Lucerne Rowing World Cup


John Inverdale is joined by double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell to present highlights of the Lucerne World Cup - the third, and final, World Cup event of the year.

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nearing it's 100 years. It was a women-only club until the mid-1980s.


We have come here because of somebody who came down here five


years ago, having barely sat in a boat in her life before. Exceptional


start from Helen and Helen. They are storming away. Look at that. It is


simply stunning. They move away and they move away with such power and


grace. They are making history here champions. We stand up and we salute


them. This is Helen Glover's home club, where the seeds were sown. She


has had a pretty handy 3013, winning both the World Cup regattas so far


and looking for a hattrick Lucerne. It's the most glorious day on the


banks of the Avon and weather has been a key factor so far. Lovely and


sunny in Sydney. Windy and rainy at Eton Dorney three weeks ago. A


summer sport. We are having a laugh! It's amazing being back. Poland have


stolen it from Great Britain. were right to the line. We had to


keep our heads and push them through. These guys are good, big,


strong and fast. It's all about the form. An heroic last 500. We were


tested in that rough stuff. Great Britain hang on for the bros here.


-- bronze here. This is what the crowd have come to see. The British


crew have pushed it on. Great Britain over there. Brilliant.


That's what it is all about. Love it. Three gold, four silver and two


bronze was the British medal haul there. James Cracknell was there


with us that day. On reflection, what was your take on the British?


It was great to be able to go back to the Olympic course and they


performed well, but they will be kidding themselves if they think the


best in the world was there. It was not the world championships or what


is in Lucerne, but medals in the bank is never a bad place to start.


Obviously, the majority of the British sporting world was watching


Andy Murray last week. Rowing eyes were on Henley. What were your


highlights for that? For us, it was always the big thing in the year,


because you can race in front of the British crowd. The guys and girls


had the Olympics last year. In terms of the highlights, the men's eight,


which is the biggest event. It's normally us with the Germans and


Americans and they did a very good time. Broke the course record, but


they are racing an American college crew. It will be a big step up from


there to racing in Lucerne. If the quality of the opposition is going


to be that much better in Lucerne, what realistically are British


hopes? To be honest, Henley affects us. We found it very hard then a


week later racing at Lucerne. Other people have just prepared for what


is the big race before the World Championship, so it's going to be


harder to get up after an emotional week at home. Then, also, the big


fish have come to play. They are going to find the competition deeper


and stronger, but it's good to have a marker where you are and going


into the world championships. Glover and this is her club we're


at, will be one of the first people we see in action today. It was gold


in Sydney and Beijing. Everybody here wants to be happy once again


for her to win in Lucerne. He watched the London Games from the


sidelines. We hear from Adam Freeman-Pask who is in the


lightweights and we'll finish the programme with the men's eight, who


come face to face with the Olympic champions, Germany. We are starting


to get the feel of all eight rowing together and moving together and


things just click. Sometimes in boats, it takes time to get the feel


and the right feel for how the boat moves and how we all move together.


That's just happening now. Helen's new and highly successful


partnership this year is with Polly Swann and they raced together as


part of a quad at Henley, but back together as a pair might be that


much harder in Lucerne. For our first action, over now to Garry


Herbert and Britain's most successful woman rower ever,


Kathrine Grainger. Glorious conditions here at Lucerne for the


final of the women's pairs. South Africa in one. USA in two. Great


Britain in three. New Zealand in four. Netherlands in five. Romanaway


in lane number six. It's like a mill pond out there. It's flat as you


like. Perfect conditions here and Great Britain wearing the yellow


jersey of the -- indicating they are the current 2013 World Cup leaders.


Undefeated in this combination throughout the season here now. For


the last time, they'll come up before the world championships and


come up against the USA in lane two and New Zealand in lane number four.


Closest to us, Romania in lane number six. They are the 2013


European champions. The first time we've seen them in the World Cup


circuit this year. Quite a tight group here in the first quarter of


the race. As expected, Great Britain now just going out to about half a


length over New Zealand. About a length over New Zealand and half a


length over Netherlands and just above them in lane number two, the


United States. Through the first quarter. 500 metres down. Great


Britain and Netherlands and the United States. Now the crews will


start to ease into their race pace. Fantastic shot of the speed. It's


across all the boats. Look how long Catherine is, Polly Swann there,


just able to get out there and lead Helen Glover out there. That's very


important in the pair, long strokes? Absolutely. Polly has a good bit of


height and she's using that length well, with the long reach. What they


are doing is moving out and just moving out slowly and steadily


against the field. What they are coming up to now is you start to


hear the huge crowd and that's where the coaches are gathered and a lot


of people and you get a lift up to the mid-way point. There is a length


over the United States. Great Britain will have the confidence to


think about pushing on now. This is Netherlands in lane five. A good


combination this year. The British team are coached by Robin Williams.


Led them successfully to the Olympic last year. -- Olympics last year.


Very important to remember that with all her success that Helen has had


in the scene here, the one medal that she is missing is the World


Championship medal? Absolutely. She will be very, very aware of that


coming into this season. It's very unusual to win the Olympic title


before you win the world title, but that's what she'll be aiming for.


Through the half-way mark. Clear water. Great Britain over the United


States. New Zealand, who were the former world champions in this


event, mid-way through the last Olympiad, they are in lane four in


third position. Catherine, talk us into the third five. In the boat


here, what are the tactics? What is going on when someone is making the


call? What are you trying to do in the third five of this race?


Traditionally this is always seen as the painful one from the rowers'


point of view. The first half, you are fresh and attacking the race.


The last 500 is the big sprint, where you throw everything into it.


The third 500 is physically and mentally the toughest part. It's


quite a dark phase for everyone. The lovely thing here, the British pair


have got a length through the water of any other crew behind them and


it's giving you a little confidence. A little more comfort to relax into


it and if you get the lead you can start rowing better and not being


under the same pressure as the others at that point. New Zealand in


lane number four. Rebecca Scown is a four-time champion in this event.


Look at Great Britain now. You can just compare. Look at the crew in


front, just how long and sweeping The Strokes are. They are making


that boat move along between The Strokes. They are looking good. A


little under pressure. They'll know that the United States of America


will come fast in the last 500 metres. You can also see the - if


you look at the buoys in between each strokes, there is the water,


but in the relaxation phase, they look tense, the others, but the


British pair are very relaxed in between strokes. That is conserving


energy and keep them moving out. What they'll want to have is no


contact at all at this point. last quarter. 500 metres remaining.


