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Here comes Kelly Holmes. On the crowd are on their feet. What a


Great Britain get the gold medal! Kelly Holmes for Great Britain,


what a performance! Absolutely JOHN INVERDALE: How many world


sporting titles can you name that are one in a setting like this.


Welcome to Bled in Slovenia, home of sumptuous lakes and forests and


close to the borders of Italy and Austria and home to a team of


British athletes who, in the next 12 months, could define their lives.


Every country has peaked for these world championships and it is a


chance to test ourselves against the rest of the world. We are all


desperate to be world champions. We have put a lot of hard work in.


When I looked back, I wanted our I gave it my best shot. We have a big


job to do. Winning is definitely what it is about. -- I want to know


I gave it my best shot. It is more special before London. It is very


special to fill you will be part of that. So many people are talking


about it already. I have started thinking about the Olympics.


Nothing wrong with that. London is everywhere. He can't help but feel


it is closer than it ever is before and bigger than it has been before.


There is pressure and there is business to be done. It is where


everybody is on top form. Steven Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent, the


mission accomplished! It is gold! Great Britain are the Olympic


champions! Gold medal, Great Britain, wonderful! The Olympic


final, that is the only thing that matters. I won't be there for any


other reason other than to win not gold. -- that gold.


This is a truly amazing place. These castles are a 1,000 years old.


It was an outward banding Makah force -- bikers and a ski resort,


none of which is a concern for the rowing team, who want to view this


as an essential stop -- stepping stone for London 2012. Next she


will be Katherine Grainger's moment of truth. After three Olympic


silvers, she desperately wants gold. But before that, there is another


world title to Secure. Hodge and Peter Reed have a Olympic golds


from Beijing but that was part of the coxless four. Here, they have


the challenge of a lifetime against the seemingly unbeatable New


Zealanders. Greg Searle has an Olympic gold medal but that was 19


years ago in Barcelona. His age really no barrier and that 40 years


old, could he win another gold? It is the 4th time the


championships have been held in Bled, the last time was in 1989


when Steve Redgrave won two gold medals of his reign -- record-


breaking five. You were playing old steed in those days. Yes, great


regatta, so picturesque, not great memories for me here, but a great


place. From the British point of view, if the public have been


following the World Cup regattas through the summer, they will think


all we have to do is turn up and win gold here. There is certainly


no complacency from the British team. The World Cup is very


important but not all of the nations are there, because all


three World Cup races are in Europe. Not all of the other continents


actually come. So this is the first time that all of the contenders for


the Olympics are here. It is the biggest event of the year and it is


what everyone has been building up to. Maybe from the public point of


view, they will think we were one lots of medals, which I think we


will, but there is no complacency - - we will win. From an Olympic


perspective, all of these races are centred on a Olympic qualification.


Again, qualification is very important. The team is very strong.


14 Olympic events, most of them are 11 to qualify, so it is only the


last place in the B final that doesn't qualify. The worst one is


the Women's eight, only five qualifiers. So six boats in the


final. Someone is going to come last in that final and the


disappointment of coming last is also the disappointment of not


qualifying for the Games, and they will have to go to a qualifying


regatta next year which is only four weeks away from the Games


itself. If we start with the first raised, the women's pair, there is


a great Olympics story, from somebody who three years ago


watched Beijing on telly and next year will actually be competing,


all things being equal. Yes, Helen Glover, came through the sporting


giants. She saw the programme and thought she would give it a go and


is now a contender for medals. She won a silver medal at the World


Championships last year and has a very good chance of winning gold


next year. And she has a really good story to tell.


What a 10 months it has been for Helen Glover and Heather Stanning.


Holding on for a well deserved Holding on for a well deserved


silver medal. Sell that the last World Championships. -- silver at.


Gold at the World Cup in Munich. And very good race by the British


race to the line. The British group had held off. They have held off


the New Zealand. They go into these championships with being one of the


championships with being one of the favourites for glory.


Three years after learning to Road, here you are on the eve of the


World Championships, one of the favourites. You must ensure cells


that the progression you have made. I do a little bit, and I look back


and it seems like it has happened very quickly. -- you much pinch


yourself. When I think about individual days and weeks and


months, and I have worked very hard. I am also very pleased with the


justification of a lot of hard work. So a spectacular rise to prominence


for the former PE teacher Helen Glover and the army officer Heather


Stanning, who complement each other well to form a potent combination.


Off the water, I am really lucky, she organises me really well. When


we get on the water, I have sat behind her, so why do the calling


and we sort of switch roles and I tell her what to do -- I do.


have our own roles in the boat and I like having my job and Helen


having her job. We fall into them very well. By have complete trust


that at 1,900 metres in a race, we are both exhausted and need to find


another gear, I will call and she will do it. With the roles firmly


established, the British pair got the better of the Kiwis in Lucerne,


the first time they had both raced since the World Championships.


Having not been at Hamburg, we went to Lucerne and there were targets


we wanted to achieve. I think we did them. We also came away with


things we can improve. Having beaten them was a big tick in the


box, but it at the same time, the process is more important. That


victory and the fastest qualification for the final in Bled


me is the expectation on the British pair is far different to


what it was last year -- means. Last year, we were pretty much the


underdogs, the unknowns, and we knew we were fast, but nobody in


the world and bid. -- bid. We were quietly confident and I would like


to think we are still like that. We have a confident feel about the


boat. Do you visualise the race and allow yourself the feeling of what


it would be like being world champions? I think about it but I


don't dwell on it. You have got to go through the processes of


thinking about all the things that might happen and then come back to


reality and go, right, this is what I have got to do to achieve it.


is great to have had a consistent and exciting season and we are


looking forward to racing. There is women's coxless pair. They are down


They are looking to go one better than the silver medal they won last


year at the World Championships. A new year, a crew that has moved on


in huge amount of confidence. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, they


now number three. This is the final of the women's pair, and it is


going to be a fantastic race. South Africa in one, Australia in two.


Great Britain in three, winners of the first semi-final. New Zealand


won the other semi-final to book their place in this final, they are


in four. China in five and Romania in lane number six. It is a fairy


tale that is a long way away from the finish. A year before the


Olympic Games in London, accrue that was put together any surely as


a spare pair -- a crew. They have found a combination and an ability


to be so quick, so fast. We are seeing that now as Great Britain,


in the early stages, lane three on the right up your picture, leading


by about three-quarters of a length. Going from 5th in the trials last


year, they moved right the way through into that silver medal


position. Helen Glover had only been rowing for a year before that,


she has improved extraordinarily. She has gone from being fit in the


women's pair trials last year to an Olympic place, probably at at the


end of this year -- 5th. This is a Stanning rate, they are so mature,


they are long, relaxed and technically, they miss nothing --


stunning. Rob Williams has taken them on as a coach this year and


really moved them up a gear. They just know how to race. They are


wonderfully in tune with each other. Helen Glover, Heather Stanning, a


bit of a wobble there, but that is more to do with the water. 1,000,


starting to pop along here, but they are dealing with it. They


won't be fazed by that. We don't know, because they haven't had to


race in these conditions. Even the most experienced athletes get


caught up in difficult water. This will be quite crucial for them to


see if they can handle this rough water in the middle of the race


better than New Zealand. Zealand, the world champions, Great


Britain, the world silver medallists. We are the king at


Australia, they were 6th in the eight back in Beijing -- looking.


7th and 9th respectively at Lucerne, the final World Cup regatta of this


season. Australia are still trying to find that elusive combination


that Great Britain have in a Glover and Stanning. Typical here, you can


see New Zealand at 39 strokes per minute, they are pushing it away as


they do, a higher rate, but it doesn't make them go faster. The


British pair are three strokes per minute the lower, but because of


their length and their relaxation in the boat, they are going along


just as fast as New Zealand. That is a very good comparison between


those two boats. They go a lot more in hand when it comes to the


business end of the race. They will be able to move somewhere. New


Zealand will have nowhere to go. It will be interesting, because New


Zealand are moving and that high pressure is getting them back on


New Zealand coming back strongly at the halfway mark. Great Britain


have three-quarters of a length and are starting to move on. A call


from Helen Glover. And Great Britain have to respond to the high


rate of their New Zealand crew. New Zealand are the world champions and


this is developing into a sensational third 500 metres.


Britain are still at 33 strokes per minute compared to New Zealand at


38. That is a huge difference and New Zealand will have to pay for it


If they can keep their heads, keep their length, stay longer and build


on it in the last 500 metres, they should get home in front and that


At the moment, Great Britain had At the moment, Great Britain had


checked the Bush backed by New Zealand. The water is still quite


bouncy in the middle of the lake -- at the posh. It is a testament to


the personalities of this group from Great Britain that they are


still able to do with it -- deal with it. What they will need to do


is definitely find that final gear to step up, because the experience


that is New Zealand, they will push on hard. It is all about revenge


for New Zealand and right now, they are taking that away from Great


Britain. Great Britain has to react, you can hear the calls come in from


the New Zealand boat, they are really aggressive and pushing on.


Great Britain at the lower rate of striking are holding their own and


they really have to push on now. Enter the last 500 metres, luck


that the gap that has opened up between the two outstanding crews


of the women's coxless pair event. It is Great Britain and New Zealand.


Five seconds to Australia for the bronze. It is all about the gold


medal for Great Britain and still Helen Glover and Heather Stanning


after push on hard, because New Zealand refused to roll over --


have to. They refuse to hand over their gold medal that they won last


year. This is all about the experience here and the youth of


Great Britain. We are seeing a titanic battle. It is extraordinary


how they are maintaining this stroke rate for so long. They don't


seem to be paying for it. It is a very tough thing. Great Britain has


to react, they have to make their move. They are moving now. Pushing


up to 37 strokes per minute and have the entire Grandstand on their


feet here. The British contestant - - contingent are screaming their


heads off. New Zealand of the world champions, Great Britain are the


world champions from last year. Both crews are hunting a gold medal.


This will come down to the line. The water is still quite bouncy.


Great Britain appeasing ahead but it is only just and it is not over.


Again, New Zealand comeback. It will be a photo finish. It is so


hard to call their because into the line it was great Britain, over the


lined the, New Zealand came back. - - over the line. A sensational race.


