Eton Dorney Rowing World Cup

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John Inverdale presents live coverage from finals day at the second World Cup regatta of 2013, held at Eton Dorney. With commentary from James Cracknell and Garry Herbert.

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memories. You do not need me to tell you what happened here on that


unforgettable week last summer. one week last summer, this was our


water. The final chapter of what has been a remarkable story. They were


our medals. We want them. If you want them, come and get them. The


British are coming. Blood, sweat, tears. Hours of preparation in the


gym. On the water. The crowd will lift you up. Our stories. Dreams do


come true. Our rowers. Our summer. We have done it, and we have done it


in style. The sporting can still never stops


turning. You're only as good as your next race. Some have jumped off and


some will carry on spinning till the next Olympics. This year, the


programme began with the World Cup regatta in Sydney and there was


British success there. Welcome to the first World Cup of


2013. It is a new start for all the screws. It is the long road to


really de Janeiro. From start to finish, it is almost perfection for


Great Britain. Fantastic stuff for 2013. Great


written get the gold. -- Great Britain.


With coats and scarves and flasks, the legacy of London 2012 has


written large with sell-out crowds all the way down the bank said Eton


Dorney. 324 days ago, Katherine Grainger won her gold medal here.


Not that she is counting. It is true, I am still happy. It is great,


on a smaller scale, to see so many people here. It has not been the


easiest conditions to be in the crowd but they are just as loud as


they have always been. I had a massive queue to get in. You


mentioned the conditions. There is a race coming down behind this at the


moment but the conditions will be material to deciding who wins the


races. It is very challenging. There have been crosswinds which could


mean that every lane will be different. And it plays havoc with


your hair. I wish I could shave at all. These are some of the people we


will be focusing on over the next couple of hours. After that first


gold medal 13 gigabytes last summer, we meet Helen Glover's new partner,


Polly Swann. This boat is well-established and we both have


one goal that we want to achieve. He is the gentle giant of the men's


want. Charles Cousins is making a" funny men's team. There is no reason


why we cannot deliver and live up to the expectation. And we will catch


up with some familiar faces, including this woman announced her


retirement from rowing earlier this week. The first gold medal last year


was obviously Helen Glover and Heather Stanning. Heather Stanning


is in Afghanistan on duty with the British Army. Helen has a new


partner in the boat, Polly Swann. She began her international career


in Sydney in emphatic style. It was great fun. The lake was beautiful. I


have never been to Australia. A fabulous job for Helen Glover and


Polly Swann. Over the line in first place. I did not expect to get a


gold medal in my first international event. It was a big shock. But


certainly an enjoyable one. I enjoy racing. That is why I do the sport.


I often feel relaxed on the start line. If you are well prepared, you


know what you're going to do. deliver every stroke, you will


hopefully lick halfway down the track and be ahead. We were, and it


was quite surprising. The good thing about rowing in this boat is that it


is well-established. The coach and my partner have taken me on. We are


moving forward. We are trying to develop this boat and we are seeing


what we can achieve. Helen Glover believes she can get better and


better which is ominous for the rest of the field. Polly Swann is sitting


in front of her. She has been really good. She has made it easy for me to


come into the boat. She is relaxed about it and also, I can learn a lot


from her. Recently we did a personality assessment to see what


we are like. We both came out really competitively. That is funny. We


both want to beat everyone all the time. We have to be mindful of


that. We have two match personalities to make sure that we


will perform at our highest. We need to take a step back sometimes make


sure that our processes are going well to make sure that the boat was


at the fastest pace possible. We cannot just chuck the kitchen thing


at every thing. -- kitchen sink. Our at every thing. -- kitchen sink. Our


commentators for this racer Jens commentators for this racer


The other way, it clean from Great Britain. We have three boats in this


six boat line-up. Helen Glover and Polly Swann inlay number six. It is


a bit of a slow start for them. No worries about that, they have


confidence in their own ability. They will just go through the race


plan. Yes, they may be slow off the start compare to the Germans, but


the Germans know that they will have to chase the Brits and the Kiwis.


The Brits have gone out faster than the other heat winners, New Zealand.


This German crew have been together for five years. They have never


challenged for the major medals at the world Championships are the


Olympic Games. Perhaps they are thinking that the next Olympics will


be their time. We are looking at the other Great Britain crew. They have


been talking about their chemistry. Erling Dorris, when they were put


together before the Sydney World Cup, they gelled quite nicely. They


knew they were getting on before they had to do anything else.


Everything said that the relationship would be successful.


They are talking about their personalities being very similar. I


would want to know how I read the end the few hours before the race.


Matthew Pinsent would motivate himself in a very different way from


me. When we spoke to each other before a race, we would leave each


other to get on with our preparation. China on inlay number


one. Weird in the last 100. They are stretching it out. They are finding


a rhythm. That is the mark of a class crew. They have gone into a


long, loose rhythm and that is seeing them through the second 500.


The German crew will be going hard, as will New Zealand. They are


looking nice and easy. They are doing that from the position of


being a length up with the boats in a line behind them. The other teams


will be in a battle and they can sit and watch that. Sadistic. Helen


Glover and Polly Swann. We are through the halfway mark. They have


the all important Clearwater. We would expect New Zealand to come


harder in the closing stages. Traditionally the smaller New


Zealand boats have that driving the last part of the sprint finish.


Helen Glover has all the experience on her shoulders. She needs to keep


an eye on the boat and Lane five. The New Zealand crew have a two-time


world champion. There is a lot of grudge matches going on in this.


real advantage for any New Zealand women's pair is that they get to


train with the New Zealand men's pair. That is the most dominant boat


in all of rowing. To learn from such a dominant pair will be very helpful


for them. The New Zealand pair will not be happy with the distance they


are behind the British boat. But if New Zealand can start to Clydebank,


you never know. The second British boat inlay number two. Both of these


crews will end up in the women's eight. There is no women's eight


event that this regatta. There were not enough entries. That is why we


will see two other British crews in this event. It is sad, but that is


the reality of the post-Olympic year. People may be taking a year.


The reef forming for a three-year into Brazil. The bigger boats are


harder to fill. That is not taking anything away from the British crew


who are really handing it to New Zealand. While you were talking, I


was just watching. Helen Glover and Polly Swann did not take any more


distance from New Zealand. New Zealand are starting to TrackBack on


the British crew. Perhaps it was confidence, knowing that they have


something in the bag. The British crowd are on their feet. They are


starting to see a bit of a race. Here come the Kiwis. The Kiwis are


coming, but especially for Helen, she has a record to maintain. She


does not want this to be her first trip back to where she won the gold


medal and to come home with the silver medal. It is still a decent


margin, but they want to be moving away. We are heading towards the


line. The right boats is firing on all cylinders, but look at the


difference between Great Britain and New Zealand. Great Britain are being


efficient with the power. They are pushing on through to the finish.


Every bit of power they are pushing on is moving the boat. As we come up


to the line, it will be a gold medal or Helen Glover -- it will be a gold


medal for Helen Glover and Polly Swann. No doubt about it on the


line. The British pair continue their winning ways. They are looking


as though they are coming together. as though they are coming together.


What was it being back? It has been amazing. I did not expect this much


of a crowd. It just feels like Eton Dorney is the place to be for


rowing. Britain is doing us proud in the way that they can do these


events. How hard the conditions? This morning we went for a paddle


and we thought, I do not what everyone is making a big deal about,


but actually, it is quite challenging. Topless through the


last 500 metres. We had a decent lead for a bit. The Kiwi girls were


doing everything they could then putting the whole kitchen sink in


there to try and fight back. To deal with the conditions, we had to stay


on top of it and not make any mistakes. We had to keep it


contained. We were both quite confident that we would be able to


deal with any charges that they were going to put us. It was good.


will speak to a lot of people over the next couple of hours he decided


that last year, enough was enough. When you have had a race like that,


do you think, that is why want to carry on? Yes, you often think, why


am I doing this? But when you cross the line, you think, that his wife.