The final of the women's pair here. The final World Cup regatta of 2013


and Great Britain are doing what they've done all year and leaning


into it now. Watch the white boat. If you have an overlap in the pair,


that still remains a danger zone here, notwithstanding that we are


down to around 400 metres. Great Britain continuing to put the


pressure on. Surprising that the United States of America, who pushed


Great Britain hard in the heat, haven't really lived with the pace


in the second thousand metres, so it's all Great Britain and New


Zealand at the moment. Rebecca Scown continues to attack. There is an


overlap. Now we are starting to get into the danger zone. This is the


bit, as soon as New Zealand feel they are closing and touching the


gap, they'll get momentum and excitement from that. They are at


quite a high rate, but there might be a point where they don't have


much further to go, but the British crew can take it up if they need to.


Coming into last 250 metres. The crowds on the banks are screaming


and shouting. We have a good group of British support out here at


Lucerne. The angles deceptive here, because Great Britain will not sit


there and allow New Zealand to row back. New Zealand pushing on hard,


but Great Britain led by Polly Swann in the stroke seat, 26-year-old


Helen Glover in the bow seat and the Olympic champion holding on well, as


they come to the line. I think it's been brilliant. The New Zealand put


everything at it, but the British are cool and keeping the length.


They have managed to keep the high rate and long ledge and that is the


gap they need. Great Britain now to lead. It's three in a row for the


new combination in 2013. They were pushed hard in the last 250 metres,


but never in doubt. Polly Swann and Helen Glover, looking now to be


perhaps the favourite for gold medal at the world championships later on


in August. Good finish to 2013 for the World Cup campaign for this


team. I think there will be no doubt, they'll be the favourites


going into the championships. They were a new crew and they've not been


challenged. It's a good sprint at the end from New Zealand, but they


were cut short and had to lift up the rate to compete. They closed


down to within half a length, but we didn't see the British crew at their


maximum. They could have responded. think for me, I can't remember much


of the start to be honest, but I remember looking up around about the


K marker and seeing the other two, who were most worrying, safely back


behind us. I thought, right, OK, this is good, we can push on here.


We did. I think we have learnt a lot coming out here and certainly


through all the World Cups and I'm excited to see what we can do later


this summer. Helen, are you getting an unbeaten record? That is since


2011. Yeah. I definitely think the unbeaten and the run is something


that is quite interesting for the media, but for me, I think it's


something I'm really proud of and I never expected or came into this


year expecting to see so many gold medals. We have got a realistic


respect for the crews we are racing and we'll have to find new things


and work hard. We have plenty up our sleeves to work on. I don't train to


try to keep my unbeaten record. I train to be the best I can be. I


don't want it to feel like a pressure, but obviously it's always


better to win, yeah. Three out of three for Helen and Polly. What did


you make of that? I thought it was good. They have won every race. It's


a new combination, which does take time to gel, but it was a very


aggressive and controlled race. They shut it down from the start and I


think were confident enough to let them close up, the Americans and the


New Zealanders and good platform going through. I'm sure the


non-rowing people watching will say they were leading by two-and-a-half


seconds, but it was less than a second at the end, should they be


worried? They should be worried about it, if they were genuinely


flat out to the finish line and everyone was catching them up, but


if I was the coach I would say, look, if you've got the race


controlled you don't need to show the opposition how fast you are,


because it now breaks to the world championships and you don't want to


draw a line in the sand with the maximum speed, because everyone can


chase that. If no-one knows how fast you are, that has to be an advantage


when you get to the big one. We'll move on to two boats who finished


second at Eton. This is the men's Britain, absolutely jumped from the


start, Lane two. Peter Chambers and Richard behind him, absolutely


driving it out in Lane two. The Italians are in Lane three, they


have qualified with the fastest time. The Polish are in Lane six,


they won at eaten Dorney three weeks ago, the middle of the three World


Cup regattas -- eaten Dorney. Great chemistry between the brothers, but


they are on a knife edge. Absolutely. In the last World Cup,


we sourced three sets of brothers in this event -- we saw three sets of


brothers in this event. It is simple in is, it is not that unusual in


sport, you have that automatic kind of communication. And you can risk


having heated arguments because you will always be bonded by blood. So


in a way you can be more fiery in your combinations, but so far, they


have raised in the four together as brothers and are incredibly


supportive of each other, incredibly proud of each other and it is great


to see. Through 500 metres and Great Britain are in a nice position, in


second place behind friends. Francois the 2013 European


champions, fourth in this event at the Olympic Games -- friends at the


2013 European champions. Great Britain chose not to go to the


European Championships, concentrating instead on the World


Cup events, so it will be interesting to see what the British


crews would have done, calling out the various positions in those


euros. Friends coming down on 235 strokes per minute, on the race


stroke very early -- down onto 35. The best position to Britain would


be to be ahead but they are looking comfortable and smooth. A lot of


work going on but they are in a place where they can attack very


easily. For the lightweight men, this is the top vote for Great


Britain? At the moment, it certainly seems to be. They have strengthened


by putting two brothers in together and made it their new boat. The


lightweight events are tightly contested, there are not many seeds


for the men's lightweight, even less for the women's. They would expect


to be on the podium, they will want to be on the podium. Coming to the


halfway mark in the men's lightweight double sculls, Great


Britain in halfway position. The crew cannot exceed 70 kilograms,


they weigh in two hours before so it is a really level playing field. I


am surprised it is stretched out. At the 1,500 metres mark in this


event, the crews are a bit more compact. France, Italy and Great


Britain leading the way. Lovely blade work from the French crew. You


really won't see -- want to see the spoon bit, with the flag on it,


covered, no deeper. We are coming into an area of this course, the


third 500 and then into the last 500 where you expect these guys to be


real racers, Richard and Peter Chambers, because they were second


in the men's lightweight coxless fours in the Olympic Games and they


are real fighters, they know how to race. They pick up their game and


pick up speed. It is surprising that France are starting to slip a bit.


The angle might be slightly deceptive. I think with the Italians


on the far side, France could be coming under pressure very soon.


