Munich Rowing World Cup


John Inverdale introduces the action from the World Cup in Munich. It is the last chance for a talented British squad to test themselves against their rivals before the Olympics.

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We are not bad at athletics, handy at sailing. In six weeks' time it


could be sailing, so often a competitor that is GB's crowning


glory at London 2012. People want to beat you when you are on home


turf and we are the bill scalp that everyone wants to get. Gold for


Great Britain. Marin Cross, Andy Holmes, Stephen Redgrave, those are


names that will go down in the history of British Rowing. Never


known a group of people with such high aspirations. Great Britain


wonderfully done. A perfect, perfect day for the British coxless


four. The team we took to Beijing was great. This is even better than


that. Great Britain are the Olympic champions. It sounds fantastic.


Great Britain get the gold and relief all round. It's the


strongest team we have ever had going into the Olympic Games.


is a great achievement. We are witnesses the birth of a new era.


We want to win. Anything else is not good enough. One last time.


It's just, just, just! And Great Britain are the Olympic champions.


We want to be a team that people will feel proud of. Holmes and red


graif win for Britain. A superb achievement. The world champions


and the Olympic medals are added to their collection -- Redgrave.


in Munich, the last of the World Cup Regattas after three days of


glorious sunshine. It's overcast glorious sunshine. It's overcast


and chilly today. For one last statement of intent by all the


crews, before the Olympic Games. And we are here, myself and Sir


Steve Redgrave beneath the blue, grey and white notled skies at the


Thames where the women's Regatta Thames where the women's Regatta


will take place this morning. Steve, morning, nice to see you. Where


else would you rather will on a Sunday morning?! And when you talk


about... Spent a lot of Sunday mornings here. I'm sure you have


spent a lot here. It's a hostage to fortune to say this is the best


team we have ever had but it's pride before a fall, but statistics


don't lie, it's the best team? Certainly. Again, it's very much on


paper it's what happened last year at the World Championship, what's


happened so far at the World Cups. But the reality is that that counts


for nothing when you go to the Games. We have some pictures of


when the team was officially announced. I'm sure for everybody,


even for the people who were absolute shoo-ins for selection,


there is a huge sense of relief when your name is on the team


sheet? Especially this year there is relief because the process is,


we have had world silver medallists from the last two years who're not


selected to go to the Games. That's how tough it is to get into the


team. In my era, the top few boats knew they were going to be selected


and it wasn't really a big issue. You knew right the way through all


the training and preparation that this team is slightly different


because they know outstanding athletes are not going to the Games.


OK, let's start, as far as the action is concerned, from our men's


coxless four, as it has been since Steve set the benchmark all those


years ago. These days it's Hodge, Reid, James and Gregory, and they


are still looking to refine things before the big battles ahead.


We have two dominant rhythms in the boat. We are still working hard to


get the that to one. We think that's a good way to go. Still


trying new combinations and different ways of getting more


speed and being consistent. We have shown we can be really quick. We


have to keep producing that in Olympic finals. We have still got


plenty to work on. Plenty of room for improvement. That's what we


hope to do in Munich, be more consistent. We have stepped up


after Belgrade. We know the one race to win is the Olympic Games on


the 4th August, so our sights is set on that, but we are challenging


ourselves on a daily basis and we know our record can't give us


anything on the start line so we need to push on from there, so we


final World Cup Regatta in Munich. This is the boat that everybody


expects. COMMENTATOR: Leaving the start area. In reality, all eyes on


two, one is Great Britain in lane five. Inseed them, lane four


Australia. Watching the British crew now moving away, but it's the


Czech Republic in lane three who've had the better of the starts. The


British crew in five just being dumbed downment now, stretching out


through the first 100 metres. In lane one, Romania, two, Serbia, the


Czech relake in three. Australia, the new crew coming together in


lane four. Great Britain five, Belarus in lane six. And the


British crew here now really starting to struggle. Everybody


leapt out there. I didn't see anything go wrong there with the


way the British took off, but they certainly didn't take that sort of


immediate pick up that they get really normally. Out there in front


very quickly were the Czech Republic. They qualified in the


qualifying Regatta four weeks ago. Great Britain now just beginning to


get into their pride and the crews are now beginning to pull them all


back. Certainly Serbia up there. We are moving up fast. Romania very


fast starters very often. They are new guys on the block as well. Look


at Australia, settled into a very nice, long flowing rhythm.


Grin came up against Australia in their semi-final -- Great Britain.


They led Australia to the 500 metre mark. They just turned that around


now, Australia leading Great Britain through the first five into


now the rhythm part where they just come down on to race, race. To be


honest with you, the British and the Australians, whether it's good


or bad tactic, they'll be unaware of what's happening in lane one.


There's a lovely shot, stroke for stroke. I like the way the British


four is row, much better than yesterday. They have a flow to the


way they are moving. There's more patience about the way they pick up


the stroke. They are now neck and neck with Australia. They will move,


I'm sure, past the crew at the top there who went out very fast.


