed why they deserve to be the under-23 World Champions. Australia, meanwhile, had a 41 stroke rate powerful finish that brought them through to silver ahead of the United States who held on to third.

Results: NZL, AUS, USA, GER, ITA, GBR

B-Final

Poland made the best of this race after just missing out on the A-final through their repechage.  They led from start to finish over the Dutch and even managed to pull away to more than a boat length lead. Last year Poland took bronze. Look out for them in 2015.

Results: POL, NED, UKR, RUS