Three boats ahead of the rest of the field. Poland not moving very well.


Great Britain have now moved into second position. We have 500 metres


remaining. Great Britain are timing this to perfection, they have


stalked it through to the halfway mark, moved impressively in the


third 500 and now they are ready. They have come through Italy and


look like they are ready to attack the French. Absolutely. They need to


make sure they keep the speed they have come through on and use it to


come up to the French crew. Friends have responded very strongly and


taken back the length lead they are more comfortable with. So the


British boys have got a race on in terms of friends, but they are


staying ahead of Italy. Italy are trying to make the comeback, they


are into the sprint finish. Every single seat in that boat know that


250 metres to go, you can attack it, less than a minute ago. Italy


will come back, no one wants to give up a medal. This is where Mark


Hunter and Zac Purchase in Beijing and came second last year to the


Danish. The Danish have retired, Mark Hunter has retired. Zac


Purchase may well come back here. So there is plenty of opportunity to


strengthen this crew. Inside the last 100. It is friends out front,


but the Italians are pushing back, hard on Great Britain. The Italians


are through, back into the silver-medal position. Great Britain


get the bronze. Not a bad result. It looked as though the Italians had


come through but we will wait for confirmation. The French were


absolutely outstanding. So there it is, France, Italy and Great


Britain, first, second and third, well out in front.


A medal at Lucerne isn't to be sniffed at. To come away with a


bronze in the double in our first season at it, is pretty good. We


delivered our best race this year, and that is the standard we are at


and that is the standard that the French have laid down, and the


Italians, and we go away from here quite pleased, knowing what we have


to do. We talked earlier about how you have improved since Henley


regatta but there were real technical steps you have made in the


race today. Definitely, since Eton Dorney three weeks ago, we haven't


got any fitter or anything like that but we have improved in our skill


and the way we get the work done has really come on. We have another six


or seven weeks to go of that and we came here in a good place, going


away with good motivation and we are very happy with how we went out


So the USA just over the line, just ahead of the Italians. Great Britain


moving up to third position. That is going to give them a world of


confidence, particularly out in lane one. Lane one is the one to be on if


you are in the outside lane, because you get all of the noise as you come


to the second 1,000. Yes and no. Lucerne is the one place that does


not give you the advantage. You are by the warmup areas and you get wash


from both sides. On the right-hand side, you get it from the warmup


crews, so you'll have very different water conditions. This is where they


actually get shelter and support from the crowd. The British crew can


capitalise on this 500. It looks good. Coached by Paul Reedy. He led


the light double into London last year, what a fantastic coach he is.


He is brilliant, incredibly calm as well. He knows where he once his


crews to go, -- where he wants, takes everything in his stride and


his bringing out more and more performing crews. In that third 500,


the Italians have moved through the United States of America. The


Italian used to be a heavyweight scull, she has really come down,


some drastic dieting to come down onto the lightweight category. So by


one length, Italy, the USA, Great Britain in third, this is great for


the British double Catherine Twyman and Imogen Walsh. For them now, it


is all about keeping long and keeping right on it. They are


handing the United States of America. Bercow, herself a former


heavyweight, strokes the American crew. They qualified with the


fastest time in the wrapper -- repechages. The British could do


this. They could do this, it is brilliant for the British crew. They


have got a really commanding third place at the moment and if they


continue this, they are on that podium. Great Britain having to step


up in the last 25 strokes of this final. That is the end of the lake,


Germany in lane number five, first in Eton Dorney three weeks ago. Very


low, you want to be up high and sprinting at this stage. The


Italians under pressure from Great Britain, the USA in amongst it. We


can see how this dogfight is really panning out, the crews are coming up


to the line, inside 100. The British continuing to push. They are not


going to catch Italy, they are red front and away but the United States


are having to push hard, as New Zealand. The British are in lane


one. Comfortable in the end for Italy, the USA get silver. And


desperate, on the line, just, I'm going to say the New Zealand crew


just got that over Great Britain by virtue of the blades being in the


water. We will wait for the confirmation, but quite impressive,


out front, the Italians, by Clearwater. Good finish for the 2013


World Cup for them. -- clear water. It is just going to be a matter of


who had the blades in the water at the PowerPoint of the stroke as the


boughs went through the line. There is the confirmation, Great Britain


squeezed out into fourth. So you got a fourth under third to


talk about there. It is a fourth position for that particular


pairing, is it disappointing or encouraging? It is encouraging


because apart from last year, when we did get gold in the light


weight's double, we had not been competitive, so for them that sense


is good, but being there with so little time to go is disappointing.


There is a road to Rio and they have to make sure they step up. Equally


disappointing, in a sense, for the men, to be second, in touching


distance of the finishing line and getting caught again. They are on


the podium, which is a good thing, but you don't want to overtake


somebody in the last minute of the race and then have them overtake


you. They should be done. To let them through, well, they came


through, it is frustrating, but also this year, they have to show they


have got the speed to carry on the legacy left by Mark Hunter and Zac


Purchase. Mark Hunter has announced his retirement. If you are wondering


where Zac Purchase is coming he was on about at Henley last week coached


by... Yes, coached by me! I have a 100% record at Henley. He is in a


Monsters Inc boat, which is all about rowing, Monsters Inc. No,


there can't be too many in this country who have a boat has named


after them. Arnold Cooke, who is this but Arnold Cooke? And players


need come in is here as well. He has a medal around his neck. Don't be


shy? -- Klaus Riekemann. It is from 1960 in Italy. You are competing in?


In the coxless four for West Germany. I don't think I have ever


seen a gold medal from 1960, it is fantastically ornate. What are your


recollections? It was very amateur compared with nowadays. My partner


and I were working full-time right until the time we actually flew out.


