Romania had recorded the fastest time in the heats two days ago and today they got to meet winner of the other heat and the reigning European Champions, Germany. These two crews sat in the middle lanes of the six-lane course. Side-by-side they would be able to keep a close eye on each other. Germany stormed away at the start with Poland in hot pursuit. The Germans were second to Great Britain at the Rio Olympics, but both of these crews have quite a new line up from their Rio boat.

Coming through to the second half of the race, Germany continued to lead with Poland and Russia now going neck-and-neck for the silver medal position. Then a practical line followed of Great Britain, the Netherlands and Romania. Germany remained in the lead and coming into the final sprint it looked like Germany had enough of a lead to easily counter any challenges. Poland chased hard and in the rush to the line they had broken away from Russia. The Netherlands were giving it their all. Germany took gold, Poland took silver and the Dutch came flying through to take bronze ahead of Russia.



Ukraine just missed out on the A-final following yesterday’s repechage and they made the best of today’s B-final with a fast start and a build of speed through the middle of the race. Italy tried to play catch up in second with Belarus following Italy’s lead. The margins closed in the final 300m of the race and at the line. Italy was at 44 with Ukraine at 40 strokes per minute to just hold on to the lead.

Results: UKR, ITA, BLR