We are hearing on the Grandstand Tannoy that New Zealand has been


awarded the gold medal, but it is getting closer and closer for Team


GB. No bad thing for them, because they will be so angry and hungry


now, they are so close to it, they led all the way. But how did New


Zealand keep that up all the way through? They are always at 37, 38


strokes a minute and the British pair, 33, 34, at one point. So you


can see exactly where they have got to make the present -- the


improvement. So New Zealand, it does not get any closer than that.


Successfully defend their gold medal from last year. Britain's


Is that congratulations or commiserations? A bit of both. We


came to win but we go away with a really close silver medal. It was a


really key race and it may be one that actually makes us take the


next jump for ourselves. People always talk about rowing races in


segments. At halfway, you were leading. What were your thoughts at


that stage? It was quite rough out there. I suppose I was not really


too aware how close they were then. I know we had done all right


starting. It was very rough and it was difficult to find a rhythm. It


was not like we were sat there going, this is ours! They really


kept coming. They just keep going. Great Britain, but the story is far


it has to be said. They know they have beaten New Zealand. They have


beaten them their back in Lucerne. They had the measure of them but it


It is always hard talking to people who have come second. How would you


view that performance? Certainly after the silver medal last year,


it was a surprise to everybody. Not everybody, some people in the team


knew they were going well in training but it was a certainly a


surprise to me. Their season this year has been outstanding. They had


a good, tough race with the Kiwis at Lucerne but managed to over all


of them by the end. They came here as favourites to win and they are


put it that they have not done that. But looking at the bigger picture,


I do not think that is too bad a result. They are now very, very


close to the world champions. They put themselves as favourites to win


the Olympics next year, I think. Here, just as they started racing,


a cross wind came up and pears that have not been in the same boat for


a long period of time, as a pair, you are in charge of balancing half


the boat so where you put your hands upsets the other person. In a


double scull it is different because each person has plates on


both sides. So that upset them. You could see every now and then they


were just missing the catch. That was due to the conditions. Another


ten months of rowing together, they will be absolutely fine. That is a


very upbeat prognosis. We move on now to a crew who would have given


anything to have made the final. They were women's champions 12


months ago and missed out on the final altogether here after what


they describe in their own words as a pretty shocking row earlier in


the week. So they found themselves in the B final and the key point


was they had to win this to ensure qualifications for the Olympics


the women's quadruple sculls and Britain have been laying three. --


Britain are in lane three. And what they line up. He would have guessed


that Great Britain, in lane number three, the world champions from


2010, would be languishing in this the final? Vietnam will be in the


top of your picture in lane 1, Romania in lane two. Here the world


champions, Great Britain, in lane three. Paul and Elaine four and the


Italians in lane five. What a task for Great Britain to regroup. --


Paul and in lane four. All of these crews battling for the Bournemouth


Olympic spot on offer here. A few weeks ago we would never have


guessed that Great Britain would be in this position. They were caught


napping in the opening heat when they were beaten by a fraction of a


second. Again in the repechage, caught just on the line. And just


now, they were the last to leave the box. They were sitting there


when everyone else was coming up for the second strip. That was


really extraordinary, when they are so hungry to get going, eager to


show what they are worth, they were late of the start. They have to win


this. Only one remaining place for the Olympics. They have to get it.


The world champions are now being led by Poland in a lane four. We


are in desperate territory for Great Britain. Not to underestimate,


they have had to really pull themselves back. They had a pretty


good season. There was second at Lucerne, the last final World Cup


regatta of the 2011 C Rees. The writing was on the wall when they


came third in the heat and they were really caught napping third in


the repechage, and the second opportunity to progress. Now the


fight is on. Their time was eight seconds faster so wide they are


languishing here, half a leg behind Poland, I do not know. There is


something uncomfortable in the boat that is not dynamic. They are not


really challenging Poland. They are going to have to make a mark pretty


soon because everything depends on this. Otherwise they will be in the


mix next year, in May, trying to qualify in Lucerne. They have it in


them. They should be able to move right through now. Poland are very


fast and looking good. You can see number three now, Great Britain,


just beginning to creep up the boat now as they apply the pressure,


coming up to 1,000 metres. You are witnessing an incredible sporting


story here with the 2011 World Rowing Championships at Bled.


Wonderful weather, glorious water, but all of that is to no avail.


Great Britain, through the 1,000 metres mark, have to win this race,


the B final of the women's quadruple sculls. The first final,


they were quite lazy in the 500m. The British now have a fight on


their hands because although Poland in lane four led them by half a


length at the 500m mark, gone. At the halfway mark, they are still


holding on, albeit narrowly, to that first position. 33 strokes per


minute. That is still quite low. Psychologically, to be the only


crew that is as of the finals and being world champions last year, it


is pretty hard to take. Pretty difficult for them. They have hit


the front, finally. They are getting Poland -- past Poland now.


Now they really ought to murder on as Poland fade away. 750m remaining


in this B final of the women's quadruple scull. The world


champions on your screen there, Great Britain, in lane number three.


They have finally hits the front here. Now they can just settled


back. It is all about pride in this particular race. No other regatta


in a World Championship is as important as this particular piece


final because it on it rests the one remaining qualification spot


for the Olympic Games in London next year. Poland are hanging on


very well. 500m remaining. The British crew have gone out to about


a quarter of a length but Poland is fighting back. Vietnam also in this


race, in a number one, way out the back. Romania in lane two, also way


at the back. Italy in lane five. It is all about to boats. Great


Britain leading there now to three- quarters of a length against Poland,


whose best performers this year it was eighth at Lucerne. What a farce.


A chasm of difference there between experience. Some had Britain has


not moved on and their coach is going to have to work very hard at


keeping them together. -- somehow. The Olympic silver medallists come


back into the grip for winter training and they will probably


look at reforming this squad. In the last 500m they are now opening


up and doing what they should have done from the outset. Poland are


still there. The last 200m. Great Britain's Melanie Wilson, Beth


Rodford, Andy Burnham, -- Andrea Vernon, Debbie Flood. Inside 100m


now. It is a moment of individual pride for the screw. They have now


secured that all important boat. They know there are no gold medals


today but there is that all- important final place for London


2012. So as consolation prizes grow, -- go, Great Britain's is not bad.


But the world champions from last year will regroup and no doubt come


It has been a really difficult week. We wanted to be stood here talking


to you with medals around our necks but we narrowly missed out in our


heat and on our rep. The B final for us, there was a lot of pressure


on that. We really needed that qualifying spot. Massively


important for us to finish off the week on a relative height. So any


really good job done. It needed to be done. Can you explain how the


crew has gone from being the best in the world to not being the best


in the world? Unfortunately, I am not sure we really know the answers


to that at the moment. We have to sit down and figure out what has


happened. I do not think it is any big changes we have made. His is


probably a lot of little things through the winter. We can always


be stronger and faster on the water so I am sure we will have a winter


of hard training. The important thing is we take the important


things from this regatta. It is all too playful.


So in the absence of a British crew, here is what happened in the main


second place now. They have put in a good time. They are 6.23. Germany


They are doing that right now. Better are penned in the stroke


seat for Germany, being forced to drive -- but a bank. They Team GB


Quartet. -- no. It is for Germany and the USA for the gold medal.


100m. 10 strokes remain and still the United States come back. They


have but absolutely everything into it but they won't catch Germany. It


will be cold for Germany. A silver for the United States. -- gold. New


Zealand coming into the bronze medal position. We can only think


where Great Britain would have been had they indeed qualified for this


and New Zealand for the bronze medal, definitely a crew to the


lookout for as we head for two London 2012.


London 2012. JOHN INVERDALE: Consolation


suggested it is that the Women's accord have qualified for the


Olympic Games. Which leads us on and 82 Greg Searle, 19 years ago


and a Olympic champion in Barcelona. -- Bonn to. Here, two decades on,


trying to win a gold medal in the world championships and at London


2012 next year. This time in the men's eight, and where ever he has


been on this extraordinary journey back to Olympic glory, his camera


has gone with him. The last Sunday before I go off on training camp


and I am knackered. I'm trying to look after myself, so I am not even


batting or bowling, I am just Has been a pretty weird day. I took


the kids after school for the last day of term. They are quite excited


about that but also a bit sad that daddy is going away. I am flying


across Europe, going to Austria. By will be there for a few weeks,


training with the rest of the team. And then the father's room with


Alex Partridge, who is a new dad. He has just been outside in the


cold. So here I am in Austria. It is the


1st August the 2011, exactly one year to the day to the Olympic


final in London 2012. An excited feeling this morning. Training


camps like this can be pretty tough, a lot of hard work, lots of time


and many men in a small, confined space together. But today is a good


day, we have lots of work to do, it is all good steps on the way. I


think today is the day to get better, to get stronger and a day


to get closer to what is now not This is quite exciting, this is


where we come for our food. I have been coming here for 20 years, so


it is a little piece of history. If you have a look around here, we


have the ladies who are going to serve this than just up there,


memorabilia from years gone by. -- it then. Lots of sign stuff that we


give them every Olympic year. -- signed.


2011, as we get the call it, it is very good and we have an


interesting dynamic of guys. We are now in the warm-weather camp in


Portugal. I am shedding my winter code. We have been doing a bit of


hairdressing, set up a salon. role is sometimes the Moody one,


that is by natural thing to play, but I have changed it slightly.


Some people might not see it but I know I have become a little bit


more positive. One of the real factors I enjoy is learning about


each other, learning about how everybody races. My Hamed is a lot


quieter, -- Mohamed Sbihi. But he is as passionate for the sport as I


am and it is a great feeling at the That looks good. Look at that!


that is beautiful. -- that is. There you go. I dare you to leave


it like that for a bit. That is awesome.


We wanted to beat the Germans at some point in the season so far so


we have left it until the last race. We planned to do it in Hamburg,


which didn't happen because of the e-coli, and then Henley -- Lucerne


didn't work out quite where. Germans are only doing the two


races there, it has been, I wouldn't say negative, but it


hasn't planned out as we exactly wanted to work, but we have high


hopes for the World Championships. I feel like we have it in our hands


to go and win a gold medal. Something very special event to


race at the World Championships, and for me on this comeback trail,


I thought that getting a medal would be a success but having got


silver last year, it feels Like Gold us what we are going for. --


final of the men's heavyweight men's eight. Australia, Canada,


Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Poland. Great


Britain really now have to push out and with it up and get into this


race in the first 500 metres. Bashir we pick up a. They have to


be fast, they have always been lagging. A bit slow in those first


500 metres, then they have to catch up. They are really very keen to


try and get into a position where they can challenge Germany. So


there is a lot for them to think about. Canada has been going very


well since they brought Malcolm Howard back into the boat, it has


transformed the Canadian eight and they are now really very


competitive. But the Germany are the front-runners on theirs.


