Men's Eight (M8+) - Final
Coming through from yesterday's heats it looked like Belarus and the United States would be the front runners. Today they did not disappoint, but who would join them on the podium? At the start the United States established a small led with Poland pushing hard. The United States finished third at last year's World Rowing Championships and they have retained half of the 2013 crew for this year. For this regatta an injured Ross James had to watch from the shore.
As Poland slipped back, Great Britain and Belarus began to make up ground on the leading crew. The British are the reigning World Champions but they have adjusted their crew for 2014 giving priority to the men's four. They were, however, doing great and closing on the leading United States.
In the final sprint the United States kept their cool and taking their stroke rate to 40 remained in front. France, at 46, was giving it their best to get into the medals. But Great Britain and Belarus were holding them off.
Results: USA, GBR, BLR, FRA, POL, CHN
Gold – Zachary Vlahos (USA)
We wanted to execute our race plan and we did that – we’re looking ahead to our goal, the World Championships. We’re one step closer.
Silver – Will Satch (GRB)
We had an awesome progression throughout the regatta from the first race to the last.