The semifinals yesterday saw very close finishing times with just less than three seconds separating all six rowers. Lithuania’s Mondaugas Griskonis of Lithuania had the fastest time, but only just. Griskonis has been in the single for many years and started international rowing back in 2002. In 2015 he medalled at the World Rowing Championships. Kjetil Borch of Norway made the best at the start. Borch raced at the Rio Olympics to a medal in the men’s double sculls and he has been spending the 2018 season in the single. Serbia’s Marko Marjanovic, who rated 53 out from the start, got to the first 500m mark in first.

Just two seconds separated the six scullers coming into the second 500 with Marjanovic moving very well. Marjanovic was 10th at World Rowing Cup II and he now was slipping back with Griskonis moving up through the field with Borch in hot pursuit. Griskonis took silver in the double at the Rio Olympics while Borch was the bronze medallist in the same event. It was a race between these two to the line with Borch at 42 and completely outrating Griskonis to win the race. Roman Roeoesli of Switzerland came sprinting through from fifth to take bronze.


Kjetil Borch, Norway, gold
“I feel good but I feel worn out. I feel that all the hard work has payed off and it’s great to put a tick on the European Rowing Championships. The atmosphere is really great. To see the others medal shows the work is paying off.”

Mindaugas Griskonis, Lithuania, silver
“This morning I thought I could come away with gold. I think halfway through the race the wind picked up and wasn’t even across all lanes. The last 250 was good, but I know the Norwegian has a really good finish.”

Roman Roeoesli, Switzerland, bronze
“I am very happy but it is clear I wanted to do better. I didn’t have a good start, I was probably in last. But I found a good rhythm and was able to pick up some speed.”

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Belarus of Dzianis Mihal missed out on the a-final by just one second when he raced yesterday in the semifinals. Today Mihal went out fast and got to the 500m mark just ahead of Thibaut Verhoeven of France in second. These two boats went neck-and-neck at the head of the field with the rest of the field still in striking distance. Verhoeven proved to have the best sprint and took the line first.


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