The training is a lot of fun. The hard work you put in, if you can


back up the hard work with a victory it makes it satisfying. How much


contact the have with Afghanistan? A bit. Heather has been phoning me. It


was my birthday last week and she managed to phone me. I think she


missing rowing. Did she say, you think you have got a tough? It is a


bit of a reality check. We are complaining about the wind but she


is out in Afghanistan in the dangerous conditions there.


Congratulations. From two women in a boat today to two women in a boat


yesterday. It seems like yesterday to them that there is an and


Catherine winning here. The sun was shining but that must be from the


archives, but with us here, Katherine Grainger as part of our


commentary team and here is mum to be, Anna Watkins. How about that.


What a difference one year makes. have to be honest, I thought that


latency would be nothing compared to racing out here on this lake and I


have been brought back down to earth with a very literal Bob! Do you miss


it? On a day like today. # a very literal bump. It is in our blood and


you see two boats side bias I do, you want to do it for them. Knowing


that very realistic, I could be in a boat but I am enjoying being on the


other side of the fence. Have you been on a boat at all in the past


nine months or so? About five times, we have been sculling once


since the Olympic final, only six weeks until it will be one year on.


One year ago, I can't imagine not rolling. It is funny how time gets


filled! Have you chosen the godparents? No. I am not sure who we


are looking at here! That is ages away. During the course of the year


and the build-up to last year, you almost lived in each other's


pockets. How much time have you spent together since last year?


enough, I would say. We almost deliberately meet up now. We are


both so busy doing different things and we get together in coffee shops


and put the world to rights as if we have never been away and discuss


world issues and banal things. you talk about the race at all? Or


have you left it on said -- left it and said -- left it not talked


about. There will always be that stuff that we don't talk about and


the shared emotions that we now so well between us. But we are also


rowing geeks. If that is the case, can you foresee the day when you are


backing the competitively together? There is a leading question! For me,


I have to see how things are in the autumn and if I did get back in a


boat, I would like to be the one we were in because that is the best


boat have ever had the pleasure and privilege to be in. I am finding it


hard to see beyond September at the moment. That got Catherine out of


having to answer that question! Me everything the as easy as it can


possibly be over the next through three weeks. Back to the action, the


men's quadruple. They won for the first time in Sydney and the heart


of this boat is a giant and a gentle giant at that.


COMMENTATOR: the last ten strokes, we are coming towards the finishing


line, back in fifth place, Germany are the other big champions, holding


an two Croatia and Great Britain. A brave and valiant effort from our


British boys. I am proud of what I achieved. Making the final but maybe


not winning a gold has made me think that possibly loses train harder. I


do not think of myself as a loser but I have not achieved the goal I


set out so that has given me a burning desire with all the hard


hours I am putting in through the winter and they are all to try and


achieve that. I have set out to win gold. A stronger unit coming up to


be lying now, you will see the punch in the air, Great Britain over the


snow in March, it was chaos and over there, we had 30 degrees sunshine so


a brilliant trip, the rowing was also awesome and finishing with a


gold at the end of the regatta, that is a big step on for British crew


sculling. That is what we will be winter. I think my approach from


training has worked quite well. I stayed pretty calm and I have got


personal bests on the ergos. We have got two new guys in, Peter Lambert,


he's always in a good mood and some of us can get quite negative but you


will never see Pete angry or upset, he always gives eight cool head and


it is great having that in the boat. Graeme Thomas who is very confident


in his ability is, regardless of how things are going. He always believes


he can do well and that rubs off on the best of us and Sam Townsend is a


very established scholar in the British set up so he is a brilliant


guy to have in the middle of the boat. There is no reason why we


can't deliver and live up to that expectation that has been put on us.


I believe that we are getting more persistent in training and hopefully


we can show that when it comes to Australia, the Netherlands,


watch in this final. -- lanes five Australia in one, Netherlands and


then Croatia, and then the Olympic champions, Germany, in line five.


Autotest for great return as they go into the second World Cup of the 20


13th series. They are up against the other big champions. -- the 2013


series. A big test for Peter Lambert, Charles Cousins, Sam


Townsend and Graeme Thomas in the bow seat. Croatia in lane three as


well. James, four of the top five scholars, a big combination.


expectations by Great Britain have never won a medal at a World


Championships or Olympics in the quadruple sculls. We don't have a


great pedigree in it, the Germans do and the Croatians do have and also


lots to prove because they got a silver here in 2012 at the Olympics


and they felt they should have won and so they will want to show that.


And then we have got the best lane. Looking at Estonia in lane number


four, out in the middle of the course, the lanes were redrawn this


morning due to wind conditions which found great Germany and Great


Britain two of the fastest qualifiers for a final in lane five


and six at the angle is slightly deceptive but what is worrying is at


the moment is that Great Britain are significantly down on Germany. The


Olympic champions, the first time coming up against them in a World


Cup series. A big man now for the British crew to get back on terms in


the early stages. Look at the water. They are fighting conditions as well


as cruise. For the men's quadruple, it is the second fastest boat behind


the men's eight and you need to be in it to win it and they are being


shoved out the back door at the moment and they need to the deep


because the average speed of these boats is incredibly high. And the


Germans have done enough and you have to be in it at halfway. This is


looking horrible now for Great Britain in lane number six because


Croatia are inching just a couple of feet ahead of Germany in lane number


five, remember Germany are the other big champions, Croatia are the


Olympic silver medallists from this course last year. A big grudge match


out front in this final of the men's quadruple sculls.


Croatians won the World Cup in 2012 will stop this is the halfway mark,


two boat out clear at front, Germany and Croatia. Estonia are in amongst


it, Great Britain are back in fourth position. 5.38 seconds, that is the


time difference between Croatia going over the line and Germany at


the halfway mark. That is a big step and a big demand for Great Britain


on the front of it. Now Great Britain focusing on Estonia, getting


into the medal area. We want them on the podium and they must focus on


bronze at this stage. They need to image they way back and then you get


third, then second and first. The Croatians won the World Cup in 2012


but lost the Olympics. And although they came second in the Olympics, in


their heads, they are better than Germany and that is what they will


try to show today and take that through to the World Championships.


This is brutal out front now by Croatia in lane number three and


Germany in lane five, the Olympic champions being demolished here in


the middle 1000 metres. Croatia have just eased out, a big push from


them. Three quarters of a length on the Olympic champions and that is


worrying for Great Britain because it moves a bit more difference


between first and fourth place where Great Britain currently are. We are


now into the last quarter of this final by half a length, it is


Germany behind Croatia. Estonia in the third and Great Britain...


have alone. -- they have alone.They will not be on the podium and they


could be in danger of being of the podium -- off the podium. Either one


of them has blown up, totally run out of steam or they have caught a


crab which is where you lose control of your oar. That acts as a


handbrake on the boat but they are racing for pride at the moment


rather than a medal. Very worrying for Great Britain. Looking like


something has happened in the middle 1000 metres out of camera shot but


look at the Croatians, when the blade goes in, they are pounding


through the water, and they are fighting on every stroke. This is a


real revenge match between the Olympic silver medallists, Croatia,


over the Olympic champions, the Germans. They are about five strokes


out from the line now and an important victory here for Croatia,


coming up to get the gold medal over the Olympic champions. The Germans


know they are defeated, silver for Germany, and here comes Estonia


getting the bronze medal and Great Britain just out in fourth place,


into fifth place. It will be back to the drawing board for the great


written quadruple sculls team. And the rejoicing Croatians. That meant


a lot to Croatia because they won the course but they feel they lost


their title. For the Brits, the top sculling boat and there is a reason


we have not ever won a medal for that and they need to look at


themselves and address that before going to be World Championships.


Great Britain, lots to do as we head towards Lucerne.


COMMENTATOR: this is a race from earlier on the train the New Zealand


pair of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, unbeaten in the run up to London.


They won a gold medal for the games, emphatic winners as you can


see again. Do you guys ever get British crew in the event! Some


people have decided up the Olympics, it was time to move on with the rest


of their life and others have decided they want to keep rubbing.