Romania. Great Britain rowing with a lot more relaxation. If they can


keep that loose relaxation and then develop their power in the last 250,


300 metres of the race, I think they'll be there. At the moment,


it's looking very, very nice for Great Britain, although Australia


just got their noses in front. The British are rowing longer than


they were in the semi-final. And what we are seeing now is just


confidence, speed of the movement. You see the hands moving around and


the boat just runs on here. But the Aussies up there in lane three, the


multi-Olympic Chan is there, his name is snon nous with coming back


in an Olympic year and making boat goes fast -- synonymous. Australia


from Great Britain, not much in it. Romania, Serbia, the Czech Republic


and Belarus in this race as well, but everybody watching lane four,


lane five tipping the two crews. One of these two will win the gold


in London in six weeks e' time. The British had a good first 1,000, a


lousy start, they got into it. The second five was good. The third 500


now, it's looking like the Australians, with the yellow


glasses, that Australian, that will favour the Australians, because the


Swindon dying down. Yesterday's semi-final at this stage Great


Britain were a length behind. In Lucerne, they were even more than


that behind and then they made up with their power in the last 250


metres. With this length, if they can keep their cool and smoothness,


their power in the last 500 could Great Britain really in a good


position there to mount that attack. Hodge, 33 years of age. The Olympic


champion 2008 in this event. Three of the cee are Olympic champions.


Watching the Aussies moving away again -- three of these are Olympic


champions. The defending Olympic champions are a quarter of a length


down on Australia. The Australians led Great Britain on a timing point


and also marking through 1,000 through 1500, they beat them in the


semi-final yesterday. Both crews looking confident. The British


undoubtedly looking better. They are keeping it long and starting to


lift up the rate here, but the Aussies in lane four are really


long and just moving effortlessly. Great Britain have shortened a


little as their number of strokes per minute goes up to 38 thousand.


They are being pushed hard now by Belarus as well closest to the


camera. But Australia are looking very sweet with just about two


thirds of a length. They've stretched out, lookings nice and


easy around the finish of the stroke. As they stroke, they


finally draw that last part of the stroke. Great Britain have to make


the attack. 250 metres remain, 25 strokes, they'll count them in and


step them up. The rate will come up. They'll go ten and keep long. The


Australians though, three quarters of a length. Here come Belarus in


lane six. 125 metres to go. Australia from Great Britain,


Belarus continue to push hard. Australia again holding on for one


last push. Here comes Andy Hodge driving his guys home inside 50


metres. It's going to be Australia but it's going to be very, very


close. Coming up to the line now, six feet in it. It's holding on.


Australia, gold for Australia. Silver for Great Britain. Huge


disappointment there. Belarus will get the bronze. The heads go down


and surely now the Australians go away as the favourites for the gold


medal at the Olympics in six weeks' time. What have Jurgen and these


guys got to do to turn it around? They rode a very good race there.


The middle part was very smooth and long, but my goodness, this will be


quite a blow. They were very much the top hope for a gold medal in


the rowing squad in London. But Australia have really come through


extremely effectively, especially sleeping giant now.


Raise they are not used to seeing Great Britain in second in that


event. Haven't been used to that for years and the look on the guys'


faces was shell shock almost? faces was shell shock almost?


not that shocked myself. I thought the Australians looked really good


three weeks ago but tired in the closing stages. I thought it was a


very key yesterday of the Australians beating our guys in the


semi-final. I think that really sort of put the writing on the wall


in some ways. Obviously that's very close to call and it can go either


way over the next five weeks, but five weeks is a long time but it's


also a very short time. Gary and Dan seem very confident


throughout the whole race that it was only a matter of time before a


great surge at the end would mean that Great Britain had their noses


in front and it didn't happen. What do you put that down to? Again, I


think that the Australians knew of quite what was going to happen and


so they were more prepared for it than our guys. I think Dan and Gary


sort of got a little carried away in some ways of what happened three


weeks ago, of that big turn of speed they had in the closing


stages. It may be that they've decided to train through this


Regatta and not in quite the same fighting fit mode as they were


three weeks ago. That means they still may have that potential speed


there. But it certainly wasn't there this weekend. All that


matters is the result in five or six weeks' time. How much bearing


might that have on what happens in London? I hate to say it in some


ways, but Pete Andrunachey have been coming second for a long time


and that starts to ingrain in your pliend in some ways. When you have


a element of doubt, there is always a little doubt in your mind and if


you haven't been winning races, iters the confidence in some ways.


That is going to boost the Australians, they're very


experienced. You talk about the four racing four years ago, the


Australians weren't that experienced and it was a very, very


close race and our guys came through and rode at the finish.


Looks like it could be the same thing of let's hope the guys pull


it out the bag and can get their speed at if end and row through


them again as they did four years ago -- at the end. You can tweak


things in five weeks. What will Jurgen Grobler be doing to say it's


about tiny margins and what can they do to try and refine that?


mare minds, they have to get it in their minds of how they are going


to row the race. It's the second and third 50 where the Australians


are killing your guys, we have too much to do in the closing stages.


They have to be more in the race in the middle period. That's a mental


process, not really a physical process. They've got to be more


determined and gutsy to stay in there. Especially that third 500.


1,000 metres, that's where the Australians are taking it by the


scruff and saying this is our race, you challenge us in the closing


stages. I would prefer to be out in front in the Australian boat than I


would coming in behind from the Brits. Interesting to hear what the


crew have to say about that race which took place a few minutes ago


in Munich. Let's go from the marquee boat from the men's point


of view to the women and the Double Sculls with Katherine Grainger and


Anna Watkins who've been carrying all before them so they are


It has been good come up we have been tested this year more than


previous years. Every nation steps up and tries to close the gap


coming up to the Olympics. But we have learnt more of than we could


ever win, winning by eight miles. Everyone has had a go and it is a


case of just making sure we are as fast as we can possibly be. And


other people have to respond to us. In a two-person crew we have to


really support each other. We talk a lot about how we feel about the


Olympics, about tactics. We are a really tight unit and needs to keep


that going because it is a real strength. We look after each other.