The team as a whole, all of the Cubans were sent by the long route,


because -- all of the humans were sent the long route, read the Middle


East and Singapore and so on. The horses went over the Poll, they


needed the short flight and couldn't afford to send the whole team the


short way. Obviously a gold medal gives you a phenomenal memory of


Rome but what about the Olympics as a whole? It is long time ago and the


Olympics now, they are for more than they were at that time. As Arnold


was saying, it was much more amateurish. It is all, in various


degrees, a shoestring operation. We were in a lucky position because it


was Italy, Rome, our boats were shipped over by normal trailer over


the Alps. We didn't have any problems. But again, our boats at


that time, they were very heavy compared to today. All would. -- all


made of wood. Carbon fibre was not in the make at all. It was very


mostly, you had to do this, you had to train a less sophisticated way


than today. But I must say, going to Italy at that time, the food was


excellent. And the great thing about rowing is you can do it into your


70s, and here you are. You were winning at Henley last week. This


week. Only yesterday. And yet you still get the same buzz? Maybe not


quite. I named my Scully boat Don't Panic, because I used to be like


this, but now it is a bit calmer. You still get the same nerves going


down to the start and the same feeling. It is lovely to meet both


there was no thing like lute-weight racing, but now there is. Adam


Freeman-Pask missed out last year. He was in the squad, but not in a


boat, but now he's an important part Olympics, no matter what part, even


being a spare, it was fantastic. There is part of you you are so


close and you let it slip and missed out. This is motivation now and I'm


wearing all the stuff, but I can't race. That's enough fuel to get me


perfection from Great Britain's Adam Freeman-Pask and Richard Chambers.


It was cool today. I think we did the job pretty well. I'm really


excited, because I think it looks like a drag race the whole way. You


don't know who will win. It's just blind faith that you are just


getting that extra bit of speed in the boat and you are just going to


beat the other crew by millimetres. It's a bronze for Great Britain.


get a medal out of that it's good going. Hopefully we can live with


each other and get on and do better of the lightweight men's four. The


first time that Great Britain, in lane six, come alongside South


Africa in lane five. The South Africans, the Olympic champions from


last year. Great Britain thought they were robbed for all manners of


reasons, to do with conditions and lane order on the day, so a bit of a


grudge match here, so big, big day for Great Britain to lay down a big


marker. On their other side, Denmark, the Olympic bronze


medallists. They too felt they were robbed last year, so watch the three


on the right-hand side. Poland in one. Netherlands in two, New Zealand


also winners throughout Eton and Sydney this year. A quick


combination and new one. Lots going on in this race for us to watch and


enjoy, Catherine? It's great. This is never a dull race, because they


are all weight capped and they are all equal matches and it means that


generally the racing will be so tight. We are now coming into the


last quarter of this final. As from the first stroke, New Zealand have


led. They have led with such speed and finesse. They are out clear over


a chasing field, led by Denmark. They are the Olympic bronze


medallists. It's hard to see they'll get the overlap. New Zealand look


absolutely fabulous. Great Britain are in this in lane six. Still


fighting for the bronze medal here. The moment they are losing fight for


that, the British crew, but I would also like to say, just as I said


earlier, and I might be proved wrong, it's unusual for a


lightweight men's four to have such a big lead. That's because of the


weight evening out, well, New Zealand are proving me wrong,


because they've got over three seconds at 500 metres to go. It's


really a fantastic impressive performance from the team. The crews


are classy and experienced. Yet, New Zealand have a clear win. It shows


you the quality of this field. South Africa are the Olympic champions and


are out the back. The race is right on up to the line for New Zealand


and Denmark, who are continuing to attack. Stretching out. Inside 100


metres. New Zealand now can enjoy a job well done. Still the boat runs


on. Watch out the blades come out and the speed pushes them on to the


line. It is New Zealand over Denmark. Netherlands on the top of


the picture coming in, in third. New Zealand from Denmark and the bronze


medal going to Netherlands in lane number three. Great Britain just


being squeezed out on the line into fifth place by the Olympic champions


from South Africa. A fight within a fight there, but New Zealand making


it three in a row for 2013. Confirmation that New Zealand,


Denmark in second and Netherlands in obviously hope for better in a few


weeks, but that boat is typical of so much of this current squad. Lots


of new faces. We'll meet a few of them. John Clegg. Imogen Walsh.


Gotrel. Polly Swann. I got into it in rowing. Went to uniy. Did it as a


hobby. Through a friend. Trials. It took off. He saw the size of me and


said give it a go. We were given the option in winter whether to do


hockey or row and I thought I'm quite tall, so I'll give it a go.


Rowing, the best thing... I love being outside. The earning mornings,


no! You get on the water with your best friends. Atmosphere. Everyone


gets along. Great fun. In a boat, it's sunny. The bething is when it


rains. The weather! Getting up in the morning. Probably the cold.


early mornings. Lightweight and not being able to have so much food.


feel the cold badly. When it's bad weather, it's grim. The long-term


aim is to get in the boats for Rio. To be in the boat and to be at the


top of the field. The aim is to obviously win a gold medal. I would


love to go to Rio. Win medals and hopefully be a world champion.