Did you go through that mental torture as well? -- keep rubbing. --


keep on doing the rowing. I guess we were quite lucky and we both have


made up our minds and we would carry on, it was a matter of trying to


work out exact what we are trying to achieve. Which is? That is still


what we are trying to work out. Rio on the horizon? We have the


World Cup series and then we have the World Championships every year


so there is a benchmark we can work towards and every few months you


have got something to work towards that that keeps it fresh and of


course and the back of your mind, there is so much that can happen


with water under the bridge and before that happens, cruise change,


people get injured and it is a lot of time but we just take it as it


comes, regatta by regatta and we try to keep on winning. They are an


extraordinary pair those two and apologies for moving them into the


squad when it should have been the coxless four. Want and Murray are so


dominant, they almost cast a shadow over the whole of that discipline.


Yes, it turns into two different races. The opposition is not making


any impact and then you have the race for silver medal which becomes


the big one. Other countries think and what is the point of putting our


best people against them and move them into another crew. It almost


leaves the way clear for as long as they want to keep competing. That is


one of the effects, if you dominate to that event, you scare people out


where the gold medals are available in other events. But on the other


hand it becomes the ultimate scalp to get. That is the influence that


you managed to exert in your discipline. For a while, you felt


that you have the psychological advantage to such an extent that


nobody else was coming up against you. We were inspired by Matthew


Pinsent and Steven Redgrave. If you put people off, and you have people


in the start line not knowing if they can beat you, if they come


behind you, they think that is what should happen and so they don't


challenge you in the same way. book is coming out in a few weeks'


time, but you have not finished it yet, you need to get a shift on!


have to choose some photos for it! It is pretty much there, it has been


a fun time going back down memory lane. And you have written it.I


have. It is quite hard. It was my choice, I insisted that it must be


my own hand and I have enjoyed it but it still seems strange seeing my


name on the shelves. I am sure it will be a bestseller. Let's go back


down to some of the events earlier on today because we have been racing


here for a couple of hours, this is the women's lightweight double


sculls. Look at the breeze bringing the water down. Sweden at online


for. Sweden are starting to take it on. This is the event at Sophie


Hosking one for Great Britain. They may have been a bit of a surprise


last year. They really tweak -- Mary Lee got it together in their


training camp, they came to the Olympics on fire. Different boats


will have gone off that different intensities. The second part is


wedded really starts to hurt. The third quarter of the race is


absolutely crucial. You will see the crews that have got their diet


right. These girls have two Wien. They will push on in the second


half. It is going to get very tight. How hard will it be for Sophie


Hosking's partner to come back into it after video? Physically it will


not be that hard if she keeps yourself in shape. The hardest thing


will be if one of these crews become successful. It is hard to force your


way back into a winning crew. your team is already winning, it is


hard to fight your way back in. Germany have a leader over a great


written. -- Germany have a leader over Great Britain. Porter Middle


1000 metres they have had. They have kept good form and composure.


Germany are looking long and relaxed. Great Britain are looking a


little bit scrappy. Sweden are pushing on hard. They are a little


scrappy, they have come back from Sweden. The Germans have responded.


They know that they have a lot to live up to on this course. It is


definitely one for Great Britain number one. It is about 250 until


the line. The Germans stay long. Great Britain are slightly shorter.


Stay long, girls. Keep the power going. 150 at it from the line. The


British girls are racing Sweden for second. Hopefully they will get the


Swedes and that will bring them up to the Germans. Ten strokes, you can


count them to the line. The Germans have done enough, driving to the


line. It is Germany over Great Britain. Great Britain have pushed


into silver medal position, but Germany are taking the gold medal.


Germany, Great Britain in the silver medal, and Sweden get the bronze


medal. That was a good effort, pitching in the last 200. They were


too far away from the Germans but they have plenty to build on as they


they have plenty to build on as they go to Lucerne.


Here are Richard and Peter Chambers in the main's lightweight double


sculls. The final is away. Great Britain in


the number six will be closest to us. Stop! They have stopped. What


has happened there? The seat has broken. They are turning around and


going back to the start. Great Britain are defending the Olympic


title, they are world champions. The title, they are world champions. The


British are not Mark Hunter is such a determined character. Now we are


coming into the closing stages. This will be about guts for Great


Britain. There are no too finer individuals than Zac Purchase and


Mark Hunter for adults. But look at Denmark. Denmark are pushing on


hard. Denmark's meeting ahead of Great Britain. Denmark for the


Olympic gold and Great Britain for the silver medal. We give it


everything, we tried everything. We wanted to win so badly. Sorry to


everyone we have let down. Emotions, when you know these people, and you


know them pretty well, it is pretty know them pretty well, it is pretty


hard being here. Memories. Mark Hunter, hello. Hello. Do not tell me


you have got that on a DVD and you watch it every week? It took me a


long time to watch it. I do not watch it all the time. The emotions


are still too raw from what happened. As you saw from the


footage, we give everything we had that day. We can be proud of the


race we put together but it is not what we went out to achieve. We will


see the brothers race in a second. But let's talk about it. You are, if


you like, at the scene of the crime. When you drove here today, where the


memories fresh in the mind? Mixed emotions. This is the first time I


have been zero when there has been an event on. You get the shivers


down your spine and you see the different flags up. The difference


nations, the different boats. It is nice to be doing the commentary and


having a bit of fun with it. When you look at the way that you reacted


at the end of that race, and I am sure people speak to about it the


whole, random people, they say, I was crying with you. The way that


you touch the nation, does that still shock you and surprise you?


Definitely. The drama of the finish. Asked being on -- and being on


camera in tears. It seems to have stuck in the memory. In our eyes, we


feel like we V went down. We still feel like that. But it is nice to


hear people say, it was great to see you do your best. You do have an


Olympic gold medal from Beijing, so you have got one in the bag, but


your place in the pantheon of sport is greater for having come second


and for having one. Maybe it is the power of television. It is bizarre.


The emotions that come out of the Olympics are quite unique and


special. You get that sense of excitement of seeing the flag being


raised. The athletes are going out to win and do not quite get there.


You see the devastation in their eyes. That is what people were


touched by. It meant a lot to us not to win a gold medal. We will let you


go back to five live and your commentary. We will now see today's


race featuring B Chambers brothers The Chambers brothers going lame


number four. There are three boats with brothers and them here. Watch


for lane five and Lane six. They are the crews that are really faster,


giving the qualification process through the regatta. We cannot


discount Peter and Richard Chambers. They are ready of quaking the first


100 metres. -- they are already very quick in the first 100 metres.


Richard Chambers and his brother are just taking it on. They are taking


on formidable racers. They are Olympic silver medallist from last


year. This is the top boats in the men's lightweight team going into


2013. Yes, they are a top boat. They feel that this course owes them.


They felt that they were in an unfair Lane at the last Olympics.


That cost them a gold medal. Because they did not win their semi-final,


they are in the third-best lanes here. But they are leading the World


Cup. Great Britain from Norway, over Germany. The British crew will


really want to think about stretching out, getting good rhythm.


They have the confidence to know that in a pressure situation, this


is the first time they have raised that World Cup level in the double


sculls. All going well. They can push it on in the second 500,


despite the tricky conditions. Norway are hounding them in Lane


five. They have not got cleared of Great Britain in Lane four. Norway


and Austria will be the crews that Britain have to watch. The


differences that they can watch Norway, but at the moment, Norway


cannot watch them. They are out of the peripheral vision. It is like


running round the track and sitting on someone's shoulder. The


Norwegians will be feeling the pressure. They can lean on them.


Every little bit of pain the Chambers brothers are feeling, the


Norwegians will be feeling more. Austrians were under 23 gold


medallists in this event last year. The Chambers brothers will expect


big things. This is the next big step up from the under 23 programme.


We are at the halfway mark in the final of the men's lightweight


double sculls. Britain have had a good first thousand metres. It is


all about consolidating. It is a real level playing field here so you


would expect the chasing crews to come up in this last 500. The third


one is the danger zone in this event. Yes, the third 500 is a


danger zone in any race. Anyone can go fast in the first half but in the


second half, that is when the big boys come out and the difference


between the heavyweight and the lightweight category is there are no


boys, they are all the same size. The same amount of power, pretty


much the same lung capacity. It is very close between Poland, Norway


and Austria but the brothers are just watching the race behind them.


