Lucerne Highlights Rowing World Cup

Lucerne Highlights

John Inverdale presents highlights of the final World Cup event of 2011 in the Swiss city of Lucerne. Commentary comes from Dan Topolski and Garry Herbert.

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Hello. I suspect this is a first for the BBC, down at the river in


the East Midlands. We are here to reflect on the Lucerne regatta, the


final event of the World Cup calendar and the warm-up before the


championships. The Great Britain team did not go to Hamburg because


of the E-coli scare, meaning the Henley Regatta was even more


significant stop -- even more significant than normal.


The most significant result from The most significant result from


Hamburg was the return to winning ways of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond


of New Zealand. The Kiwi duo of New Zealand. The Kiwi duo


strolled to victory and their first medal of the season. We were here


to win, we want to raise the bar a bit in the pairs. We will see what


happens when we meet the rest of the field in Lucerne.


Also an action was a Kiwi singles sculler. I really feel confident


now that I can get out and do it and hopefully go the same in


Lucerne. In the absence of Great Britain,


most of the regatta was about New Zealand.


With hamburger out, the women's team had an unscheduled but


successful trip to Amsterdam -- with Hamburg out. Then Henley, with


trophies are plenty and records tumbling. We are reminded the


growing world we are a force to be reckoned with. The men's doubles


smashed the record by five seconds to beat the reigning Olympic


champions. To dominate how we have, break records left, right and


centre. The men's eight and narrowly lost out to their German


counterparts. After an early lead they will want a number of times


for crossing the path of the GB boat, and this near collision seems


to have further ignited rivalry. Going into a son, we need to do


something about this. -- going into a son. Andy Hodge and Pete Reed


laid down a timing market by equalling the course record held by


Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent. Pleased we did well, we came out


with a top performance and we are really, really keen going forward.


The Men's Four were on fire, knocking three seconds off the


course record on their way to beat the Americans. It is not always


that you get a win here, never mind beating the record.


A men's squad beat the world champions Croatia in their final --


of the men's quad. The Women's Eight ran America close, forcing


them to another course record to win the trophy. The sparring is


over, now it is time for the countdown to the World Championship


to begin. The men's pair have begun with two


victories, but now their biggest test as New Zealand awaits them in


Lucerne. Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins, she has been in the


power and the quad, but is this the combination that can bring the


elusive gold in London? Tom James made a goal to return to


the Men's Four after two years away. -- a golden return. And are the


men's eight sake of the site of silver?


-- sake of the site? Here we are with Steve Redgrave by


the riverbank, I don't think we have ever done this with a local


regatta in the background before. What is your take in the interest


and participation levels? It is a great sport, the problem we have is


space to get boats into boat houses. Juniors and veterans rowing is a


big expansion. At grass roots, it is very healthy. Do we need more


water?! More water, better quality water, better quality rowing clubs.


But it is still in pretty good shape. It seems vibrant here at


Burton. But let's go to Lucerne. The big question rowing fans were


asking his after 12 significant -- consecutive defeat to New Zealand,


could the British pair prove they for. New Zealand are out quick,


looking to continue their impressive run of 12 consecutive


wins. New Zealand are the world champions, powering through the


Zealand for the last two years. New Zealander Aaron Lane four, Canada


in five, Hungary in lane number 6. The early leaders are in lane


number one, the Italians. I am the Canadians are very fast. -- and the


Canadians are very fast. All four Andy Hodge, they just believe they


can beat New Zealand. That is why they have been given another run


through this year to take them on. Canada are closest to us. About six


or seven feet over Italy in lane do if they are to get back into the


race, into the second 500. If you get a great start in the first five,


it gives you the confidence to step down into your rhythm. You have to


work up to get the speed. This is the psychological difference as New


Zealand start to pay their way through. New Zealand did that for


about 20 seconds. They have such flexibility, they saw there was a


danger from Canada. They just pushed on, look at that. They have


gone right the way through and have taken the lead from Italy at the


top of the picture. Italy were at Henley last week. Britain beat


Italy at Henley. But Great Britain are sitting back in the field.


hard to see what they will do as they come towards halfway. This is


all about making a big, big statement. Eric Murray and Hamish


Bond are laying it down. Great Britain have to do a lot to


have thought coming through the 1,000-metre mark in the men's


heavyweight coxless pairs that New Zealand would have walked away from


Great Britain, who are now languishing right back in 5th


position? They are struggling to find any kind of speed or rhythm


that will put them on a pace with the cruise around them, much less


the New Zealand crew, who were just enjoying this. Eric Murray on your


right. They are a street ahead of everybody. They have cut through


the field, look how far they are against Great Britain, no coming


back. They thought they had improved and moved on, but the flow


and the ease of stroke from New Zealand, last still moving away, it


just crap -- cut right the way from Canada. Five legs ahead of Great


Britain. It was a high rating, but they flowed easily and let their


boat run. They have more flexibility, they can turn it on if


they need to. Peter Reed and Andy Hodge sat down after the World


Championships last year, they came closest by a couple of feet to New


Zealand, and they said, we really believe another season and we will


catch them. Jurgen Grobler will be watching this from the side, he


will have to really be recalculating his ambitions going


forward for this grid. -- for the screw. Will he stay together with


his combination? Who knows? It is the last 500 metres of the men's


heavyweight coxless pairs, New Zealand are strolling away. They


have the grip of this race in the first three or four strokes, got


out quickly, got into a rhythm, and Great Britain really struggled in


lane number 34 stop we thought New Zealand would win but we did not


think it would be by the impressive lead they have established. They


are enjoying this, they are enjoying the crowd as they come


towards the last 250 metres. strokes a minute, they are on --


they are unstoppable. They will be thinking should we try to bury the


competition from Great Britain right now and see how much we can


beat them by, or should we tantalise them and try to stay


closer? This is domination. Peter Reed and Andy Hodge, they are


racing for the silver medal against a very impressive Canadian crew.


The last time this Canadian crew got together they won the silver


medal in Beijing at the Olympics. This is the quality in this field.


The Canadians are shoring up slightly. Surely they can't hold


Great Britain, the current world silver medallists? They are looking


long and impressive. They continued to dominate this event, to dominate


Great Britain. 13 wins in a row from New Zealand over Great Britain


who are, it has to be said, limping over the line into the silver


position, and Canada get the bronze. Pretty conclusive. That is the


first meeting they have had this year, New Zealand and Great Britain.


