2017 - Racice Rowing: European Championships


2017 - Racice

Sir Matthew Pinsent presents highlights from Racice, Czech Republic. Matthew is joined by Dame Katherine Grainger. Commentary comes from Garry Herbert and James Cracknell.


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Hello and welcome to our coverage of the 2017

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European Rowing Championships from the Czech Republic

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and the beautiful little town of Racice,

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about 40km from the capital of Prague.

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It has been a court of a century since this many boats descended on

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the lake and back in 1993 it was for the world rowing Championships. It

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is the best of Europe we will see out on that water today.

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The four-year journey to Tokyo kicked off

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Here's the story of the season so far.

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Here we are together to kick-off a new season with lots of new faces.

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A very good start for the women's pair of Great Britain. The

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Netherlands have taken out the crew from Great Britain. A major, major

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upset. The British boys will have to dig deep. Surely the British have

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done enough to get first place? Some really exciting performances already

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that I think bode well for the future. They have responded well and

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they are dominating this field. That is a phenomenally talented athlete.

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A lot to be done. It is all about learning. Really nice way to cap a

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good weekend of racing and your first victory. Good on you.

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So, the racing is just about to get underway and James and Katherine are

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here to talk through the British prospects. Katherine, looking back

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to Belgrade three weeks ago, what to make of that now with a bit of

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hindsight? With hindsight it was a fantastic start a competition for

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the British team. It is a very different team that we saw in Rio.

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They are young and it was tough racing but in a slightly weakened

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international field. There were a lot of countries we would have

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expected to compete against who were not in Belgrade so here it is much

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tougher. James, what will they have been concentrating on? The first

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concentration period they had after the Regatta was getting to know each

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other. Now what are the result they had there, they have to step up

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massively here because it was a weak field but now the Germans have come

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in, the big boys of European rowing are here so they will know they have

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to raise their game to cope with that and from the heats they will

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have to raise their game from the heats to the final otherwise they

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will be on the end of a hiding. You and I both raced here. I am wincing,

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it was nearly 25 years ago back in 1993. What can you remember about

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the lake then and what challenges does it pose for the cruise? You are

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wincing, you can thirst! I did not! The big similarities when we came

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here in 1993 after the Barcelona Olympics, here it is after the real

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Olympics. You're not going to win your Olympic medal but you can stake

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your claim in the events. The German men's eights lost out in Rio. Five

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have come back and they are clearly laying their marker down for Tokyo.

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That is the replication of a post-Olympic year in 1993 and

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countries will have their eye on the boat and see how fast they are

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against the other opposition. This is where people need to put their

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stakes out. Katherine, your career does not quite go back a quarter of

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the century, the European Championships has come to the fore

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in the last four or five years, it is a fully fledged event now, really

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exciting but great prospects for next year? Yes, a big change. Next

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it turns into a European Championships and it is a multisport

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event. Two things, so one is it will be in Glasgow so it will be a home

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event. A good test. But the multisport brings a different

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dimensional and it is one that in rowing you rarely get to experience.

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Once every four years is the Olympic Games which is a multisport event

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but now there is the chance to have one at a European level. It will be

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a big test but also preparation for Tokyo. OK, here is what is coming up

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before five o'clock today. It was on an emotional silver in

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Rio, now Vicky Thornley is planning a lonely path in the women's singles

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sculls. Catherine went to meet up with her old team-mate. I thought it

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would be Rio and then that would be it but this sport gets you

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hooked, as you know! We will meet another member of the British Rowing

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team. Introducing Jonny Walton of the men's quad. Being side to side,

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that is what we train for. And we will find out how the doubles get

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on. The first event we will turn to is the women's pair. So often the

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boat class Britain has been successful in with Helen Glover and

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Heather Stanning in the last four years. Now it is the turn of Karen

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Bennett and Holly Norton. Karen won an Olympic silver in the women's

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eight in Rio and they both together in this new competition won a gold

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in the opening World Cup in Belgrade three weeks ago. That was only a

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three boat field. It will be a lot tougher here. James has gone across

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to join Garry Herbert in the commentary box and they will talk

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you through the first race of the afternoon.

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Then it and Norton of Great Britain are under a lot of pressure from

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Denmark in a number four. Italy in one, Spain and France in a number

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six, watch here, it is so important in the second 500 to really nail it.

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That gives you length, rhythm, power and that will give you the

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confidence to step on. That is now what the Romanian team are doing.

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They have opened up Clearwater in lane three. The problem is they have

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to keep their heads up, keep it long, keep it sharp so they don't

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come down into the boat here. They are well ahead of Spain, France and

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Italy. It is pride for them now. This is a big step up from the

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Regatta we had three weeks ago. The differences the Brits are in a race

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with no one. Denmark are raising Romania and Romania are raising

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Denmark. The Brits could get shutout in No Man's Land. The remaining have

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led their colours very starkly on the sun lounge. They have put

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themselves firmly in the first three quarters of the race. They have the

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pedigree and experience to hold on. I think Denmark, having that Olympic

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medal will come and row Romania down but they have put themselves in a

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perfect position with a couple of minutes left. Coming up to 1500

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metres. If Romania put the sun lounge out there, it looks like the

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Danish pair have stolen the towels because now they will step up. This

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will be a really good last 50 strokes. They have closed the gap

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again in the last 250 metres. There is clear water between Denmark and

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Great Britain here. Really disappointing so far for the Brits.

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It will be really hard to turn the speed around and get back into

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contention here for the British team of Karen Bennett and 24-year-old

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Holly Norton. Eddisbury hard for Denmark while second. The Romanian

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pair have not been successful for a long time so they will not let this

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go. They have put themselves pulp position. The Danes may be

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regretting the slow first 250 metres of the race. They have defined a

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change of gear now. Romania have gone early. Madalina Beres and Laura

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Oprea of Romania. They doubled up in the pair where they finished ninth

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in the Olympics. Denmark are the bronze medallists. They are looking

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very dynamic, very dynamic. Very sharp. I thought they may have

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nailed it through the middle 500 to much but they have stepped on and

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looking very dynamic. They are stretching out here, a length of

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Clearwater from Denmark. Romania know they are comfortable. It will

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take a massive turn of speed here for Great Britain to get back into

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the silver medal position. Look at that water, coming up to the line

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here and still Romania are putting the power down and so they should,

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they have done it in style. They are the European champions for 2017.

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They have opened their Olympiad in fine form. Great Britain's Karen

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Bennett and Holly Norton threw in bronze. They will be slightly

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disappointed with that, especially given the first 1000 they were in

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amongst in the race. The first final but there were

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patches where they slipped right out of the race? They were leading it in

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the thick of the field. The Romanian pair, dislike them back to the late

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early to thousands, we have not seen a strong remaining pair for a long

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time but we know they have calibre. They were threat in the early

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rounds. The Danish pair were a good calibre. Half the crew were Olympic

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medallists. The GB crew were hanging on to the Danish group for most of

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the race. It is not a disastrous performance but after their great

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result three weeks ago, in a weakened field are admittedly, they

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will be disappointed. I still think it is a building block for them. Do

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you think some other nations will prioritise this event even more than

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we will? The stories round the boat park is that some nations, this is

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as big as the World Championships for them. To Great Britain it is

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not, it is very much one of the steps on the journey through but it

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is a Championships, it is different to a World Cup. The championships

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have a higher status in some ways. It is those medals we want to win.

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We're just waiting for them to come off the water behind us. Talk

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through the mentality they have from a World Cup with a smaller field,

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out of what was not really a frying pan, a lukewarm saucepan into what

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has been a fire at the European Championships for them. How did they

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recover, how do they move on? What we will see in second is the instant

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reaction. It is crossing the line, heads down, disappointment, not

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quite the race they wanted to have. As the days go on they will realise

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how intense those races could be and help with the crews are that they

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are up against. As the days go on, as we go into the next World Cups,

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they will have learnt a lot in this regatta and right now it may be

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painful but they still walk away with the European medal. They are

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not where they want to be that they can get there. Here they come off

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the water. They are getting some water to drink. It has been a hot

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race, hot weekend for all of us in Prague. Come on over, come on over.

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Hello. How was that? Yes, it was tough. 750 metres in the race they

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started pulling ahead so we probably should have done a better job

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sticking with them, we let them get a bit too far ahead and then

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struggled to come back in the last 500. And your body language over the

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line, there was no punching of the air but there was a hub at least

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when you got off the water? Yes, we did a great job, as Holly said, we

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let it get away from us and we should have gone with them and we

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didn't. It is really frustrating but hopefully, there is more to come, we

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will need to wait and see really. It is a very different field and a very

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different feeling results wise than three weeks ago in Belgrade, but how

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does that race for you to compare with how you raced three weeks ago?

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I think three weeks ago was our first international race so it was

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all very exciting and we set the standard for our selves there. Now

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we always have that standard to come back against and we have to keep

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looking back and see how we did. I think maybe compare to that race, it

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probably wasn't much better. Just going off the performance, not the

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result. That is a bit frustrating. But as long as we learn from it and

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move onto the next race, it is not a missed opportunity really. All a

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learning experience. Exactly. We will let you going to get your

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medals. Congratulations. We will turn our attention to the men's

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pair, this is Rossiter and Jacob. Let's see how they get on. -- Jacob

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Dawson. This is the final, the men's pair,

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Italy threw in first place. The pair from the Czech Republic are in

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second place. Now looking heading no number four have Serbia, France and

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five and the British group just hanging on, just barely hanging on.

