Episode 2 Rowing: World Championships


Episode 2

John Inverdale introduces highlights from the conclusion of the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, including the men's four and the lightweight men's double scull.


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Welcome to Bled for the final day of this year's World Rowing

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Championships. I am sure these pictures are doing the Slovenian

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Tourist Board no harm at all. The water is crystal-clear. There are

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fish jumping all over the place. It is the most glorious venue for any

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international sporting event and so far on the water there has been a

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fair amount of glory for British gets serious. Perfection. A gold

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medal to Great Britain. It is going to be a photo finish! New Zealand

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are awarded the gold. Tom Aggar at, Great Britain world champion.

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British crew will get the bronze medal. Gold for Great Britain in

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the women's lightweight quadruple scull. Try as Dale blasting his way

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and it is bronze for Alan Campbell. A gold medal for New Zealand! 14

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consecutive second places for Team GB. They are all now in maximum

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sprint. Great Britain starting with such style and panache. It is going

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to be a gold medal executed with JOHN INVERDALE: And that is the

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former President's Summer Palace over there. This is the only island

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in Slovenia and it is right in the middle of this lake, Bled. The

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tradition here is that because there is a church on the top of the

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hill, the husband has to carry his wife to be up the steps, 99 steps

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to the top, to guarantee a happy marriage. I have no idea who they

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are but I wish them the best of luck for many years to come. That

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has made your day! Indeed, timing is everything. What is will take on

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how things have gone so far? It is a bit odd because of the way the

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programme has been changed. We normally have our success at the

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beginning of the finals and not at the end and the way it has turned

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out is that we have are stronger events at the end and so the first

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few races were a sort of anti- climax as we were not doing as well

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as we normally should do but actually we are coming on strong it.

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Grainger and Watkins, how good were they? Absolutely. They have had a

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difficult season and to perform as well as they have done... Even

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though Catherine did raise at the World Cup races with a spare and

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still won races. That is the standard we are talking about. Very

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pleased and it has got to put them in the right frame of mind for a

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good winter and great performances next year. Yesterday we spend an

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awful long time building of the great jewel in the sun between

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Great Britain and New Zealand in the men's pair, Hodge and Reed are

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losing for the 14th time in a road to their New Zealand rivals. Is

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that the end of that particular episode? If I was a gambling man I

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would be making quite a lot of money because I cannot see them

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racing internationally in the pair again. Even though I am not sure if

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it is the right decision for them to go into the four, they could

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still beat the New Zealand pair but it will be tough. My gut feeling is

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that from the interview they gave yesterday, time is time. They will

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try to get an Olympic gold medal in the four. We have quite a few gold

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medal opportunities this afternoon. Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter are

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the Olympic champions. The men's coxless four know they live in the

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shadow of so many great crews from the past but can they join that

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elite band themselves this afternoon? Anne Hester Goodsell

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Anne Sofie Hoskins have one advantage over their rivals in the

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lightweight double, they can sing. And that is a view then you do not

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normally see. We are on the island looking across to the grandstand.

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It is built into the side of the woodland at the water's edge. We

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will start with a crew who always find themselves racing alongside

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loaded with added pressure in British rowing it is the men's

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heavyweight coxless four. COMMENTATOR: Just there by two

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centimetres! Recently there were three straight Olympic titles and a

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number of World Championships. COMMENTATOR: Gold medal, Great

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Britain! But the current squad know only too well that the past counts

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for nothing. COMMENTATOR: A huge disappointment

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for the British crew. Their heads are down. What happened to Great

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Britain, the defending world Derry over the line in fourth place

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last year. -- going. It was massively disappointing at the time.

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I thought about stopping them doing something else. What made you

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change your mind? Jurgen persuaded me not to. I got it all out in the

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open. 2011 has seen a welcome return to form with gold medals at

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the World Cups in Munich and Lucerne.

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COMMENTATOR: Back on the gold medal podium for Great Britain. Tom James

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is back in the boat this season and happy to be back after taking a

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year out after his Olympic triumph. I have been growing since I was 12

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or 13 and that mentality, looking after yourself, that routine I felt

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I needed a break. -- I have been rowing. I have put on a bit of

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weight and I do not think that has done any harm. I am a stone heavier

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than I was in Beijing. Tom coming back has given us a bit of emphasis

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on things and it just feels quite nice and easy with the field behind

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us. My seat is a really enjoyable position. There are gold medallists

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today by some distance. But the courage grew might not even light

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up together next year in London after Hodge and Read lost to New

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Zealand in the pair yesterday for the 14th consecutive time. They

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could yet return to the fore in 2012. Of course, if it was this

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year, I scraped into the boat so I would be out doing something else.

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It is not happening yet, though, so I will not concern myself with that.

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There is an issue especially leading into next year but for me,

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the way I see it, I have to just make myself better and as best as I

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can be and if that allows me to be in the top crew, which have a crew

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that is, that is great for me. There is a lot of good things about

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this four and if it wins has this year it seems silly to break it up

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next year. JOHN INVERDALE: That story will run

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and run but for now it is all about this race in Bled and banishing

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those painful memories from the World Championships last year.

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will be the last World Championships before the Olympics

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and we will want to make sure we start the Olympic year as world

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champions. We have a good focus in mind. We are always aspiring to be

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better. If we can finish in the strongest position, the gold medal

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position this year, it can only be a good thing leading to the

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Olympics. What has got to be the four, Great Britain going in a lane

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number four. Looking to avenge their fourth place last year. So

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much riding on this race from Great Britain's point of view as they

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move out of lane number four. The final of the men's heavyweight

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charging out in the first 100. Australia in lane five. Watch out

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for them, the dark horses of this particular event. A crevasse has

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just been put together this year in Lucerne. -- a group that has just

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been put together. And we have to Germany in lane number six, and

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Great Britain in lane number four, just slightly down through the

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first two 50 metres, will absolutely drive on. They are a

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pretty classy cru, the British group. Last year they finished

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fourth. The coach has since then changed the crew around a little

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bit. Tom James has come in instead of Alex Partridge, who has gone

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into the eight. They have also changed their strip. -- their

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stroke. That has changed the rhythm of the crew and it is very

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effective. Great Britain are in third place, 500 down now. Now into

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the second. The second 500m as the stock to stretch out. Watch number

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four, that is the bow of the British crew. Creeping up on

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Australia. The Australians just having the better of the first 500m.

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Matthew Langridge in the bow seat for Britain, Egington, Tom James

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and Gregory in the stroke seat. Now Britain are coming up level with

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Australia. That was a good move there in the second 500, just

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easing back like that. They are a really excellent crew. This is the

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event that Great Britain got a gold medal in three years ago in Beijing.

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Services an event that we have not lost a gold medal at Olympic level.