Progress on to the next Olympiad. Until I can't go no more. James,


lots of new faces. How long does it take generally for the new


generation to gel? Traditionally it would have taken a long time, buzz


crews are separate from each other, whereas now, because every nation


trains in a squad, it's the case of putting people in when others


retire, but this is a crucial year, because everyone nation will be


flooding new people in, but also determining their priority of boats,


so you can win the championships this year and frighten other people


out your events for the years up to Rio. That is the plan. That is what


what the British try to do. They establish dominance and main it


through. Everybody has to start some time and in the previous generation,


Helen Glover was one of the new ones and Andy hoi is here. One of the


first people to see Helen in a boat. Did you immediately think there is


something special there? rowing-wise, not particularly. She


was a gritty focussed individual. It was obviously she would succeed at


whatever she put her mind to. It turned out to be rowing in this


case. She was a cross-country runner and surfer. Was it like that generic


sporting competitive gene? pretty sure that was the case. I


spoke to her ex-head mistress at school, which is not too far away


and she also agreed that Helen would always succeed at sport no matter


what they did, because she was that type of individual even when she was


younger at school. Good to talk to you. From that small acorn a huge


tree that's grown. Back to Lucerne and the first race we'll look at now


is the men's quad. Slight delay on the start there. Great Britain just


slipping back from Russia in two. Germany, the Olympic champions,


blast out of the blocks. We have a lane order. One, Estonia, Russia in


two, the champions, Germany in three, alongside them, looking at


them there, Croatia, the Olympic silvers and Great Britain in five


and Poland moving alongside, in lane number six. Sixth at the Games last


year. What a showdown here for the final of reget that in the 2013


World Cup series. Great Britain, this skull from Great Britain is the


top sculling boat in the British squad? It is. To be fair, across the


sculling side, it's hard to pick a lead boat. They've got Alan


Campbell, who is the single. And the men coming up through the next race,


in the double skulls, also high-quality field and this one


itself, which is newly formed. We have Jonathan Walters who is a


replacement. He would normally be in the single at this competition, so


it's a new line-up, but we want to see it perform here, because at Eton


they were probably disappointed with the fifth place. Russia are the


early race leaders out to the first-time marker. A quarter of the


way through the race and it's Russia just by a foot. Over Germany, the


Olympic champions and Russia, they are all coming together. This is the


first time they are making their senior debut and now as they move


into the second 500, we are seeing the champions easing into their


rhythm. Croatia too. Looking at Peter Lambert in the stroke seat,


he's just there now. Former South African and the boat needs to be


dynamic what happened next we see in quads across this high level of


standard is the top crews are dynamic when they come out of the


start and get into the rhythm and race pace. We are at the 1,000


metres mark and through the half-way mark in the final. Great Britain


back in fourth or fifth position there. Languishing around the back


heart of this final. Big step up required in the third five. Momentum


now going with Russia and Germany and going with Croatia. Croatia are


looking fantastic. They've started to move through the field. What we


have had going back to the boat three races, one of the people in


the boat will make the technical calls. That is discussed before the


race begins. You have a strategy if everything goes according to plan.


We also have someone making more tactical decisions, so adjusting and


flexing to what happens around you, so one person is aware of that,


trying not to distract too much. are in the second half of this men's


quad final. Germany, who were the first leaders, have the upper hand,


but they've had it taken from them. Germany are the Olympic champions.


Croatia are the silver. A race within a race here again. We have


Great Britain in lane number five. We are right in among it here now.


The British squad are hunting that bronze medal position. 1500 metres,


500 to go. The biggest strokes from Great Britain as they go through in


fourth place. They've just come off in the last ten strokes here, but


Russia and Germany all up there, right on the top of the game. This


will be a great finish. This is the race we wanted to see. Great thing


is, in the line-up, like you said we have Olympic champions and the


British crew are in touching distance. That's what you wantment


there's no expectation. They are bringing that themselves. They've


got 500 metres to attack the finish and put themselves in a medal


position. That is a great result in this quality of field. Croatia


leading from Estonia and they are in the bronze medal position. Just


going through now. 25 strokes. Great Britain have to wind this up here to


get on to the podium. A little look around there. Walton is looking


around there. Croatia are continuing to power it on. They are in lane


number four. The Olympic silver medallists there. Right at the dying


ends of this race. The Olympic champions have been beaten here.


They are in the yellow boat in the middle of the picture. They are in


second. The race, though, the big race at the back is between Estonia


in one and Great Britain in five. cannot see that something happened


to the British crew and something went wrong, which is why we have


dropped out of the picture. Croatia over the line in first place.


Germany get the silver and Estonia get the bronze. We'll have to wait


to hear about Great Britain. They are over in fourth. They were right


up on there the tail of the Estonian crew. We don't know what happened.


The heads are down into the boat. We'll have to wait for reaction


there. It looked like something might have happened. It looked like


something went wrong and interrupted their flow. Opportunity to review


the men's quad. It looks like Peter Lambert caught the puddle on the


right-hand side and that really lost the blade out of his hand. It has to


be said, good recovery, back into So what do we say, promising all bad


luck? It is promising. We have never got a medal in the men's quads, yet


we have put all of our best athletes in the quad. What they did show is


they have the speed. If you have the speed at any point in the race come


you can build on that, but what we haven't got is the consistency. So


they can build on the speed over the next few weeks into the World


Championships. Can cramp happen to anybody? It can happen to anybody.


It is more likely to happen in the quad, because they go quite fast for


four people and they have two oars each. I was much more simple. The


quad goes as quick as an aid and there is a lot more to think about,


so it is the place you are most likely to get cramp -- and eight.


Disappointing nonetheless that there wasn't a medal there. Over the


years, we have got so used to the coxless four being the focal point


of our attention, but at the moment, it is the men's eight.


This is what we want, this is what the crowd have come to see! This is


the line! Said the men's eight will round


things off, but before that, it is the men's and first the women's


They are away in the women's double scull is final, the USA in Lane


number one, Great Britain in number two, Lithuania, the first time we


have seen them in a World Cup, they are in three. USA one in Lane number


four. Belarus in Lane five. And Leonie Pless, we thought she would


retire, here she is in the double scull is. And New Zealand in Lane


number six. -- Catherina Carson. It is the allure of the sport, isn't


it? I think she will be carried out that boat one day, it is very


impressive, Olympics after Olympics. That American double came


out very and sharply, they were very impressive this year in the double.


Great Britain two down from the top, they are in amongst it all.


Lithuania in lane three, just over the United States of America.


Belarus in Lane five and New Zealand pace. That is OK, that is pretty


good. Atomic is in the stroke seat of the American double scull --


Tomic. The stroke of the Lithuanian crew is only 19 years old. It shows


you are never too young or too old in this race. France's Horton in the


bow seat, one of the longer standing members of Team GB. She has been a


long-term member of it -- Houghton. Two Olympic medals to her name, she


is absolutely there. She has the experience, knowledge, the know-how


be there and she is a very strong partner. Are starting to ease out.


Lithuania from the United States. There is Catherina Carson on the bow


seat, 41 years of age. Her partner, she is... When we raised back in the


pair in the 2,000s, she was there, a lot of the pairs in this race have


been there and done it. It is representative of all of the new


athletes in the sport and experience, the success over the


years counts for a lot, but at the moment, it is being led by a new


Lithuanian crew, including 19-year-old who has no success to


her name yet. Tennis what is going on here. The halfway point is a


great place to be, it is where the surge comes, the crowd noise comes.


You get a real lift as you start to hear the crowd, you know you are


coming past halfway and you can start thinking about the second half


of the race, obviously the lead to the finish. Lithuania are leading,


zero points seven ahead of the USA. open to everyone, including the


British clue. USA two in Lane one. Great Britain in Lane two. Lithuania


in Lane three. USA one in Lane for. So they have two boats in here vying


for final selection. A lot of competition, race within a race.


Belarus in Lane number five, containing Catherina Carson. Watch


the boat to Dan, chasing hard against Belarus in Lane five -- two


down. When you make a call at this stage, what are you trying to


achieve, what is the purpose of the call at this part of the race?


will absolutely depend where in the race you are. If you are leading,


the idea is to make a break. Nobody has a comfortable margin at this


point. The Lithuanian crew will want to break away from the USA and the


New Zealand crew. The USA will want to make more than in road. They have


a half a length overlap and they will want more, the same for New


Zealand. They will want to be in the silver-medal position. They have the


outside lane, which you crew often slip up the unawares -- in which you


can. It can play to your advantage. 50 strokes remaining, and Great


Britain are still back in fifth position. We are going to need to


see a switch and there will have to be a massive kick on his Great


Britain are going to start to content for a bronze medal. -- if


Great Britain. The USA, traditionally they can have a


sprint. They are fighters to the end, but New Zealand in Lane number


six, they are just outstanding. They won in Sydney, the first World Cup


regatta. We didn't see them at Eton. Here they are in and amongst it all.


At the moment, they could be threatening the Lithuanian lead. I


think we will see Britain start moving through, they will put the


Belarus team under pressure. It is the USA who seem to be slipping


back. 25 strokes remaining of the women's double scull is, and New


Zealand are just absolutely piling it on. They are coming along the


buoys. Miss those and you will be home clear. Correcting your steering


can slow you down, you steer on pressure, which can affect the speed


of the boat. They have just come off the boughs, the boys on the


left-hand side -- the buoys on the left-hand side. Lithuania on the


line, just. New Zealand, perhaps if they hadn't have steer of the line


of the buoys. And Great Britain coming through in fifth position.


They will be disappointed with that. There was a moment in the third 500


where they could have got into the race a little bit more. USA


finishing in the sixth position, USA two. But New Zealand really ramped


it up in the last 500 metres there, from Great Britain in Lane number


the 2013 World Cup series, they are undefeated. How well they have


undertaken -- taken on the bat on second at Eton three weeks ago, and


they were ninth in the Olympic Games Matt Langridge. They have been here


many times, finals at Lucerne, but this is a combination that the


British coaches and selectors are really hoping will gel together.


Matt Langridge is one of the most successful junior oarsman of our


time, winning a gold medal in the single scull back in the day. He has


stepped up here, going from scrolling to rowing, back to


sculling. Economical talent. -- a phenomenal talent. Yes, it was a big


thing to win at such a young age. He has been indifferent boat classes,


between big boats and small boats, and the way it keeps the freshness,


it is nice to do a variety of races. Through the 500 metres, a quarter of


the way down. Still pretty nice and looks the more comfortable, if you


will, will be New Zealand. They are just starting to lengthen out of it.


If you look at the bow seat, like the bird is nice and towed --


you like the boats nice and tight. New Zealand won at eight and only


the season and in between have run at Henley Regatta, so they are


having a brilliant season -- won at Eton Dorney. So if it is a tight


race, you have the confidence that you know how to win, so it will be


that relaxation, that one stroke at a time, not having to put a


sprinting, a fast 100 metres. Lucas and Matt Langridge just


starting to move a little bit off second in the European Championships


this year. Plenty of form. It is the Coming to the halfway mark in the


final of this man's double scull is, and Great Britain's Matt


Ogrizovic Bill Lucas and Matt Langridge in a disappointing


position. They had a pretty good start but this second 500 is really


starting to cause a little bit of pain. Into the last 500 metres, and


Bill Lucas and Matt Langridge of Great Britain now just after to the


left -- off the pack to the left. I don't think they will be hugely


disappointed, they will be realistic and have a benchmark to go off on


training. Doriz a reasonable distance still to go, so it will be


interesting to see they can sustain the level of speed they have taken


are, still pushing on hard. It is a real dogfight now provide silver


medal. Bubka Germany a game. -- for the silver medal. Here go Germany


again. All of the crews are now upon 40, 41 strokes per minute. Desperate


stages, just hanging on. It is who cracks first. New Zealand holding


on. The last 100, insight to the line. New Zealand have done enough.


We are watching as the camera comes around for the silver medals. On the


far side, it is Italy in Lane number one, but we will wait for


confirmation. But Italy, Germany and Lithuania came right back on the


line towards New Zealand. Great Britain going over in sixth


position. So Germany and Lithuania getting the bronze medals.


We have gotten so blase over the years about first, second and third


and being disappointed after people do not finish in Lane medal


position. How do we interpret those races? Speaking at the men's doubles


is tricky. Matt Langridge is a phenomenal athlete, he took a long


time to decide whether to carry on after the Olympics, having won


bronze in London and silver in Beijing, so he is on the steep


incline back to form, but it is incredibly disappointing to lose to


people in the final race of the Regatta that they have beaten in the


heats and the semifinal. They will be disappointed from that and they


have six weeks, OK, that is the benchmark, we have to improve.


a crew that finished sixth to one that came fifth. What about the


women's performance? Again, it is interesting. Houghton, it is a big


decision for her to make, having won medals in previous games, she will


not want to come back from Rio with a minor medal, she will want gold


and that was not a gold medal performance, clearly, today, but is


it potentially one? What they have to do is, over the next five weeks


up to the World Championships, go away and get every bit of potential


they can out and in the world Championships in South Korea, look


back and think, these are the stepping stones and we can build on


them to get to the top podium in Rio. It is 11 months since the


Olympic Games and sunspots have embraced the legacy rather better


than others. You would think that the huge success we had on the lake


at Eton Dorney would have produced a huge upsurge in interest in the


sport. The chairman here at Minerva Bath rowing club, did you have


people knocking on the door? pretty much did, people asking to


row and join the club, so we put on two or three learning courses year,


12-18 new members, and last year we did a course up to 50 in the end.


All shapes and sizes and ages? Absolutely, 18 years and older, but


we have members joining who are in their 50s and their 60s. It's one of


the things, when I come to a club like this, this is still an


impression among the public that rowing clubs are elitist, but


nothing could be further from the truth? Absolutely. We have basic


facilities. We have members from all over the working population, I


guess. We have a porta loo, so no running water. Glamour.Absolutely.