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Now a big third 500 is required. Just a nod here to tell you that all

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the British crews will be wearing black ribbons throughout this

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regatta, in memory of Di Ellis who was a former chair of British Rowing

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and also in respect of those who lost their lives in Manchester. The

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Brits are about to kick off the Czechs who tried to do a heroic

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start in front of their home crowd but that has not lasted the full

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length of the course. The Dutch have moved away from the British said

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their peripheral vision will be very empty. They will have to keep

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nagging their speed. All of the crews apart from the Italians are

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moving around the same speed. The initial slow minute from our boys

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has put them on the back foot. They have to keep believing and this will

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drag them back towards the Serbians and the Dutch. The Serbians putting

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the pressure on. The French pair in lane five. The brothers. They're

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coming towards the 1500 metres. This is where everything in the bank has

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been a foundation, just put the pressure on again. The Italians are

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clear. The awards are now from the Italians in lane number three. Great

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back in fifth place in the bottom left corner. Still the French going

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hard. They are being pushed by the Serbian pair. The Italians, I'm not

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sure they can sit back and this because the Italians have used a lot

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of energy. The Italians will be enjoying it, yes, but they will be

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full of lactic acid. The French, they will be kicking themselves

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afterwards, or the coach will be kicking them because they let the

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Italians get away too easily. They are probably going the quickest out

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there but they have left themselves 2.5 seconds, with 500 metres to go.

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It will be interesting to see if the wheels do fall off the Italians'

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wagon. They were bronze medallists at the Olympic Games and world

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champions in the men's four two years ago. They know how to control

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a race here. Responding again, Serbia pushing it hard. The French

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name number four, now stretching it out, looking to back the silver

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medal. Closest to us is Serbia. The British are in their own battle with

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the Netherlands. It is too little, too late from our boys. The

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Italians, that is how they do it. From first straight to last, that is

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how you race in the men's pair. France get the silver medal and

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Serbia getting the bronze. Great Britain come over in their own

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battle with the Netherlands in name number two.

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So, the men's pair at the back of the field. Will they be disappointed

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with that. I think they will be disappointed. Here they found

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everything a bit hotter. They have not struggled with the whole regatta

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but they have not had it all the roadway. The lead boats in that

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field were absolutely flying today. The Serbs who put in a great

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performance, the British were ahead of them three weeks ago and that is

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frustrating. Is this a testament to the clear out of the men's team from

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Rio. There are so few returnees from the Rio team? I'm sure there is an

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element of it. The men's team they are trying the four, the pair, they

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ate, they are trying all events rather than just focusing on one but

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we have seen the Brits can succeed in all events. It is great the boys

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are taking it on as a challenge but it is a huge challenge. Let's move

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on to the men's lightweight double, it is Will Fletcher and Pete

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Chambers. Before that let's catch up with Will Fletcher to hear his

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thoughts ahead of the champions. How does it feel, to be a world leader?

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It is a good start. We have been together for two weeks. Pete is

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enjoying sculling and I am enjoying sculling. You famously rode with

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Richard Chambers at the last Olympics, you have swapped brothers,

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what is the difference? It is a lot more relaxed with Peter. We had a

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bit of an on-off season last year through injuries are things, it did

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not quite go to plan. Have you talked about ambitions for the

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season? We will go to the first World Cup, we produced a good result

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but now it is about getting back to training and focusing on the next

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race. It will be difficult. We have the French, the Olympic champions.

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People will be gunning for us a bit more now. We also know what we do

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but we have still got a few tricks up our sleeve. You are following

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Jurgen Klopp lured the chief coach. You have a different coaching setup

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-- Jurgen Klopp. How was it different? The lads have done out

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for a run, we never used to run but now we're running up and down the

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bank. Does he have a lot of contact with you? A surprising amount. He

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will come into the crew room and have a word. You say what he has

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said and it is cool. We are excited about going out to a race. Halfway

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mark, clear water with the Olympic champions, France. Great Britain

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coming through and they continue to be in fourth place.

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They will have to turn the screw if they are going to take it on. Poland

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in name number one. They are pushing hard. They will have looked at the

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Times and the speeds of all of these crews from the semifinals and they

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will know that the Irish ode on the brothers got quicker and quicker as

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they progress. Look at the owls. The Irish now, they have got to cover,

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to get the overlap and then the Polish will start attacking the

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Italians. I think the Irish have rowed through chambers and Fletcher

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and they will be hounding the Italians and the Polish. The

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Italians will not want to lose to the Polish crew. They will not want

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to lose to someone in the last race of the final. Everything will be

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brought to a head because of the Irish. The French have got this into

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the bag but the Irish could throw something into the mix. A Markov

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what Olympic champions do. They go clear and based have the fastest

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boat speed. The Italians are being pushed on by Ireland in the

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left-hand part your picture. 500 metres remaining. The Irish are in

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another two. They are currently in fourth. They had a good third 500.

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They have an overlap on Poland on the right. They have an overlap with

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the Italians on your left and they will have to pull hard. They have

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done that time and again. They keep their heads up. It is not pretty but

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it is effective. I am going with the Irish coming through here to get

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onto the medal podium. They have the fastest boat speed race but only by

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a fraction. They have more than a fraction to pull back. I feel that

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they can get to within a canvas in the last 300 metres but it is going

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to be a matter of not just getting close but cracking either the polls

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or the Italians. They have gone again. It is gritting your teeth

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stuff now. They are right on the edge, right on the limit and 200

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metres to go. This is a battle of wills. It is a mindset here. Who

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will hold? Who will crack. Will be the Italians -- they will get the

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Italians. The Irish put the power against Poland. The Olympic

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champions France have gone. They are going to come second. This is

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incredible stuff now from Ireland. The ode Donovan brothers who have

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pulled like dogs through their career. They are doing it again.

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They will get into the silver medal position. France are the European

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champions. They are Olympic champions and European champions.

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That is the distance of Great Britain coming across the line now

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in last place. That shows you where this event is going and how tough it

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is and how good you have to be. The Olympic champions are now the

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European champions. Disappointing them for Peter Chambers and Will

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Fletcher. They would have expected to be a bit quicker than that. If

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ever there was a field at European level which is about as hot as it

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is, the men's lightweight double it is. Probably a little bit too hot

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for the British combination at this stage. As painful as it watch from a

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British point of view, you can guarantee it would be worse to be

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sitting in that boat at the end. All of those crews voracious racing

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across the line and the British limped across at the back of the

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field. They will be so disappointed with the result. I do how they will

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feel about the performance. It was fast and theories from the start. As

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limited before we have a very excited Irish TV and just talk about

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the O'Donovans and what they bring to the sport. They bring a very good

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athletic level but they also bring so much entertainment. They say the

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things we feel as athletes but we do not always say front of a TV camera,

:24:59.:25:02.

pulling like a dog and all that, all the great turns of phrase is that

:25:03.:25:06.

makes it real somehow. But let's not forget the amazing success from the

:25:07.:25:10.

Olympic champions, the French double is spectacular. They were absolutely

:25:11.:25:14.

brilliant last year. Really, really setting standards in every race they

:25:15.:25:18.

did. We have not seen them yet this year. We were not sure how they

:25:19.:25:26.

would come back for a fresh new start for the post-Olympic season.

:25:27.:25:31.

They are looking good. Gary, Paul, cumin, you are looking tired in the

:25:32.:25:36.

legs. He does not have the strength to carry the flag. Does it make a

:25:37.:25:43.

difference in Olympic champions? Sun rowing is rowing. We raised these

:25:44.:25:50.

guys over the last few years. And Peter. It is great fun of what we

:25:51.:25:55.

enjoy hanging out with the guys in the boat park. It is great

:25:56.:26:02.

enjoyment. Will you ever have a race when you're leading in the last 500

:26:03.:26:10.

instead of storming through? Gives some excitement! Good for the

:26:11.:26:16.

crowds. We get a bit of enjoyment out of it too. Olympic medallists,

:26:17.:26:22.

European medallists, what is next? Sun we will go home and then we will

:26:23.:26:28.

go to the World Cup. We will go to Lucerne. Great performance, great to

:26:29.:26:38.

see a smiling as ever. Thank you for the chat. Thank you. So we turned to

:26:39.:26:47.

the winning's lightweight double and that has been a change in

:26:48.:26:54.

combination for the British crew. The rumour mill is going ten to the

:26:55.:26:58.

dozen, that has been an official statement from British Rowing about

:26:59.:27:02.

the change in combination, do we know what is going on? The official

:27:03.:27:07.

statement is it is about getting success this weekend and Emily

:27:08.:27:15.

Chambers of the best form of success. I think Charlie and cat had

:27:16.:27:25.

a traumatic experience back in Rio. They have both talked about that. I

:27:26.:27:28.

think everything is being dealt with. I think they raced much better

:27:29.:27:32.

than we have seen in a long time when they raced in Belgrade but in a

:27:33.:27:37.

tie between Belgrade and Europeans here, things are not really settled.