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Here they are now moving up. They are Britain's most successful men's

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crew. Perhaps not the strongest men in the squad, those two were in the

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pair, Hodge and Reed. But this four is really the most successful of

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our crews this year. Langridge, Egington, James, Gregory refused to

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be drawn on what is growing on -- going on in the coxless pair for

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Great Britain. Their task is really driving it home. They have gone

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through in first place at the halfway mark. We are now only

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1,000m away from the finishing line here in the final of the men's

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heavyweight coxless four and the British crew have been like

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stalking horses in the second 500. The Australians took them out to

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forced -- first place in the first 500. We are now in the third 500.

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This is where we would expect the British to really step on. There

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were outstanding in the training camp a couple of weeks ago. They

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are at 37 strokes a minute. That is pretty intense, pretty high. It

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looks much lower and that is the mark of a boat that is really

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travelling well, that calmness under pressure, that relaxation,

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and they are moving in that really smooth, rhythmic way. Langridge in

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the bow seat. Expect Britain to do something now at the 1250m mark.

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There they go. It is out to three- quarters of a length. Langridge

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calling it from the bow seat. The British are almost free of

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Australia in lane number five. A sensational third 500m. They made

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their move. You are right. They made their move and it showed.

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British crew will now step into the last 500m of this final of the

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men's heavyweight coxless four absolutely determined now to nail

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it. They have done everything asked of them. They have been the

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outstanding crew for 2011 and they have now broken free of Australia

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in a lane five, a freak from Greece in lane three, and the British now

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we'll just have to stretch it out. The British coming up on the

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shoulder of Australia. That is a pretty good push there in the last

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500m from Greece, because Australia seemed to have the measure of it.

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Great Britain are still trying to move further and further away

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because they have a lot to prove and they want to show they are a

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class outfit that should really not be messed with in the coming months.

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Etude statement now being made by Great Britain in lane number four.

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-- a huge statement. Matt Langridge makes another call. Up there from

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Leander Club in the bow. Greece have wind it up. The Greeks are now

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coming back. They have got the overlap. But surely the British

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and so he should, they have been the most outstanding crew of 2011

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and surely now they have done enough to stay in this group in

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this line-up but they will celebrate today and enjoy what was

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a remarkable performance right from the start. Great Britain are the

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world champions over Greece and Australia. That will give Juergen

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Grobler a lot to think about as chief coach of the heavyweight

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men's team. The one word that sprang to mind

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was smooth. That is the illusion we try to create! You are pulling

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yourself to pieces out there but we always try to go out there and roll

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well. It feels well connected and if you can do that when you are

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paddling and take it up to racing, that is good. It was a tough race,

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we knew the margins would close down since the other race we have

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done and you see it in every single event, the other teams have been

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right to the line. A two second margin is great. We are really

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happy, we have had a great season. At what point did you think you

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have got this? Quite early on. We knew how much speed we have. We

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have been doing some really good training and I think you get a way

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of knowing that everybody is really with us early on. The bow seat knew

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we were in control and we could pull away. It is one of these weird

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position because you always think to win the world's final, you need

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to have the best rowing. For us at our best, it was a bit scrappage.

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We have had a few illnesses and injuries but I think we are so

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pleased about the fact we have shown that when it matters on the

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day, we can do it. Certain afflict behind me always saying that you

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need to be able to win on your worst day and that was not our best

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day but it was good to show we could win. Steve, what was your

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take on the race? Absolutely brilliant. I would like to ask from

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last year, is used last year, do you think you are mentally stronger

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after the situation of last year? In yes, I think so. As a crew, we

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have really come together. I think we have got a lot more relaxation

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now and the main thing with us was you have got to go out there no

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matter how bad it is and we have got to make sure we win. Even

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though it may not be our best date. Fantastic season and that was a

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final great race for it, well done. And as a final thought, Steve is

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here, on the build up to the race on the programme, we were talking

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about the history of the coxless four. Does that weigh heavy on you?

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No, on the whole, it is a positive thing. You have got a legacy and

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expectation which can be a negative thing but if you are able to turn

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it into a positive thing, that is great. In the top teams you have

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that spirit. It is as much how you train in the legacy as much as

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Howard comes into training. Sometimes you feel it is a bit

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unfair because you have got to get five gold models to look good these

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days, one is not good enough. Sorry! It was pretty good today,

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and it may continue to be good for the next 11 months. Congratulations.

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Steve, one final question that ought to be thrown at you, they are

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very keen, this four, to say it is a four and they are in it together.

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But the spectre of possible team changes. That is always the case.

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The British team has always been like that for a long time. Working

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up to the final trials and if you are world champions, it is harder

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to move into different boats. That is what they have to go out to do,

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say to the world you have got to knock us out of our seed.

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composition of the men's four will be a debate over the winter I am

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sure and it will impact on what will be the men's eights. But next

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summer's Olympic Games poses some different problems than just plain

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growing. Rowing is all about strength

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togetherness and timing. Consent Muslims will be close with now as

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they observe the end of Ramadan. This man is the muscle in the men's

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eights. But the timing is a worry as next year's month of Ramadan

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clashes with the Olympics. Borrowing fastest harder when you

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are busting and so Mohamed Sbihi is postponing. With the long days in

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the summer... I am still training three times a day whilst fasting.

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By the end of last year's Ramadan I actually felt better for it and it

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was probably one of the easiest Ramadans I have done in terms of

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training and getting the most out of it. Conflict between faith and

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performers are not new to the Olympics. Chariots of Fire Eric, a

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devout Christian would not race on a Sunday and passed up a medal

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chance what Jonathan Edwards struggled with the same dilemma

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before jumping to gold. It took a bar any athlete to show you can

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compete and maintain your modesty. So a lesson is that compromise is

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king. Eric raised a different race on a different day and became a

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legend. And while Ramadan is an important part of Islam, there is

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flexibility for certain cases. an Olympic athlete is doing

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something strenuous that requires a lot of energy and if they fast,

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they will have a detrimental impact on their body. And because it is an

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exemption for exceptional situations, it can be given to them.

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They should make up the 30 days of fasting later on after the training.

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Many of the 3,000 was done athletes expected at next year's and unpicks

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will defer the fasts but not all of them. Hockey player Darren

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Cheeseman is convinced he can perform for Team GB and follow his

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faith. The same way that you might go down to 10 men in a game, you

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need to train for that. I need to make sure that I trained for being

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thirsty or not having a huge amount of food in my system. It is about

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making sure I can do the substitutions and not play as long

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as other players and understanding when I can train and when I can

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play. The men's eights is the Ferrari of the rowing competition

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and Ferraris need fuel but for some, that sustenance can be spiritual.

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Present a macro we are ingrowing mode now but all 20 sports that go

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into that can be seen on our Olympics website.

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JOHN INVERDALE: On that Olympic website you can follow the export

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of our gold medal winners from other, Katherine Grainger and Anna

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Watkins. Do gold medals feel better the day after always? It felt sweep

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yesterday when we crossed the finish line. You can see how the

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week built up but at the time you are sitting on the start line, you

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don't know what will happen, particularly with our built up. You

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have the elation and relief mixed together and when it is just over,

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in that second, I don't think that can be beaten. The feeling today is

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what? Trying to calm down and let all the adrenalin wash out and

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enjoy the beautiful scenery and sunshine which we have been trying

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to stay out of so far. And excited about watching today's racing.

