Women's Pair (W2-) - Final
The dominating duo of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain shot off the line at a 47 stroke rate and they had already taken a boat length before the 500m mark. Glover and Stanning are the reigning Olympic Champions and they look to be moving successfully through this Olympic cycle with their ducks lined up to defend their title in Rio. Behind Glover and Stanning, the Romanians were chasing hard. Cristina Grigoras and Laura Oprea of Romania are doubling up and also racing in their country's eight and today they were not letting the British break away. Glover and Stanning kept their stroke rate at a 36 to hold on to the lead.
Then the British took the stroke rate up just a pip and turned this race into one for silver. Meanwhile the New Zealand crew had gone to a 39 stroke rate to try and get ahead of the United States who sat in third. Coming into the final sprint the Romanians had run out of steam with New Zealand (Rebecca Scown and Louise Trappitt) and the United States (Megan Kalmoe and Kerry Simmonds) now going for the lesser medals. Glover and Stanning crossed the line in first and set a new World Best Time. Breaking the 2002 time by three seconds, the new time is 6:50.61.
Results: GBR, USA, NZL, ROU, AUS, RSA
Canada was the fastest of these crews in the earlier rounds, but they came out behind Russia's new duo of Liana Gorgodze and Elizaveta Tikhanova. The Russian crew remained in the lead through the middle of the race. They were the slowest qualifiers and they were successfully staying in front and holding off Ireland. Rating 32 through the body of the race Gorgodze and Tikhanova remained in front and were able to take the stroke rate to 35 at the end.
Results: RUS, IRL, SRB, CAN, UKR, CZE