No one more bored than granger it you suspect with the talk of a


Olympics past. One more warm-up Olympics past. One more warm-up


before her date with destiny. Katherine Grainger, that look of


determination that we have become used to. This is the final of the


women's heavyweight double sculls. The next time they are up there you


will be in the Olympic Games. But this race has a huge significance


for the British double sculls. Because Australia have just come


from nowhere in this double sculls combination. They stormed to a


medal in Lucerne three weeks ago. And they surely have to be a threat


for the British doubles. In the opening heat these Australians went


a couple of seconds faster in their qualifying races. You did not know


if the British double where just not pushing themselves too hard,


not wanting to show their cards too early. But they have taken a good


half length lead now and can keep the strain it in their sights. But


Australia are certainly a threat. Kim Crow did the single in Lucerne


because her partner was injured. But she's back now and very strong.


Earlier the British saw off the German double who wear the closest


opposition. We have a race on a last year. So a classy line-up. But


the British pushing on hard at 34 strokes per minute. This is where


they're comfortable. They have just moved it up as I speak. Great


Britain now really have to get a little bit more distance on


Australia because this trillion Double Scull is an unknown quantity.


Great Britain are looking very powerful. There is liveliness about


the Australian doubles. They have been separated for quite a while


through that injury so they have got quite a lot more to come in the


next six weeks. But there is confidence in the wake that Great


Britain are at sculling. You expect them just to squeeze on and get


ahead. This is the 1972 Olympic course.


The race developing up to the halfway mark. Great Britain have


now stretched out from the pack. All eyes on the British Double


Scull. Can they hold of the Australian pair? Kim Crow was the


silver medallist in this event last year. Here come the Australians.


The wind starting to die down which will benefit the group on the far


side. But surely the experience of Great Britain it will be enough to


hold them off? They have just pushed on again to try to blunt


this pushed from the Australia. They have got to keep their links.


They must not tighten up because if they do it will inhibit the flow


and the free movement of their boat. But Australia pushing up. Will it


be another gold medal right now? The Australians, their confidence


is riding high. They are constantly pushing, may lead challenging the


composure of Great Britain's Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins.


I have not yet seen an explosive lift Anjum response. There comes


the response now and Katherine Grainger brings it back up to 35


strokes per minute. And the British are moving. They really have sat


just within their own rhythm. Australia have pushed hard, every


time, they are now starting to move in. And this is an impressive


performance from Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins, two-times world


champions in this event. We are now seeing a display of double sculls,


calm and a forager did from the British doubles. The strain and had


their chance in that middle 1000 metres but they will settle for a


silver medal. The British double moved earlier than you would expect,


going up to 35 strokes per minute, and that really made a difference.


That power be brought a long, they kept their cool and it has given


them over one length of lead. There is no work really that the strain


you can go with this. So Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins Kubica et


NICE and long. They have got the race under control. -- keeping it


nice and long. The British now have 125 metres left in this final. They


have done everything that has been asked of them in this combination.


They're making it three each in a road for 2012. The one elusive


medals still remains for Katherine Grainger and surely they go now


into their final training camp with their confidence high. They have


done it again. Australia in second place and now the bronze medal


going to Poland. The British crew can go away with their heads up.


Everything to do. Katherine Grainger will be very pleased with


that. They have another year under the bonnet if they need it. That is


the bonnet if they need it. That is Scull at the top of these kind of


medal podiums time and again. How much would Katherine Grainger give


for that last gold medal? In six weeks' time they all come together


weeks' time they all come together again. Well we can talk repeatedly


about the relevance of these races as far as London is concerned, but


that was a definitive statement. You feel every other crew will say,


we're almost playing for second. There was an element in the middle


of the race when the strains were pushing really hard. They had an


injury in that boat and they will get stronger. But the confidence


with which they finished that race will boast them again. They know


that they have a race on their hands, and that is what you want.


You still have to have that element of thinking, we need to push on.


And they will have one eye on the a Australians all the way. Dan thinks


they have got another year to go up as well. I think they have. -- gear.


But I think it is going to be a closer race in London. The


Australians are a class act. They have had injury, they're coming


back from that. It will be an interesting race. The indefinable


element to this that none of us can appreciate these, as it gets closer,


the mental element for Katherine Grainger and especially, I have to


get it this time. That must come into play to some degree. We do not


know how much that will come into play, being in this situation of


being a reigning Olympic champion coming into the next Olympics, all


the races in between are just stepping stones. They're not that


important in the big scheme. And the closer that race gets the more


nerve-racking it becomes. And they have to deal with the whole process,


Katherine Grainger especially. Looking at the list of crews that


have a real possibility of a gold medal, the reigning champions from


Beijing, Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter, it will undoubtedly be near


the top. But they finished in 6th place in Lucerne. Was that just a


minor blip? We had a setback, things did not go


too well. There seems to be bit of a jinx when we go to this end. We


have put things in place for Munich and we will be back on the podium.


It is frustrating to lose to people we should not have lost to. Zack


purchase was poorly before we went out there, up we were trying to


play catch-up at times. That was disappointing. But we have spent


some good time in the boat now and be looking forward to Munich.


Well that must have been a jolt to the system. Today was a day to


the system. Today was a day to resumed normal service.