:27:38.:27:43.

The idea is they will try a slightly different combination and see what

:27:44.:27:46.

happens on the field. There is a lot still to play in this dramatic story

:27:47.:27:51.

of the lightweight winning's doubles and hopefully it will end in

:27:52.:27:56.

success. OK, out on the water for Copeland and Craig. Great Britain

:27:57.:28:04.

were looking for a little bit more squeezed as they come into this

:28:05.:28:07.

regatta. A last minute change brought Emily Craig into the stroke

:28:08.:28:14.

seat. And with her is Pat Copeland. The Netherlands are in lane of a

:28:15.:28:20.

one, Romania in two, Italy three, France, four, Poland in a number

:28:21.:28:26.

six. Netherlands are the Olympic champions.

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A really good calibre. Closest to us is Poland.

:28:40.:28:55.

Weronika Deresz was in the bowl seat. They were seven in the Olympic

:28:56.:29:03.

Games. We are through 300 metres. Just checking where Great Britain

:29:04.:29:13.

are. Not about to start at all. Look at the water, absolutely glorious

:29:14.:29:16.

conditions here. It shows you the crews are on the same level in terms

:29:17.:29:22.

of weight. This is an eyesight from a spectator's point of view. The

:29:23.:29:27.

British had the worst start but they have settled into a good pace. They

:29:28.:29:32.

are clawing back on the French in the lane outside them. It is a good

:29:33.:29:42.

start. They are in the mix where for the first 200 metres they did not

:29:43.:29:46.

seem to have the pace but now they have to hold that speed right

:29:47.:29:49.

through the middle of the race which they did not do in the first World

:29:50.:29:52.

Cup. Let's see if the change has been a positive one as well as the

:29:53.:29:55.

field getting stronger. They are settling at their race

:29:56.:30:11.

pace, the Italian, all the Italian, whether men, women, continue to be

:30:12.:30:16.

high, they like that sort of speed of quick strokings but they have to

:30:17.:30:20.

be efficient. The Italians sitting in about third place, on a stroke

:30:21.:30:29.

per stroke basis. Closest on this side Poland. Starting to come down

:30:30.:30:40.

again. You see Britain holding on 35, France on 34. The Italians have

:30:41.:30:47.

move down to 36 strokes again. Again, finding that rhythm, that

:30:48.:30:52.

all-important platform. The Brits' rhythm is strong, after a less than

:30:53.:30:58.

sparkling first minute of the race, they have held the speed of everyone

:30:59.:31:02.

but the French, they are coming back into the mix. It will be interesting

:31:03.:31:06.

in the third quarter of this race. This is where it really start. The

:31:07.:31:12.

lactic acid built up in the first half will be there and you still

:31:13.:31:18.

have 1,000 metres left. At 18 years of age Claire Bove is the stroke

:31:19.:31:22.

woman, at the half way mark, she is the youngest of all the finalists

:31:23.:31:27.

here, and she is leading the French crew, in phenomenal style here in

:31:28.:31:31.

this first thousand metres but this is now the real danger zone. The

:31:32.:31:36.

third five where positions start to change. Do we push up 1100, 1200 or

:31:37.:31:41.

1250? All round you start moving round. The British crew are closest.

:31:42.:31:46.

One up Craig an Copeland, again going well. The Olympic champions at

:31:47.:31:54.

the top, from Netherlands. You see they, they are in the group but

:31:55.:31:57.

everything they have done so far has kept them in the group. This is a

:31:58.:32:04.

phenomenal now final here. 2017 lightweight women's double scullses

:32:05.:32:09.

a the European Championships and Great Britain, they came, Emily

:32:10.:32:12.

Craig came in last minute for Charlotte Booth. Looking for boat

:32:13.:32:18.

speed. It seems to be there. It does now, it was here with 750 metres

:32:19.:32:23.

left the last time they raced. It was from this point on wards that

:32:24.:32:26.

with booth in the crew they started to slow down, so now there is a

:32:27.:32:30.

chance they can make the podium here, I think the French have gone,

:32:31.:32:33.

but the rest of the field is covered by half a lent. If the Brits can

:32:34.:32:40.

stick with the the Pole, they could find themselves on the podium. The

:32:41.:32:44.

perfect lane between the two fastest crew, the French and the Pole, they

:32:45.:32:49.

can stick with them, and drawn in a race with them, we could see on the

:32:50.:32:55.

podium. That is perfect. It will be very close for Kat Copeland and

:32:56.:32:59.

Emily Craig because they are in the bronze medal position but they are

:33:00.:33:04.

being chased by Italy in lane three, Romania in lane two and in lane one

:33:05.:33:07.

are the Olympic champions from Netherlands. Here we go, last 500

:33:08.:33:15.

metres. 50 stroke, they will have had it planned, right down to each

:33:16.:33:19.

and every single stroke here. They will know what they need to do and

:33:20.:33:22.

the British crew will have to step on and step on again, because coming

:33:23.:33:28.

hard at them Rodini and Cesarini from Italy. Romania, they lead,

:33:29.:33:37.

making calls here and that alsos is a -- affected. Netherlands, the

:33:38.:33:41.

Olympic champions are still in this fight.

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And the Netherlands and Romanians have an advantage. They are fighting

:33:46.:33:48.

for the bronze medal but they are next to each other. They could find

:33:49.:33:53.

themselves drawing level with the British, who, although they are

:33:54.:33:57.

right in the mix, are a long way behind Poland. But France, they have

:33:58.:34:01.

cooked their goose early and they could be coming off the boil. It is

:34:02.:34:05.

all to play for now. Emily Craig having come in late to the British

:34:06.:34:09.

crew, on thes of experience. The French have blown. The Italian on

:34:10.:34:14.

the far side. The Italians in lane three, they have gone to the left.

:34:15.:34:19.

They are out. France in four pushing on, Great Britain in fifth have to

:34:20.:34:23.

watch out. Look how close it is. It is nip end tuck. Terrible on each

:34:24.:34:29.

and every stroke, one crew moves on, the other sits back. It is anybody's

:34:30.:34:35.

call here, up at the first, our first full view of Netherlands.

:34:36.:34:39.

Paulis to the left of your picture, calling it for everything, for the

:34:40.:34:43.

last part. We are down to 75 metre, there is a bit under ten strokes

:34:44.:34:48.

remaining. Closest we have Poland in lane six, Poland coming up right in

:34:49.:34:52.

front of the commentary position, and Great Britain are going to look

:34:53.:34:56.

to be on the podium. They are currently in bronze medal. They will

:34:57.:34:59.

fight the last couple of strokes up to the line for the bronze medal.

:35:00.:35:03.

They are coming through in bronze and Netherlands on the top, it looks

:35:04.:35:08.

like they came across an it took a huge effort from the Olympic

:35:09.:35:12.

champion, Netherlands, just to secure into the silver medal

:35:13.:35:16.

position. Craig and Copeland, they were consistent through that. Some

:35:17.:35:20.

of the crews have been together all winter and these girls have been

:35:21.:35:23.

together less than a week, that was in a strong field, in a really tough

:35:24.:35:27.

event, it was a perfect starting position.

:35:28.:35:30.

So of all the crews from the British team here at the European

:35:31.:35:33.

Championships think we would have put the women's lightweight fairly

:35:34.:35:38.

low on the medal wish list. That has been fantastic. I hope they are

:35:39.:35:40.

pleased with that. Again, it was like we saw in the men's race, fast

:35:41.:35:45.

and furious racing all the way the line. Changing were happens in the

:35:46.:35:49.

last few hundred metres and that is when you have to keep your head

:35:50.:35:53.

clear, focus and I know how to get across the line. With a new

:35:54.:35:56.

combination that is when it can come under the biggest test. They nailed

:35:57.:36:00.

it. In a new combination like that, how do you divide who does what?

:36:01.:36:04.

They might have started with a handshake, how are we going to do

:36:05.:36:09.

this? They know each other, you need to know each other's strengths and

:36:10.:36:14.

weakness, we can ask them ourselves. Come on in. Don't hang about.

:36:15.:36:22.

Congratulations. How was that? Yes, it was savage. We knew like going

:36:23.:36:30.

into it, everyone was going to be like, there are six boats so it

:36:31.:36:34.

could have come from anywhere. It was like using the people round us

:36:35.:36:39.

but a bit in the last bit just like sort of heads down and do whatever

:36:40.:36:44.

we could. So, yes, I think it's pretty good as a first regatta. What

:36:45.:36:49.

were you thinking in the last dying stages studio I hadn't got a clue

:36:50.:36:55.

what was going on, I was just doing what Kat told me to do. And putting

:36:56.:36:59.

in what we had been working on in the ten days we had together. I mean

:37:00.:37:03.

we didn't know what has happened when we crossed the line, so to find

:37:04.:37:09.

out, we got a medal was just, I just, yeah. How do you decide who

:37:10.:37:14.

does what in the boat? How do you play to your strengths when it is

:37:15.:37:22.

still new? One thing we talked about was bringing what make eaches of us

:37:23.:37:27.

a great athlete into this and working together, but bringing,

:37:28.:37:29.

bringing together what makes us great as individuals. So with

:37:30.:37:32.

decisions to be made now about what is going forward. You will see your

:37:33.:37:36.

coach in a few minute, what are you going to be saying to him? Erdots

:37:37.:37:43.

dots we have been working on length and that is all that has been

:37:44.:37:48.

shouted at us, so he will say we could have rowed longer, but, I

:37:49.:37:52.

think we just said, we will go and race and see where we are, we don't

:37:53.:37:56.

know what is happening yet. All we can do is enjoy it and see how good

:37:57.:38:01.

we can do. It is not up to us, yes. They will put out whatever they

:38:02.:38:06.

think is the fastest. Has it been tough for you. Yes, I think I would

:38:07.:38:11.

be lying if I said it I hadn't. It has been really tough, but you know,

:38:12.:38:16.

