Winner of World Rowing Cup II Sverri Nielsen of Denmark was the fastest in the semifinals yesterday and he had the favoured lane today. Next to Nielsen was the 2018 World Champion, Kjetil Borch of Norway. This was going to be one brutal race especially as the winner would also win the Holland Beker Cup and 3000 Euros. In the next lane was winner of World Rowing Cup I, Damir Martin of Croatia.

At the start Nielsen took some wabbly strokes with Borch getting away very cleanly and he already had a half boat length lead over the field. Nielsen then got his composure and went after Borch. Borch also has a World Championship title from the men’s double and he was the first to get to the 500m mark. New Zealand, Croatia and Poland were packed tightly together fighting for the bronze medal spot. Robert Manson from New Zealand hasn’t yet medalled this season and he was now just down on Olympic medallist Damir Martin of Croatia.

Borch and Nielsen had now moved away from the rest of the field with Nielson right up and challenging for the lead. They went neck-and-neck into the final sprint. Martin was confirming his bronze medal spot with Manson and Poland’s Wegrzycki-Szymczyk right there. Nielsen now had the lead. Borch sprinted. Martin sprinted. Nielsen was at 35 and Borch at 38. Martin had grabbed bronze.


Sverri Nielsen, Denmark, Gold,
“I’m feeling really good but I’m really really tired! It was a tough race but I think it really shows that we are on track.”

Kjetil Borch, Norway
“The first 500 meters was really tough as the strong wind was bouncing you around the lanes. Towards the end, I was having to push every 5 seconds but Sverri had another milliliter in the tank than I did. Considering all the surgeries I’ve had before I now feel like I’m on track.

Damir Martin, Croatia
“It’s good to be back on the podium. It’s a very hard field and tough weather out there but my training has been really good and I think it has put me in this position. I’m really happy to be back.”

​Re-watch the race here!


From yesterday’s semifinal Great Britain 2 of Harry Leask had the next fastest time and he led at the start of this race. In was neck-and-neck with Guillaume Krommenhoek of Netherlands 1 through the middle of the race with Switzerland now really moving. These three boats did an incredible fight for the finish line with ratings going into the high 30s and then Leask going to 45 to win.

Results: GBR2, NED1, SUI, FIN1, SWE1, AUS