Women's Quadruple Sculls (W4x) - Final
The World Champion German crew has gone through a number of reconfigurations this season but it looks like they can now claim to have found the right mix. Annekatrin Thiele, Carina Baer, Julia Lier and Lisa Schmidla of Germany took the lead at the start and never looked back.
The Germans, however, did not have it all their own way as United States One was doing their best to hold the pace. The pace of the Germans then got too much and the United States had to deal with an ever-improving New Zealand.
Coming into the final sprint Germany retained the lead with a 40 stroke rate pace while Canada came zooming down the outside to threaten the medals of both the United States and New Zealand. The Canadians had left their run too late and the medals remained in the hands of USA and NZL.
Germany's time of 6:16 was impressive, just seven seconds outside of the World Best Time.
Results: GER, USA1, NZL, CAN, GBR, CHN
Gold - Lisa Schmidla (GER)
It was exciting, my first time on stroke for the season. The race was tough – we were in front at 500 and the US was the strongest challenger. It was a battle at 1,000 but in the end we went all out.
Silver - Grace Latz (USA)
It was a good race. We were hard pushed from the start to the finish. We learned so much and it makes us hungry for the next race.
Bronze - Erin-Monique Shelton (NZL)
It was our first time racing together as a crew so it was really good to get on the water and see how we were going.
The women's quadruple sculls attracted 11 entries at this regatta making for a very competitive B-final. Poland, who did very well at the European Championships earlier this month. But by the middle of the race the Netherlands had taken over as the leading crew. Once in the lead the Dutch crew settled into their work and held the edge. Keeping their wits about them the Dutch held off a fierce finish push by United States Two by rating 37 strokes per minute.
Results: NED, USA2, POL, DEN, IRI