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are the plans from now then? 11 months to go almost to the day.

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Straight back into training? the crucial thing for the next few

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weeks is a bit of downtime. We will not get in the boat for a while and

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I think we know that the 2012 season will be absolutely fall on a

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need to make sure we get everything right. -- will be absolutely 100%.

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How much can you let yourself go over the next few weeks? You don't

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want to turn up for training completely wrecked. Or do you?

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coach certainly does not want us to! To be honest, after a couple of

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weeks, you start to feel you want to get back in any way so it is a

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good mix of getting enough time away and you feel you have had the

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rest and are eager to get back so you do arrive... The best thing is

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mentally fresh. And physically, your body needs a bit of downtime

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as well. You do not ruin yourself for the next few weeks at all but

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you make sure you have come back and you are persevering. We will

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try to renew a little bit! May be 24 hours of ruin! Is it almost like

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going back to scull when you train again? Yes, exactly. We will not

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have seen each other for a while. The noise level at Caversham will

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be immense as we swap holiday stories and catch up. And then

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quickly it will turn around in two the fact we have got the whole

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winter of dark mornings and cold weather. And that will settle down

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quickly. At what point do you start talking about London seriously? Or

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do you put it to the back of your mind, so much work to be done?

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think when we first come back, we will get on to it pretty quickly

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because we will have an initial meeting which will be the plan. And

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we will debrief the season and find where we need to make improvements.

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But it will be clear from the beginning. For the job in the lake

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again? And may go for a dip this afternoon. We couldn't encourage

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I thought that would be one of the best end to the great pieces we

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have done, systematically he would launch yourself into the water?

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will not be spontaneous now. The other victorious Boat yesterday

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was the women's lightweight quad, a non Olympic class, a clear water

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behind them. And the faces of men told the joy of victory. It was

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easier than we thought it would be, we thought it would be a fight all

:26:29.:26:36.

the way to the last stroke. We do not know who it would be at the

:26:36.:26:40.

beginning but it was a nice surprise. To do not feel like

:26:40.:26:46.

shouting to the guys, what is wrong with you? Week expected Italy to be

:26:46.:26:50.

out front at the start and thought China would fight has all the way.

:26:50.:26:54.

But we knew we had broken them and the coach said that time would come

:26:54.:27:00.

and we knew that. It was ours to lose from Matt point. The World

:27:00.:27:07.

Championship medal around their next. For Steph Cullen, Andrea

:27:07.:27:13.

Dennis and Catherine Twyman. The next race we will show you

:27:13.:27:19.

features a music scholar who's role is two fault. One as a medallist

:27:19.:27:25.

but also as the musical director of the British rowing choir.

:27:25.:27:30.

It was sort of a joke and think let's run a choir I will teach you

:27:30.:27:34.

how to sing. # I heard there was a secret court,

:27:34.:27:41.

that David played and it pleased I love it, music gets everybody

:27:41.:27:48.

singing, together. About 16 people normally turn up and we learn songs

:27:48.:27:58.
:27:58.:28:02.

and occasionally perform them to The camaraderie it brings is great

:28:02.:28:07.

fun. There is only so many boxed set that you can watch and getting

:28:07.:28:12.

together, in a lake is wonderful, it really get people together. --

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it is wonderful. It brings people out of their shells. Those who

:28:17.:28:21.

appear the most wonderful confident people in rowing are actually quite

:28:21.:28:26.

shy in singing and you get different sides of people, they

:28:26.:28:32.

really respond to the group ethos. Because people change personality,

:28:33.:28:36.

it is wonderful when they come to the choir. Catherine is the most

:28:36.:28:40.

professional role there is but when she comes into the choir room, she

:28:40.:28:45.

is one of my naughty altos. She sits in the, giggling. Jess is a

:28:45.:28:49.

good member, Lynsey is as well, and Sophie my doubles partner is in

:28:49.:28:57.

there as well. We came together in 2009 and we are very different

:28:57.:28:59.

people but each of us brings something to the boat that really

:28:59.:29:04.

helps to get the other going. Work each other and make sure we produce

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something that is greater than just present individual strength. This

:29:08.:29:14.

is our third season together, me and so free. We have only once not

:29:14.:29:17.

been on the podium. And in lightweight rowing, I think that is

:29:17.:29:23.

consistent. Apart from the bronze, we have

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always got a bronze or a silver. Going into these championships in a

:29:28.:29:32.

good position, we feel strong in our double. We are really, really

:29:32.:29:42.
:29:42.:29:43.

On to the serious stuff now, just Anne-Sophie scrambled their way

:29:43.:29:49.

into the final by less than a 10th of a second so could they come up

:29:49.:29:59.
:29:59.:30:13.

what women's double sculls for have had a great 2011 World Cup

:30:13.:30:22.

campaign. So perhaps now they can just relax and get that length.

:30:22.:30:26.

Today they look like they have a bit more of a fluidity around the

:30:26.:30:31.

catch that is taking them out to the front end of the stroke. They

:30:31.:30:34.

are in a very good position and now they have to sustain that through

:30:34.:30:42.

the middle part of the course. Sophie is in my London Rowing Club

:30:42.:30:46.

and she is there day-in, day-out, working. They are a very motivated

:30:46.:30:54.

double. Let's see if they can make this work. Pressure is coming on

:30:54.:31:00.

from the crews behind. Sophie Hosking has, London Rowing Club,

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Hester Goodsell from Imperial College Boat Club. Just at this

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particular step, they have turned things around from the semi-final.

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A long way to go but they must be feeling a lot, lot better. And so

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they should. They were bronze medallists two years ago at the

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World Championships. Disappointing to get fifth last year. Stepped up

:31:23.:31:28.

this year and now they are having the race of their lives. This is

:31:28.:31:34.

very good. They are relaxed, looking much more relaxed than they

:31:34.:31:39.

were in the semi-final, and they are stretching out. Now they can

:31:39.:31:43.

see what they can do and they are moving very well. Greece has gone

:31:43.:31:48.

up fast but Great Britain on their tail. Halfway mark, it is clear

:31:48.:31:53.

water from Greece in lane three but Great Britain are right on their

:31:53.:31:58.

heels in a second position. Now Sophie Hosking in the stroke seat,

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Hester Goodsell, Great Britain lightweight double scull, having

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first -- such a good acting. They have to take That confidence to

:32:07.:32:12.

really move and believe in their ability. They have had a couple of

:32:12.:32:15.

years of ability together and have shown great speed in training camps

:32:15.:32:20.

resulted. It is all about stepping up on the big day and this crew can

:32:20.:32:26.

do that. My goodness, though, Greece have just opened up to clear

:32:26.:32:30.

water and now the battle is on for the silver and it is a battle

:32:30.:32:33.

between the United States and Great Britain but Great Britain moving

:32:33.:32:37.

very well and they have checked that advance from Greece, but they

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have got to hold of the United States. Greece were fourth in

:32:42.:32:48.