With the wind and the redraw of the lanes, Poland up in number three,


having the better second place here so they starting to push on to the


stern of the British crew. difference between lightweight and


heavyweight rowing is they all have to weigh in and unlike boxes the way


in the night before, they weigh in just two hours before the start of


the race. Dehydration affects them in a unique way. Into the last


quarter now, Great Britain, Poland and Norway, the surprise is that


Austria are languishing back in fourth position here. Looking at the


Austrian crew in lane number six. Of all the boats here, they would have


been the favoured crew. Poland pushing hard and Great Britain had


clear water coming into the last bit in the last 500, they had a big push


through the 1,000 and now they are starting to feel the pain, the


adrenaline in the legs, the lactic acid pulling up here and Poland are


tackling and yet they come. Poland have got a real pedigree, they have


been Olympic champions in the past because the wind is blowing down


because, it will be getting rough in the water as you get more tired and


that will lead to mistakes and mistakes will be big for those new


to the event and here come Poland. This is a desperate stage of the


race. On the far side, the crowd are really pushing them on. Poland will


get it. Norway in five, 100 out from the line, Poland will get it I


think. Once you start to fade, you can start to lose it and we could


lose second to Norway. The last five strokes, it is Poland who have taken


it from Great Britain, Poland over Great Britain and Norway take the


bronze medal. It was a desperate dash for the last 100, they were


holding an in the British crew but Poland in Lane number three drove


harder and harder and that is what they have got. Victory today for


Poland. Surprise for Chambers and the brothers who have their heads


down, breathing really hard. That shows you the immense pressure that


they were under in that closing JOHN INVERDALE: a different


competition but the same pictures of utter exhaustion, that was earlier


on today, and we will hear from Chambers. This is live on the water,


this is what Katherine one last as this early race develops. The


final of the women's double sculls and a real opportunity for Frances


Houghton to step up into Katherine Grainger's shoes. Disappointment at


the Olympics with silver medals and now she is the elder stateswoman in


the team if you will and this is perhaps her chance. She also has the


smaller medals which I got her satisfaction to this point but the


reality is, she has every tool in her locker to be on the podium in


Rio. She is a phenomenal athlete. She is six foot four, the same


height as most of the guys walking round and that... I stand well away


from her when I am talking to her! She has every tool in her locker but


it is the six inches between the ears where she needs to get it out


from and there is no doubt that the physical side is there, under


pressure, she needs to deliver the goods and they have gone up


strongly. Hopefully this. A good four years for her. Looking at the


crews coming up to the 500 marker, the stroke seat of the Finnish


couple of relative of another champion, a real David angle I


battle previously. A great pedigree in this crew. But they are off the


pace here. China in Lane number four, in amongst it all as well.


Watch out for the Chinese and you think about the Chinese crew, the


owl girl, she was silver medallist in the lightweight event last year #


the tail wind is blowing down the course, it will be to their


advantage. And the headwind will slow up the boats, it would be


harder for the smaller crew in that case but the good thing is that the


Brits are matching them for speed and significantly ahead of the


Germans at this point. This is where the Brits need to dig in and then


start showing the strength that they have in that boat. Ireland in Lane


number two, a new combination this year. Kennedy in the stroke seat of


the Irish crew, she was at the European Championships last year,


third in the eight represented Great Britain swapping over now to


Ireland. A good start for Great Britain in the first half of this


women's double sculls heavyweight final. China scurrying along in Lane


four. Let's see what happens as we get towards the halfway line. The


third quarter is when the crews will push on. Great Britain in second


place but they went through the line there, I think the caption is


wrong, they went through in first place, China in a much lighter boat


being pushed by the tailwind. We would expect Germany who are lagging


behind a bit to would have pretty good form here. Lots of form in the


German crew as well. They are very strong and you were right about the


fact that the Chinese are scurrying along, you cannot do that for two


kilometres. The Danish crew are looking long and relaxed that they


are in a worse Lane but they are really encouraging things for


Frances Houghton and Victoria, the interesting thing is that the


Germans looked like they are struggling. Some dynamism from the


British crew, and they know that if they get to the next timing mark,


then you are really laying it on and Great Britain are now poised and


started to move and you can see the rate coming up and they feel that


600 out from the line, they really now just have to take it on and take


it against China. Compared to China, they have got another gear. The


Brits are running low and it is up to them to shift an ant move into


fourth or fifth gear. At the moment, they looked more relaxed, they are


taking fewer strokes a minute but now in the last quarter is where


they need to kick on and they are half a second down but I think they


will eat that up. We are coming into the area where the crowd are on


their feet, it is like an additional person in the boat. It will not be


lost on Great Britain given that this is the home of the Olympic


Games from last year and Frances Houghton, disappointment last year,


she was sixth in the quadruple sculls here am trying to put things


right this time round but keeping it long and relaxed but unbelievable


the Chinese crew continue to lead out front here and Germany in Lane


number six really struggling. This is going to get to a brutal fight.


Great Britain have to keep the fight up. The wind is picking up and you


can see the water getting choppy. China have hit a buoy so that has


been gifted to Great Britain now, they have to keep it clean because


they are now slapping the water. is getting rough because the wind is


blowing with them. The more time on the rather it gets. The Chinese have


been put under pressure and the Danish are now putting the Brits


under pressure. Ten strokes here, long, clean strokes, that is what it


is about. Denmark in Lane number three are pushing back up to the


line. It will be Great Britain getting the gold medal. Great


Britain when from Denmark, half a length and China coming up to the


line now will get a bronze medal, such disappointment for the Chinese


crew who were really in amongst it but they were looking all the all


over the place. Victory for Frances Houghton and Vicky Meyer-Laker. It


could be a very good combination for the British team. When the Chinese


were looking over at the Danish group, they thought they will work


past the Brits and they looked over and then they hit a buoy and ended


up getting rowed out by a long way. Frances Houghton and Vicky


Meyer-Laker in this double sculls looking to step in to the issue is


perhaps of Katherine Grainger, they have done a good job of setting off


JOHN INVERDALE: interesting race, that. Not least because this is the


next generation but, Katherine, they are the successors to your crown. We


will talk about then soon because they will be coming in soon. For


those not experienced with the racing, explain what happened to the


oar does not come out of the water cleanly, it can catch the wave


again. It was the girl in the bow seat, happened and the speed you are


going, the blade gets stuck in the water and you get locked in and


can't move. I don't know if we can see this in super slow motion. The


blade has not come out clean, go straight back in the water and then


the person in front of you try to take the next row and you block it.


Our cameras can see, the impact that the wind is having on the water, it


is not exactly white horses but this is by no means flat, calm


conditions. So the potential... What is that, that is about of a foot


variation for the waves on the water, it is very easy for the blade


to catch the top of the water. this level of intensity of racing,


it brings in an extra variable. Rather than just worrying about the


crews around you, you have to be careful of your technique. If you


are suddenly watching other people, you might take your mind off your


own job. That is what was being alluded to in the commentary.


Glancing across, and you forget what your job is. And it is so tough. If


your boat stops dead like that, there is no coming back. I can see


that Frances Houghton is joining us she is almost the eldest stateswoman


of the team. What is your appreciation of her? She has been


through the past four Olympic Games, multiple World Championships, some


great titles behind her name and it has been a real constant presence


for over a decade and that gives a lot of confidence to people coming


in to race with her. Who has had a few injuries to deal with and


whatever sport it might be, that is often so hard because it is often


easy to say that you can't put up with it but she has battled through


it. And injuries can go a couple of ways, it can cause self-doubt and


questioning yourself and if you want to come back again, it can be tough


but on the other hand, it is sometimes getting an injury which


means you can change your training which can be ideal to vary what you


do, sometimes in rehab, people are better than they have ever been


because they have a chance to try variety in training. You had one


year on your own as a single sculler, but did that renew your


enthusiasm? Yes, after the disappointment of Beijing, it was


good to try something fresh and different and I missed my team-mates


and company and it was a very different personal challenge for me


and I learned loads from it. Like any of these girls will do. Francis


will be learning that as well, every different crewmate, you learn


constantly about the different skills you pick up and that is when


you put it together and cope with the conditions will stop I can see


that the girls are heading our way now. Katherine has offered a glowing


eulogy to your longevity. I will keep going as long as I enjoy it. I


really enjoy it. This is a bit shambolic. Just move over there.