Olympic gold medallists can come from that? Absolutely.In herms of


Helen, did it produce a lot of young girls? Absolutely. We have got a


waiting list for the junior courses and we are trying to deal with those


now, but women 's membership is huge. We are doing courses just for


men, because we have so many women. On a day like today, where else


would you rather be? Absolutely. Gorgeous. Thank you. Good luck with


the future. From Bath, back to Lucerne and see how some of the


other races panned out. In the men's four, the British crew didn't


qualify for the final, but it turned out to be a fantastic race between


the Americans and the Australians. The USA came out on top in the end.


No British entry in the men's pair, which unsurprisingly was dominated


by the extraordinary New Zealanders, Murray and Bob. Can anyone ever come


close to the reigning Olympic champions? Germany woman the women's


quad, but there was real drama for the American crew. They caught a


crab, race over. And the women's single skulls was won by Kim crow of


Australia, who earlier on -- and earlier on Vicky Thornley finished


fourth in her final. One race we haven't shown you is the men's


single skull and it is Alan Campbell from Northern Ireland. Alan Campbell


in lane number two squeezing out ahead of Brass from the Netherlands.


Germany's Marcel Hacker in three. The Czech Republic skuller, the


Olympic silver medallist in four and Cuba and Bulgaria. Drysdale, the


Olympic New Zealand champion, who came to Henley last week, who is in


a phase of coming back into it, has been doing a lot of iron men


competitions in New Zealand and taking time away from the boat, he


has to go back for New Zealand and for the long time, go back to trials


to qualify for the world championships, so no Drysdale in


this 2013 World Cup campaign. Alan Campbell though, interesting, but he


has a new coach, John West. Alan has worked with Bill and he was taken on


from potential protege almost up to medallist, which was fantastic for


Bill and Alan. Bill has stepped aside and John West has stepped up.


John is successful with the fours and eights and never before with a


single, so it's a new things, especially the single. You need to


have a good working relationship, because it's one on won, coach and


athlete. Alan hasn't been back in the system for very long. He took a


long break, but it's competing and in competing form, which is great to


see. The rower from the Czech Republic through in first. Chased


hard now by Anning el Rodriguez from cuBia, who came second at two of the


World Cups, and showed great form in the early part of 2012. Very


disappointed to come seventh. Won the small final on that occasion.


The first time we see him here in Europe this year, on the


international scene and a phenomenal skuller here. He's in second. Marcel


Hacker now, the guys have opened up. Graph from the Netherlands has come


through. Alan Campbell is in fifth now. Alan really struggling with the


pace in the final. You can see from the angle that Angel has more scope


left. If you look at the end of the boat, the lead skuller, there is


absolutely any dip, is to means it's moving smoothly. He's not


interrupting the flow of the boat, which is crucial. A bill lit of


breeze down at the finish. The noise on the far side. The crews come out


from all the trees and the hidden part in that third 500. Up to the


line now and it's Andre from the Czech Republic. He won out at Eton


three weeks ago. Another gold. Good start for the next Olympiad. Marcel


Hacker with the silver and Rodrigues in third. Netherlands in fourth.


Bulgaria in fifth and Alan Campbell in sipleth, realising earlier on in


that final that he has some way to go on the pace. James, Alan is a


likeable character, that when you see a result like that, it's quite


hard to know what to say? It is. The first thing to say is incredibly


tough event, because the only one fast person in your country and it's


not like eight people. You only have to find one person, so it's very


tough. He backs himself in that event, which is all to his


character. He has phenomenal boat speed so he can lead a race, but not


quite have the endurance to see it through to the end. If he wants to


step up from bronze to gold in Rio, that's what he needs to work on. Not


the top speed, but base speed. do we take from that? That he he


still has the speed, because he led, but the endurance is not great. If


you look at the first 500 and then the last, it's not a good race plan,


but he has got the speed. You can't magic speed from nowhere. He doesn't


need to do that, but needs to build on the endurance and that, I'm


afraid, is hard work. We are going to see the men's eight, but before


that here's the women's eight involved in a record-breaking final.


The United States do what they always do in women's eights and get


out quick. It's hard. It is real rugged stuff here. They have a


quarter of a length. It's so important to get out to the first


time being mark in first position. That's really where it all matters.


If you get out there first it's very, very hard in eights to get


rowed down, because the margin is so, so slim and it's taken so much


effort to get out there. From there now, the United States can really


start to find their confidence and speed. It's also, unlike small


boats, it's very hard to get a change in pace. The small boats, as


you have seen in other races today, they can suddenly changes distances


quickly. First to fourth, third to second, all that quick and in the


eight, traditionally, once you get out, the positions hold and you


can't make a quick change of pace. If you can get out with a fast start


you can hold on to that very well. Canada now face facing The Strokes.


The United States of America just continuing to squeeze down. This is


just absolutely incredible stuff here. The USA, Olympic champions,


returning from last year with only one woman on board, in the sixth


seat. They've built another eight here. They have Amanda Polk in


there, but the rest of under 23. They've built the eight now and they


are leading the world into the half-way mark in the final of the


women's eight. Look at that. Absolutely incredible. The United


States have gone clear on what is a very high-class field here. The


Olympic champions rebuilding from last year. They go through the 1500


metre mark absolutely clear. They've done it. They demolished the field


here. Now, they can enjoy it, because looking back, the race is on


for the silver and bronze. The British crew, the last 100, have


come off the Romanians there. They were right up on the tail. They were


level almost with Romania, so Great Britain in lane number five got a


really fight on their hands against Romania on lane four. Forget the


Canadians. They are in a race defending the silver medal against


Romania, but Great Britain have got to focus now on Romania in lane


number four. The third 500 is when Britain slipped down on the field.


USA may use the time to break the clean break. They are away and


running. They're racing for the finish. They don't care about the


others. Canada, they are going to come under pressure from Romania.


They move way from Great Britain. They have Canada in their sights and


they'll chase for the silver. Canada will be defending it. Quite


inexperienced line-up and a different cox than last 20-odd


years. Leslie Thompson is not in the boat at the moment and Britain will


feel it slipping away. They can attack. They have a great line-up


and great experience. Jest and Beth and Katie and they've been in the


boat many, many times and been in the situation before, but Romania


have gone. They've just jumped and turned a speed there. They've jumped


up and they're out into second place. They are through Canada. The


United States are impressive there. It's gold by some margin. Romania


come through and over into second place. I think it might be a world's


best time from the United States. We'll wait to confirm that.