Lucerne. There was a change, though, they have brought back in a rower

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who was not in that group and now the double scull, the bronze

:32:51.:32:56.

medallists from last year have found incredible speed. But Hester

:32:56.:33:02.

and Sophie from Great Britain, a great combination. Around their

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training camp recently, they are such passionate individuals about

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their outside interests but also about rowing. They have total

:33:11.:33:21.
:33:21.:33:26.

belief in their ability. We head towards the 1,500m of this

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lightweight double sculls final and the British crew bar in amongst it

:33:29.:33:38.

all for the medals, out front and clear. 500m to go, Greece in lane

:33:38.:33:42.

number three. Great Britain are still up there in the silver-medal

:33:42.:33:45.

position and the United States of America and Canada will really

:33:45.:33:51.

charge on. Less than 50 strokes remain in the World Championship

:33:52.:33:56.

final of 2011 and now Great Britain have to give absolutely everything.

:33:56.:34:01.

They can do the strikes to the line. Great Britain must not tighten up.

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They have been rowing well in the middle of the race. They have been

:34:06.:34:11.

relaxed. They must not tighten up and start to grab at the stroke.

:34:11.:34:15.

They have the United States there and they have to be aware of that

:34:15.:34:19.

but they have to be able to wind this up without shortening their

:34:20.:34:24.

stroke and without tiding it in the shoulders. Behind them, Great

:34:24.:34:29.

Britain can see the charging crews of New Zealand, Australia, Canada

:34:29.:34:33.

of the world champions. They are in lane number five. The USA in lane

:34:33.:34:37.

number six. It is looking so painful in the crew closest to us

:34:37.:34:42.

in lane number six but look out for Canada because Canada are sprinting.

:34:42.:34:46.

The world champions have picked up pace and on the top of your picture,

:34:46.:34:51.

grain Britain in lane number one are just starting to sag in speed.

:34:51.:34:56.

Out front, Greece are looking so magnificent. They are running for

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the line. 150m for the gold medal and everybody now racing for the

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silver medal. Great Britain, Canada, the United States of America,

:35:07.:35:12.

inside 75 metres. The British are hanging on. Greece for the gold,

:35:12.:35:22.
:35:22.:35:27.

on the line for bronze and Hester in the bow seat collapses, such was

:35:27.:35:33.

the effort required just to get the bronze medal. So Greece. It was

:35:33.:35:37.

clear and comfortable on the day. A gold medal to them. Canada in

:35:38.:35:45.

second and Great Britain will be After watching the semi-final

:35:45.:35:49.

yesterday, not many people were expecting that. Were you? To be

:35:49.:35:53.

honest, we did not expect the semi- final. We knew it had been a

:35:53.:35:57.

horrendous event in terms of qualification for the Olympic Games,

:35:57.:36:02.

which is what everyone was fighting for yesterday. We row really close

:36:02.:36:07.

off the B final. But today we knew what we had to do. We have beaten

:36:07.:36:11.

all of those crews before at some point or other and we just had to

:36:11.:36:14.

believe in ourselves. Sophie let out absolutely strongly and that

:36:15.:36:19.

was just the aim, to go and see what happened. You went for it from

:36:19.:36:25.

the word go. I do not know if you were aware how close it was in the

:36:25.:36:32.

last 200m or so. I did not have any idea. I was just focusing on each

:36:32.:36:35.

stroke at a time and trying to squeeze on the intensity and just

:36:35.:36:39.

going with whatever Hester was telling me to do. One thing we have

:36:39.:36:44.

learnt from this regatta is what it is like to be in close races and we

:36:44.:36:47.

are not the only ones in the British team who have had close

:36:47.:36:50.

races and at the end of the day, when you're in that position, you

:36:50.:36:56.

have to be 100 % focused on producing the most power you can

:36:56.:36:58.

through the stroke, otherwise you're giving time away by looking

:36:58.:37:03.

at them. So I was not aware of what was happening the last bit. We had

:37:03.:37:07.

to look at the board to find out where we had come. If every race

:37:07.:37:13.

was exciting as that that was not a bad thing. For all the public,

:37:13.:37:18.

anyway! Ute won a bronze two years ago. How would you compare your

:37:18.:37:23.

crew now? We are so much more mature now. Back then we felt we

:37:23.:37:28.

had lost silver, because it was 0.2 from silver and we were naive in

:37:28.:37:32.

everything that we did whereas now we have had three years of learning

:37:32.:37:37.

how to row together, produce stuff, get each other going an essentially,

:37:37.:37:42.

to go into a race and know how the other will respond is a massive

:37:42.:37:49.

deal. Back in 2009 we did not totally nerve everything that would

:37:49.:37:53.

happen whereas now I know how it Sophie will relax -- react and what

:37:53.:38:00.

she can produce. Congratulations to both of you. A tremendous re. Steve,

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just a quick word on that? A real battle of Mills. What it really

:38:06.:38:11.

shows is that when you get to a Championships, you can be badly in

:38:11.:38:14.

one race and it can destroy you but what they have actually done is

:38:14.:38:20.

taken it away as a positive. They just won in the race at all -- they

:38:20.:38:23.

were not in the semi-finals yesterday and they have turned it

:38:23.:38:32.

around and say we have got to be in there. That bad race has turned it

:38:32.:38:35.

into a good one and now they have confidence going into the next 11

:38:35.:38:40.

months. The men's lightweight double. Hunter and Perch have been

:38:40.:38:45.

part of the rowing furniture for so long, Olympic champions, world

:38:45.:38:48.

champions, but it has not been plain sailing for them of recent

:38:48.:38:58.
:38:58.:39:02.

the Olympic champions! We are now a world champion crew. Hunter and

:39:02.:39:04.

Perch would normally find themselves to be clear favourites

:39:04.:39:08.

to defend their title but after a year of illness, they find

:39:08.:39:15.

themselves playing catch-up with This year has had its challenges.

:39:15.:39:20.

It is now a good to get back in the racing frame of mind and show what

:39:20.:39:26.

we can do. We have enjoyed the last two or three weeks of being in the

:39:26.:39:30.

boat, really consistently, making sure we are there, physically and

:39:30.:39:33.

mentally ready to rock and roll. has been a difficult and

:39:33.:39:39.

frustrating season because at the start of the year we had a plan and

:39:39.:39:43.

we did not really get a chance to put that into play so we are

:39:43.:39:46.

playing a bit of catch-up but the last five weeks of training have

:39:46.:39:51.

been exceptional. We have really worked hard and instead of looking

:39:51.:39:55.

at it week by week, we have fine- tuned every single session, made

:39:55.:40:00.

the most of everything. More than we would do normally. So we have

:40:00.:40:07.

kind of condensed three months in to six weeks. It is quite a tricky

:40:08.:40:14.

thing, being a lightweight. We have to wait in two hours before the

:40:14.:40:20.

race, with a maximum individual weight of 72.5 itkg. We have been

:40:20.:40:28.

doing this together for a long time. We generally hit 70kg. It is one of

:40:28.:40:35.

the things you have to do that makes it more challenging. What

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would it really mean to defend the World Championship? Given where we

:40:40.:40:44.

are, and the athletes that we are, we will give a winning performance.

