Women's Pair (W2-) - Final
Olympic Champions, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain came back together this year after Stanning took a year away from international competition. Their first race back, the World Rowing Cup in Aiguebelette, showed that the duo still had the power. They easily won in Aiguebelette. In the heats two days ago, Glover and Stanning did not look so dominating. What would they produce today?
The British duo set off at a cracking pace and had earned a boat length lead with just 500m rowed. This looked like the Glover and Stanning of Aiguebelette. By the middle of the race, New Zealand's under-23 crew of Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler had not let the British get any further in front. Prendergast and Gowler have regularly been beating their country's senior duo of Louise Trappitt and Rebecca Scown in training, so their speed was known to the New Zealanders. Trappitt and Scown followed in the third spot.
In the sprint to the line Glover and Stanning held a 36 stroke rate to stay in front while Prendergast and Gowler, at 35, closed a little. At the line Great Britain earned another gold and New Zealand took out both of the lesser medals.
Results: GBR1, NZL2, NZL1, RSA, ROU1, NED
Gold - STANNING, Heather (GBR1)
We are happy to have won. I left it to Helen to call the race, and tried to not to use all our effort coming back from this injury.
Gold – GLOVER, Helen (GBR1)
It was touch and go in the last 500m. I had a cold, I only got into the boat last week. We love to come here and show what we have got but it had to be a sensible race, not going full out.
Silver – PRENDERGAST, Grace (NZL2)
We just tried to stay in our own boat and not get phased by who we were rowing against. This was our first international race as we are U23s. This was a very good experience.
Bronze – TRAPPITT, Louise (NZL1)
It was not the best race for us, we were just trying to follow and do what we can. We are wearing the leader jerseys because we won in Sydney but we were penalised in Aiguebelette. We will be in Amsterdam.
Australia got out very quickly in this B-final and by the middle of the race they had a full boat length lead over Canada. But Jennifer Martins and Kristin Bauder of Canada had an awesome sprint and they used it to their best advantage today. The Canadians took just 1:49 to cover the final 500m of the race and finish first, or seventh overall at this regatta.
Results: CAN, AUS, CZE, ITA