Tribute to Ondřej Synek

Czech sculler Ondřej Synek, who retired last year, will be facing five old rivals in an exhibition race at the World Championships in Račice on 25 September.

14 September 2022

By Göran R Buckhorn

The 2022 World Rowing Championships will take place in Račice, Czech Republic, on 18-25 September.

After the last race on Sunday, 25 September, there will be a tribute to the Czech three-time Olympic medallist and five-time World Rowing Champion in the men’s single sculls, Ondřej Synek, who retired from elite rowing last year.

World Rowing and the Organising Committee of the Championships have organised a 500-metre exhibition race between Synek and his five main rivals during the last two decades.

In the race, Synek will meet the following retirees:

Alan Campbell, of Great Britain, who is a four-time Olympian and a three-time World Championships medallist. Campbell is also a three-time winner of the Diamonds Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta.

Iztok Čop, of Slovenia, four-time Olympic medallist and holds a total of 11 World Championships medals. Čop was the recipient of the Thomas Keller Medal in 2015.

Mahé Drysdale, of New Zealand, three-time Olympic medallist and eight-time World Champion medallist. He has also won six Diamonds at Henley.

Lassi Karonen, of Sweden, is a two-time Olympian and is a multi-time Swedish champion in the single sculls and double sculls. He took a silver medal in the single sculls at the European Championships in 2010. The same year, he was the runner-up in the Diamonds at Henley.

Olaf Tufte, of Norway, is a four-time Olympic medallist and a six-time medallist at the World Championships. In July, Tufte received the 2021 Thomas Keller Medal.

The race will be included in the international host broadcast and live streamed on

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