She might not be the tallest, biggest, or even the strongest, but in the women’s single scull final in the World Championships on Lake Karapiro, Frida Svensson of Sweden was the fastest and therefore the best! The photograph above, from Row2k.com, says it all. This means that the 29-year-old Frida, who rows for Falkenberg Rowing Club, broke the winning streak of Ekatarina Karsten, who has six world championships in the single under her belt. According to Swedish newspaper articles, the Swede’s tactics for the race was simple: go out as hard as possible and try to stay in the lead. Or as we would say in Sweden: “det må bära eller brista” [“sink or swim”, which in this case seems to be a mixed metaphor!]. Read FISA’s article “Respectless Svensson shows no mercy” here.
My warmest congratulation to Frida, her coach Johan Flodin, and the Swedish Rowing Federation!
Here are some interviews with Frida Svensson and other world champions: