Top times for the United States at the World Rowing Cup series finale
The final Samsung World Rowing Cup for 2013 ended with a bang as the United States women’s eight rowed home to a new World Best Time in Lucerne, Switzerland.
The World Best Time was even more remarkable as conditions on Lucerne's Rotsee course were almost windless. Usually records are broken in good tail wind conditions but the US proved that to be unnecessary today. Leading from start to finish, the US women crossed the line ahead of Romania and Canada.
In a very successful regatta for the United States, they made it a double-header by also winning the Blue Ribband men's eight event. This win saw the US crew break the four-year winning streak of the Germans.
The men's single sculls was a crowd pleaser when the Czech Republic's Ondrej Synek rowed home to a new World Cup Best Time. Synek finished ahead of Marcel Hacker of Germany with Cuban favourite, Angel Fournier Rodriguez taking third.
Kim Crow demonstrated why she is Australia's rowing darling by racing superbly in the final of the women's single sculls. Leading a talented field, Crow took gold ahead of Eleanor Logan of the United States and Olympic Champion, Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic. Crow's finish time was just a fraction outside of the World Cup Best Time.
A photo finish had to decide the lesser medals in the men's double sculls when two boats crossed the line in almost identical times. Won by Michael Arms and Robert Manson of New Zealand, Italy (Francesco Fossi and Romano Battisti) followed in silver with Germany (Eric Knittel and Stephan Krueger) being named the bronze medallists by a fraction of a second over Lithuania.
Coming out with the most points at this World Cup, the United States had topped the medals table. It is the first time since 2008 that the country had won a men's event. Along with the men's and women's eights, the United States also struck gold in the men's four. The nation also won medals in the women's pair (bronze), lightweight women's double sculls (silver) and the women's double sculls (bronze).
Second on the points table was New Zealand with gold medals in the men's pair, men's double sculls and lightweight men's four. Third place went to Germany who scored gold in the women's quadruple sculls.
Overall Great Britain won the 2013 World Cup series with 179 points, New Zealand was second with 144 points and Australia third on 119 points.
The next regatta on the World Rowing calendar is the World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Linz, Austria from 24 to 28 July 2013. The season concludes with the World Rowing Championships which will take place in Chungju, Korea from 25 August to 1 September 2013.