I think it is testament to our group we have five or six fantastic girls

:38:17.:38:20.

and we can put out a mixture of combinations and whatever we put out

:38:21.:38:24.

will be up there, so I have got confidence in that, and I have

:38:25.:38:27.

confidence in the coaches, to get us in the right place.

:38:28.:38:30.

Well done, what a fantastic performance for you both to come

:38:31.:38:35.

away with a medal. Enjoy the ceremony. Than, more than

:38:36.:38:41.

Belgrade. So from the women's lightweight

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double to the men's four. Another event we have great history in. Let

:38:45.:38:45.

us see how they get on. It has been a while since we have

:38:46.:38:53.

seen a British crew in lane two, that is where Great Britain are in

:38:54.:38:56.

the final of the men's four. From lane one, develop of the mixture

:38:57.:39:00.

Romania, Great Britain in two, Russia if three, watch them now,

:39:01.:39:03.

they will be out quick and fast in this first 100, that is the British

:39:04.:39:09.

crew, some lane orders since we, seed order change, Moe Sbihi comes

:39:10.:39:16.

to stroke. Callum McBrierty is sitting in the three. Satch is in

:39:17.:39:23.

two. The Italians in four. All of these were bronze medals in the

:39:24.:39:26.

Olympic Games last year, in two boats. The men's pair and the men's

:39:27.:39:33.

four. The Italians going out fast. Led now by the stroke seat.

:39:34.:39:37.

Netherlands in five, lane six France. The Italians 45 strokes a

:39:38.:39:41.

minute, which is high. That is high, but the, that is like trying to run

:39:42.:39:46.

with holding your breath. They will build up lactic acid. But the good

:39:47.:39:51.

thing is, from their perspective there may be in debt but they are

:39:52.:39:55.

leading the race. The worst is if you go off that hard you are not

:39:56.:39:59.

winning. That is not text book rowing. The Dutch hitting, I don't

:40:00.:40:04.

know if they are hit a buoy which has put them out. You can still see

:40:05.:40:11.

they are down on the line. They are in lane five. Still the Italians as

:40:12.:40:17.

we're go through the 500 metre mark. About a third of a length now over

:40:18.:40:22.

Russia in lane three, and Great Britain will be reasonably pleased

:40:23.:40:25.

with this start, in that they have got through the 500 metre mark, they

:40:26.:40:28.

are in the mix, they are in the pack, and for them now, it is all

:40:29.:40:32.

about length and just finding that rhythm. How hard will it be on Will

:40:33.:40:40.

Satch moving into the two seat. First and foremost, they are closer

:40:41.:40:45.

to the Russians than yesterday, so they will be happy. For Will, to be

:40:46.:40:51.

honest he would rather be in the two seat and win than in the stroke seat

:40:52.:40:58.

and lose. It is a bit of a snub. He has paid the price of having his

:40:59.:41:03.

seat shifted, but, if they beat the Italians who weren't in the race

:41:04.:41:07.

last time out, then, it will have moved on and he can cope with that.

:41:08.:41:11.

You want to hear your anthem not someone es's. Still the Italians are

:41:12.:41:15.

on 40. They are racing like they are racing an eight. The men's eight you

:41:16.:41:20.

go along at 40 strokes a minute. This is the coxless four

:41:21.:41:26.

heavyweights and the Italians are all seasoned professionals here,

:41:27.:41:28.

just almost now out to one length, as we head to the half way mark on

:41:29.:41:33.

the far side. Romania still quick. This Romanian crew have come out of

:41:34.:41:40.

nowhere. The 20-year-old in the stroke seat. He is suddenly finding

:41:41.:41:45.

form. Half way mark, through in clear water just the Italian, they

:41:46.:41:50.

have taken it out the start. Consolidated in the second. The

:41:51.:41:56.

British crew are in fifth. They could be happy with themselves. They

:41:57.:42:00.

won't be. We are used to see the British crew go through half way a

:42:01.:42:03.

lent up. We have seen the Italians go through a length up and not a

:42:04.:42:06.

lent up on Britain, they are two lengths up on Britain, I have yet to

:42:07.:42:11.

see in the last five or six years a Romanian crew have a good three

:42:12.:42:14.

races in a regatta. They may have a good heat or representative but that

:42:15.:42:18.

is it. The Romanians and the Russians have put together a good

:42:19.:42:23.

series of races, and the dangerous is now having watched the Dutch have

:42:24.:42:29.

that shipwreck the British could be involved. What has gone wrong? First

:42:30.:42:33.

500 they would have been happy with that. They were in and among it.

:42:34.:42:39.

That were closers to the Russians. It is too much of a task for Moe

:42:40.:42:43.

Sbihi, to focus on getting that rhythm? That is a, the thing is,

:42:44.:42:50.

that what with we were told is don't make the race faster than you need

:42:51.:42:55.

it to be. Just make sure you are in the mix. The British four, from the

:42:56.:42:59.

heat and the semi, they knew they had to be fast, so they have gone

:43:00.:43:02.

out and they have had to try and make the race fast, and they were in

:43:03.:43:09.

the mix. But they are making the very fast, they got into debt and

:43:10.:43:13.

they weren't at the sharp end. Now they are paying the price. The

:43:14.:43:18.

Italians are three hens up. 1500 through the Italians still at 40.

:43:19.:43:23.

They have clean water. Water. The French have a race ahead, and Great

:43:24.:43:27.

Britain still in that fifth position, so the middle thousand has

:43:28.:43:32.

not been so ineffectual more the British crew. There is a major

:43:33.:43:38.

possibility here that the British crew won't get on to the podium

:43:39.:43:42.

here. It is clear water, so the amount of work they have to do to

:43:43.:43:46.

get into a medal posed you position is just phenomenal. They won't get

:43:47.:43:50.

on the podium. And to be honest I think that is is a good thing,

:43:51.:43:53.

because if you are going to get a kicking get a good kicking and it

:43:54.:43:56.

will force the whole structure and team to think we immediate to go

:43:57.:44:00.

back and sort it out for the next race. This is not good enough. This

:44:01.:44:04.

crew, in this order, they will not get back on terms so they need to

:44:05.:44:08.

switch it round or change personnel. Look, we talked about this, look at

:44:09.:44:12.

the right-hand side, the Italian, up high but they are long. Long

:44:13.:44:17.

sweeping stroke, they quick and on it, the legs go down but the length

:44:18.:44:21.

and we compare and contrast to the British crew, they are starting to

:44:22.:44:25.

straighten up. Beyond being on the back foot they will not they are not

:44:26.:44:28.

getting on the podium. The race for the silver medal on far side.

:44:29.:44:32.

Romania in lane one, pushing it on hard. The Romanians got beaten by

:44:33.:44:36.

the Brit in the the semi yesterday. This is why the Brits will be in the

:44:37.:44:41.

way. The Italians really have done it in style today, European

:44:42.:44:48.

champions, and being pushed to it by Romania in second, Russia in third

:44:49.:44:51.

and the British crew will be in fifth. The head down, major upset

:44:52.:44:58.

here. This isn't just a World Cup regatta, this is a European

:44:59.:45:02.

Championship. So a big marker at the opening stage of this Olympiad, and

:45:03.:45:05.

the British Heavyweight men's four has come in fifth position.

:45:06.:45:13.

If ever there was a boat with a bit of history behind it. That was the

:45:14.:45:18.

men's four. It is surprise we haven't got anywhere near a medal.

:45:19.:45:22.

We have seen they were nowhere where they would like to be and people

:45:23.:45:25.

expect them to be. That result will be a shock to hem and also to the

:45:26.:45:33.

rest of the team. It is, to see the boat be hit badly by that result is

:45:34.:45:39.

quite big. It is not often you can can the question about whether

:45:40.:45:41.

Jurgen has anything wrong, if you have the stroke of the Olympic eight

:45:42.:45:45.

and a gold medallist in the middle, and Moe Sbihi stroking the four who

:45:46.:45:49.

doesn't really have a track record of stroking, is everything all right

:45:50.:45:54.

in the men's four? It is an interesting question, I mean, we

:45:55.:45:58.

have seen Jurgen, he moves crews round, he tries different things.

:45:59.:46:02.