Germany. They are the world champion team, and they are getting


the early lead as we always expected them to do. About half-a-


length over Great Britain. The British crew in the middle of your


picture. Great Britain are the world silver medallists. They have


been dropped out of it by Canada. Australia also going well in a


number one. The first 500 is crucial, at that they get up, and


Great Britain are currently in 4th position. 1: 23. 1: 19 is


sensational for Germany. And Australia are up there as well,


also breaking the 1: 21 over 500. And a tail wind will help, which


will get stronger and stronger as they come down the course. Canada


really pushing on to Germany. But it Germany are so slick. They are


not very big men, but they rose so well together -- they rarely so


well together. And they have such a metronomic way of moving. The last


time there was a dominant age of three years as world champions was


the United States and they came 5th in the Olympic final. So it is very


hard to stay on top. Great Britain are hunting them down. They will


come on in the second half but they have given themselves a lot to do.


I was sitting with Juergen Grobler at the final training camp and he


let slip that he believes Great Britain will catch Germany. Whether


it is this year or next year, he absolutely believes in his Crow


that is out there right now. -- crew. Germany leading in the way


that he believes Great Britain will challenge. They push on through the


halfway mark and Great Britain are still in 4th position. A lot of


boats now with tandems. If you remember the Boat race in April,


everybody was a lot surprised that there were tandems, people Rowing


on the same side. Now they have that to help the boat go straight


and bring more power to the stern. NS 500 metres, Germany are still


moving away, they look a great -- in this. They are doing everything


that has been asked of them by their Cox. He is just pushing hard.


There is the British crew, stroked by Dan Richie and they have a


tradition of coming back and they will come back. It is all about


have they left it too much to overhaul the Germans that are


leading the race? It is Germany had front and the rest of the world


chasing. Canada has the edge on Great Britain. That is what the


situation was in their heats earlier on but Great Britain came


through in the last 200. But there is no stopping Germany. They will


have to do a lot to get back on terms. Out to three-quarters of a


length. We now have 500 metres remaining in this final of the


men's heavyweight eight and the British crew have moved up again.


It is Germany and Great Britain going through that particular mark.


The British are racing for one medal. They have got that the


silver medal from last year. Or here, they have been focused on one


colour, one medal -- all here. It is gold and they are pushing on and


they need to. A bit of discrepancy on the timing of the British aid.


Number seven, just behind the stroke, he is going in a bit late


behind the rest of the crew. A on the far side, at Australia and


Canada also battling it out for the bronze medal. The British crew are


still pushing hard. Less than 20 strokes. You can count them in from


here. The Germans have perhaps done enough but Great Britain have to


throw absolutely everything. Still the Blades slap across the water.


It is going to be so tight but I don't think Britain will be able to


do it. There is a bit of mistiming in their boat and it won't help.


Germany are moving on to the line. Inside the last 50 metres it will


be the gold medal, 2011, going to Germany. The cell that is pushed


hard and Great Britain will have to hang on. Silver for Great Britain


and bombs for Canada. -- bronze for Canada. The Germans now, three in a


row. They have been outstanding in the men's 8. There will be huge


disappointment. It is a silver medal for the British crew. They


sit slumped over. They got close and that they knew they had it in


them this year. Then some of those World Cup regattas, they were


showing great speed in the closing stages, but the conditions here,


the waters, there was a few slapping of the blade, it didn't


allow them to get the rhythm that the Germans had.


They are a very good crew but they are lacking that first push in the


first 500 metres to keep them level in the first part of the race.


Silver again for Great Britain behind Germany to get stronger and


stronger. But there is no tradition of the Earth -- an old tradition of


three in a row. The British crew have got to regroup and they will


and will come back a quicker and People will allies that race and


say you almost get yourself too much to do in the second half --


analysed. Talk us through the start. We have work done that because we


know we have to get away and be in the race. Normally the crew that is


winning at 500 ends up winning the race. We used as much power as we


have got to get away and tried to find a sustainable pace. Maybe we


are not as strong as the others, may be the rest of them are younger


crew and we don't necessarily have the power out of the start. But we


have a good cruising speed and that is the way we have to use the


strength, get away as quick as we can. Yes, exactly the same. He is


getting a bit old so we have to get a few wins in before he kick said.


But it is difficult, we leave ourselves more to do and come back


strong usually and it is disappointing been further away


than we were last year. Two seconds, it was not 0.6 last year. It is a


bitter pill to swallow. -- it was 0.6.


They had a huge event of expectation and rightly so. Not a


bad World Cup season through 2011. They had a great training camp


through Portugal in the lead-up to But on the day, conditions just did


not work, they were 4th at the 500 metres mark, for that 1,000 metres.


You just cannot allow Germany to move away for you -- from you.


Mohammed so be he, one of the talisman in the middle of the boat.


-- Mohamed Sbihi. And Greg Searle will be hugely disappointed. They


will reflect on this. They all slumped over their blades as they


went through the line, they went Dan Ritchie, a great stroke. Very


It is a great rivalry now between the German crew and the British


crew. What was your take on that race? I suppose the Germans have


been very outstanding all season, the last two seasons in fact. I was


hoping our team would have been closer. I was still expecting them


to get the silver but what was a bit worrying was how close everyone


was behind. You could say the Germans were ahead of the field of


everyone else and everyone else was battling for the minor medals.


and large, in men's eights especially, the crew who is in


front at 500m ends up winning. How do you do that, get out in front?


Because it is a sport that goes out backwards, there is a huge


advantage at being in front. You can see what everyone else is doing


and respond to it. You're cruising speed and flat-out speed is not


very much between that but trying to change that is very difficult


because you have always got this sort of mental stigma in the back


of your mind that, if I go out to hard I will not last the distance.


But then in the next race you are talking 5.5 minutes, you just have


to go for it. The last few Olympic champions are the people who have


Olympic sports can be found on the Let's hear about one of the men's


Archers former colleagues doing something perhaps more important


He has handled the pressure of an Olympic final but now for Tom


Moussi the stakes are even higher. Today he is leaving his -- leading


his men on another patrol in Helmand province, the part of the


Afghanistan where peak fighting has been fiercest. But he has no qualms


about giving up his Olympic chances to serve in the Marines. It is all


I have ever wanted to do. I got as far as I hoped in running and after


that it was time for a change. was the youngest member of the


Great Britain training squad in Beijing at just 20 years ever age.


-- 20 years of age. He looked set to have an Olympic career. Some


people would be disappointed with the silver but for me, just winning


an Olympic medal was fantastic. You just take it. He keeps talking


about it all the time. Should have got a gold medal, should have got a


gold medal... He blames the rest of his team. This is Tom's first tour


of duty as a Royal Marine, and the work is varied. Earning respect is


vital. The company is helping to run a veterinary clinic where local


Afghans can have their animals checked. It is very important. It


develops a relationship with locals. It helps them to learn to look


after their own animals as well. With security, there is still a


threat out there. Small arms and suicide bombers, IEDs. We are


providing protection at the moment. There are some obvious similarities


between life as a row and a marine. Steyn c received it is a necessity


for both. -- staying very fit. think when I watch the races next


year I will think, that would be quite good. But that is just a


small moment in time. Carrying on a Redding into the London Olympics


would have made the tradition into this Korea more difficult. -- a


transition. And there is no guarantee you are going to get my


goal you want. But he has not given up hope of returning to Bury one


day, but it will not be until well after the 2012 Olympics. There is a


lot that I want to achieve in the Marines. I am looking forward and


if I could get myself back into shape again, I would definitely


give it another shot in the future. And I am short Tom has been


following events here. During the World Championship there are also


several events that are not Olympic disciplines and Britain had high


hopes in several of these, notably British crew just going through


500m. New Zealand growing lane number one, absolutely stormed out


in the first 500m. They maintained their pace at the halfway mark but


the third part has really been about Great Britain. They have been


taking less strokes per minute than they cruise around them and that


really has come to their benefit. - - Les strokes per minute than the


cruise around them. The crew average cannot exceed 70 Joe grams.


They have taken it up, though. They have gone up to 40 strokes per


minute. That is what New Zealand have been doing from the start.


Great Britain have timed their push very well and they are now moving


away from Germany. Very good running. Kieren Emery, this is the


race for the gold medal in this final of the men's lightweight


coxless pair. It is not an Olympic event but for Great Britain and


many other nations, it is an important feeder event into the


mid- lightweight coxless four. So it is imperative that the British


do well. 100m now. And the British have timed this race right down to


the last stroke. It is perfection to the line and there are rewarded


with a gold medal. The first of these championships. A gold medal


to Great Britain, and New Zealand are slumped over their oars. Where


were they in the closing stages? It is great Britain getting the gold


World champions. How good is that? Pretty awesome. We worked for it.


We are very impressed. At 1,000 metres it was very tight, four


boats in a line. Are you looking across? How are you playing things


at that stage? I have a habit of looking about but we stuck to our


guns in the middle of the race, stuck to what we know best. We got


It has been a sensational year for Peter Chambers and Kiernan and


Marie, they add the gold medal to their under 23 medal that they were


earlier this year. -- Kieren Emery. It is just getting better for these


youngsters, in sensational style John Inverdale sadly that success


could not be replicated in the women's event. Adam Freeman-Pask


from Windsor finished back of the field in the men's final bi-by


Denmark. Plenty of medal opportunities ahead for Katherine


Grainger and Anna Watkins there will be sure to be gold, defending


champions in the double scull and in imperious form in the last World


Cup regatta. For Hodge and read in the men's pair, it might be silver


but can they produce a golden moment to be the seemingly unbeaten


All -- unbeatable New Zealanders? And for the light weight four, the


same again would do nicely. Chambers, Bartlett, Mattick and


Williams were victorious a year ago in New Zealand. Can they double up


here in Bled? The thing with growing, as with so


many other international sports, is that every passing year more and


more countries get involved. There are 1,200 athletes here from


countries as diverse as Iran, Egypt, Venezuela, Thailand and ITV this


man from Angola. The only man flying the Angolan flak here in


Bled. How proud are you to be here? I am proud to represent my country.


