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

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

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

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

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

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significant stop -- even more significant than normal.

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The most significant result from The most significant result from

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lucerne. In the absence of Great Britain,

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most of the regatta was about New Zealand.

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

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

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trophies are plenty and records tumbling. We are reminded the

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

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smashed the record by five seconds to beat the reigning Olympic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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men's eight sake of the site of silver?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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looking to continue their impressive run of 12 consecutive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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heavyweight coxless pairs that New Zealand would have walked away from

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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will have to really be recalculating his ambitions going

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

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

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heavyweight coxless pairs, New Zealand are strolling away. They

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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silver, over Canada in bronze medal position.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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did some work experience, planning for when I eventually finished

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

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

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

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

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

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

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which gives you a certain confidence. Not complacency, but

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

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There is a certain expectation about winning races. Things have

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

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camaraderie, a lot of banter. quartet needed reinvigorating.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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year before. That year was fantastic, selection went really

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

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

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

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

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

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

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with the yellow Jersey is under their racing tops. Challenging

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

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first 500 metres. Germany, interestingly have been swapping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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John West. Very calm and experienced coach. Working well

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coming up to the halfway mark and that teams will receive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Championship last year. How exciting was that? You destroyed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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story of the Year centres on Katherine Grainger. The

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unforgettable images of the Sydney Olympics. Great Britain gets the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Britain put everything into the melting pot and take the silver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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this she a determination from Katherine Grainger in the stroke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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maintaining that enthusiasm, that is what sets some athletes apart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Watkins and Katherine Grainger from Great Britain are showing things

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

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

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

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

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pretty convincingly. This is getting Anna back, taking it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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and relaxed. They were caught a bit by the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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sustained attack from the Australians. It is a solid back

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

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

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

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significant win over Australia. Australia close in a little bit

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

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

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

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

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

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psychologically and tactically more than physically, probably, because

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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fact we are still ahead of the field without much preparation

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together is looking quite good. Another victory, perhaps closer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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issue of crews putting pressure at major championships and faltering.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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world champions. We are now approaching the three-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:45:13.:45:19.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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silver medal they got, but certainly they have been backing

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

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impressive. A couple of weeks ago at Henley,

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

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

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

:46:41.:46:51.
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technique is not great but the speed is that. Germany leading by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:48:28.:48:38.
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very high in a double scull. Germany went up very hard so might

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

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

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

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

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everything at Great Britain, everything that Germany, and you

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

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

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Earnshaw, world silver medalists, been overhauled by world champions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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right through. That is an incredible performance from the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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about 750 metres and you sprinted through the remaining world

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

:50:48.:50:58.
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just dead. Heroic performance from easy on to take the gold medal. --

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

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

:51:10.:51:15.

inspired by the dedication of my cronies. Seeing my competitors

:51:15.:51:21.

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

:51:22.:51:27.

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

:51:27.:51:32.

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

:51:32.:51:42.

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

:51:42.:51:52.
:51:52.:51:56.

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

:51:56.:52:00.

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

:52:00.:52:08.

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

:52:08.:52:13.

with Steve Rowbotham and Tom Townsend in the bows cease.

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

:52:18.:52:24.

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

:52:24.:52:29.

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

:52:29.:52:34.

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

:52:34.:52:40.

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

:52:40.:52:44.

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

:52:44.:52:54.
:52:54.:52:55.

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

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

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

:53:10.:53:14.

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

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

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

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

:53:39.:53:45.

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

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

:53:50.:53:55.

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

:53:55.:54:01.

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

:54:01.:54:08.

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

:54:08.:54:14.

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

:54:14.:54:20.

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

:54:20.:54:26.

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

:54:26.:54:33.

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

:54:33.:54:35.

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

:54:35.:54:39.

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

:54:39.:54:45.

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

:54:45.:54:52.

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

:54:52.:54:58.

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

:54:58.:55:02.

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

:55:02.:55:06.

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

:55:06.:55:12.

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

:55:12.:55:18.

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

:55:18.:55:26.

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

:55:26.:55:34.

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

:55:34.:55:40.

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

:55:40.:55:46.

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

:55:47.:55:56.

Unbelievable, they were unbelievable, New Zealand, with

:55:56.:56:00.

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

:56:00.:56:06.

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

:56:06.:56:14.

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

:56:14.:56:19.

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

:56:19.:56:23.

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

:56:23.:56:27.

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

:56:27.:56:32.

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

:56:32.:56:37.

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

:56:37.:56:43.

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

:56:43.:56:50.

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

:56:50.:56:57.