What a difference three weeks makes. Mark Hunter and Zack perches were


very disappointed with that 6th place finish at Lucerne three weeks


analysts in Lucerne. And they were very disappointed. The fastest crew


there was certainly France. And there are now up there with New


Zealand who were second in Lucerne. Derek Close. Great Britain have,


bit late in this event. Their great competitors so they pull themselves


together very well in the last six or seven weeks before the


championships. But they have a lot of work to do before it landed and


2012 if they are to claim that a Zealand from France, Great Britain


in amongst the hunt there, currently in last position but not


much in it -- 500 down. You will expect though, as Olympic champions,


they have that experience and the thing is just to move it on,


thinking about doing the basics. Talking to Mark Hunter, it's about


dog the basics right and remembering what they've done


before, building on that. They have the confidence and they've shown


some great speed in training. In Caversham, their training lake,


they've been training there. They know it's there, it's allowing it


all to come together today and then in six weeks at the Olympics.


Hungary are going quickly. They're back after some years in retirement.


Great Britain still in there, but just at the back of the group and


they've got to push on as they come into the last 1250 metres.


Zealand. The all-black strip, not quite broken free yet. Lane five,


France. Winners from Lucerne, the World Cup in 2012. The form crew


coming into this Regatta. New Zealand again high strokes, 38


strokes a minute but just powering away, quite short strokes but very


powerful in the middle of the stroke. The power comes on very


quickly and they finish off the strokes very well. They've led from


the first stroke, New Zealand now go into the second half of the


final of the men's Lightweight Double Scull with confidence


growing. Particularly looking right in lane three. Their eyes will be


on Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter, the two time world defending


Olympic champions. They are well off the pace here. Hard really to


see, unless there's a big explosion in the zeal steel crew, hard to see


how Great Britain can come back from there, but you can't write off


Olympic and two-time world champions -- New Zealand crew. From


France, lane five still on the tails of New Zealand. Great Britain


having to fight hard if they want to get on to the podium. This race


is running out. They've got 250, 300 metres to go, they've got to


push on very hard now. Getting clear diswater coming up


now. Through the 1250 mark. Great Britain in amongst the middle of


the pack. For them, it's all about rowing well, finding a good rhythm


and pattern that will get them back into the race. Currently in fourth


position, it's showing there, New Zealand on the top left hand side


showing they have the better of the speed and Great Britain currently


in third, fourth perhaps on the overall speed chart.


There's the British crew. Mark Hunter just looking as though it's


a little bit painful there, not quite flowing the way that we'd


expect. Still got Italy to catch. They're


into fourth place. They've got to pull Italy back. 5050 metres remain


in the final men's Lightweight Double Sculls -- 500 metres remain.


New Zealand looking good. They're scheming the speed up here. Watch


their boat. It doesn't dip at the stern or the catch, it's moving


very nicely, runs through the water very evenly. Great Britain just not


clicking, not quite right. They haven't got a lot of time to put it


together. The yellow jerseys of the crew indicating they are World Cup


leaders, but that's irrelevant for Mark and Zac who'll be concerned


with only one thing, finding speed out front. New Zealand being put


under pressure from France. Here come the French. We have 250 metres


remaining and Denmark lane six having moved back into the bronze


medal position. 200 out from the line, New Zealand France and


Denmark. Denmark are the reigning world record holders, the world


best holders from back in 2007. Don't discount those in lane number


one at the top of the picture. The British crew though struggling at


the back end of the pack. Haven't New Zealand stretched out the field,


my goodness. Three quarters of a length ahead. France trying to get


back on terms but it will certainly be New Zealand, France in second


and Denmark trying to get into third. France for the last time


charging up to the line, but it's New Zealand surely they've done


enough, they are not going to lose it here. Oh, so close by about a


foot. New Zealand, France and Denmark coming over in third, Italy


in fourth, Hungary in fifth and Great Britain just limping over the


line in sixth and a disappointing finish for the two-time world


champions and defending Olympic champions.


How disappointing for Great Britain. They've got a lot of work to do.


New Zealand back on top. They were world champions two years ago, got


taken back by Great Britain last year. But now they are back on top.


Great Britain will be bitterly disappointed with sixth place.


What do we make of that? Off the pace again. Three weeks ago they


weren't at the races at all through the heats, semi-finals or finals.


Certainly that performance is not what we expect from our reigning


world and Olympic champions. But they did have a good performance


yesterday so maybe things are coming out. But now with the short


period to go towards the Games, they're not going to be automobile


to test themselves against their opposition again. We know they've


got the capability, they know it, but now we start talking about


pulling it out the bag on the day. Can we do it in five weeks in


London, or not? When Dan talks about a lot of work lefpt to do.


The temptation is to train even harder and then there's nothing


left in the tank tonne day itself. The team around them need to be


careful in the intervening period, don't they -- left in the tank on


the day itself. They certainly do. The support staff will monitor them


and make sure it's not just about sheer graft of work they've got to


do. It's really about getting their minds right in some ways.


We started the programme by talking about how this is the strongest


team that we've ever had. Then there's one of our lead boats


finishing sixth in a final. Will that have any bearing on how other


crews start feeling? I don't think it will. Really, rowing is about


consistency and what Zac and Mark are showing at the moment is not


about consistency. The other lead boats are being very consistent


from that point of view. We've got really five gold medal chances to


bring all five in will be unlikely. Are they still one off that? Are


you taking him off the list? They are still on the list for me but


they've got to be marked down a couple of notchs in some ways. They


are reigning loick champions and reigning world champions, they have


a lot of pride. They'll be fighting and very determined -- b reigning


Olympic champions. They'll be tough to beat at the games but you can't


class them as favourites going into it. The mythical list that we have


includes the Women's Pair of Heather Stanning and Helen Glover


who've been untouchable of late and they've a simple strategy, go out


in front and say catch me if you can.


