Coming directly from the heats to this final was Poland and Ukraine. All other boats got here through the repechage. The best time was recorded by Poland and they are the 2017 silver medallists as well as being silver medallists from World Rowing Cup III last month. The World Champions from 2017 sat in lane two, the Netherlands with winners from the World Rowing Under 23 Champions, Romania in an outside lane. Poland got to the first 500m mark in the lead with Zillmann, Springwald, Wieliczko and Kobus-Zawojska of Poland quite an established crew now. Following closely was the Netherlands and Romania.

The Netherlands then broke away from Romania with the Romanians being overtaken by Ukraine with Great Britain closing on the bronze medal spot. Meanwhile Poland was trying to stay ahead of the Dutch and take advantage of the small tail wind. The sprint began with Poland at 39 and the Netherlands at 40. However it was the lower rating Ukraine that was really moving. Poland held off Ukraine to become the 2018 European Champions.


Katarzyna Zillmann (s), Poland, gold
“So happy with this result. Our priority is the world champs so we’re working hard towards that
The conditions are crazy out there today, and we had a great row considering.*

Olena Buryak, Ukraine, silver
“This race was very interesting. We started quite slow but picked it up the 2nd 1000 meters and came away with 2nd.”

Nicole Beukers (s), Netherlands, bronze
“It was a good race but tough conditions as there is a head-wind and a cross-wind. We had a good start but we slowed during the middle but we kept pushing. We started well this season but have slowed down a little bit now. For the World Champs we’ll work on our middle pace.”

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Italy had the fastest time coming into this b-final and this young crew had the lead at the start. France followed in second with the reigning European Champions, Germany in third. The Germans then went after France. But the French and Italians held them off.

Results: ITA, FRA, GER, NOR, CZE

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