Two days ago in the heats Poland’s Krystyna Lemanczyk-Dobrzelak and Martyna Radosz recorded a very fast time and looked to be the crew to beat. China 1 of Shiyu Lu and Yuwei Wang, however, got away the quickest and they gained an incredible lead by the first 500m mark. They then got an open water lead rating a 33 and looking fabulous. All Poland could do was try and hold off the rest of the field.

Lu and Wang are a new combination for 2019 with Wang coming from the women’s quadruple sculls that finished fourth at last year’s World Rowing Championships. Now Poland began to flounder and Belarus was in second with Cuba chasing hard. Cuba and Belarus now went head to head coming into the final sprint.

Lu and Wang crossed the line in first with Belarus’s Tatsiana Klimovich and Krystsina Staraselets grabbing the silver ahead of Cuba with bronze.

Results: CHN1, BLR, CUB, POL, HUN, CHN2

Yuwei Wang (s), People's Republic of China, Gold
“They assumed we were going to have a tough race with our opponents but we took the lead from the beginning." 

Krystsina Staraselets (s), Belarus, Silver
“I am just coming off an injury, so we have been switching up boats a lot. This is the first regatta in this pairing. It was a really good race and we are happy with the result, and looking forward to racing it at Europeans in 3 weeks.”

Yariulvis Cobas Garcia (s), Cuba, Bronze
“It was a great race and regatta in general! It was the first World Rowing Cup we’ve ever participated in and our actual goal was to make the A-Final and now we even got a bronze medal. It was a great result for us! We will only be going to the World Rowing Championships and our goal will be to make it to the A-Final there.”

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