You take a lot of confidence from being able to watch the field


behind you because when you are in front you can see everyone behind


you so that's great. Maybe this year we are quicker than last year,


so that's stepped the game on a bit. There is other people out there


who've stepped up as well. So far, we have been fortunate to come off


the right side of the medals. New Zealand will be stronger in Munich.


America put in a great performance in the last two World Cups. I don't


think they are going to be in Munich, but come the Games, maybe


they'll be strong as well. I just don't know really. All things being


equal, they could be our first gold medal of the Games in the rowing in


2012 on Wednesday August 1st. Stanning and Helen Glover looking


to make it three in a row for the 2012 World Cup. Being led in lane


two, Germany's team. Argentina in one, Germany, early race leaders in


lane two. Great Britain in three. New Zealand, a classy field, the


all-black strip in the white boat middle of the picture, they are the


world champions. In lane five, Romania. The Olympic champions, the


first time we see them back into the 2012 season. We haven't seen


them since Beijing. Looking there now at New Zealand, the world


champions and making up the order. Lane six, closest to us, Canada.


Now already into the first two 50 metres, Great Britain's looking to


stretch it out. Two or three feet. Coming up towards a canvas, going


pretty well. They took a very good move there just as they settled


into their rhythm. Germany was leading them and then as they


settled down into their mid race pace, Great Britain just moved and


it was extraordinary, they took about half a length, the chasing


New Zealanders there, high rate of striking, high number of strokes


per minute and they are moving up there as well. Germany who


qualified three weeks ago at the qualifying Regatta, they took that


early lead but they are falling back already. Conditions really


picking up here on the course at Munich. The 1972 Olympic course.


Great Britain squeezing out now to just over a half a length and just


compare the yellow boat leading, the British boat. Look how long


they are, the great technique of this boat is long and loose. Great


Britain's Helen Glover, Heather Stanning had a fabulous first 500


metres now. They are out and away moving. That confidence allows them


to kick into the second 500 metres of which we are now entering. You


see the speed they have you will against New Zealand, the all-black


strip. They are the two-time world champions. It's looking very staby


from New Zealand on the far side in lane two. Germany tenth at the


World Championships last year, but this now is real just poetry in


motion. They're moving very well indeed. They have a lovely flow


about them and good length. They are at 36 strokes a money, New


Zealand at 38 and New Zealand will have nowhere to go when the


pressure comes on. Through this last winter, what the British pair


have learned is flexibility. Being able to change pace, go up a gear.


We saw that in Lucerne three weeks ago. But look at the camera,


closest to the camera, Romania fourth place. They've come out of


retirement this year, they've got a lot to make up now on the leading


two pairs. Our clear water now from Great


Britain in the middle part of the second 500 metres. The confidence


just grows and rightly so. It's a fabulous friendship, a great


partnership, the amount of trust they have in each other. Rob


Williams coaches, he's done a great job bringing both these girls up


through the last couple of years. What's really interesting about the


pair, three years ago they were new to the game entirely, they were the


last choice boat, the eight had been chosen and now look at them


three years on. Helen Glover is 26 years old today, her birthday, a


big happy birthday and it's all going very, very well for Great


Britain in lane three. This is final of the Women's Pair. It's the


third of three Regattas here and it's all going British way. Helen


Glover and Heather Stanning in lane three. It's a classy field. New


Zealand in lane four left of your picture. World champions in 2011.


Romania have come back into the fray. They are in lane five, they


are the Olympic champions, but having just nothing compared to


Great Britain, lane three. This is the field they are going to


have in London and look, they've got two lengths now on their


closest rivals, or two-and-a-half lengths. This is the crew that


probably is now becoming the favourite for a gold in London and


could be Britain's first gold medal for a woman at an Olympics ever.


That's an extraordinary journey for them over this last three years


from spares to silver, silver and with the potential of gold at the


Olympics in six weeks' time. They're taking the pressure very


well though, all in their stride. They are so relaxed with it.


There's no huge expectations within the boat. They're going out there,


doing what they do well. They love the rowing, teamwork together. Look


at the length and the flow. And Rob Williams has done a great job in


technique here with the girls. can sigh the difference in styles


between the New Zealanders and the Great Britain pair. New Zealand


have a higher stroke per minute, stabby, and here you have flow and


run with the British pair. It's this final. This is a slight head


breeze which they will feel it all backs as they come through to the


finish. But the speed has been impressive from Helen Glover and


Heather Stanning. And still the British are moving away.


Germany know where to be seen. Great Britain out in front, leading


comfortably. Romania are the Olympic champions in this event


from Beijing. Canada bringing up the rear in lane number six. There


is a cross headwind coming from the site where the British pair are or


and making the course slightly unfair. It sets the water in motion.


And you're getting a bit of protection from that far side of


the course. So they are really ramming in good flat water. And


that may be exaggerating the difference between the crews.


metres remaining in this final. What a unit. The next time they go


out, they go out to the Olympic Games. It has been fabulous ride


from the first stroke. They will not be challenged today by a New


Zealander who are the world champions. Great Britain out in


front, paddling up to the line. Three he in a rope for Great


Britain in the women's coxless pair. It is a happy birthday to Helen


Glover and all going according to plan. New Zealand are second,


Romania in the third. That was a fantastic performance from the


British pair. They looked so mature and did not have to use anything at


the end there to push on against the end there to push on against


New Zealand. They have got it made. So great Britain topping the medal


table. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning about to enter the best


six weeks of their lives. The next time bear out on water in


competition will be in the heat of the Olympic Games.