New Zealand look unstoppable. Unlucky for some, 13, 13 in a row


for New Zealand, which has become their lucky number. Look at the


distance, almost seven seconds into distance, almost seven seconds into


silver, over Canada in bronze medal position.


You were pretty pumped before the race and lots of your fans in


Britain were thinking this could be the time after the magic row in the


world championships? We had a great preparation, a great Henley-on-


Thames, we came here with all guns blazing, it felt, but it turned


into our normal Lucerne performance, which was disappointing. But I am


confident we can build up the speed and get them like we did last year.


We came short by a few hundredths, but give us a month and a half and


we can do a lot of damage. I have to ask this tough question, isn't


it about time you went back in the four, you stop the losing streak?


tough question, one we are always asked. At the moment we are really


happy raising the power, it is a simple boat. Nobody likes


collecting silver, but we feel it is good for our rowing at the


moment. If we stay in the pair, we will aim to get our noses in front,


but if we get a silver, we still think what we are learning will pay


off. I feel we can really add to the boats if we go into the four.


It is dominant, we will make it faster. At least we will have had


this year and the last few years behind us to move the rowing on.


A pretty resounding resort for New Zealand, so where does that leave


Pete Reed and Andy Hodge? By themselves or relocated to the


coxless four, which won gold in Beijing? There's a feeling you have


to do international sport over and over and over again without ever


taking time off. But some people think if you leave for a while it


reignite enthusiasm, and Tom James, one of the victorious quartet in


China, fit that category. Tom James exudes conference --


confidence. It comes with being an Olympic champion. The British are


now out, they will be the Olympic champions! Gold medal, Great


Britain, wonderfully done! What a perfect, perfect day!


After his Men's Four gold in Beijing, James has been out of


sight on the British rowing scene. I have had de Quiros, been


travelling, did the gap-year thing which I missed out on when I was 18.


-- I have had a year off. I did some skiing and put on weight. I


did some work experience, planning for when I eventually finished


rolling. I came back into it at the end of 2009. I got injured, I


thought it was a normal back strain but it turned into a pretty bad


back injury. Things escalated, and when you get into that situation,


your heart stops. Out of sight means out of mind, generally, but


that does not apply to James. Despite the injuries, he has been


confident enough to fit back in. have a gold medal under my belt,


which gives you a certain confidence. Not complacency, but


you know you have been there, done that and you are a top athlete.


There is a certain expectation about winning races. Things have


stepped up since Beijing. The team has really grown, there is a lot of


camaraderie, a lot of banter. quartet needed reinvigorating.


Failure to win gold in another championship meant it was back to


the drawing board over the winter, and to good effect. A gold medal,


back on top of the podium, the men's heavyweight coxless four.


have shown we are pretty quick already. It is early days, we want


to build. The most important thing, we have the same attitude to racing.


We don't want to be too prescriptive, we like being free in


our racing, turning up and being quite reactive and being able to


race, not having too much of a race plan. Timing is everything in sport.


Tom has chosen his comeback wisely. At stake, a place for 2012. As a


late place for Beijing, James knows nobody in his game is guaranteed.


Winning in Beijing came very quickly, I was not in the squad the


year before. That year was fantastic, selection went really


well, by the end of it I got a gold medal. I was left thinking, what do


I do now? I am 24 with a gold medal, I can do a lot of things. But then


you have London looming over you, it will be one of the best games


Tom James obviously a key component of the coxless four, so let's see


Germany on the outside. United States of America in one, Greece in


two, and we're watching the German crew here. The World Cup leaders


with the yellow Jersey is under their racing tops. Challenging


alongside the British crew there. The Greeks will be quick and the


first 500 metres. Germany, interestingly have been swapping


between the eight and the four, to try to find the best combinations.


They have not been beaten in twenty-five races, the eights. But


the four have been juggled around, to get the best combination. So we


will see how this four shapes up. They are beginning to edge away,


with a quarter length lead on the field. Looking very calm. The boat


travels between strokes very nicely. And the coach for the British fours,


John West. Very calm and experienced coach. Working well


with this combination. And we have Tom James back, it really has


worked well. Tom James, Olympic champion, 2,000 and Date, he took


one year off in 2009, he was injured in 2010. And the British


crew now can just enjoy this second 500, just laying down the race plan.


What Tom James does when he gets into the boat, he allows the others


to relax. He is so flexible. He is not big, he just gets sucked into


that bolt, and allows the big guys to have a little more time to roll.


So they just long. -- they just below along. He started his


international career at the Olympics when he was 19 years old.


Just taking a length. Just moving steadily ahead. And very good form.


Coming up to the halfway mark and that teams will receive


encouragement, shouting, from their team-mates. Going through 1,000


metres, 1,000 metres gone, and what a position for the British crew.


The British have to lay down a bigger benchmark because there is


so much going on. This year, or next year, when we have a pair that


might want to go into this, Andy Hodge and Pete Reed, because there


pair is not going as well as the magnate like it to. -- as they make


and Reid, with that upset the balance? Just strengthening that


eight with two goes out of that board, that would strengthen the


eight and produce the chances. That would be the perfect strategy


through the winter if they could work that out. But Britain is just


winning at the front of this all the time and it is quite remarkable.


It is to do with money because �24 million and very good organisation


has gone into the British team. It just shows that that kind of


investment really pays off. British crew, now, ahead, into the


last quarter of this race. Not seeing too much from them, just


containing their position. Holding of Greece, end only number of two.


-- in lane number two. The US are fantastically fast finishers, lying


in 5th position in the qualifiers, and came right through to qualifier.


The best four athletes in the American squad and that they hoped


to challenge at the top level. They are not going to catch Britain, who


are just so strong. Alex Gregory in the stroke seat from Reading


University Boat Club. Just coming up towards the finishing line. A


little over 200m remaining. They can enjoy this. Looking back and


seeing the world coming at them but under no pressure whatsoever. 100,


a little over, Great Britain's safely in the gold medal position.


So much going on with this four, in the light of other things going on


in the men's events, the men's teams, but they can enjoy the


moment, they are gold-medallists today, and by some distance. These


second and just on the line, the United States of America take the


bronze. Great Britain get the gold medal from Greece and the United


States. The British are just getting better and better. Turning


around that 4th place at the World around that 4th place at the World


Championship last year. How exciting was that? You destroyed


the field. It was nice to see, from my seat, everyone going backwards.


Nice not to have to sprint for the line, and watching everyone else


printing or second or third, it is nice to dominate the race. We have


a long period from now until the World Championships and we have to


enjoy these moments, because this is what we do it for. I really


enjoyed it. What are you Michael Thaw's, on the Men's Pair results,


and the difference between the Kiwis and the British pair? It was


a big margin, but Pete and Andy have tried hard and credit to them.


It is the event. We're here to make our four will quickly and Andy and


Pete Artemis and we will support them Foster in any event, we want


to see them win. But we are talking about the coxless fours here, so...


The coxless fours in Mike impious form. And Andy Reed -- and Pete


Reed and Andy Hodge Peat Inn resoundingly. So what is going on?


No one can answer that better than Pete Reid and Andy Hodge themselves.


Pete said that this might be our last time racing in the pairs, so


they might knew that the pressure was on after their performance last


year. It is always very difficult coming out of Henley, racing. They


found themselves at the top of the pack behind. In previous races it


has been the Kiwis, the Brits, and then the pack behind. You do not


change a winning team, so why change the four when they are


looking so good? I don't think you can change the four at the moment.


I cannot see Jurgen Grobler changing anything. I think he will


see this season out. It is a matter of less than two months to the


world championships. I think he will stick with what he has got now.


But there will be changes for next year, through the winter. If the


four goes on and wins everything, is there an option to put Pete Reed


and Andy Hodge into a eight, to give them a substantial chance of


winning the gold medal there? Putting the two best guys in the


British team will make the eight go faster, but will it be fast enough


to win on last year's will John Major performance? Yes. On this


year's performance, probably not. - - last year's world championship


performance. But that is about pique and Andy who are the stars


and the British team and are not winning, but the four is. Is it a


man management issue? How do you say to somebody, I don't think you


are going to win a gold medal in that boat, so I am seeking you out


of their and putting you somewhere else. If the two individuals want


to carry on in the pairs, there is no reason why they cannot overturn


13 defeats. But you only need to win one or, as long as it is the


right one. You only get one chance at the Olympics, once every four


years. Whoever his bid is going into it, there is a lot of pressure


on that. -- whoever his favourite going into it. It is a difficult


process. The underlying factor is British rowing wants to have gold


medals and even though it is fantastic having a silver medal and


it is good for the credibility of rowing in at the UK, we want our


best people winning gold medals. That is going to continue in the


weeks and months ahead. We had been talking about 2012. The rowing


story of the Year centres on Katherine Grainger. The


unforgettable images of the Sydney Olympics. Great Britain gets the


gold medal! Steve Redgrave, five in a row! What a great Olympian.


the undercard was a rowing silver poorer women squat who has gone on


to become great Britain's best-ever female raw. It is called for


Germany, and on the line they are pushing on! It is going to be a


photo-finish. In gold police Mac, Germany, and Silver Place, Britain,


we got it! Katherine Grainger turning silver into gold. Romania


defended the Olympic gold medal, they did it again, and Great


Britain put everything into the melting pot and take the silver


medal. And, so, to Beijing, and the dominant British crew would surely


make a dull time lucky for the indomitable Scot. It will be


another silver for Great Britain. They 1 three silver medals at


consider the Olympics, so the choice is stark, give it everything


or give it up. And Katherine Grainger chose to go for it, afford


crack at the most Czechs support -- was cherished event in sport.


a fabulous result for Katherine Grainger, the silver medal. But she


has always really wanted to be part of a team. For me, rowing is about


being in might accrue. -- in and crew. It is about trying to put


everything into place to get a result. But it is about every


element of that team feeling that it is the right thing to do, and


this build Wright, from the of bus- stop it was early 2010 and we went


out to a training camp in Portugal. We thought, I am just doing my


thing, and Caton is doing her thing, but it was actually together. I


made a few calls, and she changed in exactly the way that I meant it


without me having to explain it in much details, and knowing how


strong the board are physically, I knew that if we had this technical


synergy, then it could be really special. It build good and it was


good. The 2010 campaign ended in world championship glory. Look at


this she a determination from Katherine Grainger in the stroke


seat. What a combination. They are just stretched out now, having


annihilated the field. Impressive from the first to the last. Great


Britain are the new world champions in the women's double sculls.


Katherine Grainger is used to being the number one performer in winter


training. But this time around, Anna Watkins beat her in the trials.


The clock Willie is ticking. knows what next year is about. --


really is ticking. It is in the here and now that she was second to


Anna Watkins in the singles and I'm sure that she was to come first


next year. So in the double the will have new challenge is, and new


crews to make, there. The sense of urgency and getting things right


probably builds as you go on. Katherine Grainger has had enough


of being second and it is likely that London will be our last chance


of standing on the podium, and she wants it badly, but so does her


crew made, so the knack have the air of a winning combination.


all know what Katharine is capable of. But I want it for myself.


Nobody or in the winning team -- women's team has ever won a gold


medal. This crew is special and it deserves to get special resource.


We are very much on the countdown to 2012 now. But we cannot last for


up to that point. It is all about taking steps on the way they are.


In some ways it deals round the corner, in other ways, there is a


lot to be done. Sport matters to me a great deal. I still celebrate the


highs as much as I have ever suffered the laws, but you can


also... I cannot see what shape it is going to take. I do not know


what is coming. I can see that it Katherine Grainger's dedication and


commitment is total, but it is longevity, a decade plus of


maintaining that enthusiasm, that is what sets some athletes apart


from others? Definitely. And within women's rowing it is more unusual


than men's, but it is still unusual within men's rowing, to row for


such a long period. Three silver medals, two of them outstanding


performances, the last one was a bit disappointing. The combination


with Anna works really well, there is a lot of competition between


them when they are training and Anna has beaten her up a couple of


times that trials, which pushes you on a little bit and shows you how


close they are in performance, and that closeness is really pushing


through on the overall performance. Anna has had trouble with a back


injury in the last few months, they are not in the best possible shape.


the Women's Double Sculls, Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger from


Watkins and Katherine Grainger from Great Britain are showing things


are again looking to be almost back to normal. They are almost a length


ahead, their first real, proper ahead, their first real, proper


test in the 2011 season, and they must be very happy. At Munich, Anna


was injured and Katherine Grainger teamed up with the spare, they won


pretty convincingly. This is getting Anna back, taking it


gradually, not wanting to put any big riskiness. They are working


well together. Pressure is coming from the Australians. They are just


hanging on. Perhaps they are going slightly quicker. This is a repeat


of the World Championship final last year. Last year in the World


Championship, but a ball so well comfortable, but now they are


having to fight more, finding their way again -- the doubles were


comfortable. It was looking a bit Labour and and heavy before as the


Australian's challenge, they were gearing up to make a move. They


went up to 36 strokes a minute, they have held off the Australian


challenge. The Australians are up to 38 strokes a minute, reckoning


they have a good chance of matching them. Ready to exploit Anna's


hesitancy about her back. This is the time they really want to try to


cause some psychological damage. They are pushing hard and it is


still coming back. Into the last 500 metres we will see a great race.


The Australians are in second, Great Britain in first, first and


second from the world championships last year. Everybody else is racing


for the Brahms. Great Britain are holding a game. Look at the lens of


stroke from the British crew, Grainger, from St Andrew boat club,


Anna Watkins from Leander Club. They are thinking about being long


and relaxed. They were caught a bit by the


Australian challenge. They want to keep control and not have to sprint.


But it got heavy dealing that. It looks much easier now, much


livelier. They are moving away from Australia. They wanted to put


pressure on Watkins' back, to see if they could break her down before


the World Championships, but she looks very strong. The boat looks


much livelier as they come into the last 250 metres. The British crew


moving to a length over the world silver medallists Australia. Just


looking at Ukraine in lane number 54 stop -- lane number 5. Now some


clear water from Great Britain. They can enjoy the last bit after


doing all that was asked of them. In the last 500 they held off a


sustained attack from the Australians. It is a solid back


from Anna Watkins. They have got inside, five strokes, they can


count them in, it is a job well done. When they look back at the


gold medal they have won, you can see this was perhaps a very


significant win over Australia. Australia close in a little bit


again. They were able to maintain 36 or 37 strokes a minute ride the


way through. Great Britain first of Australia and Ukraine, a very


Australia and Ukraine, a very important win. -- first, although


Australia and Ukraine. Anna, it looked like a tough race


for your comeback international of the season? It was tough,


psychologically and tactically more than physically, probably, because


we have not had the preparation or got the confidence back that we


usually have. It was a really good race to be in the fight, we have


not had that in the doubles before, we are confident we can step up


from here. Last year with the World Championship, everyone had you down


as Britain's top crew to win gold. The field looks like it is closing


now? When we decided to come here, Anna was not backed a full racing


fitness and we had to hedge our bets whether it was worth coming,


we decided we wanted to get some tough racing under our belts. The


fact we are still ahead of the field without much preparation


together is looking quite good. Another victory, perhaps closer


than you might have thought, how much of that was down to Anna


missing so much training? I think time in the boat has been missed,


she has been training throughout but it is never quite the same


intensity if you are doing rehab training than actually being in the


boat. But I was really quite pleased with how they performed


when put under pressure. In the past, that is one that has been an


issue of crews putting pressure at major championships and faltering.


Knowing the preparation has not been brilliant, that will set them


in a really good stead for future pressure races, and there will be a


few of them. Hovering in the background is the thought, do they


double up and try to win two gold medals? They are very keen to be


able to do that. You could look at it either way, should they


concentrate on the one they are doing? They have done that before


and it has not worked at the Olympics. By doing two events, does


that break the pressure and give you more time to think about the


issues you have than the issues which have arisen from what has


happened in the past? What about someone like Kelly Holmes, winning


the 1500? It is like one is a backstop, but the backstop can end


up being your strongest event? Exactly. There are so many


different ways you can look at it. If you double up and it is


successful, you have made the right decision. If you double up and you


are not successful, either of them, at the level you want to be, it


becomes a bigger issue. Then you will be slated for doing that. Some


very big decisions to be made in the next couple of months.


We started the programme by talking about Great Britain and New Zealand,


and their rivalry, here is another pair gets away, really looking at


the centre, lane three, Great Britain, silver medallists at the


World Championships. Elaine four, New Zealand, the world champions.


Great Britain are going OPs move and relaxed, Heather Stanning in


the stroke seat closest to worse, from the army Rowing Club. She is


relaxed through 100 metres. -- in the stroke seat closest to us.


looked for a long and effective. They are settling down now, they


have picked it up at a higher rate, settling down into their race pace.


Moving very well in lane three, Great Britain. The British crew


have got almost clear water, and going away from the All Blacks tour


of New Zealand in lane number four. -- going away from the all-black


strip of New Zealand. They have really opened it up. Quite a


dangerous tactic from what is, experienced wise, a young pair.


They are so much. They have lovely legs, very relaxed, doing nothing


wrong, no complicated movements. They have settled into a nice race


pace, 34 strokes a minute. Now they just have to hold a very, very


strong middle of the race pace. big surprise in the opening quarter


of this final of the women's pair is that New Zealand's, the world


champions, they are going through in 4th place -- New Zealand, the


world champions. We are now approaching the three-


quarter way mark, look at the space between the British crew in lane


number 3 and, slowly but surely, New Zealand coming through the pack.


They have taken over the USA in a number one. Do they have the


experience as we go into the 4th quarter? This is where the


experience, wisdom and everything players in. Have the British got


the cushion to hold on to the New the cushion to hold on to the New


Zealanders, who are coming up in the overlap? New Zealand are


experienced, they are at 37 strokes a minute, you would expect the


British to react. New Zealand hunting them down, there is an


overlap. They have been a 37 strokes a minute for about three


minutes. Through 300 metres from a line, one thing is for sure, New


Zealand, the world champions, are hunting the British pair down. They


were caught napping in the first 500 metres, they were dumped off


the start and they have to work hard in the second 1000. New


Zealand are coming up again, they are about a third of a length off.


Still they are fighting to the line. The British pair have to respond.


The British crew have to go up, the world champions are coming through.


