This final had the top three boats from World Rowing Cup III last month – Great Britain, the Netherlands and Poland. These three crews recorded very similar times in the heats two days ago with Italy (who did not race at World Cup III) also recording a fast time in the heats. But at the start it was Ukraine who was moving the quickest. But the margins were tight and just two seconds separated the field. This boat class has proved to be very tight recently and today looked to be no exception.

Now Italy did a surge and they got themselves into the lead with Poland following suit. Poland was one lane over from Italy and they must have decided to follow suit as Italy and Poland went one-two through the middle of the race. Meanwhile the British crew sat at the back of the field. Italy continued to lead and even broke away with Poland and Ukraine fighting for second. Then Lithuania, the reigning World and European Champions, came flying down the outside. Italy, rating 42, grabbed gold. Italy’s time was just 0.04 outside of a new European Best Time.


Giacomo Gentili (s), Italy, gold
“That was a good race considering the tough conditions. The first 500 meters were flat and calm but the centre was very windy which makes the race feel a lot longer. It’s great to win here at the European Championships and important to us to win in Glasgow.”

Saulius Ritter, Lithuania, silver
“A tough race out there. We were hoping to put out our best and end up on the podium
We stayed with the crews and put on a pretty good sprint in the end. We’re really happy with the result considering we’ve only been rowing together a few weeks.”

Dominik Czaja, Poland, bronze
“That was a good race, we were expecting no more than bronze and were really happy with that photo finish.”

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The order in yesterday’s repechage was Russia, France then Estonia. The order started off the same in this b-final. The Estonian crew includes three World bronze medallists from 2017. It is surprising to see them at the back of the field now down at a low 33 stroke rate. This left Russia and France to challenge for the lead. Russia came into the finish at a 39, with the higher rating France not able to catch them.

Results: RUS, FRA, EST

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