Moe Sbihi is an Olympic medallist in his own right. It is not a bad thing

:46:03.:46:07.

to have tried. It is whether Jurgen will put that result down to the

:46:08.:46:11.

order or if there is something more behind the scenes. Which ever way

:46:12.:46:16.

you paint it is disappointing. What does Jurgen do now. He will say that

:46:17.:46:20.

is not our level. That is not our level. I don't think that is is

:46:21.:46:24.

right. Then what happens? He will say let's not talk about it today,

:46:25.:46:27.

we will talk about it tomorrow and you will go home, fly hope, there

:46:28.:46:32.

will be a sort of Moody silence on the plane home tonight I would

:46:33.:46:36.

imagine. To be fair that is with a lot of crews we have seen, some have

:46:37.:46:40.

been surprises in a positive way. Great result, positive step forward

:46:41.:46:44.

for a lot of crew, some we are seeing not where they want or need

:46:45.:46:50.

to be. But probably that answer, it takes time. Let it bed in, look at

:46:51.:46:55.

the run up, how the training went and make decisions going forward.

:46:56.:46:59.

OK, next event in the women's quad. Let us hope for another positive

:47:00.:47:03.

surprise, back out to Gary and James.

:47:04.:47:06.

As we go into the third 500 of this final of the women's sculls, Great

:47:07.:47:14.

Britain in five. They have given themselves a platform in which to

:47:15.:47:19.

step on. Holly Nixon laid none the three seat, Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne

:47:20.:47:22.

two, Bethany Bryan in the bow seat for the British crew. They have

:47:23.:47:25.

given themselves a brilliant platform. They were sitting fourth

:47:26.:47:29.

at half way, they have to step on, take that confidence and keep the

:47:30.:47:33.

length but now we want more speed. You can watch the legs go down, the

:47:34.:47:38.

speed of rate hasn't changed. I would expect Great Britain to be 34,

:47:39.:47:45.

starting to push on, so they have classy crews on either side. Two

:47:46.:47:49.

returning from that boat. On their left, lane six the Olympic

:47:50.:47:52.

champions, Germany, a different line up but a great pedigree, they have

:47:53.:47:58.

to keep right on it. And the Poles as well. If you said to the British

:47:59.:48:05.

girls, right you will behind Germany and Poland, they would have taken

:48:06.:48:10.

that and right now they have a chance to get the bronze medal over

:48:11.:48:14.

Poland. This is a very good performance and they are right

:48:15.:48:20.

behind the Dutch. Sensational middle, third 500 now for Great

:48:21.:48:26.

Britain, led by Holly Nixon, we are looking there at Germany. Stroking

:48:27.:48:32.

through the last 500 metre, so just checking the positions then. So

:48:33.:48:36.

Germany still one length ahead of Great Britain, who are this third

:48:37.:48:40.

place, they have moved up from fourth, so turning that screw in the

:48:41.:48:45.

third 500 metre. They could surprise themselves here. They could get the

:48:46.:48:51.

Dutch. That would have been way ahead of expectation, what the

:48:52.:48:56.

Germans are showing is the robust belief you have from being

:48:57.:49:02.

successful, yes they they be new to the event, Germany are good in the

:49:03.:49:08.

quad. 400 out, the British crew responding. Now they want to be

:49:09.:49:11.

hungry, they want to hunt it down and think, we are keeping the

:49:12.:49:15.

overlap. The overlap on Germany which we are looking at, will get us

:49:16.:49:19.

level and through, that is your mind set, the Dutch who are the Olympic

:49:20.:49:23.

silver medallist, they are behind, and two of that crew are back in

:49:24.:49:27.

that boat there, they are half a lent down, we are inside about 200

:49:28.:49:32.

metres now, 20 stroke, 20 of best strokes of their careers so far are

:49:33.:49:37.

required to become silver medallists at the European Championship,

:49:38.:49:40.

Germany are closest to us, on the far side Netherlands in lane four,

:49:41.:49:44.

the experience of Netherlands you would have thought should hold the

:49:45.:49:48.

British charge. They are no going to give to it the British. This is a

:49:49.:49:55.

good, good race from our girls. Brilliant display from Great Britain

:49:56.:50:00.

in the sculls, last 100 out there. Germany have been sensational from

:50:01.:50:04.

the off. They have held the European nations against them. To the line,

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it is Germany European champions, Netherlands on the silver medallist

:50:11.:50:14.

and Great Britain are bronze medallists. That is a job very well

:50:15.:50:18.

done. They are screaming and exhausted and they can demonstrate,

:50:19.:50:22.

we can enjoy that, given that right the way through they have done

:50:23.:50:26.

everything that was asked of them. They can be very pleased with that.

:50:27.:50:31.

The Dutch will be disappointed. Their silver medal behind Germany at

:50:32.:50:35.

the Olympic, they thought they could cake take out a fresh German crew.

:50:36.:50:41.

The British girls to take out the Poles that is a big step forward.

:50:42.:50:44.

There was a point where we thought they might get the Dutch. Next time

:50:45.:50:50.

out they should be aiming for them. If our body language was slumped

:50:51.:50:56.

after the men's four, that is a huge fillip for everyone to have. That is

:50:57.:51:01.

unexpected. Today seems to be feast or famine. It is, we didn't expect

:51:02.:51:09.

the result coming in, it feels disappointing or amazing success

:51:10.:51:11.

that three weeks' ago you wouldn't have predicted that result. Back in

:51:12.:51:15.

Belgrade it was a small field. They were third out of three. We were

:51:16.:51:21.

sort of thinking about measuring them against the competitors they

:51:22.:51:25.

were racing back then but they have done better. The Dutch and the Poles

:51:26.:51:30.

they finished behind in Belgrade have got, both crews have got

:51:31.:51:33.

athletes that are Olympic medallists and weer were saying in Belgrade,

:51:34.:51:40.

this is a young inexperienced crew from the British team, so perhaps

:51:41.:51:42.

the third would have been disappointing to them. However, they

:51:43.:51:46.

can step up from there, they have stepped on three week, they are

:51:47.:51:50.

beating crews that beat them three weeks' ago and putting in a mature

:51:51.:51:54.

level of racing, they were behind, they weren't where they wanted to be

:51:55.:51:58.

and then they kept their heads and moved through the field. There was a

:51:59.:52:02.

moment in ta race, Gary and James picked it out where they were

:52:03.:52:06.

slipping behind and the race was moving away from them, and just at

:52:07.:52:10.

the moment they needed to dig in and hang on they did. Yes, and that is

:52:11.:52:14.

that decision making in the heat of battle. And you know, you can get

:52:15.:52:18.

that from experience, these girls are learning that all the time.

:52:19.:52:21.

Every race they are out there they will pick up something more, that is

:52:22.:52:25.

what we want to see from them. They are a young crew, loving life. That

:52:26.:52:30.

were disappointed with Belgrade but they have bounced back, they have

:52:31.:52:33.

come back and they would have been thrilled by that race that, the

:52:34.:52:37.

racing you want. You want it to be in the mix of it and changing

:52:38.:52:42.

happening all time. How is the gap between Belgrade and here? It was

:52:43.:52:47.

tough, but, like, hard work got us here, so we worked so hard and just

:52:48.:52:51.

had to trust, had to trust each other. Made some big changes. We

:52:52.:52:58.

didn't have an easy run from here to Belgrade. It put us in the right

:52:59.:53:01.

place. We had to trust each other and that is what got us down. What

:53:02.:53:06.

did you work on physically and mentally. To take on that level of

:53:07.:53:12.

racing is impressive. We changed the order round and committed in

:53:13.:53:15.

training to just letting the boat do the work for us and I think that

:53:16.:53:18.

really paid off in the middle, because we knew our start wasn't the

:53:19.:53:23.

fastest, as the Polish or Dutch. We knew if we stuck to our guns it

:53:24.:53:29.

would pay off. Holly finished us off. How did it feel from there?

:53:30.:53:38.

Nervewracking, it was my first time. I had a good unit behind me. They

:53:39.:53:44.

fed the rhythm back to me, it was a full crew effort. Well done, we will

:53:45.:53:49.

be enjoying the ceremony with you. Thank you.

:53:50.:53:54.

So from a successful women's quad we turn to the men's event. It is

:53:55.:53:59.

another unit with a lot of changes through injury and illness, before

:54:00.:54:02.

we see them race, let us catch up with one of the team members Johnny

:54:03.:54:04.

Walton. I think the best bit has to be

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racing, like all the hard work that we do in rowing, all the winter

:54:17.:54:21.

miles, all the early mornings, all the cold stars, to be side by side

:54:22.:54:25.

with six other international crews like, that is what we train for and

:54:26.:54:30.

what we do it for. For training it has to be Australia on a river that

:54:31.:54:38.

we did, that was, yes, just so beautiful, like jungle either side

:54:39.:54:45.

and then for racing, it did have its moments but Rio lake with Christ the

:54:46.:54:49.

redeemer looking down, it was a magical backdrop.

:54:50.:54:54.

It has to be John Collins who have rowed with for the last three

:54:55.:55:00.

seasons. Seasons. We are almost like a married couple, ending each

:55:01.:55:04.

other's sentences in the boat. Psychologically linked, some might

:55:05.:55:05.

say. Through the thousand metres, six

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boats. 24 rower, I was going to say the eye is drawn to the name of one

:55:15.:55:21.

person, Olaf Tufte in the crew from Norway, in lane three, but they,

:55:22.:55:25.

they could do something here, a bit of a Sorcerer and his three

:55:26.:55:28.

apprentices going on in that boat. He is in the back, he is the back

:55:29.:55:34.

end of pack, so a good third 500 might get him in contention for a

:55:35.:55:38.

bronze medal. Out front is Lithuania, being pushed or having

:55:39.:55:41.

taken on the lead from Great Britain, Great Britain set the early

:55:42.:55:45.

speed in the first 500 metres. Out to the half way mark. From there,

:55:46.:55:49.

really, coming through half way mark, Lithuania said thank you, we

:55:50.:55:52.

will take it from here, they have done that into the third 500.

