As in the test race, the Dutch crew of Annika van der Meer and Corné de Koning took off from the start line. These two are reigning world champions in the boat class and recently won at the International Para-Rowing Regatta in Gavirate. They seem to be unstoppable.

Coming through the 500m mark they had an open water lead over their competitors from Ukraine. They continued to race and took more of a lead over Ukraine. Through the finish line, the Dutch double looked strong and long. They took another gold this season, followed by Ukraine.

Results: NED, UKR

Annika Van Der Meer (b), Netherlands, gold
“It was a really good race. I think we executed the plan well. We focused on the technique. There was a bit less heat today, but with good water conditions, we did well. I am really look forward to the next races, including the next world cup.”

Iaroslav Koiuda (s), Ukraine, silver
“We were very satisfied with the race. Looking at the rest of the season, there is lots of work to do. We will be going to Linz and to the Ukrainian Championships, where it is the first time they are hosting para-rowing.”