Tell us about running in Angola. How many people are doing is?


three but it will be much more in the future. Being in Bled, trying


to qualify to the Games and Shereen to the England people that you can


do great things here. -- Shereen. Are the people in Angola aware that


you are competing here? Some are aware of it. We are trying to get


more attention because pribbling is not a very popular sport. --


because rowing is not a very popular sport. We have two based


wet it is possible to row. Is it all about money, that it costs


money and there is not much money in Angola? Of course, but I know


that and on it can support sports. It is normal that we have to prove


that you deserve the money. But we have to show it. All around the


world, it is normal. We did not have medals, we are not popular,


but I know that after we qualify, because we will, I am sure, I will


work for that, and the other guys are helping, we will get more money.


See you in London 2012? I have to! It is very important for us to go


to London because there are a lot of people working, helping, I have


my partner that his injured... very best of luck. We look forward


to seeing you in 11 months' time. Lovely Jimmy Choo. I promise you we


will talk in 11 months' time. -- lovely to meet you. Back to events


on the lake. This is Pateman and Wells, a real medal opportunity in


the men's double sculls. My name is Matt Wells. I am Marcus Bateman. I


am in the double sculls. Togetherness, unity. Marcus's big


strength is that he is Eyke really strong dive. He is mentally very


tough. If I could change one things -- one thing about Marcus, it would


be used diet of salt and vinegar crisps. He is always trying to be


the bigger guy. He knows exactly what winds me up. I would probably


get him some platform shoes so he could be as tall as me. Thank you


double sculls, lane two, Great Britain's Matthew Wells and Marcus


Bateman. Germany have taken not only lead but they will be


challenged a lot by New Zealand. New Zealand come on well. High


stroke rate. But they are sitting quite a long way back, New Zealand.


Great Britain have moved a very well up to the 750m. Wells and


Bateman from Leander Club. A great combination, these two. The


characters, the personalities. They really have gelled very well. And


they are in amongst it all now. Rt Hon the money. That is Luka Spik


in the stroke seat. The younger man now. Usually it would be another


rower in the stroke seat but now Luka Spik is the man. He is the


younger man and he will be fighting hard to get on the podium. Coming


up to the halfway mark now, Great Britain in lane number two, just


starting to suffer, then coming back into fourth position now.


Moving back slowly here. Something not quite right in amongst the


boats. We move into the third 500m. Germany, New Zealand, Australia and


now Great Britain moving back to fourth place. Great Britain is


usually really strong here. They don't usually get on quite so fast


that they are usually strong in the middle of the race and then have a


kick at the end. So to see them sitting back there is unusual.


second 1,000 metres of this final, the men's heavyweight double sculls


and Australia in lane one, the Olympic champions really putting on


the pressure here for Britain's Matthew Wells and Marcus Bateman.


They were up in amongst it towards the 750m mark. Starting to suffer,


right to the line. His Zealand are already up to just under 40 strokes


per minute -- New Zealand. Germany, two or three strokes per minute


less, but again, New Zealander, attacking all the time, trying to


where the opposition that -- where the opposition down. 500 metres


remain in his final of the men's heavyweight double sculls and Great


Britain are languishing towards the back of the pack. It is Germany,


New Zealand and Australia. The mood is changing from each market. Now


the Australians have moved back to third, Germany have retaken the


lead than the New Zealand, back in a lane number three, the world


champions, will have to draw on that experience. The Germans are


going absolutely mad in a number four. Stephen Krueger, winner of


this event two years ago, with a new partner at this time around, he


is lifting the double sculls up and they are moving. Germany have taken


on that same a less than, they held off before they pushed the stroke


rate up. They are now up to 40 and matching New Zealand and so it New


Zealand have nowhere to go. race is really on for the silver


medal. The New Zealanders are coming back again, they have thrown


just about all they have. Surely they will not overhaul Germany


here? The Germans are going mad end the crowd. Matthew Wells and Marcus


Bateman are really out of the pack, something going on there, but for


the gold medal, it is coming down to the line and the Germans are


hanging on for dear life. Here come New Zealand. Up to the line. And


they are through! They won't know it but it looks as though New


Zealand, by one inch on a line, have successfully defended their


gold medal from last year. And Germany have just collapsed. It is


a photo finish, but New Zealand are celebrating and the Germans have


their heads in their hands. So New Zealand, the world champions


two years in a row. Germany second. A France are the bronze medallist.


Today was a very difficult day. I woke up in the middle of the night


with Marcus being ill, literally all night. We were undecided as to


whether to race today and made the decision to do it and I think we


put in a good performance. All credit to this guy, when it


actually mattered, he really put it out there. Considering what our


preparation was like, it was good. I felt like that had the worst


hangover. It was not ideal preparation, but you had to perform


on the day. Trying to take the race by the scruff of the neck and


trying every stroke, just put it out there, put it out there. We


were hanging in there and it was a gutsy race, but in the final length,


it was just too much. I had no energy.


A I suppose the only question that needs to be asked is should they


have raised? It is always difficult. The golden rule should be if you


are not going to do yourself any harm and it is the last race of the


season, you go out and raised. I will probably get in trouble for


that, because it is the team doctor that makes that decision -- race.


And she is? My wife. Hopefully she won't see Best Broadcast. At the


end of the day, he must have thought he wouldn't do himself any


harm. I would have raised. You need to have closure, it is not like you


are going to race in another three weeks -- I would have raced. The


golden rule, if you don't have -- think you are going to do yourself


any harm, go out. You will unlike - - you will likely have a poor


result but you need that closure. That move on to the crew that were


world champions in New Zealand last year, the men's lightweight four.


It was agonising, spectacular, going down to the last stroke.


Garry Herbert asked them to leak -- really of the race from beginning


to end. Sitting at the start line, I'm probably my most relaxed.


was pretty confident, feeling pretty good. And off we went -- I


was. We started to power away from Great Britain in lane four. We get


to 500, how is it at this stage? The birds are moving away from us


but we had been used to that. -- the boat. There was a bigger


crosswind that we weren't dealing with. But I was still confident at


of what would happen later in the race.


COMMENTATOR: The Germans taking it on. Just riding over the top of


that. Just look at that, perfect timing are coming towards the


halfway mark. We get to 1,000, it is a quick race.


We have always had as strong a third of 500.


COMMENTATOR: They really thrive in the second half of the race.


will often get a bit of a lead. We didn't get the usual amount.


COMMENTATOR: There are now three boats in the hunt for that precious


gold medal and the British are finally squeezing on.


If you are ahead at 1,500, you know you have to work pretty damn hard


to get past. COMMENTATOR: About six feet over


Germany with 400 metres remaining. They will be under attack from


Australia and China. I think the feeling within the Crow


was go as hard as you can now. COMMENTATOR: 25 strokes.


Our I could see the Australians getting closer. -- I could say.


COMMENTATOR: It is a matter of feet and inches. 100m. The Chinese came


from nowhere. COMMENTATOR: You have to watch the


Part a view is really happy that it is over, because obviously it had


quite the better -- part of you. The I may have been a little over


confident that we had one. Then I saw the result and I started


jumping up. It is incredible to win. To do it with this crew is


final of the men's lightweight coxless four, Great Britain in lane


Richard Chambers, Chris Bartley, Rob Williams in the stroke seat


responsible for driving of the crew off the start. The British are the


defending champions. They were first at the Lucerne, the last


World Cup regatta of the 2011 series. Denmark will be pushing


them hard. They made a change since last year in the order. When they


had any injury and trained as a minute to support them, they are


won and it was outstanding, but it meant that Rob Williams went to


stroke, and they decided to keep him and the have Paul Mattick down


to number three. The arrangement makes it more muscular -- then have


a. It makes it more dynamic and I think they may be a faster Crow


than they were last year. I think it works very well -- a faster crew.


Italy, 6-in the world championships last year, in name and number three.


At the top, Denmark led by Ed Genson, two-time Olympic champion


in this event -- Edmondson. Through the 500 metres. China, Italy,


Denmark... Great Britain in last position. That shows you how tight


the field is and secondly, how quick they are going. Having said


what I just said, I would think they would be faster. It is


surprising there have slipped down the back. They are looking relaxed,


but they are a length down on the field. The maximum individual


weight in this category, the individuals cannot exceed 72.5


kilograms. The group average cannot exceed 70 kilograms. China have


gone out fast. Denmark with all of that experience, three-time Olympic


champion Edmundson, he has got a lot on his shoulders, he has come


back to help Denmark and try and help himself to a 4th Olympic gold


medal. That would be spectacular. Italy are looking very strong but,


sitting low and the driving hard of the men's lightweight coxless


four. Three of this Italian boat came 6th in the world championships


last year. They have taken it on and they are leading the field


through the halfway mark. It is 1,000 down, 1,000 to go. Great


Britain have moved back up into 5th place. They have got a lot to do,


the defending champions, Rob Williams, Paul Mattick, Chris


Bartley and Richard Chambers. One thing is for sure, the British do


get stronger and stronger as the cause goes down. So they will


relish the challenge here, but it is a big challenge. They didn't


seem to be too slow off the start. They seemed to get off OK, so there


was nothing wrong there. Just assuming that everybody has gone


off too fast to try and take advantage, but I think that they


have got a sense of rhythm in that boat that could carry them through,


at least into the medals hopefully. Look at how tied it all is, six


feet from lane number two, the move away in other events, such is


the nature of these crews being at the same average wait. The British


are starting to move. They can wind it up and they will have their.


They are now just edging into third place -- if they will have to.


Denmark are fast finishers and they will be pressing. Into the last


quarter of the men's lightweight coxless four and Great Britain have


come back in. Into third position. But that will not be enough for the


British crew, because Great Britain are the defending world champions.


They have got one medal on their mind. It is going to be a big push


for all of the crews. 400 metres remaining. Australia are looking


very sweet out there. Technically beautiful, very good connection,


good link-up in the way they are rowing and they are moving away.