:40:44.:40:49.

I expect nothing less than an established successful crew and we

:40:49.:40:53.

have just got to make sure that we do our best to ensure that that is

:40:53.:41:01.

the case. Every season has been different. We have never had a

:41:01.:41:04.

typical season. It has always been different with sickness, injuries,

:41:04.:41:12.

all these different things. So it is a new and exciting chapter and

:41:12.:41:16.

where we stand at the end of the day when we crossed the line will

:41:16.:41:22.

be the end of this year and the start of next year. It is an

:41:22.:41:25.

interesting World Championships for us because we do not have any form,

:41:25.:41:28.

we have not performed this year in any event, and we are good at

:41:28.:41:38.
:41:38.:41:41.

delivering when we come to the big final of the men's lightweight

:41:41.:41:50.

double scull, Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter. So far, 2011 has been an

:41:50.:41:53.

unsettled year for the defending champions and the Olympic champions.

:41:53.:41:59.

Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter. They going lane number three. They seem

:41:59.:42:03.

to be finding some form as they come through these World

:42:03.:42:09.

Championships. Let's see what the first 500 metres have. Lane 1,

:42:09.:42:16.

Italy, Germany two, Great Britain 3, New Zealand four, Denmark five,

:42:16.:42:20.

China in lane number six. This race, though, should come down to Great

:42:20.:42:24.

Britain and New Zealand. New Zealand have dominated the World

:42:24.:42:30.

Cup campaign of 2011. We just saw Denmark are dominating the whole

:42:30.:42:33.

scene four years ago. They took a year off and have come back. They

:42:33.:42:40.

are always a threat. Great Britain have had a wonderful start but this

:42:40.:42:44.

will be a chance to see again whether this faster stroke rate

:42:44.:42:48.

that New Zealand has a right across all its crews is going to be as

:42:48.:42:58.
:42:58.:43:15.

effective in this event against the World Cup winners against the world

:43:15.:43:22.

champions, as we head towards the first time in mark. Great Britain

:43:22.:43:27.

now lead New Zealand into the second 500m. The Italians are also

:43:27.:43:31.

in amongst it in lane number one. Bertie Mee and Luini, the world

:43:31.:43:39.

silver medallists 2010. -- Pacini. The crew is very tight here.

:43:39.:43:45.

Maximum individual weight cannot exceed 72.5 kilograms, the crew

:43:45.:43:51.

average cannot exceed 70kg. It is interesting seeing New Zealand

:43:51.:43:55.

against Great Britain. New Zealand have three strokes a minute higher

:43:55.:44:01.

than Britain. So great Britain are getting better value per stroke.

:44:01.:44:04.

The thing is that the New Zealanders seem to be able to

:44:04.:44:08.

continue this right through to the end and build on it at the end,

:44:08.:44:12.

whereas most crews would find that difficult. So great Britain is

:44:12.:44:15.

trying to stay there steady and reliable and their cohesion, the

:44:15.:44:20.

way they scull, letting their boat run, but we see in New Zealand move

:44:20.:44:23.

on air now. Now we will find out whether Zac Purchase's illness were

:44:23.:44:29.

have an effect here in the final stages of this race. Interesting

:44:29.:44:33.

that Great Britain are still upon 39 strokes per minute in this

:44:33.:44:38.

second 500. I would have expected to them -- them to have come down

:44:38.:44:45.

to 38 strokes, a little bit more containment. So that gives you a

:44:45.:44:55.
:44:55.:44:59.

and Great Britain are through the halfway mark in this final of the

:44:59.:45:04.

men's lightweight double sculls. New Zealand, who have dominated

:45:04.:45:09.

2011 on the World Cup scene, really pushing on ahead. It is a compare

:45:09.:45:17.

and contrast the style and the speed of New Zealand against Perch

:45:17.:45:21.

and Hunter from Great Britain, defending world champions, reigning

:45:21.:45:27.

Olympic champions. -- Purchase. The British scull have a really upset

:45:27.:45:30.

season here. The first time they have come together and we are

:45:30.:45:34.

really starting to see some form. Pretty good semi-final. We would

:45:34.:45:37.

expect them out to just step up. They have gone into this race

:45:37.:45:41.

thinking that they can win. Regardless of the season they have

:45:41.:45:51.
:45:51.:45:53.

double scull together and moving sweetly and the Great Britain

:45:53.:45:57.

double scull believe that when they have got it right, when they are

:45:57.:46:00.

together, they are unstoppable and they are scum and beautifully at

:46:00.:46:05.

the moment. They have about two strokes per minute lower than the

:46:05.:46:10.

New Zealanders and in an earlier heat, New Zealand went through them

:46:10.:46:20.

and went through. This time, they are going to revalue their race

:46:20.:46:28.

plan and push on him in the last 500. They are almost level when

:46:28.:46:33.

they come to the 1,500 metre mark. One Foot separating New Zealand and

:46:33.:46:37.

Great Britain. Watch for Mark Hunter in the stroke seat, from

:46:37.:46:44.

Leander Club, he will pick up this pace. And now the British are

:46:44.:46:49.

starting to move. The bows of No. 3, Great Britain, slicing through the

:46:49.:46:54.

water and with it going through New Zealand in lane number four. The

:46:55.:46:58.

New Zealand crew are fighters to the end, they will respond but the

:46:58.:47:02.

British now are looking the stronger of the two boat. They both

:47:02.:47:08.

pull away from a chasing field led by Germany in lane number two.

:47:08.:47:11.

is a beautifully judged race from Great Britain and if they can

:47:11.:47:15.

sustain this push and Zacks seems to have recovered and that the mood

:47:15.:47:19.

now. They are pushing right back. New Zealand don't have anywhere to

:47:19.:47:23.

go because they are as high as they can go and this time it will be

:47:23.:47:29.

great Britain going through New Zealand. 200 metres remain in the

:47:29.:47:33.

final of the men's lightweight double scull and the Olympic and

:47:33.:47:37.

world champions now are starting again to move, they have taken

:47:37.:47:42.

another foot but the Sprint of the All Blacks, here it comes, one-

:47:42.:47:46.

hundredth, 10 strokes to the line and now New Zealand will go up but

:47:46.:47:50.

the experience that is the great British Olympic and world champions,

:47:50.:47:55.

they have done enough surely to get to the line. You can count the

:47:55.:48:00.

strokes now. Inside five, Great Britain holding, the New Zealand

:48:00.:48:03.

crew look right, they are attacking that Great Britain will have it on

:48:03.:48:08.

the line, it is gold today and the arms are loft. What a comeback for

:48:08.:48:13.

Great Britain's Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter, given the season they

:48:13.:48:19.

have had. What they set up a head of the Olympics next year in London.

:48:19.:48:29.

