Men's Four (M4-) - Final
After coming together to win the European Rowing Championships earlier this month, the word was out that the British were putting their top male sweep rowers into the four. Alex Gregory, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash and Andrew Triggs Hodge have been selected by head coach Juergen Grobler to be the flagship boat. Today Great Britain led from start to finish in dominating style.
Behind the British, the United States and Australia were going neck and neck. Australia is the World Cup leaders after winning at the first World Cup in Sydney but they have had to bring their spare, Christopher Cunningham-Reid into the boat due to injury. The United States won bronze at last year's World Rowing Championships and they have high expectations for the 2014 season.
In the final sprint Great Britain took their stroke rate to 39 and continued to move away from the field. Australia was at 38, while the United States struck 41, with Canada now burning down the outside. It was a bit too late. Australia came through in second with the United States earning third.
Results: GBR1, AUS, USA, CAN, GER, GBR2
Gold - Andrew Triggs-Hodge (GBR)
The confidence is building and every race feels closer to what we are capable of.
Silver - Joshua Dunkley-Smith (AUS)
It was a good race. We had a couple of scrappy moments at the start with the conditions but we’ve been focusing on building and we executed our race.
Bronze - Henrik Rummel (USA)
It felt good out there. We sat where we wanted to for the first 750 and the middle 500 was good, but I think we lost a little pop in the last 700. We dealt with some illness in the boat but it is what it is. It’s a solid race and a good place to start.
There was a lot of crowd interest in this B-final with France racing down the Lake Aiguebelette regatta course. But it was not France's race. Instead Croatia looked in very good form. Croatia was last in their repechage yesterday and stepped up today to finish seventh overall at this regatta and earn a World Cup point for their nation.
Results: CRO, POL, CHN, FRA