Talk about how hard it is getting a relationship on the what with a new


partner? It has been incredibly easy. We get on really well and it


has gelled really nicely. It is a project, the two of us. It is really


nice to have her freshness. Sometimes she says, I think you are


talking rubbish, and I right, I am talking rubbish. It is so rough out


there. I think it is quite a shock to the Chinese. It was a great


victory? Brilliant, write to the line. We had to keep our heads and


Steelers. We just pushed through, inch by inch. What is your take on


what they might achieve? I thought it was fantastic. In the Sydney


World Cup, you were leading for so long and you just lost it at the


end. It is experience, forming new partnerships and learning the


intensity of the full 2,000-metre course. This was really tight over


the whole distance. It is a brilliantly earning experience.


Having the confidence when they are there to stick at it and know your


own strengths. That is it. It must be reassuring having someone like


that sitting with you. It is a massive confidence boost. Many


congratulations. Great to have another British victory on this


lake. We will see you in the world Championships. Let's go back live to


four. It is a good line up here. Japan in one, Poland into. Great


Britain in four. Denmark and five and New Zealand and lane number six.


Attention. They're away cleanly, first time, in this event. The crew


average cannot exceed 70 kilograms. The board closest to us is New


Zealand. They were winners in Sydney back in March. This is a new


combination from Great Britain. Great Britain were Olympic silver


medallists on this course last summer. They were pipped by South


Africa under slightly controversial conditions from the British point of


view. It is a big day for the newly formed crew. This is always a great


event, because with the weight distribution, all the crews are the


same weight, but it is a fiercely competitive event. Yes, competitive,


is specially from a British point of view. There is one remaining member


from London. His memory of this course is not a good one. Next to


them is the Danish crew. It has such pedigree and experience in this


event. New Zealand rowing is going through a purple patch. There are


the leaders from the first World Cup and they will want to maintain that


form. It should be in a salute cracker, but Britain will want to


come away from here with something other than a minor medal. Not much


in it. 500 metres gone. A new combination from Japan. They have


been knocking around at various world cups and world Championships.


They have been in the B and C finals so we would not expect them to be


challenging at the top end of medals. The Polish crew were 13th at


the Olympic Games last year. Austria RMA number three. There are mixed


combination from different events. We're looking at New Zealand. They


are closest to us. There will be two races in this event. At the back of


the field will be Japan, Poland and Austria, the others will be at the


front. We looked like we could be stuck between the two races. It is


imperative in the middle part of this raise that they keep it clean.


The waves are uptight, they are getting choppy water. It is about


maintaining good technique. That will bode well as we come to the


closing stages. At the halfway stage, New Zealand, Denmark, Great


Britain. Then Austria. Not a lot between the four crews. Three of


this Danish crew were Olympic bronze medallist. Their traditional style


is to hit 38. There like a machine. They are picked again for the final


sprint. -- the increase it again for the final sprint. The worrying thing


for Britain is that they are slipping into Norman's gland.


Britain or in the middle of that. They do not want to slip out. If New


Zealand and the Danes are racing each other, Great Britain will fall


further and further back. Right now, they have no one in the peripheral


vision. You can secrets looking over his shoulder to see where the Danes


have gone. They are fair way ahead, unfortunately. That is a good view


as the crews can towards the 1500 metre mark. Three quarters of the


race down. It is New Zealand by half a length. Denmark have opened up


clear over Great Britain. Great Britain are one length up and


Austria in lane three. Great Britain have a tradition of really pushing


hard. They will need to do that. They will want to get back on terms


with Denmark in five. New Zealand are managing to hold the watcher


pretty well in lane six. The water is not looking good in this last


quarter. This is about quality rowing. The races faster because the


wind is with them. They have not got time to come back. New Zealand has a


big enough margin over Britain that are not going to get caught by the


Brits. But they do not have enough, the Danes, to totally relax. Look at


this, you can see the water coming off. We are the desperate part of


the race. 150, it is all about clean rowing. The Danes are sticking it


in. They are pushing hard. Locate the gap that is opening up. The


Danes are pushing hard. They are going to come through, perhaps not.


New Zealand are holding. Photo finish. It is so hard, on the line.


It looked to me as though New Zealand were just pipped on the


line. It was so desperate, keeping their heads in the boat. What a


race, it has lived up to the expectations. It was highly


competitive. Disappointment for Great Britain because they were not


in the final sprint. It was the middle part of the race were they


lost it. The middle 1000 metres. New Zealand and Denmark take time and


New Zealand held on. I think the Danes should have started a sprint


earlier and they could have got it. They held it together really well.


But that is not much use if you just feel. You may as well have lost by a


lot. It will be a long time before they come back here for a world


championship. All these races for a great written are about laying


ghosts to rest. Looked how close it at the World Cup so far. Dramatic


stuff. Tiny margins, the difference between victory and defeat. It might


be awhile before the crew come in. We keep saying, these are


transitional stages and things like that. That is a brand-new four that


have been put together. What is your take on how they perform? They will


take a lot from it, but they will be disappointed. You want to at least


in the race. Runs medal is fantastic in their first event. The men's


lightweight four is a competitive event. Traditionally, tiny margins


make the difference. Reminders what happened last year, Chris Bartley.


Last year, we had not quite as well conditions as this. There was


definitely variable wind conditions and the lanes were redrawn. This


event was one of the events that was affected by that. It was a very


tight finish. It was a brand-new event for a first -- for a fantastic


South African four that blew the runaway in the final sprint. The


South Africans the title. It is the nature of outdoor sport that it is


outdoors. The weather is always a factor. But for all the big regattas


that have been held here, the wind has been a key element, with lots of


races having to be rejoined, lots of finals having to be redrawn. It is a


fantastic course, beautifully set out, that with commend the support.


World Cup regattas do not normally get support like this, but is there


an intrinsic fault with the way the course has been laid out, that it is


always subject to cross winds. It is an outdoor sport. Everyone expects


different things. We have been unlucky in that the major events we


have held that Eton Dorney have been affected by the wind. If it is a


direct tailwind, which it was in 2006, it is not unfair, it just


makes for fast conditions. That makes it a good course in its own


right, records are broken. But when it comes from the side, it is the


last thing you want as an athlete. You do not want decisions made


depending on what lane you're in. I'm sure the organisers of the sport


will look at the crowds and say, irrespective of that, forgetting


people involved, for making an event at it, there are not many places


that can rival this. The crowds have been sensational. It is part of the


legacy of 2012. The warmup lake is separate from the racing late, the


whole set-up. It is fantastic. That is why it was the Olympic venue.


This is the first opportunity we have had from a rowing perspective


to speak about London's legacy. Do you get the impression that more


people are doing it, more people care about it? You do not just get


the impression, there are facts and figures. Every single rowing club I


have spoken to, they have waiting list that you cannot believe.


Getting people out on the water is hard. Everyone who has watched


rowing now wants to be part of it, which is great. We are joined by the


crew who came third. Alan Campbell is reeling to go at the far end of


the course, so excuse me for being brave. What is your take on that?


For our first final of the crew, I think it is a good starting block.


We will be able to take away stuff in the next three weeks. You're


still a bit out of breath, but the medal is a medal. Yes, we are


pleased to be on the podium. We had a good first thousand metres, but we


need the second thousand to get up with those crews. At what point in


the race did you realise that they had gone. It is difficult to say. We


were not focusing on them, we were trying to work on a perfect race. It


was not there today, but it is something to work on for Lucerne.


thought it was a pretty good effort. Chris is back from the Olympics and


he has had to take us down the course. We are new. I think a medal


is pretty good going. I hope we can do better in Lucerne. How did it


feel, coming back your? It was strange when we first building. But


after that, it is just Eton Dorney, we have been here 1000 times before.