JOHN INVERDALE: What a race! Yes, we like to be entertaining. We like

:48:29.:48:32.

to make the sport exciting to watch and it is all about making sure

:48:32.:48:38.

that people are excited. The result is even better. You were calm, of

:48:39.:48:43.

course. We just wanted to make it entertaining for the crowd! Your

:48:43.:48:47.

mum and dad and girlfriend in the crowd, I bet they were having

:48:47.:48:51.

kittens in the last 50 metres. I know from the outside it is

:48:51.:48:55.

always harder looking on but we had a plan and we knew what we would do

:48:55.:49:00.

and we executed it perfectly. We did not panic, we were sculling

:49:00.:49:07.

better today. Sit back and relax and when we wanted to put some work

:49:07.:49:12.

in, we knew we could. Lot of New Zealand boats have been pipping

:49:12.:49:20.

people on the line, did that come into your tactics? The Kiwis

:49:20.:49:24.

generally have won the gold muddles on the line. Is that a worry coming

:49:24.:49:34.

into it? We did think about it and we knew we had enough in hand to

:49:34.:49:40.

lay it down. Keep moving on because the good thing about the light

:49:40.:49:47.

weight is the same shape and bowel. In a pub one my Crowe and pick gold

:49:47.:49:52.

medals before. -- you have won Olympic gold before. Where does

:49:52.:50:02.
:50:02.:50:03.

that come in the practice. This is the stepping-stone to the Olympics

:50:03.:50:06.

and we have the most turbulent season you can imagine so to come

:50:06.:50:12.

back and put six weeks of training to get that result, we are really

:50:12.:50:17.

looking forward to the training. We want to make this exciting.

:50:18.:50:21.

Monumentally exciting, congratulations to both of you.

:50:21.:50:27.

Great to see you as winners once again. That was fantastic. Never

:50:27.:50:30.

mind what Zac Purchase was saying, great sport but great credit to

:50:30.:50:38.

them. Zac has been out of the season with a virus, and they were

:50:38.:50:43.

talking about racing here with a spare man just to get the but

:50:43.:50:48.

qualified and prepared for next year so to make a final and win it

:50:48.:50:53.

at the start of that, I have seen embrace so many times and they have

:50:53.:51:00.

put some fantastic races. They have dominated and so much pressure on

:51:00.:51:08.

them, so much going on and on the basis of training they have had the

:51:08.:51:11.

former have is outstanding. ringing endorsement from Steve. But

:51:11.:51:14.

talk about other people who are here at the regatta there have

:51:14.:51:20.

problems of a different nature. If you watched yesterday, he will say

:51:20.:51:27.

-- you will see about our piece on a road from Angola. Also problems

:51:27.:51:31.

faced by the Iraqi rulers. Matthew Pinsent has spoken to them.

:51:31.:51:36.

The last time I was in Bled for the World Rowing Championships, I was

:51:36.:51:41.

18 and nervously awaiting my first big race. This then was Yugoslavia,

:51:41.:51:46.

the Berlin Wall was still up. One country definitely not represented

:51:46.:51:50.

at those championships was Iraq and for the past year I had been

:51:50.:51:55.

following one of their current crop of athletes as he, like the rest of

:51:55.:52:05.

the rowing world, tries to qualify It might not be an opening ceremony

:52:05.:52:10.

to rival the Olympics 20 years after independence, Slovenia is

:52:10.:52:15.

proud to be hosting the rowing World Championships. Dozens of

:52:15.:52:18.

countries fighting against one another through sporting

:52:18.:52:21.

competitions is one of the things here but life is not always that

:52:21.:52:31.
:52:31.:52:32.

This is the single Iraqi rowing athlete for 2011. In his home city

:52:32.:52:40.

of Baghdad, one of the most violent in the world. He trains every day

:52:40.:52:43.

and is a university student and in the security checkpoints between

:52:43.:52:47.

his college and the River Tigris, his sporting Korea is even more

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demanding than it should be. He was given a wild-card entrants to the

:52:52.:52:56.

Olympics in Beijing he is determined to make it to London on

:52:56.:53:04.

his own merit. If we do the preparation and work right and do

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it in the right way, it is possible to qualify so I will do my best to

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qualify because I need to. Growing demands more than just

:53:17.:53:22.

determination. He needs to improve his technique and his tactics and

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he now has a European coach to help him. He is realistic about his

:53:26.:53:32.

chances. I know he will not be a big champion and not be in the

:53:32.:53:37.

final but is it possible that he improves so far that he can reach

:53:37.:53:42.

it by all of those things? This is important to me. If he is in London,

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my mission is accomplished. Of the face of it, the challenge is almost

:53:47.:53:51.

too great but there are other examples with any rowing fraternity

:53:51.:53:56.

from which he can take heart. There's been a lot of help go into

:53:56.:54:00.

Iraq from different parties around the world. That has caused them to

:54:00.:54:04.

become really motivated and given them the opportunity to train

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abroad and improve themselves and participate with a reasonable level

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and good standard at the international level. This has been

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a model for the others and that we can show others about how it can

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happen and how you can reach the international level. Obviously

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every athlete wants to win their races but for him it is much more

:54:27.:54:31.

even than that. Racing on the world stage is a sign that Iraq is

:54:31.:54:37.

finally emerging from the sporting world and us. The result is not

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entirely unexpected. He finishes in the bottom group of scholars and

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hasn't secured his Olympic qualification but his best chance

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for that will come in early 2012. Inspired by the lessons of these

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championships and one of the most beautiful rolling Lakes in the

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world. JOHN INVERDALE: All athletes face

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the continual fear of injury and forth from Houghton, it has been a

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problem. But to finish 4th was no mean feat but she found herself in

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the Bfinal and she had to finish in the top three to qualify for the

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:55:32.:55:38.

medallist, the four times rowing championship Horton from Great

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Britain is in lane number three as they approach the halfway mark in

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this final of the women's single scull. Extremely accomplished but

:55:49.:55:53.

she has not won a muddle at senior international level in the single

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scull. Will she do something today? She has to do something in the top

:56:00.:56:04.

three of the Bfinal to qualify for the Olympic Games next year. The

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first 1,000 will be very steady, and the second 1,000 will need her

:56:09.:56:13.

to pick up on that strong rhythm that she has had. Great Britain in

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lane number three. Out front from Azerbaijan, they lead and Estonia

:56:22.:56:30.

is in two. Frances Wharton in number three. And Russia in lane

:56:31.:56:40.
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Azerbaijani. She has made quite an impression, a good sculler. And now

:56:48.:56:54.

this is where Francis has to wind it in. She has got to get past

:56:54.:57:04.
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demonstrating the big task ahead of France's, an unsettled here for her.

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She was injured and had to have surgery. Slowly coming back into it

:57:17.:57:21.

and her coaches have been delicate with a progression. But the year

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before the Olympic Games, the team want to do as much to qualify in

:57:25.:57:30.

all 14 events. The team have qualified in 13 and this is the

:57:30.:57:32.

last remaining one. Francis hopefully will rise to the

:57:33.:57:42.
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1,500 metres down, 500 metres remaining Indian women's

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heavyweight single sculls and the sculler from Azerbaijan in lane

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number one, storming away. In lane of the six that is the Russian here.

