25 June 2018
In a press release, here slightly edited by HTBS, FISA, Worldrowing reports from the past weekend’s World Cup in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria.
The 2018 World Rowing season continued with World Rowing Cup II in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria. Linz-Ottensheim will be the venue for the 2019 World Rowing Championships and first qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, so the weekend’s event was an important test for both the teams and organisers.
The regatta saw medals spread among 21 countries with Italy topping the medals table after taking four gold, two silver and three bronze medals. The gold medals came by way of victories in the lightweight men’s and women’s double sculls. In the men’s race, Stefano Oppo and Pietro Ruta held off Olympic medallists Ari Strandli and Kristoffer Brun of Norway to win, while in the women’s race, Valentina Rodini and Federica Cesarini stayed ahead of the Netherlands and the World Champion Romanians to take gold. The Italian sculling success continued with gold medals in the men’s quadruple sculls and the lightweight men’s quadruple sculls.
Coming second on the medals table were the Netherlands, who took three golds, four silvers and a bronze from the three-day event. The Dutch women’s eight sprinted away from the rest of the field to win the gold with New Zealand taking the silver and Australia the bronze. This race saw the World Champions Romania miss out on a podium finish. The Netherlands’ other gold successes came in the para-rowing boat classes where the Dutch won the PR2 mixed double sculls and the new event, the PR2 men’s single sculls. Having won the PR2 men’s single, Corne de Koning then joined with partner Annika van der Meer to win the PR2 mixed double.
Germany took the third spot on the medals table with three gold, three silver and five bronze medals. This gave Germany the most medals overall with a total of 11 and the top spot on the World Cup points table, thanks to their gold medals in the women’s quadruple sculls and men’s eight. The men’s eight came back from having to go through the repechage, where they were beaten by Great Britain, before putting it all together to win the final.
Germany finished with 50 World Cup points followed by Great Britain and New Zealand who both earned 43 points. Great Britain picked up a gold in the men’s double sculls with Angus Groom and Jack Beaumont, while New Zealand, in their first showing of the 2018 World Rowing season, won three gold medals, including the women’s pair and double sculls and the men’s single sculls. To win the gold, Robbie Manson had to get through the German scullers Tim Ole Naske and Oliver Zeidler who took silver and bronze respectively in a closely fought race.
The overall World Rowing Cup winners are determined after the third event. This year, the three stages of the series are Belgrade, Serbia (on 1-3 June), Linz-Ottensheim, Austria (on 22-24 June) and Lucerne, Switzerland (on 13-15 July).
Results, race reports, photos and videos are available on www.worldrowing.com.