The quiet before the start, then the noise and power as Germany went out to a fast start. But Great Britain was faster stroked by Will Satch. With 300m gone it was the World Champions (Germany) against the Olympic Champions (Great Britain). Both Germany and Great Britain had to come to this final through the repechages after finishing down the field in Friday’s time trials. Then the British beat Germany in the repechage. Today was a grudge match for Germany. Both crews were still at 40 strokes per minute with 750m rowed. Germany got to the half way mark in first, with Great Britain nearly a second back in second and the Netherlands One in third.

At 1200m Germany moved again and went to 42. The fastest from the time trial, Australia was back in fifth with Netherlands Two in third. The sprint was about to begin. Germany knew that Great Britain had a big sprint and they were keeping their stroke rate high. Germany went to 43 and the British were at 42 with a battle going on between the two Dutch crews. Germany had taken gold.

Results: GER, GBR, NED1, NED2, AUS, ITA

Maximilian Planer, Germany, gold

“We had no expectation to win as we knew anything was possible from getting gold to going home without a medal. Australia and GB beat us in the heats and the repechage. It was a new situation for us to not be the favourite but we played to our strengths and we basically started our finishing sprint at the 1000 meters."

Mohamed Sbihi, Great Britain, silver
“Yesterday was a good step-up but we didn’t quite have it today. It was a good contest but we still need some consistency in training so there might be some more changes to come in the crew.”

Diederik Van Engelenburg (c), Netherlands, bronze
“We just started in this crew two weeks ago so we didn’t really know what to expect after the heats and the repechages. They are all really good crews out there and we had a good race so happy with the result.”

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Two boats went head to head down the 2000m course with New Zealand getting an early lead. By the middle of the race they had nearly a boat length over Poland and they proceeded to increase that lead. The winner had been decided.

Results: NZL, POL