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

:56:57.:57:03.

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

:57:03.:57:09.

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

:57:09.:57:15.

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

:57:15.:57:24.

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

:57:24.:57:28.

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

:57:28.:57:35.

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

:57:35.:57:43.

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

:57:43.:57:47.

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

:57:47.:57:57.
:57:57.:57:59.

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

:57:59.:58:05.

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

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

:58:10.:58:14.

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

:58:14.:58:19.

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

:58:19.:58:22.

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

:58:22.:58:25.

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

:58:26.:58:32.

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

:58:32.:58:42.
:58:42.:58:44.

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

:58:44.:58:48.

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

:58:48.:58:55.

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

:58:55.:59:02.

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

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Germany going through the halfway mark. You have the Americans

:59:06.:59:10.

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

:59:10.:59:15.

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

:59:15.:59:19.

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

:59:19.:59:23.

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

:59:23.:59:30.

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

:59:30.:59:36.

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

:59:36.:59:43.

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

:59:43.:59:53.

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

:59:53.:59:59.

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

:59:59.:00:08.

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

:00:08.:00:13.

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

:00:13.:00:20.

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

:00:20.:00:24.

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

:00:24.:00:28.

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

:00:28.:00:32.

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

:00:32.:00:38.

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

:00:38.:00:42.

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

:00:42.:00:47.

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

:00:47.:00:53.

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

:00:53.:00:59.

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

:00:59.:01:04.

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

:01:04.:01:09.

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

:01:09.:01:12.

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

:01:12.:01:22.
:01:22.:01:30.

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

:01:30.:01:34.

finishing. Great Britain have responded to New Zealand's

:01:34.:01:38.

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

:01:38.:01:43.

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

:01:43.:01:48.

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

:01:48.:01:52.

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

:01:52.:01:57.

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

:01:57.:02:00.

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

:02:00.:02:05.

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

:02:05.:02:11.

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

:02:11.:02:16.

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

:02:16.:02:26.
:02:26.:02:29.

Tie, IM Sophie Hosking, international rower, lightweight

:02:29.:02:35.

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

:02:35.:02:44.

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

:02:44.:02:49.

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

:02:49.:02:52.

construction, it looked quite an interesting thing to get involved

:02:52.:02:58.

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

:02:58.:03:04.

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

:03:04.:03:09.

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

:03:09.:03:13.

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

:03:13.:03:18.

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

:03:18.:03:24.

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

:03:24.:03:28.

maybe see you on television occasionally. Rowing will only last

:03:28.:03:32.

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

:03:32.:03:42.
:03:42.:03:46.

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

:03:47.:03:52.

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

:03:52.:04:00.

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

:04:00.:04:04.

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

:04:04.:04:09.

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

:04:09.:04:14.

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

:04:14.:04:19.

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

:04:19.:04:27.

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

:04:27.:04:33.

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

:04:33.:04:39.

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

:04:39.:04:46.

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

:04:46.:04:56.
:04:56.:05:00.

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

:05:00.:05:08.

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

:05:08.:05:13.

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

:05:13.:05:18.

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

:05:19.:05:26.

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

:05:27.:05:33.

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

:05:33.:05:37.

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

:05:37.:05:42.

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

:05:42.:05:52.
:05:52.:05:56.

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

:05:56.:06:01.

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

:06:01.:06:06.

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

:06:06.:06:11.

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

:06:11.:06:15.

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

:06:15.:06:20.

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

:06:20.:06:24.

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

:06:24.:06:30.

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

:06:30.:06:36.

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

:06:36.:06:41.

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

:06:41.:06:47.

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

:06:47.:06:51.

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

:06:51.:06:57.

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

:06:57.:07:01.

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

:07:01.:07:05.

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

:07:05.:07:10.

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

:07:10.:07:14.

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

:07:14.:07:22.

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

:07:23.:07:26.

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

:07:26.:07:36.
:07:36.:07:38.

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

:07:38.:07:41.

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

:07:41.:07:47.

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

:07:48.:07:51.

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

:07:51.:07:55.

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

:07:55.:07:59.

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

:07:59.:08:06.

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

:08:06.:08:11.

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

:08:11.:08:18.

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

:08:19.:08:24.

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

:08:25.:08:28.

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

:08:28.:08:33.

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

:08:33.:08:37.

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

:08:37.:08:41.

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

:08:41.:08:44.

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

:08:44.:08:49.

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

:08:49.:08:53.

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

:08:53.:08:58.

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

:08:58.:09:04.

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

:09:04.:09:08.

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

:09:09.:09:14.

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

:09:14.:09:19.

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

:09:19.:09:23.

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

:09:23.:09:28.

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

:09:28.:09:33.

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

:09:33.:09:39.

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

:09:39.:09:47.

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

:09:47.:09:55.

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

:09:55.:10:04.

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

:10:04.:10:09.

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

:10:09.:10:14.

fours, which invariably provides the most exciting race. This

:10:14.:10:18.

particular event is very special for the Chambers family, both

:10:18.:10:22.

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

:10:22.:10:32.
:10:32.:10:37.

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

:10:37.:10:43.

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

:10:43.:10:49.

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

:10:49.:10:54.

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

:10:54.:10:59.

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

:10:59.:11:04.

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

:11:04.:11:09.

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

:11:09.:11:14.

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

:11:15.:11:20.

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

:11:20.:11:25.

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

:11:25.:11:31.

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

:11:31.:11:37.

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

:11:37.:11:42.

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

:11:42.:11:47.

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

:11:47.:11:52.

lightweight coxless four. The crew average maximum individual cannot

:11:52.:11:58.

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

:11:58.:12:03.

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

:12:03.:12:13.
:12:13.:12:19.

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

:12:19.:12:23.

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

:12:23.:12:32.

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

:12:32.:12:37.

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

:12:37.:12:43.

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

:12:43.:12:47.

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

:12:47.:12:54.

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

:12:54.:13:02.

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

:13:02.:13:08.

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

:13:08.:13:12.

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

:13:12.:13:17.

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

:13:17.:13:21.

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

:13:21.:13:26.

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

:13:26.:13:31.

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

:13:31.:13:36.

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

:13:36.:13:41.

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

:13:41.:13:49.

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

:13:49.:13:56.

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

:13:56.:14:01.

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

:14:01.:14:06.

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

:14:06.:14:10.

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

:14:10.:14:15.

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

:14:15.:14:25.
:14:25.:14:27.

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

:14:27.:14:34.

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

:14:34.:14:38.

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

:14:38.:14:44.

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

:14:44.:14:46.

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

:14:46.:14:52.

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

:14:52.:14:58.

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

:14:58.:15:05.

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

:15:05.:15:10.

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

:15:10.:15:17.

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

:15:17.:15:19.

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

:15:19.:15:24.

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

:15:24.:15:29.

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

:15:29.:15:33.

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

:15:33.:15:39.

conducted themselves over this week. They were bitterly disappointed

:15:39.:15:43.

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

:15:43.:15:47.

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

:15:47.:15:51.

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

:15:51.:15:56.

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

:15:56.:16:03.

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

:16:03.:16:07.

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

:16:07.:16:12.

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

:16:12.:16:18.

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

:16:18.:16:22.

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

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

:16:25.:16:34.
:16:35.:16:41.

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

:16:42.:16:46.

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

:16:46.:16:50.

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

:16:50.:16:57.

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

:16:57.:17:05.

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

:17:05.:17:10.

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

:17:10.:17:16.

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

:17:16.:17:20.

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

:17:20.:17:24.

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

:17:24.:17:29.

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

:17:29.:17:35.

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

:17:35.:17:42.

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

:17:42.:17:46.

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

:17:46.:17:51.

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

:17:51.:18:00.

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

:18:00.:18:05.

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

:18:05.:18:10.

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

:18:10.:18:16.

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

:18:16.:18:22.

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

:18:22.:18:29.

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

:18:29.:18:33.

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

:18:33.:18:38.

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

:18:38.:18:43.

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

:18:43.:18:53.
:18:53.:18:56.

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

:18:56.:19:01.

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

:19:01.:19:06.

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

:19:06.:19:11.

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

:19:11.:19:18.

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

:19:18.:19:22.

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

:19:22.:19:27.

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

:19:28.:19:35.

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

:19:35.:19:42.

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

:19:42.:19:50.

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

:19:50.:20:00.

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

:20:00.:20:07.

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

:20:07.:20:14.

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

:20:14.:20:21.

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

:20:21.:20:25.

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

:20:25.:20:29.

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

:20:29.:20:35.

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

:20:35.:20:41.

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

:20:41.:20:48.

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

:20:48.:20:53.

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

:20:53.:20:57.

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

:20:57.:21:03.

wrong. Now the British have to just lift it up, keep tunnel vision in

:21:03.:21:10.

the British crew and think about the 30 strokes up towards the line.

:21:10.:21:17.