:55:53.:55:58.

But good story from the British quad and a good race so far. Closest to

:55:59.:56:03.

us here Poland. Look at the Norwegians. Third from the top. They

:56:04.:56:07.

were three seconds behind after 500 metres and now they are coming up

:56:08.:56:13.

into fourth and they will be, the next is Great Britain. Great Britain

:56:14.:56:18.

are ahead of them now, they will be charging and Pete Lambert has left

:56:19.:56:22.

everything out there. The Lithuanians have a better rhythm and

:56:23.:56:26.

it is up to our boys to hold on. They are in a perfect position to

:56:27.:56:29.

get on podium. The Norwegians are coming through hard. So as we come

:56:30.:56:35.

through 1500 metre, the Lithuanian boat is travelling beautifully

:56:36.:56:38.

between strokes here, it is running on over the water, they make it look

:56:39.:56:43.

easy. It is far from but when all the ingredients come together, these

:56:44.:56:46.

things can fly. Look at that. That is an amazing difference here and

:56:47.:56:49.

Great Britain are on the far side. It is a different approach. It St a

:56:50.:56:54.

more brutal in terms of pushing it along here. They don't have the

:56:55.:56:58.

experience in this boat in terms of Lithuanian, and what not, they have

:56:59.:57:02.

to rely on sheer power, brute and upstairs, all in the head here, as

:57:03.:57:06.

we Colin to the closing stages. 400 out. The Brits are racing well. They

:57:07.:57:10.

have put their hand in the flame from the start. They are holding on.

:57:11.:57:18.

The Lithuanians are going quicker than everyone else. The British are

:57:19.:57:23.

going the same speed as everyone else. That is what they need to do.

:57:24.:57:27.

This is a brave race. They could get on the podium. Braver. Olaf Tufte

:57:28.:57:32.

stroking the Norwegian crew in lane three. 41. He is coming on strong

:57:33.:57:36.

now, in terms of challenging Great Britain up there in lane one.

:57:37.:57:40.

Challenging Poland in lane six. Watch the crew in the middle lane

:57:41.:57:44.

three, sneak, it is like they are going to rob a medal here, they are

:57:45.:57:49.

going to steal a medal from Great Britain or Poland and you are never

:57:50.:57:57.

write off Olaf Tufte. Making it easy, Lithuania will look back on

:57:58.:58:03.

the fight. The silver medal goes to Poland and the Italians third. We

:58:04.:58:06.

will have to wait for confirmation, one thing for sure Lithuania are a

:58:07.:58:11.

class act. The Lithuanians raced very well.

:58:12.:58:15.

They weren't thrown by the Brits storming out in the start. They got

:58:16.:58:18.

into a great rhythm. That carried them through the middle. By the end

:58:19.:58:23.

we had four crews going for two medals and unfortunately it look

:58:24.:58:26.

like the Brits have finished on the negative side of that.

:58:27.:58:31.

So the women's adequate disappearing down the steps with their medal.

:58:32.:58:37.

Less positive about the men's quad, but I don't think realistically we

:58:38.:58:41.

could expect them to be in a medal position? I don't know the we should

:58:42.:58:44.

be less positive. It would have been lovely to see the men's quad on the

:58:45.:58:48.

podium. We have had a change of personnel because of illness, that

:58:49.:58:53.

unsettles the boat. Pete coming in, stroking that boat, they put

:58:54.:58:56.

themselves in the best position to get a medal. It was a brave piece of

:58:57.:59:00.

racing, in the end it wasn't enough. But I think a big move on from what

:59:01.:59:04.

we have seen. Let us take a moment to take a pause from the action, out

:59:05.:59:09.

on the water, the British team this weekend are wearing black ribs on

:59:10.:59:13.

their racing strip. Gary and James have mentioned this twice. It has

:59:14.:59:17.

been both because of the atrocity in Manchester last weekend, and because

:59:18.:59:23.

of the passing of the Chairman of British rowing Dai Ellis, and the

:59:24.:59:26.

current holder of that position is Annamarie Fhelps, who joins me to

:59:27.:59:33.

talk about Dai. You knew her probably in an about release

:59:34.:59:35.

capacity and administrator, what was she like? She was an incredible

:59:36.:59:41.

woman. She had a presence about her. When she was there you felt

:59:42.:59:45.

confident. You felt things were OK, Di is here, she is reassure, and a

:59:46.:59:53.

fantastic mentor adviser to so many women and men across British sport.

:59:54.:59:57.

I can never remember as an athlete or involved in the sport since,

:59:58.:00:05.

having an argument with Di, but you and especially as an ex-coxon, you

:00:06.:00:10.

were never aware of her opinion, she was never aggressive about anything.

:00:11.:00:14.

No, she never told you what to do. She always asked the right

:00:15.:00:17.

questions, she was able to sort of influence and change the way you

:00:18.:00:23.

thought by just questioning and asking you things she had a slight

:00:24.:00:26.

his determined glint in her eye which sometimes was wicked. She was

:00:27.:00:31.

amazing, most fantastic sort of calming influence, think on the team

:00:32.:00:32.

and the organisation. OK, let's turn our attention to the

:00:33.:00:43.

winning's eight, an event which Di as a Cox would have liked to have

:00:44.:00:50.

had a chance on. Let's go back onto the water with Garry and James.

:00:51.:00:56.

We are at the halfway mark in this women's eight. Great Britain are

:00:57.:01:04.

well poised in this event. Romania are sitting in Lane number five. We

:01:05.:01:16.

have just to watch the Netherlands. They are poised to move strongly in

:01:17.:01:22.

this. The British crew look like they are front loading it. They have

:01:23.:01:27.

to keep it long that key bit hard, just bang out 25 long hard strokes.

:01:28.:01:36.

The Dutch, they have a real natural flow and it is easy floating speed

:01:37.:01:41.

from the Dutch in Lane number four. The Dutch are a very even paced

:01:42.:01:46.

nation. They do not go out hard, they pace it well. The British crew,

:01:47.:01:55.

they are a new crew. They do not want to have a fatal discharge at

:01:56.:02:00.

the end, yes, they may suffer in the last 500 metres but they have to put

:02:01.:02:08.

together a really good 1500 metres, the Dutch crew are going to be hard

:02:09.:02:14.

to hold now. Keep bit long up in the British crew.

:02:15.:02:26.

All of them really now coming together stop this now is about

:02:27.:02:41.

keeping Russia in number three. Sensational stuff. 1500 metres and

:02:42.:02:45.

they have been absolutely incredible. Romania in Lane number

:02:46.:02:51.

five, they have taken with them the crew from the Netherlands in Lane

:02:52.:02:55.

number four. The race now is on the bronze medal between Great Britain

:02:56.:03:00.

and Russia. The British crew really nailed it hard in that first 500.

:03:01.:03:06.

They consolidated a good position in the race. Have they expended too

:03:07.:03:15.

much energy in that? A young crew. They should just row with flair now.

:03:16.:03:18.

Key bit long, keep it good but just go for it. It doesn't matter, they

:03:19.:03:22.

have done brilliantly in the first 1000 metres. Now it is like race for

:03:23.:03:27.

medals, hold off the Russians and enjoyed it. Good thing is they won't

:03:28.:03:31.

be enjoying it now because they redlined it in the first half. But

:03:32.:03:35.

they did not race for bronze. If they raced for bronze they could be

:03:36.:03:36.

enjoying it more but they have put themselves in a position to try and

:03:37.:03:56.

be first and second but now they are in a dogfight with the Russians for

:03:57.:03:59.

bronze. Romania looking like the Romanian aids of old. They're

:04:00.:04:01.

getting that speed. As soon as the Blades have covered, the boat has

:04:02.:04:04.

gone. Our goals are going to miss out to the Russians, I think. Once

:04:05.:04:07.

your speed starts to go in and eight, it you cannot get it back.

:04:08.:04:12.

Brilliant at 1500 metres, sensational. Coming towards the line

:04:13.:04:17.

for the European Championship title. Romania getting the gold medal now.

:04:18.:04:20.

Come from the Netherlands and the Russians having more in the tank in

:04:21.:04:24.

the last 500 metres. Russia taking the bronze and Great Britain coming

:04:25.:04:29.

through in fourth place. That is a brilliant fourth place. They will be

:04:30.:04:32.

disappointed to be off the medals but they did everything in the first

:04:33.:04:37.