Well we're here at Henley where the women's regatta is taking place.


But obviously we are focusing on the regatta taking place in Munich.


We have shown the effectively the four races so far for a we have the


best hopes of a medal in London. It has been up and down so far. But


this pair are remarkably up. Very much so. They hugely impressed me


last year. They went through the same series of races and they won


all of them. New Zealand led all the way last year and that reversed


then in the world Championship. It was just a matter of inches between


the two groups. And it looks like no one will be challenging them at


all this year. There will be brimming with confidence. They will


be. But this is their first Olympic Games so there will be a lot of


nerves as well. But I would put them as favourites any day of the


week. They're absolutely flying at the moment and I cannot see any


reason why that would change. we are mixing and matching between


live and recorded action this morning. We can show you the men's


double sculls cloud which took place around 45 minutes ago. And


place around 45 minutes ago. And this is Bill Lucas and Sam Townsend.


What was your take on this performance? Well they didn't have


a good performance three weeks ago. They came back very disappointed.


And they are showing a lot more potential this weekend than they


were three weeks ago. These guys are starting to build their


confidence. Weaker moved on now to the men's Quadruple Scull. Tom


Solesbury, Charles Cousins, Stephen Rowbotham and Matthew Wells. If


they get to the final in London, when you're in the final bend


anyone has a chance of a medal. But they would be an outside shot?


much an outside shot. We have not got much history of the Quadruple


Scull making the final. Two years ago was the last time they were in


the final and then it was the 19 eighties before that. But last year


they did beat the world champions. So there is a slim chance there of


doing well. They are certainly going to be there. Well these are


live pictures now from Munich and there is Alan Campbell in his Great


Britain vest. The great New Zealand Warwick is not competing this time


after an accident on his bike. The Czech Republic also out of this


line-up. This is a big race for Alan Campbell in lane number three.


Olaf Tufte, the Olympic champion, is a race that he has to win, dare


we say it Fulstow of it is the race that he has got to win.


medallists from Lucerne are not here. There are under starter's


start and they are away. Alan Campbell was down as stroke, but he


is away. A love tuft of Norway, the two-time Olympic champion in lame


number two. Look at the top of the picture, young Graham Thomas


sitting up there and doing a fantastic job. He is quite


experienced so he will have gone out as fast as he can to see what


he can do. But Alan Campbell getting into his stride now.


The Olympic champion Olaf Tufte has quarter of the race down, 500 gone,


1500 to go. We talked about Alan's race plant


and he is looking for some more consistency. Sometimes he sprints


out to try to get clear water. He was looking at doing the 33 strokes


per minute for the first 1000 and then slowly stepping up.


I am a bit concerned about Alan Campbell, he got quite dehydrated


yesterday and it really affected him. He had to stay ahead of Lassi


second position now and sitting there just trying to get a good


rhythm going. But not looking quite as comfortable as it should be for


Alan Campbell. Marcel Hake clear. Lassi Karonen leading Alan Campbell.


This has been a big surprise here on the 1972 Olympic regatta course.


Alan Campbell struggling back in 4th position. The Mexican leading


Alan Campbell into this third 500. He should really be up there in the


lead but he clearly has had a bit of a struggle this regatta. He has


not really recovered from that. The New Zealand rower is not here and


neither is the Cuban sculler. So you have to add three more people


into this makes for the London Olympics. Glorious conditions up


there. The Germans on home of water. Continuing to dominate. Campbell is


a very brave sculler, he will not let go. He will not want Lassi


Karonen to beat him. If he is suffering he will try to do


everything he can't to overcome that. But I do not think any one is


going to catch the German who is looking very strong out there.


Campbell has meddled at every World Championship. He is a two-time


bronze medallist and has plenty of experience. Alan Campbell dragging


himself through in third position. The sprint is on. And Graham Thomas


from Great Britain, 23 years of age, in 4th position. A fantastic scull


from the former rugby player. He is coming through the team. He is an


aim to watch for the future. Alan Campbell raised his game a little


bit, trying to push on there. Try to get through Lassi Karonen. But


it looks as if Lassi Karonen has enough to hold off Alan Campbell.


When the German is under pressure he starts to perform less well.


Certainly classic Rhone and is coming back on him and will be a


force at London. I'm not sure what is going to happen to Alan Campbell.


He has to recover from this regatta. Alan Campbell is sprinting hard in


his silver medal position. The German crowd going absolutely wild


here in the stands. What a way to finish the 2012 World Cup season.


The German getting the gold medal on the line. Lassi Karonen gets the


silver and Alan Campbell coming up to the line for the bronze. And


over he goes. So much to play for in the next six weeks. And hats off


Campbell. You would expect him to be up there with Hacker, but a good


Campbell, they'll see someone who's very disappointed and very tired


because he was putting everything in but it wasn't enough, Steve?


quite sure what to say there, because I'd expected him to


dominate that field with the two main guys not here. You would think


that he'd cruise through that relatively easily and she was


struggling big time. Having seen that race, you would almost say the


extent of his ambitions in London would be getting to the final, as


opposed to being on the podium? ambitions will still be about


winning a medal without a doubt. He's consistently shown that over


the last four years. Three weeks ago it wasn't a very good result,


this is even worse than that, so he's not going in the right


direction going towards the Olympic direction going towards the Olympic


Games, confidence-wise. I would like to hear of quite what his take


is on that. But that's not the Alan Campbell of old that we've seen


year in year out for the last few years. The Men's Eight coming up


shortly and we'll show you highlights of some other races. A


spectacular performance by a British crew included in that too.