It is good familiarity. Sorry for being so brief. We will head to the


far end of the course. Alan Campbell has been a stalwart of British


in lane number three, top-class medallist last year and Marcel


Hacker, one time world champion in this event, he was sixth last year


in the other big games so a good quality field here. Alan Campbell


sees this comeback as the first 44 years, he was fifth in 2008 and


third last year, a new coach, John West. Is he the guy to take him from


third up to the first place over the next four years? It is good he has


changed coach because his previous one, will Barry, had taken him from


starting rowing through to Olympic bronze medal and it is a bit like a


track of the old coach who coaches you from so young, you might need a


change of emphasis to move on. Alan took a fair bit of time off, he lost


the British trials for the first time in a long while and he is


getting back into form. He has still got his winter warmer so he has...


He is carrying a little bit? He has a little friend down his Lycra and


you don't want to carry anything extra because it is just one man in


the boat and every bit of extra weight you have to drag down the


course. And Ondrej Synek is a quality rower. And Marcel Hacker can


be incredibly good at all so incredibly ropey. If you can get


onto the second place all top on the podium, he will be doing very well.


The Bulgarian rower showing how difficult the conditions are here.


They are quite spread out here. Alan Campbell sitting in the middle of


your picture in Lane number three but up the top, the Norwegian rower


having a good start but the favoured lanes are five and six on this side.


Ondrej Synek, the Olympic silver medallist and one time world


champion. And my he tries to still hasn't shown his colours. -- at the


halfway mark, you have got Great Britain and Ondrej Synek from the


Czech Republic quite interesting that he is struggling. He had a


pretty good semi-final but he seems to be struggling now with the


conditions. Parties Alan Campbell, 30 years of age and phenomenal


belief in himself. But you need to have that as a single sculler.


Having won the British trial, not this year but having won it for a


few years, he can choose which one of the sculling boat he went in and


it is a difficult event because only one person from each country is


generally the best sculler so he is going into the toughest event but it


is against tough people and sitting there, looking very relaxed, he


backs himself and he is confident, it does not matter that he goes


through halfway in third place, he thinks he can get it but Alan has


moved on really well and he has got a traditional fast start and finish.


Right now, the change of coach to John West seems to be proving a


benefit in this difficult third quarter. Marcel Hacker, the German,


is having one of his worst days. Marcel Hacker is completely out of


the picture but this now, the pressure coming from the Bulgarian.


And Ondrej Synek who is like a shark, he comes along in the middle


1,000, biding his time. Now we will see some fireworks because we are


coming to the 1500 metres mark. Three quarters of the way through


this race. We just watch Ondrej Synek who has really come through


the pack here and all these guys will know. He is very relaxed. And


the difference between Campbell and Ondrej Synek is that he upped his


pace, Ondrej Synek. Whereas Campbell has a turn of speed. If Alan can


keep a level with him and to the last 200 metres, Alan will win but


if Ondrej Synek can get ahead of him, he will win. Alan Campbell will


be using the enthusiasm from the crowd but Ondrej Synek, the Olympic


silver medallist is now right level, they are eyeball to eyeball. A


little look... I think Ondrej Synek has got this. There the market, 25


structure maiming and Ondrej Synek is now going to sit up -- 25 strokes


remaining. A phenomenal season so far, this is good from Alan Campbell


though. Let's not knocking here, a silver medal in a high-quality event


in the single sculls. It just shows you how difficult, keep your calm,


keep your composure, Alan, you cannot lose the silver. 100 to go. A


little over ten strokes. Ondrej Synek but the Bulgarian has not


rolled over because he could sense and smell Alan Campbell... Marcel


Hacker is coming back as well and he could come back to second place.


the line, Ondrej Synek will be closed for second, Alan Campbell and


the Bulgarian gets the third and bronze medal and from out of


nowhere, Marcel Hacker who was languishing at the back of the field


had a blistering 250 metres into fourth place. That is how tough this


event is. A good solid performance from Alan who has kept himself out


of the team in the early part of this season but Ondrej Synek


continues to become the class sculler. From halfway, I thought he


might win it, Alan Campbell. He raced well. He produced a good,


steady performers but he has got enough minor medals, that will not


mean too much for him. Marcel Hacker needs a big kick up the bomb from


his coach because he should not be that fast in the last 500 metres.


You are down in the fertile, and then sometimes does not make the


final, you need to be consistent. is consistently inconsistent! A


finish. I think Alan Campbell will finish. I think Alan Campbell will


took some time off after the Olympics and came back a few steps


behind where he would usually be at the start and a tight finish to hold


this all the medal, not far behind Ondrej Synek, he will be pleased.


saw Alan almost catch a crowd there, and for somebody who is as


experienced as him, that does amplify how difficult the conditions


are. It is a reminder of how tough things are and the key thing in


these conditions is to try to stay as relaxed and smooth as possible.


Things become tense when the pressure is an ad it is the mental


side, can you keep it together when everything is coming under full


Russia? And barely 100 metres to go -- when you are coming under


pressure. Because the tailwind is happening, it will get rougher down


the course. And you are getting more tired. Hopefully we'll talk to Alan


Campbell in a moment but we showed you the men's lightweight double


sculls earlier on when the British crew and the Chambers Brothers


finished in second position and this is what Richard Chambers made of it


afterwards. How tough was that? Really hard work. We put ourselves


out there from the first stroke. We kept going and then as it got


choppy, in the last 250, we fell apart and then came through, the


muscles started cramping. Better than our semi-final yesterday, we


put ourselves out there to a decent lead. The last 250 metres is


something we can work on, we know we have got that speed until that


point. How hard is it when you see another crew inexorably going past


you when there is almost nothing you can do about it? Head in, heads


down, go, go, go, that is all you can do. We did not realise what


Holland and Norway had done, we knew it would be tight on the finish but


I didn't think we had won it but I didn't know what the result was. We


totally concentrated on it to keep here because I will just extricate


myself with this piece of cable here. Coming down to chat with Alan


because however many months it is on from the Olympics, Mr Campbell is


exhausted after all the energy is being put into it. Don't make me


cry! I do not have to sing the anthem for you. The conditions are


quick and you need to go for it. I got tied up at the end, I hit a bad


wave which upset my rhythm and I was coming in for a gold sprint. It


upset me a bit. -- for a good old sprint. These guys are good and big


and strong and it is life in the fast lane. Tiny margins as ever.


Yes, it is a tough event. Two Olympic medallists here, three on


the final from the Olympics. The Azerbaijan rower going over to the


other evident. Great to see you back in action, I am sure you will be


vertical again soon! Great to talk to you. Let's go back to another and


it going on earlier on today, the COMMENTATOR: through the 1500 metre


mark, 500 remaining of the final of the men's four, China out of the


picture, Romania in lane number three struggle at that position.


Australia looking pretty dominant in lane above five, the Olympics or the


medallists, two returning from that boat. Great Britain led by Nathan


Reilly in lane number six, and the crowd are starting to rise up, the


Eton Dorney raw going for Great Britain. The closing stages. They


are putting into second position, can they use the crowd to get the


overlap on the own Australian zoo they are chasing hard?


Australians will not want the overlap because they have something


to prove to themselves on this course as well as the British. You


don't want any British crew to get any confidence and although it is a


new British crew, their average age is higher than the Australian s' .


Australia and Great Britain coming down to this race for the line.


Great Britain firing everything, they are throwing everything at


Australia and Australia are hanging on, they now know they are just


stretching it out. It will be gold for Australia, running the boat up


to the line, silver for Great Britain and heroic class 500 metres


for Great Britain there and Romania in bronze, they will also be


delighted as they are with arms punching the air. Great Britain will


no that they left it perhaps a little bit late to start their


charge, they have got the overlap with plenty to build on now for


loose and as we head towards that in the middle of July. Winners again


for the second race in a row, crew, -- one of the members, Matt,


who is not solely responsible but has had a major impact on having


such fantastic crowds here for all three days of this regatta at Eton


Dorney. The gestation of this idea was what? On Friday I was really


keen to get school groups coming along, I had experienced being able


to see lots of sports in the north-east, I had fantastic family


and school support, going to Gateshead, my sister is there, she


is 11 and looking forward to seeing Mo Farah. Live on BBC television!