1000 metres. They will go back and say let's put the next 500 together

:04:38.:04:41.

and step-by-step as we head towards the World Championships. So, the

:04:42.:04:50.

cross in fourth. Probably some inexperience in bat crew. We were

:04:51.:05:09.

talking about dialysis. -- we were talking about Di Ellis. The

:05:10.:05:14.

remaining crew were looking classy. The remaining crew won the pairs

:05:15.:05:18.

event a few hours earlier. They already have winning experience in

:05:19.:05:22.

that boat already and they showed their class today. I think it is

:05:23.:05:27.

still very new, very developing for the British crew. We have seen bits

:05:28.:05:31.

of them which have shown they have some speed where it is important

:05:32.:05:35.

that speed but now they have to extend it for longer. The next

:05:36.:05:39.

British boat to go is Victoria Thornley in the single sculls. We

:05:40.:05:44.

thought, who could we send along to see Vicky, have a good cup of tea

:05:45.:05:49.

and a chinwag? Hello! Welcome. Is the cattle on?

:05:50.:06:04.

Yes. You are making tea again, it is like being back in training camp?

:06:05.:06:11.

Isn't it just? The last time we did something in front of a BBC camera

:06:12.:06:18.

it was in front of Copacabana by beach. Thornley and Granger. They

:06:19.:06:29.

will need to have one last push. Legs down and harder, harder again.

:06:30.:06:35.

The last five, they are hanging on. Poland getting Olympic gold. It is a

:06:36.:06:40.

silver medal today. It stands testament to the power of self

:06:41.:06:47.

belief. There is the closing ceremony and

:06:48.:06:50.

they say join us and we will do it again in four years' time, did you

:06:51.:06:56.

think no way or maybe or sign me up already? I think I was maybe virgin

:06:57.:07:01.

towards yes but I knew I needed a bit of time to decompress and think

:07:02.:07:05.

about it properly because it is a long time, for years, so you have to

:07:06.:07:09.

be fully committed. I knew I needed to take many holidays before it. Did

:07:10.:07:14.

it feel different having that Olympic medal in your pocket? Yes,

:07:15.:07:19.

in London we did amazing things post-Olympics, but there is always

:07:20.:07:22.

that feeling that I was devastated with the result, but having my

:07:23.:07:26.

silver medal there made everything nicer. I was really smiling from

:07:27.:07:31.

deep down because it was so special. Does it still feel that way now,

:07:32.:07:36.

nine months on? Yes. Sometimes I go into my drawer to see where the

:07:37.:07:39.

medleys and I just hold it because it is heavy. It is nice to get it

:07:40.:07:50.

out now now and then. Lets go and see you doing hula hoop again. Maybe

:07:51.:07:57.

you should try to expect no! This is a lovely garden. It is a bit of

:07:58.:08:03.

serenity. Do you use it as a haven when all. Things are happening in

:08:04.:08:06.

the rowing world? Yes, it is nice to come back to and look out on the

:08:07.:08:17.

fields. It is a bit of serenity for post-rowing. Howl easy is it for you

:08:18.:08:21.

to switch off? I'm getting better. I used to be terrible. I have other

:08:22.:08:24.

things in my life now to distract me when I'm not in the boat and I think

:08:25.:08:27.

that is good. To be thinking about constantly when you're not in the

:08:28.:08:30.

boat is exhausting. For recovery mentally it is good to think about

:08:31.:08:36.

other things. We had a challenging last part of the journey leading up

:08:37.:08:40.

to Rio and there was a point when you could have walked away within

:08:41.:08:44.

two months of the games. I think that showed how much it had affected

:08:45.:08:50.

me and how much it had taken out of me. The processors I had put in

:08:51.:08:53.

place since London and I felt it was not paying off like I had hoped it

:08:54.:08:57.

would and at that point I was in a really low place. I knew if we were

:08:58.:09:02.

going to go with the double I needed to give you and the boat deserved

:09:03.:09:07.

the drive to drive it on for the next two months and I needed to find

:09:08.:09:10.

that and make sure I could sign up for that and actually I found out I

:09:11.:09:15.

had a bit more strength than I thought in that area and when we got

:09:16.:09:20.

back in the double, it was probably the most enjoyable time, even though

:09:21.:09:23.

the pressure was highest with six weeks to go. It was the most

:09:24.:09:27.

enjoyable time we had had in the boat. Since then you have decided to

:09:28.:09:36.

go solo. Does it feel a different level for you now? A different

:09:37.:09:39.

ambition and project? I know the challenge I am faced in the single.

:09:40.:09:42.

It is a vent but it is something I want to try and crack if I can. It

:09:43.:09:46.

is something I enjoy. Not many people enjoy rolling around on their

:09:47.:09:49.

own for hundreds of col matters but I enjoy it. It is different,

:09:50.:09:56.

one-on-one. The shack hundreds of kilometres. It is a bit different.

:09:57.:10:03.

The silver medal going to Vicky Thornley. A great start to 2007 four

:10:04.:10:10.

Vicky Thornley. This is your third Olympiad now. Did you ever think

:10:11.:10:15.

about being a star athlete when you are first headhunted for this, this

:10:16.:10:19.

is what you would be doing? Know, even after London I thought Rio and

:10:20.:10:24.

that would be it but this sport gets you hooked, as you no! I cannot deny

:10:25.:10:30.

that. It does help you win and you constantly want to see what you're

:10:31.:10:35.

capable of. For me, it is that, it is a kind of personal Kyrgios city

:10:36.:10:38.

of where can I get to, how good can I be? -- it is a personal Kyrgios

:10:39.:10:43.

city. -- If you get it wrong in a single, you

:10:44.:10:59.

get it very wrong. There is no one else to carry your bags for you.

:11:00.:11:06.

Latvia in one, Sweden in two, Great Britain, Vicky Thornley, 29 years of

:11:07.:11:10.

age, sitting in three. It is the first time of her choosing to come

:11:11.:11:15.

out in a single sculls. Previously in 2014 and 2013 she finished

:11:16.:11:23.

eighth. She is a different sculler this time. As is the competitor in

:11:24.:11:42.

Lane eight, she would be the first one who has competed under the old

:11:43.:11:55.

USSR flag. When I was competing in the Junior Championships she was

:11:56.:11:59.

there. I stopped 12 years ago and she is still going! She is an

:12:00.:12:00.

amazing athlete. If Vicky was going to do anything,

:12:01.:12:19.

she was not going to have it all her own way.

:12:20.:12:34.

Germany at the 500 meter mark by a length, Vicky Thornley currently in

:12:35.:12:46.

fourth place. That is OK, these boats can change very quickly. A

:12:47.:12:56.

quick easy speed. A length isn't a big difference. A length in a

:12:57.:13:04.

single, with a changing with them and getting the pace, you can make

:13:05.:13:08.

that up Fred quickly. It is not where she would like to be. Within a

:13:09.:13:13.

length, it is OK. She has already clawed that back to half a length.

:13:14.:13:20.

When we'll start to come off, they start to come. There is a long way

:13:21.:13:23.

to go in the singles still. There is Fie Erichsen from Denmark.

:13:24.:13:47.

She was fourth in the Olympics. It is a difficult event. Raising 2000

:13:48.:13:54.

metres on your own. You have to go through that process a number of

:13:55.:13:59.

times to work out how to do it. Vicky is on that learning curve. She

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has probably got more potential than Fie Erichsen that she has more

:14:08.:14:14.

experience. Without a doubt Vicky Thornley has had a very strong

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second 500. She has really paced herself well. They will be fighting

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it out as we move into the third 500 metres. At 44 years of age,

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Ekaterina Karsten, this is her 26 international season and she is in

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amongst it all causing problems, disrupting at all. It is brilliant,

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fantastic. In name three, still hunting, Vicky Thornley, long,

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strong strokes, as you would expect. It looks like Fie Erichsen just

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putting on a bit more pressure and Annekatrin Thiele from Germany is

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the one who had about the length of clear water going into the second

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500. She is struggling now. Fie Erichsen never really found her form

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after London 2012. She took a couple of years. It is her experience

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versus Vicky's potential and Vicky is a better athlete. That is the

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battle now. In terms of raw speed, I think Vicky has it but in terms of

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raising now, Fie Erichsen has it. At the moment Vicky is winning the

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battle but the finish line is a decider. This is the first time in

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her career at a major championships, Vicky Thornley hits the front. She

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has two consolidate that. Depending on how she feels, she is not giving

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anything away in her facial expression. She now has two back

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herself. That is what he have to do in the single sculls. She thinks I

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do not want to leave this now to chance. Step on, step one. She has

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to shut the door now. She is sitting there, Fie Erichsen can still feel

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her presence but if she shuts the door, kicks on by another campus,

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she will be out of the peripheral vision and take to the cleaners.

