The final race was the men’s eight with the formidable World and European Champions Germany lining up. But in the heats two days ago the Netherlands recorded the fastest time. Germany and the Netherlands met for the first time today. Then Germany picked up the pace and went after the Dutch. At the half way mark four boats were within two seconds of each other. Great Britain had now moved into the lead. Germany pulled out a piece and again moved ahead of Great Britain.

Three boats had now pulled away from the rest of the field. The question now was what order would they finish in? Germany had retained their title. Great Britain grabbed silver and the Netherlands had bronze.


Martin Sauer (c), Germany, Gold
“We’re very pleased with the race today! Very fast boats so it was tough against Great Britain and the Netherlands. We did really well from 1000 meters. I expected it will be a hot season but I’m really looking forward to it.”

Jacob Dawson, Great Britain, Silver
“In our first heat our rating was a little ambitious so we changed to race plan for today and we found good speed. Our goal was to win here but I think we can still hold our heads high and move forward.”

Boudewijn Roell, Netherlands, Bronze
“We expected one hell of a ride! We know that Germany and Great Britain are strong so we expected a fight. Unfortunately, we missed a bit of pace so I’m satisfied but not content.”

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