And ticket packages being put on four families or special days and it


is easy fit that in when you have got such a lot of sport. It was rare


that we had an event like this in the UK and when it came along, I


thought I would put something on where I would back a class and I was


happy with one class coming along but I put the word out and said I


was doing this and other athletes wanted to help out including visits


and things like that before the event to see if businesses wanted to


support and match my pledge to get a class here and it has been fantastic


support. Words also does -- loads of support and we have 44 different


donors from big companies to small one-man bands. A fantastic


atmosphere and great attitude and it was really good. A career running


for you in the national governing body? Steady on, I'm only 25! That


is what they need, they need some vitality. Come much elation is on


that. We look forward to seeing you in the next regatta. Let's go to the


men's double sculls. Great Britain, Bill Lucas and Matt Langridge, are


in lane three. New Zealand are the Olympic champions. They are


brand-new combination this year. They have pretty much taking the


lead from the 500-metre mark. Britain have gone by Azerbaijan


already. Langridge is a strong sprinter. He will empty the tank. A


bit of a wobble from Great Britain, but they have 300 metres, plenty of


water to drive on. They will go through the German crew. They have


gone through Estonia. They are looking to see where the attack is


coming from. Great Britain are fighting hard, using the crowd for


the silver medal position. The Kiwis are not as dominant over the


Germans. The Germans are being chased down by the Brits. It is


making the gap smaller as everyone comes up. 100 died from the line, a


little over ten strokes. Great Britain is piling it on. Azerbaijan


are starting to push. New Zealand will hold on for the gold medal.


Gold for New Zealand, silver for Germany, and great writ and hang on


for the bronze medal. Azerbaijan are still pushing through the line,


thinking they are going to take it. Very well deserved bronze for Great


Britain. This is the third of the cruise in the mend's sculling


group. It is a strong start for this group. It is a strong start for this


new combination. How hard was that? It was very difficult. I have been


enjoying myself after the Olympics. Although it was great at the time,


it was not great in the race. My bodies may be asking me some


questions, why not as fit as I should be. How long did you actually


take out from rowing? Not long enough, I think. I did not do


anything until January. I definitely enjoyed myself, but I am paying the


price just now. Did you put on weight, how did your body shape


change? When you are not need to eat as much. I actually lost weight.


Generally, where are you in the progression towards the World


Championships? We are probably slightly behind where we would be


normally. My partner had a long break. I did not have quite as long


but I was slowly getting back into training. We are expecting a


slightly steeper series of games from here. We have some thickness


work to come. But there is a good understanding there, the boat


naturally clicks. It got tested in that rough stuff, but we are not too


far away. Having taken a few months to just see the world and have a


good time, do you appreciate competing more, do you find it


harder? I appreciated less. Once you have seen the other side of it, you


wonder why you come back and do it. Obviously racing is what we love


doing and that is why we do it. do feel rusty and it takes time to


get back into it, but it is good to be racing. I am new to sculling. I


am not as fit as I would be normally, so we know that we will


progress quite rapidly from here. This was about getting here, seeing


where we are, and moving on. He is someone who has decided that getting


back in a boat is not for her any more. Sophie Hosking, why have you


decided no more? IT timeout after the Olympics and I wanted to work


out if my motivation was at the same level. As time went on, I had an


overwhelming feeling of completeness. Not that I have won


everything that I could win in rowing, but I feel like I have put


everything I can do into the sport. I feel like I can walk away and be


really pleased with what I did achieve and the journey that I had


in the sport. Was there a blinding flash of inspiration when you


thought, that is it, or did you sit down with ten on paper and write out


the pros and cons. How did you work out the decision? Deep down, I


knew. I wanted to make sure that all the hysteria around the Olympics


campaign and that is these way that I still felt. I had to understand


what I was feeling. I had to come to terms with it as well, before


finally announcing officially. Did you have lots of people seeing,


argue sure? Yes. A lot of people probably think that I might change


my mind in some ways, but I am always someone that if I make my


mind up about something, I am quite firm with it. The people closest to


me understand the decision and that is what is most important to me.


Having made the decision to walk away at the highest level, when you


come to an event like this, how does that make you feel. I feel very


distant from it in terms of being a competitor. I feel the excitement


that the competitors feel. It is nice to be able to support my


friends. When you are the athlete, and getting all the support, to be


and getting all the support, to be on the other side and give the


support back is great. And you can go to the pub afterwards. That is


always handy! The wind has not abated at Eton Dorney today since we


started a couple of hours ago. We are battling the elements doing the


programme. Guys, you're not competing today. What is wrong with


you? Hopefully I have recovered now, but two weeks ago I had a virus, so


I had to have time out of the boat. I am recovered now, and I am back


into training. Hopefully I will be training tomorrow morning. George,


what state are you in? I am all right. I have been finishing off my


degree in Cambridge. It has been quite demanding. I could not be down


with the guys for the last few months. You had the boat race, so


how much work have you been doing, honestly? It has been pretty flat


out in the library, it to ten hours every day. I have been trying to do


as much as I can. How is the discipline of education, learning,


how would you compare that to the requirements of being out on the


water, and being in the gym and the regimentation of King Aurora -- of


being a rower? It is basically the same. The more you put in, the more


you get out of it. The problem is that you're trying to do rowing as


well, and they too might compete with each other for time. We are


going to the far end of the course where the mend's eight is about to


get underway. They did not have a great race a couple of days ago.


What are your thoughts on this? They did not have a good race on Friday.


At the beginning of the racing season, any disruption in the boat


can have an effect. I feel guilty about that. Two weeks ago, I was


about that. Two weeks ago, I was taken out. I am they will turn it


around today. I think they will pull back on France and Poland to beat


them the other day. We will get your take on what actually happens. This


is the last race live of this World Cup regatta. This will produce some


spectacular action. Let's go back to James Cracknell and Garry Herbert.


Paul and sitting in lane number four. Five boats are lining up with


the Czech Republic in one. Great Britain two in lane two. Great


Britain two are in lane three. Poland in lane four. France and lane


five. The two favoured lanes are four and five. Poland in four and


France in five. Great Britain in lane number three, Great Britain two


in lane number two. This is a big race. There are lots of big egos in


this race. Jurgen Grobler has put all his eggs in one basket. It is


unfortunately a basket where we do not frighten the opposition. We do


not have a big history in this event. People are not as scared of


us as they are in a four. Hodge and Reid have come from the mend's peer.


They will have been hurt by what happened to them in the heat. If I


am honest, the conditions probably do not favour them. The polls and


the French may prove -- the Polish team and the French may prove


slightly more difficult than on Friday. Poland are using the


tailwind. This is an important 500 for Great Britain. We're looking at


the Czech Republic in number one. Poland on at 38 strokes per minute.


That is quite high. They are getting good boat speed. Combination lies,


have they got the right people in the right seat? They have got the


best two rowers in the stroke and seventh seed. I would like to see


the more powerful men in the middle of the boat, and I would like to see


two guys that have rowed together and appear and in a four split up.


At the moment, they are dominating the crew too much. They are


dominating the French at the moment, but are being led slightly by


Poland. There is a long way to go yet. At the halfway mark, Poland


continued to lead. France were superb on Friday. France beat all


these guys and they did not qualify for the last Olympic Games. The


French are focusing on this as their big project. We are starting to see


the British eight comeback. They have the experience, the power and


the rhythm to go through Poland. In the World Cup, the Polish crews


always have a turn of speed. They do, but the Brits have shown that


the last quarter is where there are strong. That is where Jurgen


Grobler's fitness programme will pay. You keep going all the way


through the 2000 metres. What they are showing is not just about the


seat, it is about the final. One swallow does not make a summer. The


French had a very good seat, but that is no use in the final. Enter


the last quarter, 500 metres to go. This is a dogfight now because Great


Britain threw everything at the Polish crew and still the Poles are


withstanding it, this is rude. . Germany, the elliptic champions are


still to come in all of this so from a reputational point of view, Great


Britain want to put down a big market here but right now, they are


dogfighting with Poland. It is great stuff from the Poles but those words


will hurt the Brits because they don't want to hear they are in a


dogfight with Poland, they are used to raising Australia, America,


Germany. Poland is not a traditional powerhouse in the eights. It is


better than their heat. This is what the crowd on the side have come to


see. Come on, boys!Phelan Hill in the coxing seat has called it and


the British crew have responded, they are throwing everything at


Poland and they cannot respond. think the angle of the camera is


making it look less close. Great Britain from Poland, it was


desperate at the end, it is still going on through the lines to make


sure they are there and the heads from Poland go down in disbelief.


