Women’s Double Sculls (BW2x) – Final
Romania is the defending under-23 World Champions and with a new crew this year of Viviana-Iuliana Bejinariu and Ioana Vrinceanu, they have been showing that they could well defend their title. Bejinariu and Vrinceanu led the way through the middle of the race with France's Marie Jacquet and Daphne Socha pushing hard. Jacquet and Socha won their head and meet Romania for the first time today.
Bejinariu and Vrinceanu then put themselves out in a class of their own with a clear water lead over France. The real race now was going on for third between Germany, Norway, Italy and Sweden. Sprinting to the line, Romania remained comfortable with Jacquet and Socha now under threat from the rest of the field. Rating 38, Norway's Inger Kavlie and Marianne Madsen were giving the medals their best shot and France had no answer. Norway had the silver medal.
Results: ROU, NOR, FRA, GER, SWE, ITA
Gold - BEJINARU, Viviana-Luliana (bow seat) (ROU)
It was a very hard race, especially at the end. The last 5 strokes were very painfull.
We have won three gold medals together at this level. I think this is our favorite, because we are together in the double scull, because it is smaller boat and more intense.
Silver - KAVLIE, Inger (bow seat) (NOR)
We had a rough start. We worked really hard. It feels good.
Bronze - JACQUET, Marie (bow seat) (FRA)
I was thinking this was my medal, nobody can take it. We just kept going.
The United States crew of Margaret Bertasi and Zoe Fleischmann just missed out on the A-final when they raced in the repechage and they made the best of today's race. They led at the start and then built up a leading gap over Ukraine in second. Denmark, who took silver in 2013, followed in third. Then a big push by Denmark got them ahead of Ukraine in the finishing charge.
Results: USA, DEN, UKR