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Six boats chasing a coveting three places for the Olympic

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qualification and Francis from Great Britain is now starting to

:58:11.:58:18.

struggle, she is on the back of three scullers. Look at the gap

:58:18.:58:28.
:58:28.:58:28.

here between Azerbaijan in lane number one and the chasing field in

:58:29.:58:34.

which Francis is in. People saving their race and the final stages and

:58:34.:58:39.

may have all got a pretty par-four last 500 metres to unleash.

:58:39.:58:43.

France's biding her time but so lacking in race practice that it is

:58:43.:58:50.

a very difficult tournament. strokes remain now as the crews all

:58:50.:58:54.

start to wind up and Francis in line number three for Great Britain

:58:54.:59:00.

has started her sprint here. She has done so well just to get to the

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stage here. Out front, the Azerbaijani in lane number one will

:59:05.:59:14.

win comfortably but the rest now I'll in a cat fight. Still

:59:14.:59:19.

Britain's is in among us that. has pushed it up to 35 strokes per

:59:19.:59:23.

minute, that is real aggression and that experience from her Olympic

:59:23.:59:28.

medals in the quad working very close up now. A inside the last 15

:59:28.:59:38.

metres and still Francis has not given enough, but first, qualifying

:59:38.:59:44.

post goes to Azerbaijan. Francis coming in 4th position. It was a

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task just too much for Francis today. 4th position not good enough

:59:49.:59:54.

to qualify the women's single sculls for London for London 2012

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at this particular regatta. What was your reaction immediately

:00:02.:00:08.

at crossing the line in fourth? am not like it was the end of the

:00:08.:00:13.

world, devastated, but I am just disappointed. I do not want to come

:00:13.:00:17.

away and beat myself up. Three weeks ago I did not think I

:00:17.:00:21.

becoming here, so you have to put it in perspective. As you are

:00:21.:00:27.

fighting injury and now, bit by bit, you will get back to 100 %, what

:00:27.:00:32.

with the personal ambition be? still want to be in a crewed boat

:00:32.:00:37.

vying for a gold medal in London, Absolut. But I just had to sustain

:00:38.:00:43.

its training, get the injuries at the way. Just keep enjoying it. I

:00:43.:00:47.

have absolutely loved the experience. I am so pleased I

:00:47.:00:52.

managed to enjoy it all the way through. So Frances Houghton

:00:52.:00:56.

disappointed but justifiably proud at her performance but it meant in

:00:56.:00:59.

the women's singles gold there was no British representation. He would

:00:59.:01:04.

come out on top in the last rays of the regatta? -- who would come out

:01:04.:01:14.
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women's race. The world champion, at Frida Svensson, in lane number

:01:21.:01:27.

six. A brave race from a Emma Twigg of New Zealand. Clear water but in

:01:27.:01:31.

this event so much can change and we would expect that as we head

:01:31.:01:38.

towards the last 500m. It is the final 2011 World Riley Inc -- World

:01:38.:01:44.

Rowing Championships women's single scull and here comes the charge.

:01:44.:01:54.
:01:54.:01:58.

500m to go. The chequered rower -- the person from the Czech Republic

:01:58.:02:08.
:02:08.:02:08.

ahead. A big surprise from Xiuyun Zhang from China, it went through

:02:08.:02:14.

that market in sixth position. So the overlap now coming from a Mirka

:02:14.:02:19.

Knapkova, who was fourth last year. The best result she has had is a

:02:19.:02:25.

silver badge in 2007. Really using... It is almost like she is

:02:25.:02:32.

using Emma Twigg as the pacemaker in this race. Get me out to 1750

:02:32.:02:35.

and I can just take it out from there, and she has done exactly

:02:35.:02:40.

that. We have now a new race leader, Mirka Knapkova from the Czech

:02:40.:02:46.

Republic. We have 250m remaining. Around 25 strokes and that is

:02:46.:02:52.

plenty of time for Ekaterina Karsten from Belarus, the multi-

:02:52.:02:56.

Olympic and world champion, to make her charge, and make it she is.

:02:56.:03:02.

Emma Twigg, who led so valiantly, and bravely, to the 1,500m mark,

:03:02.:03:07.

still in second. But she's handing on for dear life. Mirka Knapkova

:03:07.:03:15.

now looks stronger and stronger as the rate goes up. Inside 100m. It

:03:15.:03:19.

is Mirka Knapkova from the Czech Republic out from. Surely she has

:03:19.:03:29.
:03:29.:03:39.

done enough. But still Ekaterina Republic, it is a gold medal to her

:03:39.:03:42.

and Ekaterina Karsten from Belarus gets the silver medal, and Emma

:03:42.:03:48.

Twigg is content with a bronze medal. A wonderful result from

:03:48.:03:58.

This time next year the Paralympics will be in full swing and there are

:03:58.:04:02.

several adoptive races as part of these World Championships here in

:04:02.:04:12.
:04:12.:04:15.

Bled. Here we go with the mixed cox drug and arms mixed coxed four and

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Great Britain in lane four. -- legs, trunk and arms. The United States

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are in lane one, Canada in lane two, Germany in lane three, Britten in

:04:27.:04:35.

lane four, Ireland in line drive and France in lane six. -- Ireland

:04:35.:04:41.

in lane five. Great Britain were the fastest qualifiers here by a

:04:41.:04:44.

length and a half so they go into this as favourites for the gold

:04:44.:04:53.

medal. The British crew are in lane four. Silver medallists last year

:04:54.:04:58.

in the World Championships. They just lost out by half a second to

:04:58.:05:03.

Canada, who are in lane number two. A real rivalry developing between

:05:03.:05:13.

those two boats Between -- through the season. Canada are out front

:05:13.:05:19.

and then Germany spitting the two boats in lane number three. --

:05:20.:05:25.

splitting. Pamela Relph from Great Britain is in the bow seat. Naomi

:05:25.:05:30.

Ritchie, Paralympic bronze medallist from 2008 seats at two,

:05:30.:05:40.
:05:40.:05:42.

David Smith at three, James wrote at stroke. -- James Roe. A number

:05:42.:05:46.

of changes in the crowd and it has really made a big difference. They

:05:46.:05:53.

are moving well at the halfway point. Great Britain lead the world

:05:53.:06:02.

through 500m in this final of the Lex, trunks and arms mixed cox for

:06:02.:06:08.

-- legs. They have taken the race by the scruff of the neck. Such

:06:08.:06:15.

disappointment last year to lose the gold medal to challenge her. --

:06:15.:06:21.

to Canada. Canada are in a sprint mode and Germany, who were so fast

:06:21.:06:24.

in the first five cannot live with the pace that has been set by Great

:06:24.:06:29.