Great Britain is still there, but at the lower rate of 34 strokes per


minute. Now they are trying to respond. But watch New Zealand, the


fight is on for the last 200 metres. Inside the last 10 strokes, it will


be a race for the line. Great Britain are hanging on by about


three or four feet, we are up to the line and the British crew have


held off an incredible charge from New Zealand as they come through.


New Zealand's heads are down, they realise they got the first 1000


wrong. It will be an incredible race when they come Back Again at


the World Championship. Great Britain imperious in the first 1000,


under pressure in the second. Top of the tree over New Zealand, last


How did that feel, to beat the world champions in Lucerne?


really good feeling. We are really pleased with our performance, it is


the first time we have raised, we were coming here to beat them and


to win. It put us on a really good progression towards Bled, but at


the same time it was a really close race, so we know it is not always


done, give us six more weeks of hard training. Helen, looking at


your improvement curve, it is forever going upwards at an amazing


rate. It has been such a whirlwind 12 months, what is it like to look


back as the Lucerne winners? little bit surreal. I feel like I


really want to keep hold of this momentum, we are still improving,


and the longer we can hold back on, it is just brilliant and, like you


say, 12 months ago I would really have aspired to be where we are now,


so I think it is real justification for our hard work.


That race, Classic in terms of a rolling sense, the only sport where


you can compete backward so you can see how much closer people are


getting to you. How difficult is it when you see the gap narrowing


inexorably, to keep your calm and hold on and keep your composure?


Really tough, especially having such a big lead, then the Kiwis


came back so strong. You could see how hard the Kiwis were going. Our


girls were very steady, probably a little bit too steady in some ways!


They were feeling fatigued. But just to stay cool under that


pressure and intensity, from last year they surprised me by the


silver medal they got, but certainly they have been backing


that up this season, then beating the world champions, very, very


impressive. A couple of weeks ago at Henley,


success almost across the board, but notably for the Men's Quad, but


also for the Red express off Wells and Bateman. The last time we saw


there was at Munich, where they finished third. Could they improve


technique is not great but the speed is that. Germany leading by


almost a length over a chasing field. Great Britain are second. At


the top of your picture, France are surprised that the British crew


have not launched a big attack. Looking forward, because in the


first 500, he borrowed champions New Zealand had a complete shocker.


They seemed to be working it back. Looking at Marcus Bateman work in


this crew. New Zealand just creeping up now, moving back on


France, who was white moving very sweetly at the top of the picture.


France and New Zealand beginning to move up alongside and through Great


Britain. Great Britain are going to have to make a move and react to


all of this. Germany seemed to be well clear. Now, here comes New


Zealand. New Zealand are absolutely flying. At they have clawed their


way back. And they have had to grind it out and grinding they are.


They were dumped on the first quarter mark, but they are world


champions, first at Hamburg three weeks ago and these guys looked


like they are screaming along. to 37 strokes a minute, that is


very high in a double scull. Germany went up very hard so might


people often the last five under. That is the wrong caption on the


left-hand side. Germany in the league. Three boats hunting them


down, New Zealand leading from Great Britain and France, the


chasing pack. Germany out, and New Zealand continue to throw


everything at Great Britain, everything that Germany, and you


have got to think they could get an overlap with the Germans. The


British, Wills and Bateman, from the Leander Club, coached by Mark


Earnshaw, world silver medalists, been overhauled by world champions


New Zealand, and New Zealand have the bit between their teeth, they


can almost smell the Germans, and Great Britain has to go now that


these are on. Great Britain are at 39 strokes a minute, but New


Zealand even higher. Germany, beginning to fade. They went out so


hard, but this has been a sustained attack from New Zealand and look


how they have come through. 42 strokes a minute. They have gone


right through. That is an incredible performance from the


world champions, New Zealand. They get ahead of Germany, the early


race leaders. New Zealand, dumped in the first 500 metres, and they


have shown such class and style, showing why they are world


champions, in first place, recovered to win the gold medal.


Germany get the silver, and Great Britain get the bronze. If there is


one race and performance in terms of ducts from start to finish, that


is your crew. An extraordinary sprint. They sprinted from the 500-


metre long. Reminded me of 1992 when they started sprinting at


about 750 metres and you sprinted through the remaining world


champions, and Italy, to take the gold medal. That is what these guys


just dead. Heroic performance from easy on to take the gold medal. --


from New Zealand. I am Tom Solesbury. I am sometimes it from


the men's quad. The best thing about going for me is being truly


inspired by the dedication of my cronies. Seeing my competitors


faces after I have just crushed them. The best thing for me, Steve


Redgrave's Cola. It has been like this for two years! The worst thing


about going is getting up early morning in the winter, minus Mac


five. It is been nearly 30 and not having a penny to my name. I do not


get an even tan all over. Up to the 1,000-metre mark. Stretching out in


that middle second five, important to Neil the rhythm, hard. The


British grew up in Elaine one, led by Ben Lucas and Sam Townshend,


with Steve Rowbotham and Tom Townsend in the bows cease.


Switzerland, the whole nation is drawing the crowd on the Sunday


afternoon. The British qualified with the six slowest time in the


spinal so they might have to attack on every single stroke. They got


off well and it is the second or third 500 that they might have to


lay down their pace. But this last 500 metres, can be Max Brand? It is


difficult with a young, new crew to get that perfect cohesion when you


are up against it. -- can they sprint? Good performance in this


first 500 metres, again. It is all about stepping up. The home nation


here on the Rotsee, Switzerland, all have these profiles in training


and replicate that at a higher intensity come race day, come the


finals. Germany have had a blistering third by pundits. The


race is very tight. The race is really on, very tight, for the


silver and bronze. Look at that water up there. Just delightful to


be up there. Every stroke, they get more confident down the line. Mark


Banks in charge of this crew, an inspirational coach, when it comes


to getting in among the big names, particularly Germany, the race


leaders. Germany have opened it up. Croatia, world champions, slipping


further back. Great Britain is in there, in the hunt, and winding it


up very well moving into the last 300 metres. Australia, the world


bronze medallists from 2010, they are now going for the line. The


crowds on the far bank enjoying the spectacle. Inside the closing


stages. Germany have gone away from everybody. Now the race is on


course over Foster on the far side you have Great Britain nudging


ahead, but the Australians are coming back, it is Great Britain


and Australia, four silver, and on the line, the British crew, what a


fabulous result, silver for Great Britain. And this British quadruple


scull are getting better and better. That was spectacular, spectacular


result of Great Britain. The quadruple scull, we have never got


a medal in this, this was a fantastic performance, and they


have got a lot more to give. Britain in second place to Germany.