Some celebration from Great Britain here and the relief that they have


won, they are relieved to beat Poland but they have turned it


around. That is the most important thing here, but there are bigger


trials ahead for this crew. Yes, the best of the world are not here and


again, the British crew would not have wanted to hear you say "they


are relieved to have beaten Poland" . That is like Manchester United


being relieved to have beaten Swansea in the opening game next


season, it will not be a relief, it is a big they should do. Pole said


to us once, you are racing Denmark, I should be ever to wake you up at


midnight and you can beat them. We thought that about Poland before


this regatta, at any time, these boys go out and raise, they should


be able to beat a crew like Poland and they have just done it by a foot


and the ten twos led the race for 1900 metres of that race. That


scared the Germans, the Olympic champions, they were undefeated


throughout the last Olympiad, the World Cup, World Championships and


come the Olympic Games, do you think that will scare them? Germany RE


building, do you think they will be quivering watching that?


Germans, the Australians, the Canadians, watching that, I do not


think they will be scared that they know that the Brits got spanked in


the heats and they have come back through and later they have one.


Showing what it means. And looking at Satch there, the relief, they


will realise that when the adrenaline calms down and they are


away on training camp, lots more to be done. There is the confirmation.


Winning just over Poland but the racing will get wet and better


towards the World Championships in South Korea in August.


JOHN INVERDALE: Alex Gregory watching that with interest, you


were never in doubt, were you? have got plenty of time to improve


on that in the World Championships but they did a good job today.


you can see from Andy Hodge's reaction, how much it went to them.


You only go out to win on home water. This is where we raced up the


Olympics, an important venue for us and it means a lot. You can only


race who is here and to cross the line in the lead was a great result


and a relief, yes, but pleasurable as well. Get well soon, it seemed


you back in the boat soon. Sir David Tanner is here as well, performance


director of great but is rolling. Apologies to all be Swansea city


fans watching this morning as well with the commentary there! David,


what is your take on the occasion? It has been wonderful, following the


Olympics, it was always going to be tough for the venue but the crowds


have been great every single day in the event has really stood up. We


have been challenged by the weather but with the wind, it has been


tricky but a great legacy from the wonderful time we had last year.


a funny way, it is great for the sport, it hasn't been British winner


of the British win because it gives people a false impression about the


nature of the sport so it shows how competitive it is. Well said, thank


you for saying that goes we are in a building year. They are all after as


anyway but it is 3.5 years time that we will be trying to deliver again


and it is tough. We have had some great racing. I am very pleased with


the day. I will bring Katherine Grainger in as well, somebody


involved in the sport for over a decade, we always spoke about you


being the first generation of people that were the legacy of Steve


Redgrave, we are one decade on from your first Faure into the sport. How


much stronger is the sport now than it was then? When I was coming on


the scene in the late 90s, the start of the new century, it was still the


big boys that were leading the charge and being consistent with


medals. The women's team started developing on the first Olympics of


this new season and in the lightweights have come through


strongly in the last four years or so. Definitely the strongest field


are cross lightweight and heavyweight, we have strong success.


What are your priorities? To develop some new rowers. You have seen them


today, the two women's boats that won gold, some interesting


youngsters around and that is our first priority. The second one is to


lay down a good new season so that we have got a base for seeing the


shape of our Rio team next year. Those our two main priorities.


couple more people before we leave the stage, a very familiar face of


many years in British rowing, Hodge and Peter Reed. Your expression at


the end they're meant a lot to you. We did not bring thousands of people


down here to race badly, we have dug deep over the past couple of days to


turn things round and that is the beauty of racing. Rowing in those


competitions and those conditions, to be them across the line,


brilliant, that is what it is all about. Interesting talking to people


here. Lots of people through the course of the programme, lots of


people have decided to hang up their oars, some carry on but lots of


people missing that competitive moment of winning or losing and you


can see how much it to you today. has in a competitive few days, we


had to dig very deep and we really worked hard. Out there on the water,


that was less than six minutes today, but that was a very classy


well calculated, aggressive but slick race and very bonding six


minutes for us. I loved it. Thank you to the crowds who came down, it


feels like a World Championships for us because it is a home


international and we will not get another one in our careers. People


wonder what the cox does but I think you earn your money in the last


100! Because for the first 1900 metres, you were second. It changed


on the last stretch. Their play to the people in front of me, they


responded so well. We were level with the Poles and I said that that


point, this is where I need you the most, and they responded marvellous.


All of a sudden, I could see we were inching through the Poles and we


kept the mentality going. The last word to the spokesperson for the


entire team, what is it like to be here with crowds on this scale and


the atmosphere? This is the biggest crowd I have ever had in a rowing


event, it is fantastic. Everybody here wants us to win. You can hear


the crowd roaring. It is like the Olympics, I missed out on it so this


is the closest I could get. Great to finish on a victorious note and


congratulations to one and all. Today we have the rowing and the


athletics, more on that in a moment but tonight on BBC One... No, before


that, our next running is the World Cup from Lucerne which is coming up


on the 14th of July and you can see highlights on the Monday afternoon


that the whole regatta live on Sunday on the red button. And I was


getting ahead of myself there because I was so excited about


Wimbledon starting tomorrow and wouldn't we all love it if this man


won it? The worst thing that could happen to Andy Murray is he gets his


teeth veneered and starts behaving like a superstar. They are really


good in the house and then we take them out, they disgraced


themselves! He is actually a joy to be around, hilarious. So few people


see that side of him. To come so close, he made me root for him.


is nice to see the evolution of someone you have seen for a long


time. The turning point was winning the gold medal in the Olympics.


Basher is part of the business, he is proving himself time and again.


Having won the cap macro open, the press in Britain will be focusing on


Wimbledon and pinky has to win that. -- thinking he has to win that.


coverage begins tomorrow at 1130. James Cracknell is here popping over


from the other side of the water, the use women across? I jogged


around! I saw Jurgen on the way around and I said well done to him,


and he said I was looking slow. He hasn't changed much. Did you enjoy


doing the commentary? I would rather be racing but you can only racing if


you are doing it all year. You were forthright in your opinions and lots


of people you are commenting on people you know extremely well, it


is sometimes difficult to be as honest as you would like to be.


try to take the opinion that whether I am writing or commentating, if I


am prepared to say it to their face, I am prepared to say it on camera.


You want to give a real insight to people watching who may not


understand rowing in the same way they would football, rugby or


cricket, what it is like. And the British guys in that boat would not


have wanted to lose to Poland or France, they are better than that


and the best crews in the world, the Australians and the Germans would


have watched it on Friday and thought the eggs were all in one


basket and it is not working. impression of the last three days


and specifically today, Katherine Grainger? I would have liked but the


weather, we would all have liked that. There is some brilliant stuff


in it, not enough gold medals for the British team but it is early in


the season and the Olympiad and the fact that lots of people were


second, third, fourth is a good sign. A huge amount of time to go


and that is where they will get it. A huge wave and they cheer behind us


as for the men's hate holding the union flag aloft after their victory


in the last race -- the men's eight. Thank you very much to both of you,


it has been great to be back here at Eton Dorney to relive memories with


John Inverdale presents live coverage from finals day at the second World Cup regatta of 2013, held at Eton Dorney. This was the venue at which Great Britain's all-conquering rowing team excelled during last summer's Olympic Games, winning nine medals, four of which were gold, so returning to Dorney Lake will be special for competitors and spectators alike. Olympic champions Helen Glover, Andrew Triggs Hodge, Peter Reed and Alex Gregory will be names to watch out for.

Katherine Grainger provides analysis, with commentary from James Cracknell and Garry Herbert.

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