Nearly 40 strokes per minute and they are moving away with 50 metres


to go. Absolutely breathtaking from the Australians. It has been a very


long time since we have seen a distance of one length in this


event, but still, the defending champions, the world champions,


Great Britain, know they have 15 strokes to go to recapture that


medal, which is stepping away. China, closest to us had shortened


it up. They are in maximums Brent. They are right on the edge. It is


Australia, it is Italy, and Australia. Australia within five


strokes. We will have a new world champion. Australia, Italy and


Great Britain in the bronze-medal position. The Great Britain heads


go down but the arms of punching the air for Australia, who are now


crowned the new world champions of champions. Italy in second and


Great Britain had a huge fight just have to get back into the third


have to get back into the third It is the nature of a lightweight


fours that they are always competitive and sometimes you win


and some time she died. Is that how you view that? Yes, it is so


competitive. -- sometimes you don't. We wanted to win but when they


margins are so small, there is no room for error and the Australians


had a blinder. We may be wound our best but that is what happens. --


we may be weren't at our best. there an airy you can pinpoint?


didn't get into the best rhythm in the middle of the race. We didn't


do the job we had to do and it left us too much at the end. We fought


hand -- hard and we are happy to be on the podium but we would prefer


to win it. The British crew accepting the


bronze medals. Only one year ago, they were top of the podium. They


will go away and reform. They just got absolutely dropped in the first


500 metres and from there on in, they were on the back foot. They


were on the back foot in Lucerne but you can't afford it at World


Championships. As ever, the lightweight four is


unbelievably competitive. Would you Would you be downhearted by a


bronze in the lightweight fours? Certainly disappointed. For... Did


not really think that they would win gold at this time, the women,


but we did think that the lightweight fours would. They


drifted further back than they normally would. They are not


normally very fast Stratas. -- starters. But we cannot be upset


with a bronze medal. They are a very talented crew as they proved


last year and through the season. There is no reason they cannot get


back on to form for next year. are genuine gold medals contenders.


The women's eight is actually nine people, eight people in the back


and one -- in the boat and then gone out the back. Garry Herbert is


our own Olympic medal winning cox. Here with Caroline cox and of the


women's and we are in -- and the women's eight. We are in what I


call the cockpit of the boat. The shoes for one thing, that is a new


invention. Yes, this is one thing I came up with myself. I found I was


moving about quite a bit. Your voice is transmitted to the


athletes but because I was not using the old equipment there was


more manoeuvrability. So I decided to buy these shoes and have then


screwed in place. What else is going on here? This allows me to


download a lot more data at the end. I can see if there is, perhaps, a


drop in Greece or in speed -- increase in speed. It gives me a


lot of good feedback which I can then link up. You have a head said


here. This is what you are communicating through to the rest


of the boat. And they are speakers under the seats? No, we only have


three speakers in the boat and that enables me to talk to the Rovers


rather than shout. One of the main jobs for a cox is to steer the boat.


You want to use the rider as little as possible. Off the start, are you


calm and relaxed or do you scream and shout? At the moment we are


really focusing on making sure we get out of the blocks hard but come


on to a really good race with them. With that you need to make sure


everything is quite clear and succinct so that everyone knows


what is going on. The really important thing is that the eight


row has -- people -- rowers are in Great Britain in learn five. They


were faults at the World Championships last year. -- they


were fourth. We are a way in what will be, for Great Britain, one of


the most important races of the year. This in the final of the


women's eight. In lane one, China, Romania in lane two, cancer in lane


three, the Olympic and defended were champions from the sense of


America in at lane four. Great Britain are in lane five and the


Netherlands in lane six. 6 boats. A repeat of last year's World


Championship final. All boats racing for a medal but only five of


these crews will automatically qualify for these Olympic Games in


London next year. I desperately awful situation to be in if you are


the sixth boat. We can see how it, compared to last year, everyone has


really moved on, and Great Britain will have to be careful in this


final to make sure they understand that and that they push on and do


something supreme. Canada are the world silver medallist. Lesley


Thompson-Willie Olympic champion back in 1992 in Barcelona with the


Canadians. Years and years of experience here. One of the most


important seats here. Driving the women on in the final of the


women's eight. Not much in it through the first 500m. China have


dropped by three-quarters of a length. Netherlands and Canada


leading the way. The Netherlands are a bit of a dark horse. They are


languishing out in a lane six. They were fifth last year. But their


World Championship bronze medallists from 2009. A lot of


experience in this boat. They always come on well. They always


come on world was the Olympics. A lot of countries really bide their


time as they head towards the Olympics. Now Britain is well in


place there and they should be clear of that as danger zone --


that the danger zone of sixth place. The United States are languishing a


little bit as cows that have gone out front. The Canadians are so


powerful. Really long, sweeping strokes. Very efficient around the


front and the USA of the world champions, really just handing off


the handle. They use brute power and forced to move it along. To the


left of your picture did concede the British crew. Great Britain


went through the 500m mark in fourth position. Currently sitting


in the same place now. She has now moved down to the stroke seat and


it is working. At the halfway already and Canada, the world


silver medallists, are leading. The world and Olympic champions from


the United States of America are at Next and Great Britain have just


moved into fifth position. 6 boats Racing, only five will get


automatic qualification for the Olympic Games next year before


Canada and the United States, it is only one thing on their minds.


Winning this gold medals. United States have moved back from


quite a long way back for about 800m before. They have now proved


up on the shoulder of Canada and they have the experience and power


to push on back and push right through. 750m now remain. China in


lane one, who have rightly dropped out to the top left of your picture.


So the race is now on for the medals here. Everyone here has


qualified. So now we are bracing for the gold medal through to the


bronze medal. The British team is starting to move again. There is


absolutely no doubt they can get on to the medal podium. They were


fourth last year. They are looking long and strong here compared to


their competitors. The Dutch have shortened up and are hacking away


at it. Romania are very experienced. It is rare you go into the last


500m of a final in eight and cannot call what is going on here. As they


went through, Canada where leading and then the silver medallists. A


couple of feet between them and the USA. The race is on for the bronze


medal. Here come Romania, also on the far side, in lane two. The


British now in their own fight with the Netherlands in lane six. So


much going on, so little water left. Great Britain are moving past the


Netherlands but they know they are not going to catch Romania for the


bronze. The United States have really forced their way back


through and past Canada and now in this last the run-in, 250m, they


look like they are flying. Canada is just back down, the United


States just up and taking the lead, the Olympic and world champions,


but with them here come Great Britain. 20 straits remaining, a


little under. Now gripped Britain fighting for this bronze medals. --


Great Britain. It is imperative that all power is used. The last


100m. Still on USA for gold medal, Canada for the silver medal. The


USA are first. Canada is second and the British crew will get the


bronze medal. We watched the arms go up here. They do not know they


have won yet but the British have got bronze here today. So the


United States successfully defend their Bob Champion should medal for


last year, Canada silver and Great Britain, and the last time Great


Britain got a bronze medal was back Brilliant. So happy. We knew we had


a good line and we had to just believe in that. We went nuts and


it was brilliant. At the halfway point to do things you were out of


it? No I knew we had a strong finish so we just kept on and kept


plugging away at it. Caroline was really good at telling us where we


work. I bet you were shouting and the last 300m? Yes. At halfway I


think we were in fifth but it was really close, there was two-thirds


of a length maximum between the Holtsfield. We could see China were


not in it so we knew that was qualification done and we just had


to push on for a medal. We built early because I knew we had to go


all we were going to leave it too late. It was just fantastic and so


committed. We had a really good last 500. This will be a well


received bronze medal from the supporters in the crowd. They


John Inverdale a great finish. have to be pleased with a bronze


medal. Disappointed that if they could put in a finish like that,


they should have put in something like that earlier in the race. You


cannot fault them for a bronze medal. They would have taken that


at the beginning of the week all season. It is expected, if we are


honest? Yes and No. I suppose if you are going to market up


beforehand you would have said fourth or fifth, and that gets


close to the qualifying slot. Fourth I would have put my money on


but very pleased with a bronze medal. But the way they raced, they


know that they can do better by racing in a search -- slightly


different way. To another element of the world regattas and these are


the Atlantic -- adopted events, the Paralympic events. We will focus on


the men's single scull, Tom a car competing this, a former rugby


player who was involved in a very serious car crash. -- Tom Aggar.


He's looking for his fourth world title. The final of the arms only


men's single scull adaptive eventer raised over 1,000 metres, Tom Aggar


in at lane three will be up against the Russians. -- Tom a car. Looking


there at Tom in lane three. USA in lane one, Australia lane two, Great


Britain lane three, Russia lane four, Spain lane five and Korea


lane six. He has been the Paralympic champion and world


champion since he started doing this and immediately he was a big


player on the scene. They can only use their arms and shoulders and


they cannot swing and the swing of the body, the drunk, is really


important in rowing, so this is a very strong restriction. -- the


drunk. They are in harnesses so they cannot actually swing at all.


The Russian bass drum's strongest of rival and he has been going very


well. But Tom is quite experienced. He is a very powerful man.


rower from the United States of America is in lane number one. This


is starting to develop into a fascinating race in the first half


as the scullers make their way to the 500m mark. Australia and the


United States of America are definitely picking up the pace from


their semi-finals. Interesting that it is all arms for Tom. He is not


sitting back at all, finishing off his stroke at all, like the Russian.


The Russian has a longer stroke and is rather slow. You can see how it


Tom has built up his upper-body strength a lot in the gym. He is


doing very well. The Great Britain rower was named adaptive group of


the year bike are rowing federation in 2010. He was Olympic champion


from 2008 and rightly so. But he has been put under pressure through


the halfway mark on this final here at players. The 2011 World Rally


Championship final is Great Britain being put under pressure from


starting to use a bit more swing. Just sitting back and little bit


more and it is giving him more of a sense. One would hope he will open


it up over the second part of the race. It is a close race. Tom, from


the Royal Docks Rowing Club, a real stalwart of that club. And


testament to the focus of adapted Rohlin at the club. -- rowing. They


played rugby for the first 15 at University prior to an accident in


2006, unrelated to the sport. He took up rowing in 2006 and as they


say, the rest is history. He has gone from strength to strength in


this event. Coached by Tom Dyson. Just putting on more pressure. 250


metres remaining. Still the Russian, in lane number four, hasn't given


up the battle yet. It has just stayed at about three quarters of a


length all the way. A very close tussle between these two. A all of


these scholars have qualified for the Paralympic Games next year --


scullers. Now it really is all about racing for medals. Tom Aggar


from Great Britain. Just starting again to put the pressure on, just


increasing the boat speed. He is away by one length. They are inside


the closing stages of this 1,000 metre race. And the Russian is


putting in the final sprint towards the line. But Tom Aggar, two-time


world champion, will look to make it three in a row after the World


Championships. Not a bad effort at all. Defends successfully, Tom


Aggar, again, 2011 world champion. The Russian in second place.


by Russia in the Medway Mark, but Tom Aggar is now the three-times


world champion -- midway. He must now be the favourites for the


Paralympic Games in London next Well earned and well deserved from


Tom Aggar. Next year, at that if rowing will celebrate a decade of


introduction -- adaptive rowing will celebrate a decade are sport


since its introduction, and Tom Aggar will certainly go in as the


favourite. Another title. Yes, I am obviously


really pleased. It was a tough race but I have come out on top again.