Australia have been etched into the bronze medal position. What a great


position to be in going into the What are your thoughts on the


double sculls? They are going to be a little disappointed. They talked


about how hard it is coming out of Henley and coming into this. It is


a mental test, of the amount of races that you have been in.


Unbelievable, they were unbelievable, New Zealand, with


sheer guts and determination, and Germany hanging on for such a long


time, from halfway along. Our guys looked smoother but did not close


the gap. And the Quatt? Again, moving on all the time. It is


impressive over the last few years, it is a boat that we have not done


very well in since it became a world championship event, only


making the world championships three times in total now. But the


sport has got a chance of getting a medal. Beating Croatia at Henley


last week, and then coming out and doing it again this time, and


finishing in a strong position. They are going to feel very upbeat


after that. Carrying that through, year on year, it is getting better


and better. The finish of the men's single sculls, that was won by the


Czech Republic. Campbell is not competing here for us. It is the


wrong time of the year to be here. Yes, he has been up and down with


illness. You can never rule him out. But this season has been very


difficult for him. Normally, he confidence, but he was very


disappointed that Munich. He won at Henley last weekend, but there was


not that stiff opposition for him. Probably a good decision not to


raise it here. To re-evaluate, and wait for the World Championships.


From when a New Zealand runner up to a New Zealand winner, he is the


single sculls, -- here is Emma Trigg. Maybe her period of


domination in the game is coming to a close. Two races, two defeat by


Germany, can the men's eight overcome their rivals? We have the


latest hour from inside the camp. It is not all about rowing and


training. Sophie Hosking talks us through her day job. At the


Chambers Brothers combine for a pastime in a World Cup event as the


world champion lightweight or look to get back to the top. Let us


start with the Women's court. First place for them at the First World


Cup regatta of the Year in Munich - through the halfway mark in second


place to push on. Great Britain have been challenged by the United


States of America and by Australia on the left, and by New Zealand to


their right. Great Britain, still nice and relaxed. A length down and


Germany going through the halfway mark. You have the Americans


hunting down on the left. You want to start focusing on the boat ahead


of you, rather than defending the boats behind you. It is all about


mindset, chasing the boat in front, and everyone behind you doing the


work. Bury Sterry in the middle part of this race, obviously


working to a plan. -- very steady. Germany have dominated this event


since its inception, only beaten two or three times in 30 years.


They are back on song. Back in the driving seat. But other crews now


are very close to them. Great Britain, having to make an attack


now. Otherwise, they are going to find there is too much to do in the


last 600 metres. Berry Flood and Annabel Vernon, silver medallists,


and this German crew knows what it is like to be in a monks ate, they


are world champions. As we head towards the 1,500m mark they have


to remain -- have to remind themselves where they stand in the


world. Great Britain in second but New Zealand have taken on the


challenge over America, so, to their right, Great Britain have to


worry, to keep their eye or New Zealand who are, all the time,


tracking down Germany. They might have got a deal over lap. It is all


about winding them in Mike coming down the final part of the track.


That was a good move. Coming up to about half a length down on Germany.


Still, New Zealand pushing hard on the far side. Great Britain need to


do something special, and have to wind it right up, up to 39 strokes


a minute, and try to pull Germany back. Germany has worked very hard


to be where they are, but Great Britain should have the flexibility


bit of a head breeze coming in. The crews will have to think about


finishing. Great Britain have responded to New Zealand's


challenge and continue to pile the pressure on Germany. Now every


single stroke, the British are starting to move. They have about


150 metres, a little over 15 strokes. Surely Germany have done


enough to hold on to the challenge? The Germans are coming to the line,


the British are continuing to wind the rate up, but it will be gold


for Germany and saw the for Great Britain. Both crews moving away


from New Zealand. New Zealand coming through in the bronze-medal


position. The exhaustion is evident in the British crew, they have had


to work hard in the last 500 metres, they gave away too much to Germany,


Tie, IM Sophie Hosking, international rower, lightweight


women's double, World Cup gold medallist and when I am not rowing,


I like to... Clean up contaminated land. Basically, I studied


chemistry and physics at university. It is an expanding area in


construction, it looked quite an interesting thing to get involved


with. Former petrol stations, Gasworks, we have worked on old


tips. Anything we can to help -- do to help clean up the environment is


great. I get a bit of banter about hard hats and steel toecap birds.


They like the fact that people do other things apart from rowing,


they seem quite interested. It is nice to come down on the site and


chat to people who don't know what to do for the rest of the time and


maybe see you on television occasionally. Rowing will only last


for so long and I need something to going to afterwards. I am all done


are looking pretty strong in the leading position. Just shy of a


length over the United States of America. Great Britain are just


sitting, those markers were wrong, Great Britain are in third position.


Into the third 500, this is a really important 500. It is where


you start to think about building it in for a line. If you can sneak


a few strokes ahead and get the gap and anticipates when your


competition will move, that will stand you in good stead in the


closing stages. They seem to be stepping it up slightly. Canada


have moved on. They have just moved through the United States, they


have a tremendous amount to do to catch cannot afford stop they are


continuing to move ahead. -- they have a tremendous amount to do to


catch Canada. Canada are well clear and under a lot of pressure. Lynne


degenerate into Tracy Cameron, the world champions in this event. --


Lynsey and Tracy Cameron. It is not as smooth as it could be. They have


great boat speed. The Canadians have a lot of lean back, it is


typical of the coaching in Canada. The surge at the finish of the


stroke gives the bowler to a good speed. It will take a big last 500


metres for the British double scull to overhaul Canada, the reigning


world champions. British are still in third place. That captured


remains wrong. -- that captured the get an overlap, they are putting in


so much effort. The Canadians are just thinking about effort to keep


the gap going. Psychologically, they are coming at it from a very


different perspective. In amongst it all, the United States of


America are in lane number 3, looking to spoil the party for the


British double scull. But both crews... The Americans look higher,


they are taking more strokes per minute than the British crew. The


British really have to respond, they don't look as dynamic. Now


they are moving a bit more dynamically. You can see the speed


going into the water, the likes coming down, but the Americans have


responded. The race for silver is going on, and the race for the gold


medal is out front. Canada are looking back, they are looking very


relaxed. 125 metres from the line, they are not going to be challenged.