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When a margin is this type, you're still susceptible. They have dropped

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Ekaterina Karsten from Belarus. She is in fourth place. There are three

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boats vying for Gold medal. We have Vicky Thornley from Great Britain,

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Fie Erichsen from Denmark in a number four, Annekatrin Thiele in

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Lane number five. She is not dead yet. She is coming back. I didn't

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think Vicky will let her back in. All class scullers. Vicky Thornley

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has gone out. She has responded to that. Responded to the German. It

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does not look like Fie Erichsen has enough in the tank. She has been

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like a shark or the layout to 1250, then the decisive move came and she

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has jumped out of a length of clear water. Now again she has to think,

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going through the last 250 metres, one more push will absolutely

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anything clear water and that will do it. Looking back at Fie Erichsen

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of Denmark. But the German sculler Annekatrin Thiele from Germany is

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starting to move back again. She has got an overlap. We are about 200 out

:17:38.:17:44.

here. It is not all over yet for Vicky Thornley. Vicky is high in the

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rate. She has gone. But Annekatrin Thiele is matching her. She has gone

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off hard. She has not got long enough to hope the wheels fall off

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Vicky's truck. She has raised Eriksson. 100 out from the line

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here. Look at Ekaterina Karsten. The old warhorse is coming back to the

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party. She is absolutely bursting through in number 60. She is

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instilled a medal position. Vicky Thornley will have to hang on. It

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will be a desperate last few strokes that Vicky Thornley, European

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champion. Ekaterina Karsten of Belarus came right through out of

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nowhere. The last 200 metres when Denmark and Germany were asleep.

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Caught napping. Ekaterina Karsten of 44 years of age is the European

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silver medallist that Vicky Thornley from Great Britain made history here

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again. European champion in the single skull for Great Britain. A

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fantastic effort. There will be all sorts of people in the British

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Rowing setup who will be breathing a fire of relief. What a race for

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Victoria Thornley. Absolutely. That was the race of the day for me by a

:19:04.:19:08.

long way. We always talk about the singles event of being a real mind

:19:09.:19:14.

game, one-on-one. Fair play to Ekaterina Karsten who is coming in

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at the grand old age. The old warhorse she was called in

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commentary! That is when you still have it here and the body can

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respond. An incredible fight to the end. For Vicky, really holding her

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nerve. She moved to where she needed to and suddenly, that immense battle

:19:37.:19:38.

at the end. She is taking her time coming towards us because she is not

:19:39.:19:42.

walking well but she has got weeks to recover. And so nicely poised and

:19:43.:19:47.

paced throughout the race. You never got the impression she put all of

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her cards down on the table, she always had a little bit in reserve

:19:51.:19:56.

and she needed it until the dying few strokes. We saw the taste of

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that in Belgrade when she got into a fight for the silver medal. She is

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always worried if she has enough at the end of the race and she has

:20:04.:20:08.

trained twice in a row that she does.

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Come on, we can hear from you. I had to bide my time and I thought I will

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have to come through now and I kept plugging away at it. I think that

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about all 50 I broke away from the Dane. It was tricky. I had to

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readjust and pick up a bit. I really pleased. I have not been a champion

:20:36.:20:39.

at anything since I was here eight years ago so European champion is

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cool. I think European champion in a single scull something Britain

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hasn't done for a decade. It is a superb achievement. Thank you very

:20:54.:20:58.

much. No stage in the race did it look that you had put all your cards

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down on the table. It looked very poised and controlled. I think I

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executed it well but it was probably less calm and controlled as it was

:21:10.:21:12.

three weeks ago but I managed to stay ahead. Where are you on the

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scale of where you think you are and where you could be? I do know. It is

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hard to know. I did not come back until January into full-time

:21:24.:21:26.

training. I am still really building back-up to my best fitness. That

:21:27.:21:30.

will take a bit longer but it is good that it is a long season for

:21:31.:21:35.

me. Who is left to come into the event, dear even care? I got beaten

:21:36.:21:41.

by the Swiss three weeks ago. She is not here today. I am very aware that

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she put down a big market in Belgrade. New Zealand, America,

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Canada? Exactly, a lot of people to come into it. We will wait and I

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will enjoy this for now. So you should. Well-deserved. We have won

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the British crew left ago added as the men's eight. I will throw you

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for the last time today over to the commentators, Garry and James.

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Halfway mark, men's championships, by NN, just, Poland and Russia. It

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is a really critical position. The British crew have got to maintain

:22:26.:22:28.

the momentum, keep the speed and the length. Rather than pushing to stay

:22:29.:22:34.

up, you want to be on the front that rather than the back foot. You want

:22:35.:22:39.

to be pushing from a positive position. Therein a watershed other

:22:40.:22:45.

men in their race. They can go down one side and end up battling for

:22:46.:22:49.

bronze or they can go down the other side and end up in last place. At

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the moment, it is very difficult to see where it is going. The Romanians

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are having a bad race. They are in the third 536 strokes a minute you

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cannot be in 36 strokes a minute in a European Championship final in

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men's eight and be down there and expect to be in the medals. Poland

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pushing an hard there. Germany got the Clearwater. You can see they

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have relaxed. They will still keep the pace but you will see the boat

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flying. Look. The blades come out, the boat travels on, the blades come

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out, the boat travels on. Journey have lost three World Championships

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and an Olympics to us. They will not go through the same thing again.

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When you have one of the eight returning you end up battling the

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Germans for first place. Great Britain have slipped back from

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fourth into fifth position here so they really are on the back foot.

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Germany led from the 250 metre mark. They have established an incredible

:23:59.:24:02.

footprint. They go out, lead and dominate. You are seeing Russia in

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Lane and the five. The Russians will be putting down water on the left

:24:10.:24:13.

side. They will be putting blades on Great Britain who are sitting in

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Lane number six. That will disrupt the rhythm in the British crew here.

:24:18.:24:23.

They are coming to the last 250 metres. I think it will be between

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Great Britain and Romania for who will not be in sixth place for the

:24:28.:24:32.

final. Germany are doing what they do well. Show everyone else the

:24:33.:24:40.

shark is back. This is Germany of old here. Still they go hard and

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still be boat runs and they want more from it and they are getting

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more from it. They pick it up and it flies on. Clearwater just from

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Poland on the far side. The Netherlands in Lane number one. Here

:24:55.:24:59.

come the Netherlands. The Netherlands are storming back into

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the silver medal position. Can they catch the Polish on the line? No,

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no, no. They paddle the last 200. The Netherlands

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came through and it just shows you the level here. You get to 500 out

:25:20.:25:23.

and you crank it up. You get to 250 out and the race starts again. Great

:25:24.:25:26.

Britain sadly were not in either of those two positions. That is all

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from us here in Racice. We will be back presenting coverage of the

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winning's Henley regatta. There will be highlights on BBC Two from five

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o'clock. Stay tuned for highlights of the Great Manchester Run which

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took place earlier today. And the athletics continues building up to

:25:52.:25:56.

the World Championships in August. Highlights from the Diamond League

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meeting at Eugene tomorrow at 1pm. So, all the medals have been

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decided. James has run across to join us to reflect back on the whole

:26:05.:26:10.

weekend from Great Britain. Perhaps a bit lopsided? Lopsided in that the

:26:11.:26:15.

men won nothing, the heavyweight men or the lightweight men for as long

:26:16.:26:19.

basher which is the first time for as long as I can remember. The women

:26:20.:26:24.

picked up medals but they raced incredibly well as well. It was

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great to see Vicki come through and win the singles. She battled hard.

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And if you want your first gold medal to be in the same podium as

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anyone then Ekaterina Karsten is probably a good one. And a great

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Championship for the British winning? Yes, there is a new

:26:51.:26:55.

different look after Rio. All the big names stepped away. Vicky took a

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while to come back. Like James said, you have seen them compete properly

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at that event. A lot of them were close to medals. What you want is

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that burnishing themselves in the ferocity of competition and they did

:27:11.:27:15.

that today and it was lovely to see. Should we be readying ourselves in a

:27:16.:27:22.

position of British Rowing where we have to steady ourselves? We were

:27:23.:27:26.

top in Rio and somewhere in the top ten but not much higher? There was

:27:27.:27:33.

always going to be a rebuilding process. The good thing is we did so

:27:34.:27:36.

badly that you will have to focus everything now. And you can learn

:27:37.:27:41.

from the Italians today in that they won races that they should not have

:27:42.:27:45.

won by holding their hand in the flame and done it from the start and

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seeing how long they could hold on for. This is what we have got, if

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you can match us, that will and hurt and we can beat you. We are going to

:27:55.:27:59.

dominate it and race it from the front and if you can catch us then

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good luck to you. We talked a lot about lanes and the weather and how

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other countries are taking it more seriously than the British are, are

:28:09.:28:16.

those excuses or reasons? There will be one factor and many factors

:28:17.:28:20.

today. The weather did not make all those results that we saw today. It

:28:21.:28:25.

might have had some impact. I think the thing is for now for today, the

:28:26.:28:33.

British crew, more questions have been asked and answered right now.

:28:34.:28:36.

It is a good time to go away and find those answers and work out what

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went wrong and what went right. Undoubtedly the British team will

:28:42.:28:45.

not be happy with those results but they can be used to get on much

:28:46.:28:49.

better next time. That is it from us in Prague. We will be back in three

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weeks' time. From all of the team here, a special farewell and

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Godspeed to Di Ellis. Goodbye.

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Sir Matthew Pinsent presents highlights from the European Rowing Championships in Racice, Czech Republic.

At 2016's championships, Great Britain topped the medal table, but there have been big changes to the squad following a spate of retirements after their brilliant success at last summer's Olympics. However, a host of fresh talent hope to make their mark at the start of the new Olympic cycle alongside established internationals. The men's four, led by Rio gold medallist Moe Sbihi, take top billing.

Matthew is joined by Olympic gold medallist Dame Katherine Grainger, while commentary comes from Garry Herbert and James Cracknell.


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