Great Britain Top the Medal Table in Belgrade

The start of the final of the men’s double sculls, which was won by Lithuania’s Mindaugas Griskonis and Saulius Ritter in lane four. Photo: FISA/ Igor Meijer.

9 May 2017

The first World Cup Rowing for the 2017 season, held in Belgrade, Serbia, ended on Sunday. Great Britain was on top of the Medal Table (11) points, with the Netherlands on second place (8 points), while Switzerland ended up on third place (5 points). The whole Medal Table (including World Cup Points) can be found here.

In a press release (slightly edited by HTBS), FISA/Worldrowing reports:

In sometimes intense pouring rain, the first World Rowing Cup medals for the 2017 season were awarded in Belgrade, Serbia. Great Britain came away with eleven medals out of 14 events in a regatta that saw new names emerge and Olympic talent return. Under very rainy skies Great Britain headed the field by taking gold medals in four boat classes including the men’s and women’s pairs, lightweight men’s double sculls and men’s four.

The men’s pair saw the emergence of a new combination of Jacob Dawson and Matthew Rossiter of Great Britain who took the gold ahead of Serbia’s Nenad Bedik and Milos Vasic who secured one of two medals for the host nation.

In the men’s single sculls, Switzerland’s Nico Stahlberg had an outstanding performance pushing Olympic silver medallist Damir Martin of Croatia into World Cup silver medal position. The bronze went to the home country’s Marko Marjanovic of Serbia.

Switzerland was also successful in the women’s single sculls with Jeannine Gmelin dominating the race ahead of second place Rio silver medallist Victoria Thornley of Great Britain and 2016 European Champion Magdalena Lobnig of Austria, who came through in third place.

Switzerland finished third on the medals table in their most successful World Rowing Cup regatta in recent years as Patricia Merz also won gold in the lightweight women’s single sculls finishing first ahead of Ireland’s Denise Walsh.

Lithuania showed their prowess in men’s sculling by winning gold in both the men’s quadruple sculls and the men’s double sculls. These two golds were Lithuania’s sole medals and it put them into fifth place on the medals table.

The overall points winner of the World Rowing Cup with 60 points was Great Britain followed by the Netherlands in second (47) and Poland in third (36). The Dutch were especially successful in the men’s eight when they rowed through Great Britain just strokes before the finish line to take gold. The Dutch also took gold in the women’s double sculls and women’s four. The Netherlands earned eight medals overall. Poland finished with seven medals including gold in the lightweight women’s double sculls and women’s quadruple sculls.

The World Rowing Cup series was launched in 1997 and consists of a series of three events. The overall World Rowing Cup winners are determined after the third event. This year, the two remaining stages of the series are Poznan, Poland, on 16-18 June and Lucerne, Switzerland, on 7-9 July.

Results, race reports, photos and videos are available on www.worldrowing.com. For downloadable photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/worldrowingofficial

One comment

  1. Dawson is of particular interest because he is the first rower to compete for GBR at senior international level after going to university in the US.

    He learned to row at Plymouth ARC (and represented Great Britain in the 4x at the Coupe de la Jeunesse) before going to the University of Washington on a rowing scholarship.

    While the first to follow this route, he will almost certainly not be the last given the number of British rowers currently at American universities.

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