Are you getting better? I am getting stronger and fitter but the


rest of the field is getting better so it is a matter of working hard


and staying go-ahead for next year. In a race like that, do you get a


chance to sample the scenery and think, my God, I have won a world


title in one of the most beautiful places on earth? It is one of the


most beautiful places to train. I had a few days to enjoy it and take


it all in but it was a fantastic atmosphere on the start-line.


have three or four weeks of and then it is starting a game. Yes,


back to the grind and back into it for next year. It is the big one


where it counts, in front of the home crowd so it will be health --


all guns blazing. The British pair in be adapted


The British pair in be adapted mixed doubles, Sam Scown and Nick


Beighton, faced a tougher above are all strapped in so there


is no movement -- the. It is all about getting a great read them, as


we come to the last 200 metres. -- getting a great rhythm. The Ukraine


struggling to hang on with Australia putting them under


pressure. It is between France, Ukraine and Australia for the


silver medal, but China look like they are well out in front and


pretty secured. They are fabulous demonstration of team work by China.


-- Athar Abbas. They can smell the line, they can sense it -- that is


a fabulous demonstration. China absolutely moving to the line.


Great Britain in a number six cannot compete. They have qualified


for the Paralympic Games but out front, and up to the line, it is


going to be a gold medal for China. That is what it means, well


demonstrated by China. In second place, France. And the Ukraine


drift over as Australia move time. Great Britain, although they


are last in this final, they can take a lot of credit, because they


have qualified for the 2012 Katherine Grainger is a multiple


world champion but she and Anna Watkins though another try and


there would be the precursor to being Britain's first ever Olympic


women's rowing champions next year. The big showdown Nears. If you have


lost 13 times on the trot to the same opposition, you would surely


throw the towel then? Not if you are Andy Hodge and Peter Reed. Andy


has won a world bronze and a world silver. And Alan Campbell complete


the set before he gets married? We seem to have spent a lot of time


over the last few years discussing it Andy Hodge and Peter Reed and


whether they can beat Bond and partner. What is your view of this?


13 Thames and they have lost every time -- 13 attempts. The last World


Championships, they got the closest they have ever done and that has


given them confidence that their season, they can overturn them. --


this season. The reality is they haven't embraced them once this


year, at Lucerne, -- they have only raced them once this year, at


Lucerne, and they got beaten by the biggest margin out of the 14 times


they have raised. -- raced. What can they do differently? Is this a


physical battle? Or is it a mental battle now? It is half-and-half.


Obviously, rowing is very physical but it is a mental sport as well.


When you need to go that few tenths of a second quicker, how do you do


that? You need more effort, more bigger, more determination, which


then causes more attention and that actually make you go slower --


pension. You have to go faster without trying harder. How do you


do that? Let's hear from the guys on the eve of arguably the biggest


. Andy Hodge and Peter Reed are two of the best runners in the world.


They are the two best in the British team. -- rollers. Belief in


their own ability and the knowledge of the facilities they enjoy and


their coaching support is as good as it gets. They live in a no


excuse environment. Nationally, they are our best athletes.


only trouble is that out there on the water from the other side of


the world, to others are a fraction better. -- two. New Zealand looking


absolutely spectacular. My Zealand looking very confident.


Peter Reed and Andy Hodge won gold in Beijing in the coxless four.


British are coming! Gold Medal! Absolutely amazing. Then they set


off on their own to attend gold at 2012 in the pair. -- attempt. In


the past couple of years, they have raised Bond and Murray 13 times and


have lost the lot. -- raced. courageous push by Great Britain


but New Zealand when and look at that distance. Limping over the


line into second place. A lot of coaches will be thinking that is


not the boat to go for. Silva 2 Great Britain. Such a grudge match


between these crews -- silver medal for Great Britain. 10 in a road for


New Zealand. They are a great crew, a lot of respect for them. It has


been a big debate, should they move back into another boat and pursue


Olympic glory elsewhere, leaving the pair to the Kiwis? Throwing in


the towel is not in their DNA. did go home and cry about not


beating them. We have a lot of fortitude and the boat. We are


close. At the World Championships last year, it was almost the last


throw of the dice. After such a run of defeats, a drubbing here would


surely force the British team's handed to making a change. It was


handed to making a change. It was so nearly a watershed moment.


Zealand on home water. But Great Britain are holding on. We haven't


seen Great Britain at perform like this in the two years they have


been together. Inside 500 metres. The British Crow are ahead. Now New


Zealand move. Great Britain have to hand in. New Zealand from Great


Britain. It is so close. What a performance from Peter Reed and


Andy Hodge. It is a silver medal today but it is as close as they


have got. That was the first time have got. That was the first time


they have had us through the middle and coming into the finish. We


usually think we can walk away with will -- at well but we had to dig


deep. That is as good a fight as we can put a bad they have been worthy


competition for 18 months. There has been a lot of speculation but


we don't know if this is the end of the pair internationally. If it is,


we got a lot of silver medals but a lot more fun than that suggests.


that in defeat but defeat nonetheless. The winter to consider


the options and decide. This is a battle they still believe can be


won. This is not a kid club. -- Kids Club. They like to be


competitive. Of course, an Olympic champion and silver medallist, it


is a bit of a drop. This pair's project really isn't about doing


something different of getting our own back. I just feel like this is


the fastest boat that Great Britain Canfield and it is still improving.


Until we get it absolutely right I am willing to give it ago -- can


eagerly awaited final at this World Rowing Championships. It is the


men's coxless pair. The world champions from New Zealand, 13


consecutive wins over Great Britain, looking to make it 14 in a row. The


world silver medallists and Olympic champions from the men's coxless


four, Peter Reed and Andy Hodge. Will they turn it around today? So


much riding on the outcome of this race. Not just for Peter Reed and


Andy Hodge from Great Britain in lamed number four, but for the


whole of the men's team. Is this the last time we see the men's pair


blasting off the start end the first 100? Alongside them, 13


consecutive wins, New Zealand, Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, the world


champions, in the black strip. Just a fabulous race away its four-star


up here it comes under great Britain have been trying out a new


strategy. -- here it comes. They have been trying to keep their


rates of strokes higher to try and match the New Zealand team. Peter


Reed who says it is his job to set the Botha before Andy Hart, his


stroke man, not to muscle it along -- set the boat up for Andy Hodge.


But it looks as though it Germany as they come towards the first


timing mark, it will be 500 metres, New Zealand in lane three starting


to ease out. They are taking more strokes per minute, so they are


getting faster boat speed but they are not continuous with bat boat


speed. -- that. They have taken quite a lead. 500 metres down and


New Zealand are out to three- quarters of a length. Over Great


Britain in a number four. Peter Reed and Andy Hodge really have to


just step into, jump into the second 500 metres, otherwise the


key ways of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, two-time world champions, the


king to make it 14 in a row -- Kiwis. The that is disappointing,


because great Britain have been practising this fast-moving stroke.


They looked a little bit laboured them. We got a shot of them. The


New Zealanders have already got a length. They are notoriously slow


starters but they really move in the second and third 500. Now they


are over one day in the head and visions of Lucerne six weeks ago, -


- one leg the head, they begin to loom again. This is not good for


demonstration of racing in the men's heavyweight coxless pair. The


New Zealanders have not only taken this race by the scruff of its neck


but they are laying down a youth market. But there is one thing they


can be sure of, Peter Reed and Andy Hodge from Great Britain will not


give up. Not one single stroke. They will be right on it and they


will believe in the second 1,000 as they must do that they have enough


in the tank to overhaul the world champions. Through the halfway mark.


This is an incredible display now. The New Zealand rowing champions,


two in a row. Looking as if it is going to be three. They have opened


up a length of clear water. Their confidence will be get -- getting


better and better. There are really only two boats in this, the world


champions New Zealand, the world silver medallists, Great Britain.


New Zealand are up at 38 strokes a minute. That is what they like.


They are moving along very fast. Now an enormous job there for Great


Britain. They have moved up again from 34, 35, which is rather sedate


at this level. They have moved it up now and they are beginning to


close it up again. Maybe they have a plan. They have been very fast in


the middle of this race. Great Britain have to keep it long and


relaxed. Andy Hodge is in the stroke seat. These guys are Olympic


champions in the men's coxless four so they have all the experience in


the bank to overhaul the skies. The main thing is that New Zealand have


not gone away any further and Great Britain have to take a huge


confidence in that, but time is starting to run out. We are in it


towards the last 500m. It is going according to script. The New


Zealanders at 1,500m now lead out by half a length. Undoubtedly,


Great Britain are starting to move back. They are four at other boats


but the world is only too far coast -- only focused on the two that


matter. Britain are coming up towards an overlap with New Zealand.


We will see fireworks coming. have 400m to go. It is not a long


way but, my goodness, they are shifting. New Zealand have this be


a change that they can do. They have seen the danger and they have


changed gear and moved away again. They are right on the edge now,


Peter Reed and Andy Hodge. You can count the strokes from here, 200m.


They are giving it absolutely everything. We are now 175 metres


from the line. Still the world champions from New Zealand hand on.


A fantastic comeback from Great Britain. 200m to go and they are


moving very well. Here comes Great Britain. 100m remaining. This is


the desperate, dying part of the race but surely the New Zealanders


are going to make it three in a row. It is New Zealand three in a row,


gold medal for New Zealand! 14 consecutive second places for Team


GB, but a fantastic race from start to finish. That surely has to be


the last time we see Peter Reed and Andy Hodge of Great Britain in the


men's coxless pair. That was half a length, a great fightback from


Great Britain but in the middle of the race they gave that too much.


At 34 strokes a minute they could not sustain that and had to move.