Miriam, you won a Sydney medal in the Olympics 12 years ago but also


tomorrow you take control of the whole of the women's Henley Regatta,


an own Russ responsibility? When I was asked, I thought a great


opportunity, and over the weekend I've got a handle on how big the


job is. This Regatta is the pinnacle for women's club rowing in


the country and also a huge part of that stepping stone pathway that


our junior and under 23 crews are taking on their way to Olympic


success, so our future is rowing here today.


Your predecessor has done it for the last 25 years, so have you


signed up for a quarter of a century of this? No, don't say that


to me! No, no, I would be delighted to be able to last as long as Di


has, however, I think the task is much bigger than it was at the


beginning. The Regatta's tkwroun to 1500 competitors now. We have over


40 crews from abroad here, mostly from the US, many of the


universities from the States come over as well as the schools. We


have some crews from Holland, Belgium, Denmark and Norway, as


well as a couple of crews that have come all the way from Australia.


It's becoming an international event. We have moments of your


triumph here in Sydney 12 years ago. How much has women's rowing changed


in the last decade or so? Hasively. Through the 90s, we had an


exponetial growth, phenomenal, reflected in the number of events.


The stand hard had gone up phenomenally as well, reflected in


how well we are doing at Olympics and World Championships too. Wa do


you put that down to? An increase in women wanting to be active, an


increase in women rowing at club, mostly due to Steve's success and


the success that we've had on the women's side and also a lot more


schools are rowing and they're also feeding into clubs. So many clubs


that didn't have junior sections before now have very, very active


junior sections that are continuing to row as they get older.


mentioned Steve there. You are - we have some pictures of you on the


Thames there. How was this for you, Mir ram? It was amazing. -- Miriam.


Absolutely phenomenal. Just checking my blade work to make sure


I'm in time with Steve. It was like rowing in lots of mini Olympics,


every single bridge we went under there was another 30,000 people


cheering so the point where it was like 1.2 million people were there.


It was very, very special. Would it have helped the Gary


Herbert would have been Coxing, do you think? No. Matthew got a bit


tired during the end and went and steered the boat. Good luck with


the next 25 years! Thank you. That's a rueful smile you are


giving there. But anyway, well done. And listen, the number of people


here today, it's great atmosphere so may you have many more days like


this. Thanks for talking to us. You might be interested in this


actually, the women's quad for half an hour or so ago in Munich. I'm


watching this actually not knowing watching this actually not knowing


where they finish. Wilson, flood taking part in this. Steve, did you


watch this race? These are the first views of the pictures we have


seen. I'm being told they got bronze. The Ukraine dominated.


Three weeks ago they won by a big margin and again there. That'll


give the other boats a bit more confidence of closing down on


Ukraine who absolutely dominated it three weeks ago. That was a tiny


margin there between second and third, Germany getting the nod. The


men's Lightweight four, the Chambers brothers, Williams and


That's the race plan in the middle thousand. Great Britain qualified


fastest in the opening heats and they qualified directly for the


final. Everybody else has had to raise the repechage. Great Britain


have got to really move now in this second quarter. They are moving


well. Peter Chambers has come back into the boat after being injured


for Lucerne and Mattock sat in his place. They did pretty well, third


in Lucerne, but now with their full crew, this is where they've got to


start to move through. They're coming in nicely, back on the Swiss


who led early and on France. Switzerland in lane two, top of the


picture. It's now as we head towards the middle, it's becoming a


real cat-and-mouse here. The lead is changing from Switzerland, Great


Britain were up there at the early stages and France are moving on


hard. Very little in it. It's a blanket across the half way mark in


this final of the men's Lightweight coxless four, Great Britain lane


three. Australia the world champions, in lane four. The


British crew were third, three on that boat were third at the World


Championships last year. Back in 20. We are looking at the great British


crew. They were world champions in 2010.


Good swing in their stroke. They are going to go through,


Switzerland, all depends on what Australia and Denmark can do


closest to us there. Denmark still with that high very eager, anxious


stroke that they've got there. Great Britain looking very calm.


Look at the nice swing back that they have as they hit the front.


The British crew getting into a lovely rhythm there. Quite


sustainable, but look at the noise around there. Don't know where to


look for the next challenge. You can't write off Denmark in lane six.


Closest to us. They get up on their rate, there are 38 strokes per


minute, they'll take that through to the last 250. You lack at the


British crew, they are at 36 and a half strokes a minute but they look


so much more in control and looser and longer than the Dane who is're


closest to us. The Great Britain four is looking extremely good now


as they take three quarters of a length from Switzerland and come


into the last 500. Couldn't be going any better for


the British quartet in the final of the men's Lightweight coxless four.