Dan Ritchie in the stern, pushing them on. He but the Germans will

:21:17.:21:21.

sense everyone coming back at them. The latest days moving very fast

:21:21.:21:27.

now. The United States are at 38 strokes a minute. Germany, looking

:21:27.:21:32.

strong. They have the tandem rig in the middle of the board. Four or

:21:32.:21:37.

five on the same side. And it makes that boat go straight and move very

:21:37.:21:41.

well. You cannot see them, but there have been mounting a

:21:41.:21:46.

challenge. They will be stunned by the fees from the Netherlands and

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Poland but now they are moving. 200m remaining. The Netherlands in

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Elaine four, pushing on, it is going to be a sprint for the line.

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Great Britain fighting for the bronze medal. United States hanging

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on, Germany has got the gold, benevolence attacked Great Britain

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one more time, it is Germany for gold, and the British are now

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coming, almost on the line, this could be for a medal, Germany

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through, and it'll be a photo- finish for the silver medal between

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Great Britain and the Netherlands. And it does not get any closer than

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that. Germany hung on out there, ahead, but Great Britain had the

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sprint to get in. Again, the Netherlands find the closing speech

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:22:44.:22:44.

to come right back into it. -- speed. Silver for the Netherlands

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and bronze for Great Britain. The great British crew on the medal

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podium, but things getting so close America going through the 1,500m

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mark -- and the United States of America. They should think about

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keeping the line, the quicker on the catches and they could catch

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the Netherlands. If they can do that that would be a great sculp in

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this race. Canada just crept up and crept up. The Netherlands being

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left behind over the last bite hundred metres. Canada will start

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to raise up to 38 strokes a minute, and try to match the Nikkei stays

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:23:48.:23:48.

on the run-in. -- the United States. The naked spacer America have led

:23:48.:23:58.
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the way. By -- the United States experience there to let this slip

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now. Lesley Thomson just driving on heart crew, 150 metres remaining.

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Great Britain being pushed hard by Caroline or corner in lane one. The

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Americans have pen strokes to the line. The Americans lead over

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Canada. Not much in it. It is the US, from Canada, from the

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Netherlands, from Great Britain. And that his goal to the USA.

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Silver for Canada, the Netherlands get the bronze, and Great Britain

:24:43.:24:53.
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coming through in opposition. The I am going to ask a British -- a

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difficult question - which British victory as impressed you most?

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is a difficult question to answer. Perhaps the Women's Pair. The match

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were completely brilliant, dominant. And what style from the lightweight

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four. By we have just had a cracking day. You have coaches

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meetings coming up. Do you expect any change to these crews before

:25:33.:25:38.

the World Championships? I didn't announce them on air. We have a few

:25:38.:25:43.

things to talk about. But it is good decision-making from a strong

:25:43.:25:48.

position, to squeeze up the medals, and so on. It will be a hard

:25:49.:25:52.

decision to make but we will announce the team on Tuesday week.

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There was a time, 30 years ago, when one bronze medal would have

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been regarded as a success. This is fantastic, isn't it? But a mite

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cold, four Silva and two bronze -- for gold, four silvers, and two

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bronze. They might have put all this together, and if we can do it

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in July and August of next year, that is going to be incredible. It

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is almost East German like, in some ways. They used to win everything

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when I started out, with two boats that would come first and second.

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New Zealand are performing well as a team. But there is nobody else

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who is there, in it. Germany have some good boats, but they are not

:26:49.:26:53.

beer in debt. Almost every Olympic category, we are contesting for

:26:53.:26:58.

medals. You do not want to get ahead of yourself, because pride

:26:58.:27:03.

comes before a ball, but are we all lost on the cusp of this British

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rowing team doing what the cycling team did in Beijing? Very possible.

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I think that, to win as many gold medals as the cycling team, is

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going to be very tough. But if you talk to any of the individual boats,

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taking out the women's single, the weakest event, all of them have

:27:25.:27:32.

chances of winning a medal. And if they could be gold medals. There

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are 14 Olympic events. If you're talking about 13 Bury good chances.

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-- very good. Could you might hear as well? Yes, the double sculls was

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even closer than the lightweight fours at Lucerne. Plenty more spoke

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to alert you to on BBC television. The Open golf at San which starts

:27:56.:28:06.
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on Thursday. -- Sandwich. You can follow that across all platforms.

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Then the Rowing Championships at Lake Bled, coverage on the red

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button and highlights on BBC One on You won't miss a stroke. Thanks to

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everybody at the Bolton Regatta, and as you can see the sport at

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this level is very vibrant. It has been lovely at this beer. And at

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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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