Men’s Eight (M8+) – Final
This wasn’t just about becoming a World Champion, this race was about Olympic qualification spots with the top five boats earning that honour. They were all aware of the importance of not being last. The crowd support sounded to be behind the two favourites, reigning World Champions Germany and Olympic Champions Great Britain. These two crews had come directly to the final from the heats while all other crews had had a repechage. The race had begun and it was equal at the start and equal at the 200. Then Germany got a slight lead with Australia following their lead. There was just two seconds separating the field at the 500m mark. Germany was still ahead at the half way mark with the Dutch moving into second ahead of Australia. The Australians had been working hard and holding 42. New Zealand was the only one out of qualification.
The Netherlands did a third 500 push and tried to close on Germany. Great Britain was in third holding on to bronze. Germany picked up the pace as they came through to the final sprint. It was tight. The Dutch looked great. Germany held on. Germany was at 43, the Netherlands at 44 and Australia at 45. Germany had won and defended their title. The Dutch took second with Great Britain taking third. They had qualified for the Olympic Games along with Australia and the United States. New Zealand had missed out. Germany had finished less than a second outside of a World Best Time.
Results: GER, NED, GBR, AUS, USA, NZL
Malte Jakschik, Germany, Gold
“It as a fantastic race, very good conditions outside. We really happy about the result even it was tough. We've trained really hard during the past a few weeks, cause we were motivated by losing the title in World Cup III. And finally we did a good job.”
Mechiel Versluis, Netherlands, Silver
“We just went for it. We managed to compete with those top boats. We've really fought for it in the middle of the race, and it was really a good race for us. We built this crew and now we've qualified for the Tokyo 2020, I am really happy with that!”
Mohamed Sbihi, Great Britain, Silver
“That was a mixed performance, we should be happy but we really wanted to win. Today the other crews have moved on and it’s disappointing to fall short as we had a lot of expectation today. It’ll be important now to take some time off but Tokyo will always be on our mind.”
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