They made to keep an eye on Great Britain, who are slowly getting


through the United States of America -- they need to keep an eye


on Great Britain. Inside the last 50 metres, long strokes coming from


the Canadians. The British crew are through the United States into


silver, they were almost have an overlap. Goals to Canada, -- Gold


to Canada, so will the two Great Britain and bronze to the United


States to America. -- Silva 2 Great The British will be happy with


their silver medal. What are your views on the women's


quad? Very good. I think they expect a bigger things in the first


race this season, rising British women's sculling expected bigger


things, a disappointing third, if you can be disappointed with the


bronze medal. But they have had quite a lot of illness and injury,


everyone has done different boats, it is very difficult. Two new girls


this time. A strong second place, I think they will be really pleased,


in some respects. And knowing that Fran is potentially coming back,


more strength to come, they will be really pleased that they were


pushing the Germans hard. Do you think Sophie and Hester, I was


going to say are outside contenders, but they are live contenders?


always have very mixed results. Over the last few years they have


had a couple of very good results, got to the major championships and


disappointed a little. Last year they did very well during the


season. I think they have really been given strength, they have not


been as dominant this year at the World Cup, but I think they have an


inner belief they can perform at the highest level. Why not take the


gold medal this year? And London 2012 next year, even better?


Talking about lightweight doubles, you think about Purchase and Hunter,


the Olympic champions. The men's weight -- race was won by New


Zealand. What do you think about the future of their partnership?


disappointing results at the First World Cup race. Coming back from


that, one of them came down with a virus. It has taken a long time to


recover from. Rumours within the camp have said if they can just


qualifier the boat this year with the championships, that is all we


are worried about. When the pulley player comes back, he adds so much


to the crew. Hopefully he will be back for these world championships.


If he is back, the contenders will be... But on the grapevine, it is


let's concentrate on next year. Let's talk about the lightweight


fours, which invariably provides the most exciting race. This


particular event is very special for the Chambers family, both


brothers competing in the same boat in a World Cup for the very first


it, it is tight. At the halfway mark, very little between all six


boats. Australia have kicked back, the South Africans are leading


slightly. Australia, who had a bit of a slowdown into the second 500,


they are at speed again. This is the most exciting race. Really


can't afford a single mistake on any single stroke. They had just


slipped into the lead, I don't know why the chart on the left showed


them in 5th, they were well up. They have just eased into the front.


Can they sustain it? Can they turn it on in the last 500 when


everybody will attack? Richard Chambers is in the bow seat, his


brother Peter is also there, Paul Mattick, Rob Williams, a really


good, tight knit group. We are watching Switzerland in lane number


to. Great Britain are coached by Rob Morgan. Very good experience,


they trust each other, which will now be called for as we get towards


the business and. 750 metres to go in the final of the men's


lightweight coxless four. The crew average maximum individual cannot


exceed 72.5 kilograms, the crew average cannot exceed 70 telegrams.


What Denmark at the top of the picture as they really start to


motor. -- and what Denmark. -- and discount a single boat at this


stage in the race. The British are right up there, almost on the edge


of a sprint. They have probably got one more sprint level to go.


Switzerland in amongst it all, hanging on for dear life. In lane


number 1, Denmark a game will push on hard. Switzerland are 40 strokes


a minute, Great Britain moving up through 39 strokes a minute. Still


a little bit more to go. Chamber as his four years younger than his


older brother. He just slotted in and it is really sweet -- chambers


his four years younger. They are being attacked, here we are in the


dangerous part of the race. 200 metres remaining, surely they have


done enough to hang on? Every single one of them is coming back.