The Italians moved up from fourth into third this year but really it


was all about tot -- two boats. The Kiwis now it must go into 20 prom


on the Olympic Games as the odds on favourite because they are getting


better and better, faster and faster. Great Britain into second


position. They believe, deep down in their heart of hearts that they


would get it today. New Zealand Very difficult. We had this


interview last year and I know how this feels from them. I did not


want to feel it again. We have enjoyed the build-up. It has been a


fantastic regatta and Just So tough to be beaten again. We trained so


hard every day and we have everything we need. A faster group


and -- the fastest crew and in these conditions, you are more like


the third quickest group ever. had to do a double-take when I saw


the time coming out. I would like to see any other crew get so close


to the world record. But we know we are racing one of the best Chris.


We are proud to be part of that, and pushing them as well. What


happens for the next year, only Jurgen knows that and I am going to


fight to make sure I am in the gold medal race. At 500 metres, when


they were a length and a bit ahead, how did you keep your will and


concentration at that point? Part of you must have thought, oh no, we


let them go? Any crew can do something special and do -- spend


too much money in the first part of the race. I can see what we are


doing and the conditions. I knew that we were where we should be on


the pace, maybe they had gone off too fast. It is hard when they are


in front but that was always a possibility. We pushed on in the


middle and at the end. It is a great rivalry. A we saw that when


you pushed each other into the water. Would you like it to


continue? I want to win. Next year, being in the middle of the podium


is the most important thing. Steve won 5 gold medals. Many people note


he has five but not everyone knows what events they were in. So the


colour of the medal is the only factor here? Absolutely. There are


very significant differences between rowing in Paris. -- rowing


in a pairs of two and four. Come what may, we want to be in the top


boat and I want to be leading the GB team to a gold medal. It may be


second place but it was a great race and you are an integral part


of it. Thank you for your help and support throughout these World


Championships. Steve, just to bring you in on this. You taught


throughout the race might pan out. You almost predicted it to a tee.


said they would come second by three-quarters of a length and


unfortunately they did. It seemed like they try to do make a


difference. I do not think they planned to hold back on purpose.


Surprised the other boats were leading them in the first half. It


did stay a little closer in that 750m. The burst at the end may have


caught them. The Kiwis are very fast. The second fastest time in


history. Andy and Peter are probably the fourth fastest time in


history. You can hear their hearts. It is all about a gold medal. It is


easy to say it is going to be Jurgen's decision but if their


hearts are saying, we are going to do the pair, there is nothing that


is going to stop them from doing that. You might say that it is a


combat, saying it is Jurgen's toys. Last year theirs came so close to


winning. -- they came so close. It is extremely tough to go into the


Olympics to win. I think that the Kiwis could fall to doing that. We


have seen it so many times, people being world champion every year, it


comes to the Olympics and they fail to do it. If they walk away from


this they could be walking away from an Olympic gold medal.


that great rivalry ends 14-0 to New Zealand. Great. I think it is safe


to say that a lot of debate will happen about their futures. Also


the Great Britain at sculling teams, particularly after the men's quad


narrowly failed in the most traumatic of circumstances to


measure through to the final. -- a remaining. The British crew had


started to come back in the first semi-final of the men's quadruple


scull. There are now four boats hunting three places into the final.


The British crew have to step it up. There have been fourth all the way


along. It is a big task to ask of the British group. Holland are in


lane two, currently leading. Holland Park the Olympic champions.


-- Poland in lane two, the Olympic champions. Croatia are the


defending world champions. They are in lane four. Croatia moved up a


very well. They moved up well in that 500. Great Britain will move


up now. Russia are starting to slide back. But they have only got


250m to go. Now down to the last 200m in this race. Great Britain


have to throw absolutely everything at this. They are fourth. Only


three will go through. Still the British crew come. This is a


desperate part of the race. They are on the tail of the Russian crew,


on the tale of Poland but they will not do it today. They have been


edged out. The confirmation then, agonisingly close for the British


crew. They were fourth all the way down the track but that is how it


came in the final sprint to the So, five European cruise lined up


Germany lead through over the Australians and in third place,


Croatia finally moving up on the world champions.


Starting then move towards the line. Look how relaxed the Germans are.


38 strokes a minute but they look very loose. It does not feel that


tents. That urgent. And yet there they are, spinning along. Australia


are throwing up a lot of water at the finish of the stroke, so they


are losing pace just at the end of the street where, if they kept them


buried, they would get more pace. They find that Croatia is really


trying to row them down. Croatia look like they may have too much to


do. 200m just inside 20 straits remaining. All of these crews are


on maximum speed now. One last time, the Australians in lane to throw


everything at them. It will be close to the line. 75 metres.


caught a blade and that allowed Australia to rob them of a gold


medal. If ever there is a bad time to do that, two strokes out from


the line is it. An absolutely incredible event from the Germans.


The others in his boat stopped rowing. They all just stopped. If


they had actually carried on, they would have scrambled across, but


they stopped. It does in a flat on the catch. He has scored his left


blade, he goes out again. He stops. Wait do the strokes stop? -- why.


result, then, that will be talked about for years to come. Australia


get the gold by default from Germany, in silver. And by such


tiny margins are gold medals are If you are going to put your bird


house on one British crew returning to the UK with a gold medal it


would undeniably have been the The unforgettable images of the


Sydney Olympics. Great Britain get the gold medal! Steve Redgrave,


five in a row. What a great Olympian.


But on the undercard was a rowing silver for a Women's quad,


including somebody who has gone on to be Britain's greatest-ever


female runner. It is still on the line. -- rower. N Coldplay is,


Germany. In Silver Place, Brighton! -- in a cold place., in summer


place, Britain. -- silver. Romania get gold again as Britain put


everything into the melting pot. to Beijing and a dominant British


crew would surely make it third time lucky for the indomitable


Scot? It is China for the gold medal. It will be another silver


for Great Britain. When you have won three silver medals at great --


consecutive Olympics, the choices are give it everything or give it


up and Helen Grainger chose to go for it, a 4th crack at the most


cherished prize in sport. She had a brief hiatus on heroin, winning


silver at the single sculls -- on her own. But she has always really


wanted to be a part of a team. me, rowing has been being part of a


crew, I love Rowing with other people. With very obvious goals and


exciting things that will stretchers and putting all of the


building blocks into place to get that result. -- stretchers. Like


any sport, it is being it is the right thing to do and this was


right from the off. It was early 2010 and we went out training in


Portugal to the training camp and we were swapping around with the


different combinations in double sculls and we sort of paddled off,


and thought, I'm just doing my thing, and Katherine is doing her


thing but we are exactly together. I made a few calls and she changed


in exactly the way that I meant without me having to explain in


detail, and knowing how strong we both are physically, I knew that if


we had this kind of technical synergy, then it could be really


special. It felt good and it was good. In


long distance pursuit of that elusive Olympic gold, the 2010


campaign ended in world championship glory.


COMMENTATOR: Luck that this year determination from Katherine


Grainger in the stroke -- a look at They have stretched out, having


annihilated the field. Impressive from the first to the last and well


and truly and. Great Britain are the new world champions in the


Women's double scull. JOHN INVERDALE: 2011 hasn't gone


exactly to plan. Anna was ruled out of Munich with a back injury so


Grainger trained up -- teamed up with Melanie Wilson. But normal


service was resumed last month, and are back in the boat and back on


the podium. -- and that. But Olympic gold are still elusive.


London will be Grainger's last chance to stand on top of the


podium and she wants it badly, but so does her crew made, which is why


they have the air of a winning combination. I would like to


succeed. We all know what Katherine is capable of, but I also wanted


for myself. Nobody in the women's team has ever won an Olympic gold


medal. This crew is special and deserves to get special results.


think 20 top has never felt closer. We are very much in the countdown


that -- 2012. But we can't fast- forward to that. So it is all about


focusing on the steps on the way there. In some ways, it feels right


around the corner, in others it feels like there is a lot to be


Grainger on the left of your picture. Great Britain away cleanly


in lane number four, at the final of the women's double sculls. The


Czech Republic in one, New Zealand in two, Australia three, Great


Britain in four, the Ukraine in five and Poland in the name and


number six. Great Britain are the defending world champions in this


event. Australia are the silver back into the field later on. The


long, rangy athletes to spin along pretty well. But Great Britain have


got off to a good start and have to demonstrate that power in the first


they came 6th in Lucerne this year, well beaten by Great Britain --


lane at number two. The British crew now start to ease out to the


front. They are half a length up, it is a good side and it is an


excellent start. The danger area was the start, where Anna Watkins's


a worrying injury might have been damaged by that sparked -- start.


Now they have got back rhythm. They won in Lucerne when they felt they


were rusty and they have had six weeks to make it work, and they are


stretching out, it is wonderful. Encouragingly, three-quarters of a


length almost, going through the 500 metre mark. Australia's second


and New Zealand currently in third position.


Now in the second 500. All of the crews will stretch out into their


rhythm. It is imperative for Katherine Grainger just to keep it


longer and relaxed, so they can be efficient. They want their


efficiency. They have done a good first 500, nothing else is needed


right now, but it is just containing their position and you


would expect at the halfway mark, to step up and attack that middle


market. They are moving very well. I noticed that one of the earlier


races that Anna Watkins is just beating on the stroke side, at the


side nearest to us, she is beating Katherine into the water. That is


quite tough on her back, because she is taking the weight of the


boat ahead of her partner. Australia were the fastest crew to


the halfway mark in the comparisons of semi-final times. We are now


seeing the Australians moving back. It has gone from three quarter of a


length to half-a-length. -- three- quarters. New Zealand are in the


lane for number two and also making an effort. The crews realised the


importance of this final and some of them are beginning to move. New


Zealand looked to be picking up the move that the halfway mark in this


final of the women's double scull, led by Great Britain's Anna Watkins


and Katherine Grainger, defending champions. It has been a bit of an


unsettled season for this combination. Anna Watkins was out


of the early part of the season with a back injury. They came back


to Les CERN. It was shaky but they won. They are looking good now --


Lucerne. The Czech Republic RNA in one, New Zealand at two, Australia,


will sell medalists are in lane three. Great Britain 4, Ukraine


five and Poland six. You can see a stroke is more punchy and upright


but the rich and the connection of the British double, as they reach


out and put their schools into the water at four reach, they have


moved out into the length ahead -- scull. Great Britain haven't needed


to increase the rating but they are keeping it long and have increased


the speed. That is putting Australia and New Zealand under a


tremendous amount of pressure. A wise head on the strolled as a


Katherine Grainger, she has done it all before. -- shoulders of. Three-


times Olympic silver medallist. She has five world championship gold


medals. So all of that experience is being drawn into this crew and


Anna Watkins, what a find, she has got better and better over the


years. Great Britain for defending, a one-length lead, into the 1,500


the women's double scull and Great Britain's Anna Watkins and


Katherine Grainger have done absolutely everything that has been


asked of them. It has been cool and calm in the first 500. They got out


quickly. In the middle 1,000, they have established that fantastic


ribbon -- rhythm that has allowed them to float across the water


while all the time, Australia, the world silver medallist, have


attacked and fought just to stay on their tail. Likewise, New Zealand,


who are starting to struggle. They were right up against the


Australians but they are starting to find it harder to live with this


pace. We have 300 metres remaining. Australia are moving. They have


been very tenacious. They haven't let Great Britain get away. Last


year, it was six seconds that Great Britain was leading. Now there is


an overlap. Catherine has seen the danger. They are moving on again --


Katherine Grainger. It is a very closely fought battle between these


two and every bit as intriguing as the men's coxless pair. Great


Britain's scull with such panache. Surely they have done enough as


they come to the last 100m? But New Zealand are coming on for one last


attack against Australia, and that has forced the Australians to


respond. We have sigh of -- five or six strokes remaining. Here come


Australia on the heels of Great Britain, but it is going to be a


gold medal, to be a row for Great Britain in the women's double


sculls. -- 2 in a row. Executed with such class and one with such


style. Great Britain are again the world champions in the women's


world champions in the women's double scull -- won.