Britain. This is very good rowing. They are very accurate. Could power

:06:30.:06:37.

in the middle of their stroke. -- could power. Most of the crews have

:06:37.:06:41.

the men in the stern but Canada and the United States have it the other

:06:41.:06:51.
:06:51.:06:54.

way round. This is an event where the FISA Federation categorise this

:06:54.:07:03.

event as having a minimum disability similar to cerebral

:07:03.:07:10.

palsy or visual impairment. They have to have one of the three

:07:10.:07:13.

impairments as classified by the International Rowing Federation.

:07:13.:07:18.

They are coming up towards the line. Great Britain absolutely

:07:18.:07:24.

outstanding in this final. Really driving it on. James Roe, 2010

:07:25.:07:29.

world silver medallist in this event, leading it clear water from

:07:29.:07:33.

a field that includes the world champions from Canada and Great

:07:33.:07:39.

Britain now at standing, right from the first stroke. They regain the

:07:39.:07:44.

World Championship title that they had in 2009 and that they suddenly

:07:44.:07:53.

leap gave up in 2010. -- that they sadly gave up. So great Britain win

:07:53.:08:03.
:08:03.:08:05.

Dave, you have had an extraordinary 12 months. In 2009 I won the World

:08:05.:08:09.

Championships and at the start of 2010 I was diagnosed with a tumour

:08:09.:08:13.

inside my spinal cord that had been there for the best part of 12 years

:08:13.:08:17.

and had not been found. They operated to remove it and I

:08:17.:08:22.

developed a blood clot. I woke up fully paralysed from the neck down

:08:22.:08:27.

apart from my right arm and I had to learn to walk again, learn how

:08:27.:08:31.

to train again, pretty much everything in life had to be relent.

:08:31.:08:37.

That has all happened in the last 12 months. So the rowing is the

:08:37.:08:42.

easy bit? It was not too easy today! It has been a big roller

:08:42.:08:46.

coaster. Every time the training was hard I got back and nothing can

:08:46.:08:52.

be as hard to walk -- learning to walk again. Congratulations to you.

:08:52.:08:56.

What does that gold medal round your neck mean to you? It means the

:08:57.:09:02.

hardest nine months of my life. I have only been rowing for about

:09:02.:09:06.

nine months. This time last year I was introduced to the sport by my

:09:06.:09:10.

sister who is also a great Britain person. I never thought it would be

:09:10.:09:15.

so possible to do that in such a short space of time. I am so

:09:15.:09:18.

grateful to the crew around me today. It is the most amazing

:09:18.:09:22.

experience I have ever had in my life. Great Britain are top of the

:09:23.:09:27.

pile. JOHN INVERDALE: So here and another

:09:27.:09:31.

World Championships and for the boss of the world rowing, David

:09:31.:09:35.

Tanner, I guess you are pretty pleased? Very pleased. A specially

:09:35.:09:41.

good day today with some fantastic performances and ten Olympic class

:09:42.:09:45.

gold medals, two Paralympic. Overall, going into this, as it

:09:45.:09:49.

exceeded expectations or is it just about what you expected? I think it

:09:49.:09:54.

is at the top end of what I would have hoped. We have missed one or

:09:54.:10:01.

two. Maybe the men's quad. Overall there have been one of two, Alan

:10:01.:10:04.

Campbell, liked men's double, who have come through there are almost

:10:04.:10:08.

periods and performed here and to do credit to them. So on balance,

:10:08.:10:12.

at the top end. Steve, what is a general assessment? Coming into

:10:13.:10:17.

here, I would have been -- I was hoping all 14 boats would qualify

:10:17.:10:21.

and we have missed out on that by one boat missing out on one place

:10:21.:10:26.

and that is no disappointment because it is a pan plastic --

:10:26.:10:32.

fantastic performance, 13 boats. Because the programme has changed

:10:32.:10:40.

to what it was before, normally we have all our best races at the

:10:40.:10:45.

beginning. But by the end of it, with ten medals from Olympic class

:10:45.:10:50.

boats comedy been, that is a fantastic performance. We are in

:10:50.:10:56.

Olympic overload already and we are 11 months away. One of your key

:10:56.:11:00.

jobs for the next 11 months must be to just keep calm and say, every

:11:00.:11:06.

day will follow its own course and you will get there in the end. Is

:11:06.:11:11.

that man management key now? Absolutely. They will have three

:11:11.:11:15.

weeks of but they will be back bent to do the training and the hard

:11:15.:11:21.

grind and the winter work. We will need to keep calm and be very aware

:11:21.:11:24.

that the whole field has been bunching up. Some very strong

:11:24.:11:28.

nations there. New Zealand has more Olympic class golds than us. We

:11:28.:11:34.

have seen their Olympic performances so we have to be

:11:34.:11:38.

confident in what we have done and how we have got here but also stay

:11:38.:11:44.

calm. Many congratulations to all the team. Steve, the final word. Is

:11:44.:11:48.

passionately, if you can be, how do you view our prospects, 11 months

:11:48.:11:52.

out? I think we can be even stronger than we are here. We have

:11:53.:11:57.

an outstanding team. Every boat apart from possibly the women's

:11:57.:12:02.

single scull, are going in thinking, we can win medals. We have never

:12:02.:12:08.

had a team like that before. Being an old British rower, a very old

:12:08.:12:12.

Bridget Roma, that is part of it but so many of our boats are

:12:12.:12:16.

outstanding. Enjoy your three weeks of, although you probably never had

:12:16.:12:23.

a day off. I have one or two. thank you very much as well.

:12:23.:12:31.

Overall, a fantastic regatta for If you look at the Olympic classes

:12:31.:12:36.

in isolation, New Zealand with four gold medals, just edging Great

:12:36.:12:42.

Britain but ten Olympic gold medals -- ten gold medals overall. Plenty

:12:42.:12:47.

more sport for the rest of the week. The World Athletics Championships

:12:47.:12:52.

have finished today but the best in the world return to Zurich. That is

:12:52.:12:56.

on BBC Two at 7:00pm and then in Beijing at the weekend for the

:12:56.:13:03.

World Series final of the triathlon. The men's race on Saturday and the

:13:03.:13:12.

Three weeks off for the British rowers and then back four are at

:13:12.:13:15.

the end of September, by when Slovenia will be ancient history

:13:15.:13:22.

and all roads lead to London. From beautiful place back very -- from

:13:22.:13:32.
:13:32.:13:37.

Championship title. We are the world champions! Matt Langridge hit

:13:38.:13:42.

the water and so he should. They have been the most outstanding crew

:13:42.:13:48.

John Inverdale introduces highlights from the conclusion of the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia.

Great Britain's crew in the men's four will be looking to improve on a disappointing performance at the 2010 championships where they missed out on a medal. With London 2012 less than a year away, they will be looking to put in a strong performance, as Britain will be protecting a proud record of three straight Olympic golds in the event.

Reigning World and Olympic champions Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter will be aiming to improve on a difficult season, that has been blighted by illness and injury, when they go for gold in the lightweight men's double scull.


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