Great Britain are in front, they are moving away, it has been


beautifully timed. They have moved it up now and in the last 150


metres they are shooting. British crew have done enough, but


the Australians attack harder. Here come the Italians and the Danes,


but it is gold for Great Britain. It is sold before Italy, we wait


for the full, -- it is a silver medal for Italy, we wait for the


full confirmation for the bronze medal. Brotherly love, that is


great. What a triumph for Peter Chambers to be a winner here and,


as I say, the injured Chris Barclay will struggle to get back in, that


was a very sweet line-up. All credit to Rob Williams in the


stroke seat, he did a great job. wonderful performance for Great


Tallis about your little brother and what he has done? -- tell us


about? I am so proud. To come into a boat that expects gold every time,


that is massive. He delivered a good performance and support to


this the whole way through. We have come away with a whim, he has shown


his immaturity of the last couple of weeks and it has been awesome to


race with him. -- he has shown his maturity over the last couple of


weeks. Haven't you won more than he did at the age of 21? I don't know,


we will have to see! We did some good races, we had a good plan and


went out and did it. How special was it to row with your older


brother? It is our first time together, and the fact that we won


on the properly -- on the first time we race to together, I am


proud. Tremendously exciting and a great result. You can get too


carried away, but fantastic for the Chambers family? Brilliant for the


brothers and the family. I think it is outstanding the way they


conducted themselves over this week. They were bitterly disappointed


with their performance at Munich, even though they came back into it


in the last race, but they were swaggering around as world


champions, we are the best. They did not produce the goods they felt


they could, they went away, worked on it and came back, you can always


see lightweight coxless fours, they are very tight. They were racing


some talented groups, who blew them away in lightweight terms. The


margin does not seem very much, but for some reason in lightweight fors,


it is a big margin. They will be pleased, going into the world


championships. Just a couple more races to show you, the Women's


Eight and the Men's Eight, but first he is Greg Searle with his


Ready? Hands on, and left. We in Munich for the first of the 2011


World Cup races, and it is the morning of the final. It is our job


to make sure that we do not play out the usual script for the


Germans, which is for them to get a place and does not to be able to


get back on terms. Today, we need to be different. Germany, the world


champions, out fast in the Green vote. Germany gets the gold, Great


Britain get the silver, they knew that they live in Germany slip


through too much in the vast 500 metres. We did play out exactly the


script which we have had before when racing the Germans. We had


hoped they would not be that fast, but they are fast, they trained


hard, too, and they rode quite well. The message is clear, we need to


make sure that we go faster because that is going to be boring, if that


happens every time between now and the Olympics. But I trust our


coaches and the rest of the team, that people want it and a hungry


for it, just as much as I am. It is 2nd July, 2011. Henley Royal


Regatta. It is a very classy event. The Australians are good and the


Germans are here. We need to be right on our game. Training has


been interesting for the last month. We have had a situation with E-coli,


which meant that we did not race in my handbag. This is the first race


since Munich, which was five weeks ago now. And going to lose to the


Germans, but I feel like we have made progress and eventually we


will get past them. This gives us the rage, that we need to do


something about this. We have got to use that to make a stronger and


make us raise better next weekend, The legs will be burning but they


have to go one more time, to step up the raised profile, all the


training demand, around the 1,000- metre mark, but the Germans put


everything into the first half, and always just hang on. And Canada


going very strongly in lane five. The British crew continue to be up


there. They no they have got a quick second half, if everything


comes together. Germany have not got their usual one light lead at


the halfway mark. The British crew over in lane six, they no they have


to wind it up and reel in the Germans. USA at the top of the


picture, they were into place, but still moving quite well. -- in the


5th place. The Germans are just running that bought out. The boat


once on an they are on to it very quickly. -- the boat runs on.


Confidence in that German crew, sky-high. America, in 6th place, in


early No. 1, in amongst it all as well. The United States are rowing


technically well. 10 McClaren, their coach, working hard on


getting their technique improved. He is trying to make them work in


small boats, just work a little bit more effectively, more in sympathy


with at the boat and with the water around them. A as we get the wards


the closing stages, there is going to be a lot of noise. 500 metres


remain. The Germans three-quarters of a live up on the United States.


At Great Britain in and around third position. That caption was


wrong. Now the British have to just lift it up, keep tunnel vision in


the British crew and think about the 30 strokes up towards the line.


Dan Ritchie in the stern, pushing them on. He but the Germans will


sense everyone coming back at them. The latest days moving very fast


now. The United States are at 38 strokes a minute. Germany, looking


strong. They have the tandem rig in the middle of the board. Four or


five on the same side. And it makes that boat go straight and move very


well. You cannot see them, but there have been mounting a


challenge. They will be stunned by the fees from the Netherlands and


Poland but now they are moving. 200m remaining. The Netherlands in


Elaine four, pushing on, it is going to be a sprint for the line.


Great Britain fighting for the bronze medal. United States hanging


on, Germany has got the gold, benevolence attacked Great Britain


one more time, it is Germany for gold, and the British are now


coming, almost on the line, this could be for a medal, Germany


through, and it'll be a photo- finish for the silver medal between


Great Britain and the Netherlands. And it does not get any closer than


that. Germany hung on out there, ahead, but Great Britain had the


sprint to get in. Again, the Netherlands find the closing speech


to come right back into it. -- speed. Silver for the Netherlands


and bronze for Great Britain. The great British crew on the medal


podium, but things getting so close America going through the 1,500m


mark -- and the United States of America. They should think about


keeping the line, the quicker on the catches and they could catch


the Netherlands. If they can do that that would be a great sculp in


this race. Canada just crept up and crept up. The Netherlands being


left behind over the last bite hundred metres. Canada will start


to raise up to 38 strokes a minute, and try to match the Nikkei stays


on the run-in. -- the United States. The naked spacer America have led


the way. By -- the United States experience there to let this slip


now. Lesley Thomson just driving on heart crew, 150 metres remaining.


Great Britain being pushed hard by Caroline or corner in lane one. The


Americans have pen strokes to the line. The Americans lead over


Canada. Not much in it. It is the US, from Canada, from the


Netherlands, from Great Britain. And that his goal to the USA.


Silver for Canada, the Netherlands get the bronze, and Great Britain


coming through in opposition. The I am going to ask a British -- a


difficult question - which British victory as impressed you most?


is a difficult question to answer. Perhaps the Women's Pair. The match


were completely brilliant, dominant. And what style from the lightweight


four. By we have just had a cracking day. You have coaches


meetings coming up. Do you expect any change to these crews before


the World Championships? I didn't announce them on air. We have a few


things to talk about. But it is good decision-making from a strong


position, to squeeze up the medals, and so on. It will be a hard


decision to make but we will announce the team on Tuesday week.


There was a time, 30 years ago, when one bronze medal would have


been regarded as a success. This is fantastic, isn't it? But a mite


cold, four Silva and two bronze -- for gold, four silvers, and two


bronze. They might have put all this together, and if we can do it


in July and August of next year, that is going to be incredible. It


is almost East German like, in some ways. They used to win everything


when I started out, with two boats that would come first and second.


New Zealand are performing well as a team. But there is nobody else


who is there, in it. Germany have some good boats, but they are not


beer in debt. Almost every Olympic category, we are contesting for


medals. You do not want to get ahead of yourself, because pride


comes before a ball, but are we all lost on the cusp of this British


rowing team doing what the cycling team did in Beijing? Very possible.


I think that, to win as many gold medals as the cycling team, is


going to be very tough. But if you talk to any of the individual boats,


taking out the women's single, the weakest event, all of them have


chances of winning a medal. And if they could be gold medals. There


are 14 Olympic events. If you're talking about 13 Bury good chances.


-- very good. Could you might hear as well? Yes, the double sculls was


even closer than the lightweight fours at Lucerne. Plenty more spoke


to alert you to on BBC television. The Open golf at San which starts


on Thursday. -- Sandwich. You can follow that across all platforms.


Then the Rowing Championships at Lake Bled, coverage on the red


button and highlights on BBC One on You won't miss a stroke. Thanks to


everybody at the Bolton Regatta, and as you can see the sport at


this level is very vibrant. It has been lovely at this beer. And at


John Inverdale presents highlights of the final World Cup event of 2011 in the Swiss city of Lucerne, the traditional venue of the last World Cup race.

The regatta is the final chance for Britain's rowers to shine before the serious business of Olympic qualifying begins at the World Championships in Bled, Slovenia, at the end of August.

Commentary comes from Dan Topolski and Garry Herbert, while Sir Steve Redgrave casts his expert eye on proceedings.

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