They have led and dominated this middle 1,000. Now they are in a


position just to step on and step on they are, because Denmark in


lane six starting to push hard. France also in five. The world


champions in lane four. Here they come, Australia also starting their


charge for the line. This is a stunning performance from the


British four. Look, they've got clear water now on the field on the


world champions. Remember still, China to come who were first in


Lucerne. Remember also we've got South Africa to come, but this is a


fantastic result at the moment here for Great Britain in what is a most


competitive event. It's usually just a blanket finish, but they are


dominating this field. 250 through to the line. Now the British crew


building up. Australia, the world champions, failed to qualify for


the final at Lucerne three weeks ago. They found a bit more form


here, the Australians are coming and with them the chasing world 175


metres out from the line. The British though have just stretched


it out on the length. The boat's running beautifully. 75 out from


the line. The world is coming back at the British four, but Great


Britain looking strong. Still 37 strokes a minute when everybody


else is up at 40. This is a very, very mature performance. Up to the


line, the British crew have done their job, job well done. Gold for


Great Britain, silver for Australia and we'll wait for confirmation of


Denmark coming through in bronze position. They pat themselves on


the back and rightly so. Perfect. That was exceptional, a beautifully


executed race. They sat in the middle of the pack to halfway,


pushed on and looked so effortless about it. They had length, ease and


everybody else was looking under pressure and moving faster, Great


We began this programme by talking about this Regatta offering crew as


a chance to make a statement. That was a statement that was underlined


by that crew? Very much so. That's the first time they've been able to


line up this year in the selected format. They've been carrying a few


injuries. They came third last year which they were very, very


disappointed with, because they were world champions from the year


before and to win that in that sort of depth of field as the


Lightweight fours are, by as much as that is hugely impressive.


have been used to that race being a blanket finish over and over again.


That was almost like any other race. You had a blanket finish apart from


one crew and to this close to the Games in that event, that will


boost their confidence no end. That's put a very big smile on my


face. Sure has. Let's hope the Men's Eight with do that. Live to


Munich in a moment for that, but before that, the climax of the


before that, the climax of the Women's Eight's race.


Coming into the last quarter, 5070, 50 strokes. All the Coxs will be


making the calls. Canada, Romania, Great Britain. Final stages.


They'll have marked it down, they'll have worked the number of


strokes they need to be. Usually ten, 15, then go again. Canada now


looking to the right, looking to the left. The main challenge coming


from Netherlands in one. Coming from Romania in lane four. The


British still hanging on to the coat tails of the Romanian crew.


This is going to be over in the blink of an eye. Really thinking


about sprinting here now. It's all about speed. They are going to be


right up on the top of their game. There goes Romania. Pushing on into


second place. Moving faster than Canada. Canada have got it really.


Great Britain trying to get there level with Australia but it's not


going to quite work. But it's a very good second half from Great


Britain. One last push from Great Britain may well see them sneak a


bronze and Caroline O'Connor in the driving seat in the Cox seat urges


her women on here. There's a bronze on here for Great Britain as they


push harder against the Romanian crew. Canada now in first place


stretching out. Romania in second and the British have come in to


third position. We are looking right to the line. There it is now.


Canada can hold on for the gold. Romania come through in silver and


as the crews come charging to the line, it will be bronze for Great


Britain and a valiant effort in that last 50 metres. Well earned


Great Britain. A good step as they head towards the Olympic Games.


What a great confidence booster there. That last 600, 700 metres,


they really flew. They flew back from fifth to third. Get a bronze


there, we've got the US to come back into this mix but that puts


Great Britain really in the hunt for a podium finish in London.


Great effort. Well done the whole crew for pulling that together


A great bronze medal there for Great Britain. That certainly was a


good race. In the double scull final we head two macro crews in


final we head two macro crews in this. The race was actually won by


New Zealand, one of the powerhouse nations in rowing. Katherine


Copeland and Sophie Hosking coming in in 4th position. And


confirmation there of New Zealand's victory. The British crews came 4th


victory. The British crews came 4th and 6th in that race. What is your


overall take on the way the British teams have performed overall?


think a little more positive than three weeks ago in Lucerne. I came


away from the results they're quite disappointed. Some of the boats


have not really take bridge down from the event three weeks ago. The


lightweight men's double, they have some serious thinking to do about


how to turn around their performance. And Alan Campbell has


to look at his performance as well. He needs to get back to where he


was before. But then the strong bones, the Women's Pair, the


women's double, looking really very strong. Across all three regattas,


it is a pretty good base working towards the Olympic Games.


Definitely. Not all the countries are there, so it is the next ones


that are really important. The last one, of Munich this year, is really


the Test and where every country that is there is really testing


themselves. So it is a whole series of good events. And the Men's Eight


still to come. The women's doubles, doing really well. You want to add


some gold medals there. That is what they will want. It definitely.


These are just stepping stones to the big ones. When I became Olympic


champion the first time I was told, you're world champion for a one-


year but you are the Olympic champion for life and that sums it


up. Let's go back 20 years, fired long Olympic Games ago. The


brothers are standing proudly on top of the podium.


The Searles have youth and vigour and a steely determination.


John Inverdale introduces the action from the World Cup rowing regatta in Munich. It is the last chance for a hugely talented British squad to test themselves against their rivals before the London Olympics, where GB are tipped to beat their Beijing medal haul of six. Early season form augers well for Britain, who will want to reinforce the message that they are the team to beat this summer.

Names to watch out for in Munich include lightweight double sculls pair Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter, who are reigning Olympic and world champions, plus double sculls duo Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins, who were unbeaten together last year. Grainger will be especially keen to claim gold this summer, having had to settle for silver at the three previous Olympics. The men's coxless four, a category Britain have dominated at Olympic level, will also be intriguing, given Team GB rejigged their line-up earlier this year.

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