That was closer than last year, it reflects a difficult season, with


Anna Watkins being injured for much of the season. But I would think


that probably any thought of doing any other boat, I think that will


be thrown out. They needed to focus absolutely on this double scull.


They need to make sure they nurture Britain but they won't have it all


their own way come the Olympic their own way come the Olympic


their own way come the Olympic their own way come the Olympic


Games next year. JOHN INVERDALE: UN controllable.


absolutely delighted. It was a stressful build up this year, and


the elation of getting over that line first today, it is better than


last year, it is the sweetest thing. Even though it was tougher? Yes,


and when you look after overcome more obstacles, the successes


although sweeter -- when you have to overcome. We knew we could come


out to this on top -- out of this on top band it will put us in good


stead. But the race go to plan? There was a bit of window and it


was probably quite splashy, we will look at the video that bit of wind.


But it was absolutely committed, we were enjoying being in it and we


could feel the excitement and that is what you need to lift you that


bit faster than the boats around you. How do you feel about the


synchronised diving of the pontoon? A bit of practice needed? It wasn't


something we plan that everything else we do is planned to the minute


detail. It was like a spontaneous moment. If we had planned it, it


wouldn't have been synchronised! Steve, how good was that? Fantastic.


As we said, they have had a difficult season. What I would like


to ask is, how much speed did you lose through the injuries in the


summer? I Anna numbers person, we are four or five seconds slower


this year -- I am a. Compared to the rest of the squad. I think that


showed in the race. We know that we are capable of more speed, so we


have defined it again. That is what I like to here. -- we have to to


find it. The whole of the summer has been in turmoil with the back


injury. But to come out with a performance like that is


outstanding. Another good win, because they had a good winter last


year and a good summer next year, finishing off with what we know


they can do. Do you almost not want to talk about next year? What is


happening next year? What about next year? The local regatta?


is what it is. It is around the corner. This regatta was about


qualifying for London 2012. So in some ways, until we got this done


and our position secured, there was no point thinking about next year.


Having achieved that, it opens up the season for 2012. The first


thing is to go and have a bit of break, some downtime and get


mentally relaxed before we come back. The start of next year will


be full tilt from the beginning. COMMENTATOR: They are back and they


have found form and what is ominous for the rest of the world is that


they are going to get quicker and quicker. What a journey for


Katherine Grainger following Beijing, contemplating retirement.


Some strong words from her coach and friends and family. And here


she is on the eve of the Olympic year, top of the world in this


event. Is this the events that will get Katherine Grainger that elusive


gold medal that she so desperately Is that the one boat that you would


say, yes, all things being equal, fitness, is that the one boat where


we can rely on a gold medal? have to be on top of your game.


They have not been on top of their game during the summer season, and


have won a gold medal. So the signs are very positive. They are


certainly favourites as it stands. A lot of things can happen in that


time. But I cannot see any body around the world coming out with


anybody quicker. They have to make sure they are on good form, or half


good form. Let's move on to the men who do it on their own, the single


scullers. Solitary, introverted because? Not in the case of Alan


COMMENTATOR: Alan Campbell rips it up again... It is Alan Campbell


taking the gold medal. I am happy. We are here at the gold -- at the


World Championships. It has been a long season and we have trained


hard. You have been second and third, so you would quite like to


the first? I would. It would be really nice going into the Olympics


as a favourite, as the gold medallist. I am here and I am here


to do that job and to see what we can do. I am bored of asking you


this question, about the endless rounds, it seems, of illness and


injury that you seem to battle with. Is you? You know what, the single


is a very hard event. The guys I am running against on the supermen of


their countries in the sport and everything else. Been ordered to be


able to compete at that level, sometimes we have to take


extraordinary physical risks. Sometimes the jump is maybe too big


and we get knocked on by a bitter pill has. Unfortunately this year,


my body was not able to cope with all of it. We have dealt Blewitt,


we have worked closely with the Medical team, -- We have dealt with


it, I have got myself here and I am healthy and ready to race. And very


cool shoes! They were a Christmas present from my beautiful wife to


be. Friday next week I am getting married. Are you? Yes, I will be a


married man this time next week. She knows me very well and she


thought these suit my colourful personality. But I like to think of


myself as an ordinary guy. They would go well with a gold medal.


think it would set them off nicely. But more than that, an Olympic gold


medal, and I would give it the gold medal this year if I could


guarantee that gold medal next year but I am here to race and anything


can happen. I feel very good this week and we will just have to see,


rugby little magic charms and seek. -- Rob the little magic charms and


mark. He has to nail this second 500. He has to find a rhythm that


allows him to be so efficient because one thing is for sure, the


world champion will find such speed in this second 500 he will be hot


on his heels. The people who sit back and tracker and then turn on


the panel from 1,000 metres on our New Zealand, Norway and


Czechoslovakia. Those are the people alongside Alan Campbell. He


is moving well. He is well connected. He is sitting low in the


boat and that is driving his streak through in a horizontal way and he


is moving well. He has good pace. - - driving his streak through.


a very tall athlete who keeps an eye on what is going on. Alan


Campbell is sticking in there, staying in their very effectively


at the moment. Alan Campbell is pushing out big


finishes. He was old friend and just managed a bronze medal. Rooms


are different these days. So at the halfway mark, Alan Campbell for


Great Britain only just handing aunt. The lead in front East bake


for it now. It is now looking as though... The New Zealander, Alan


Campbell from Great Britain and the rower from the Czech Republic are


breaking free of a chasing group. It includes the Olympic champion.


Sitting in third at the moment is Mahe Drysdale. Two strokes lower.


Biding his time. He can really move fantastically well in the last 500m.


He is just creeping up now. Look now, three scullers in line but


Alan Campbell really struggling now. He took it on early on. He will


have a big job to strike -- to try to hold on to these two extremely


talented scullers. Alan Campbell is a man looking for markers down the


line. He has just pushed the 1002 engine 50m remark. -- the 1250m


mark. On his right, Mahe Drysdale is starting to move away. New


Zealand's Mahe Drysdale, and taking on the world champion, Ondrej Synek,


from the Czech Republic. An incredible last 500m. Alan Campbell


had a blistering first 500m. He managed to hang on into the first


wave mark but he is starting to pay for that now because starting to


come in from the position behind into strength, we see Mahe Drysdale,


the one-time world champion, just blasting his way ahead of Alan


Campbell but taking with him Ondrej Synek from the Czech Republic. Now


these three scullers are starting to stretch out. About 350m remain.


Alan Campbell trying to crack it now. He could have a very fast


finish if he had not paid so much earlier on in the race. He is


handing on to the coat-tails of these two. Ondrej Synek, a very big,


strongman. Another year from the New Zealander, another year and now


he can move away from a sign it. -- from Ondrej Synek. And Mahe


Drysdale is looking as though he may retain his title but here comes


Andrei Tremlett -- Ondrej Synek From the Czech Republic. Inside 50m


two ft over Ondrej Synek from the Czech Republic and then Alan


Campbell from Great Britain. Mark - - Mahe Drysdale From New Zealand


regains the gold medal that he gave up two years ago. Ondrej Synek from


the Czech Republic and Alan Campbell. In the end, it was a well


You seemed in agony towards the end. I was tired and my legs were sought.


I did not have enough distance. I am a bit disappointed. I had a good


semi-final and I really felt I pushed on this one, so the time is


quicker, but they showed real class again today. I have had a bit of


illness. I had glandular fever in March. I was not diagnosed until


after an event and so I trained too hard. This time next year or a


month earlier, August 3rd, I am planning to go two better. This


time next week you will be married. Yes, I am really looking forward to


getting married. My fiance has been really been good to me. By may have


come third today but I had the five times Olympic gold ahead of me.


Bass was a tough race. He never disappoints. -- that was a tough


race. He gives it everything. The season he has had has been really


bad and to come out with a result like that. I thought three years


ago with the injuries he had and then he came out fifth... This has


got to give his confidence so much of a boost. With one day to day in


these championships, how do you assess where the British team are?


Really good. We have more medal chances tomorrow. More gold medal


So to one of the Phnom Olympic classes that are part of these


World Championships, the women's lightweight quad Steph Cullen,


to come from China. Try not are the world bronze medallist. They beat


Great Britain last year. Great Britain have to hold on. 150m


remain. China with that very young crew. A 15-year-old, a 16-year-old


in the boat. They are pushing back on a brave Britain but great


Britain have enough in hand. Inside the last ten strokes, Great Britain


are holding their lead. It is going to be gold medal for Great Britain


in the women's lightweight and China's second. And we wait for


the confirmation of the bronze medal. Great Britain from the


halfway mark stepped up and moved out from the Italians. They were


impressive in the third 500. Outstanding in the last. Just to


alert you to the bat that our coverage of the final day of this


World Championships starts on the red button at 11:00am tomorrow and


are a round-up of the day is on 3:45pm on BBC Two. Also tomorrow,


the final day of beef three-day horse trials. That is on BBC Two at


2pm. And then the programme about our Olympic hopes, on Saturday by


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