Women’s Single Sculls (BW1x) – Final
Milda Valciukaite of Lithuania knows about winning as a World Champion at the senior level in the women's double sculls. She has come to this final with the fastest qualifying time and it was looking good for her to win today. Right from the start Valciukaite was in the lead with Jovana Arsic of Serbia in the closest challenging spot.
Arsic, however, couldn't maintain it and coming through the middle of the race Germany's Anne Beenken had moved into second. But there was no denying the talent of Valciukaite. The Lithuanian now had an open water lead and was proving why she is a senior World Champion. Then Italy's Sara Magnaghi started to really move. Magnaghi has come through from the junior team and she has been making waves throughout this regatta.
The crowd was loving it. As Valciukaite rated 37 to take her boat home to a huge lead, Magnaghi came through into the silver medal spot as a fading Beenken did everything to now hold onto the bronze. At the line Valciukaite had clocked a time of 7:27 to become the under-23 World Champion.
Results: LTU, ITA, GER, GBR, LAT, SRB
Gold - VACIUKAITE Milda (LTU)
I expected to have a good start, but I also expceted it to be tighter trought the middle. But the race went to plan. We have a strong sculling group in Lithuania and I think we all inspire each other.
Silver - MAGNAGHI Sara (ITA)
I made it. I have a medal. I can’t be more happy. The last 500m were very incredible. I was serene, calm. I knew I was going to do well.
Bronze - BEENKEN Anne (GER)
I’m very relieved and happy. And the people are super nice and want to help.
It was just 0.27 of a second that kept Krisztina Gyimes of Hungary out of the A-final from yesterday's semifinals. But it was the Netherlands that had the lead at the start. By the middle of the race margins remained tight with less than a second separating the top five boats. This was going to be one hot race. Then a third 500m push by Samantha Casto of the United States earned her the lead. Could Casto hold it to the end? The sprint turned out to be all about Roos de Jong of the Netherlands.
Results: NED, HUN, DEN, USA, SUI, BLR