Poland took the win in the test race yesterday and they secured lane two. Three of these crews raced at the Rio Olympics in the quad where they finished fourth. This made them the most experienced crew in the race. Poland was at 38 as they went through the 500m mark and their rhythm looked solid and hard to beat.

Moldova was in second with Romania and Mexico the closest challengers for a medal spot. As Poland’s crew of Biskup, Chabel, Zietarski and Baranski rocketed away from the rest of the field, Moldova and Romania went neck and neck through the third 500, This left Mexico behind. Romania then went to 37 as they went into the final sprint. This gave them the silver medal spot. Poland now had an open water lead and they crossed the finish line in the gold medal spot. Moldova pushed back on Romania and at the line Moldova had done it. Silver for Moldova.

Results: POL, MDA, ROU, MEX, AUT

Wiktor Chabel, Poland, Gold
“We only had one tactic for today, to win, and that’s what we did. We had a really good start but at 1000 meters we hit the wind but we still came through to win and we’re very happy.”

Alexandr Bulat, Republic of Moldova, Silver
“It was a very difficult race and we were very close with Romania almost the whole time but that’s what makes interesting racing. Of course we wanted to have a medal but you can never know for certain. Next we’ll be taking part in the European Rowing Championships and then the World Rowing Under 23 Championships.”

David-Catalin Halmagian, Romania, Bronze
“The quadruple sculls is a very difficult boat, and even more so because it’s te beginning of our careers. To get third here, it’s like getting first for us, because we are all 18 & 19 years old, and competing at the senior level.”

Re-watch the race here!