Men's Quadruple Sculls (M4x) - Final
Ukraine and Great Britain won their respective semifinals two days ago. Great Britain has proved to be the best through the World Cup season, while Ukraine took gold at the European Championships earlier in the season. Then there was the Olympic Champions, Germany who have had a rather average season.
At the start Ukraine had the leading edge with Great Britain the closest challengers. Side by side these two boats formed the battle at the head of the field. This helped them pull clean away from the rest of the field with a huge fight going on for the bronze medal between China, Germany and Estonia.
In the final sprint Ukraine's Ivan Dovgodko, Olexandr Nadtoka, Artem Morozov and Dmytro Mikhay rated 40 to try and hold off the British. But Great Britain was coming hard and fast. The British, however, ran out of water. Ukraine is the World Champions and also the new World Best Time holders. The new time is 5:32.26, nearly a second faster than the previous World Best Time that was set last year by Russia.
Meanwhile Germany was giving it their all to beat China to the line. It was so close, but Germany had done it. Bronze for Germany.
Results: UKR, GBR, GER, CHN, EST, SUI
Gold - DOVGODKO, Ivan (UKR)
Wonderful race, tricky weather.
Silver - COUSINS, Charles (GBR)
I knew it was tight but you’ve just got to give it all you’ve got.
Bronze - GROHMANN, Tim (GER)
It’s really good to win bronze, we had a tough season and a tough race.
France, Poland and Russia were only a smidgen outside of qualifying for the A-final opening up this B-final to a very tight race. And tight it was. With 1/4 of the race rowed all six boats remained in a line. Then Canada managed to get just a fraction of a lead with the United States, Russia, France and Poland cramped tightly together. These crews were going to have to give it their all until the line. Canada's Lussier, Braithwaite, Dean and Buie still had a fraction of a lead. But the finish was mighty close. Canada had crossed first.
Results: CAN, USA, POL, FRA, RUS, NZL