Incredible. Amazing. What was also amazing was Romania in last 500.


Absolutely. Kicking on and taking it away. Again, they are all class


crews, but not experienced crews and they've shown again what rebuilding


with the very last race. The most eagerly anticipated of the entire


meet, the men's eight and in terms of the British crew, just about all


the top names in the men's game put in this one boat. To try to upset


the Olympic champions. Among them, Alex Gregory and he's been talking


to Kathrine Grainger. We are the world champions why -- champions.


The last time I saw you was on the sidelines of dorny and the eight


didn't have you in it. How are things now? Great. The day after


that I got back in the boat and we were joined in the boat by George


nash and things seemed to have been going well. Boat feels great. It's


the best than it has done for the last few months leading up to dorny.


We are all really excited about it. Lucerne is next. Entry? Eight crews,


so the Germans and the full crew. How close is it to the Olympic


champions? Half of them have remained. They are unknown. We don't


know what they'll be like. They'll be about. They are germ mans and


they're rowing in eights so they'll be good. Desh Germans and they're


rowing in eights, so they'll be good. You smashed the record held by


the Germans at Henley? We have been doing some good times and everything


has been going well and everything has been going right, so we came


into this regatta feeling in good shape. We didn't know how fast we


were going, but we heard it was a course record. It's a nice thing to


have. What is it helping you improving the steps? We are starting


to get the feel of all eight guys moving together, rowing together and


I think that's what it is. Staying relaxed and moving in the right way


for the boat. I hope we can hold what we have got and carry it


forward through to Lucerne and the world championships. That's your


combination and that flow and all that connection, how did it compare


to the four? It took a long time for us to get that. It took right to the


eight. The Cox makes it easier, they tell us what to do. I have been


raising big four for four years, so it is good to me to have a change --


I have been racing. You have the confidence to come through it as


Olympic champion? I felt so confident going to the boat with


three guys who had done it before. Now I am the one who has done it, I


can share my experience with the guys and they trust me and I feel


like I am in a good position, enjoying it. I'm really taking this


year as an enjoyable year. I obviously take it seriously, I


obviously want to win, but there was pressure leading up to London and it


is nice to have a year where you can just relax and enjoy rowing for what


it is. James, you were very forthright


after the Regatta at Eton, saying you felt the order in the boat


needed to be changed if the men were to reach their potential. What you


make about the order in Lucerne be change the order -- they changed the


order in Henley. It was good in Henley, although not against the


level of opposition we have here. I swapped it around for the final,


whether it is the result of illness or not performing in the heats, but


it is leaving them in danger of being Andy Hodge in the strokes it,


Peter Reed in the seven seat with six other people bolted in the back


-- the stroke seat. It needs to be a blend of eight people, not just two


Jurgen's super eight go. After the Germans in the green boat, winding


it up, the Olympic champions. France in one, Great Britain in two, the


United States of America in three, Germany, the Olympic champions, in


four, Netherlands in five, Poland in six. This race has so much riding on


it. Every time we see and eight race, it is exciting, it doesn't


matter what boat you are in all what countries are racing, it is noise,


it is power and speed. And it is up for grabs. Look at that, France


away, they jumped out from the first foot, they took it on from Great


Britain. In the green boat, Germany just starting to wind up. Remember,


the whole focus was on Great Britain and Germany at this Regatta. A


little off to the left for the Olympic champions, but they are read


quick now and leading over the United States. But everything to


play ball. In the men's eight, the main aim is to get to 501st. That is


all you got to do, and Germany are 501st by Harper length over the USA.


Now we move on -- Germany are 500 first by half a length over the USA.


You have got Germany who are in a slightly different boat than the one


leading up to the Olympics, but want to carry on the mantle. The USA are


also in a different boat but have the fastest qualifying out on the


lake. And you have the British group which, by name, have the most


successful group in the water. It is the boat that is coached by Jurgen,


everyone is expecting them to win. So this is what happens when you put


them in the mix. Germany have stopped on Harper length up from the


United States. Great Britain are just in for. It is stroke the stroke


between fourth and third position. Just listen to the noise.


37 strokes per minute. That is low for Germany, they are usually up on


38. The Americans will also be quick, as we come to the halfway


mark. Expect big pushes across all six boats. Here comes the United


States of America. They have pushed back at the halfway mark and they


now lead, Germany, by a canvas over the United States. It is an


incredible second 500 by the USA. We are in the final of the men's eight.


France in one, Great Britain's super eight, Jurgen's boys, inlay number


two. USA in three, Germany, the Olympic champions in four, the


Netherlands in five and Poland in six. On the morning of this final,


the announcement that Peter Reed had been moved into the seventh seed and


George Nash into the battle seed. Great Britain were slipping right


up, they could be moving back through the field. They seemed to be


neck and neck but it was very hard to tell from this angle, with the


Dutch. But the USA and Germany have put themselves under pressure and


the British are holding on the overlap and pulling in Germany.


not write up the British crew. Give them an overlap in Germany. Do not


write up the British crew. Give them another love pandas live and these


guys know how to row down, -- right off. But also, the Netherlands, they


know how to row and eight, they have a great history. European champions


back in 1996. 1,500 metres, 500 to go, 50 of the biggest strokes. Great


Britain are in fourth position. The Netherlands take on Great Britain


into third, but that front, it is a real grudge match, USA and Germany.


This is a race that is absolutely hypnotic to watch, edge of your seat


stuff, but in the boat it can be uncomfortable. But it is the kind of


race you want to be part. Every stroke is going to matter and at the


moment, the USA have got the better of Germany but do not write anybody.


The Dutch are possibly slipping back behind Great Britain. Germany now


coming back at the USA, exactly what you would expect from the Olympic


champions. 200 remaining, it is a dog fight between the USA and


Germany. Here come Germany. Look at the gap they are opening up over


Great Britain to the left. We are in match racing. The whole world was


waiting to see how fast the Olympic champions were. They are fast but


the USA are faster. It is going to go to the line. The USA just


honoured. It is now or never for Germany in the dying strokes.


on the line, the USA come through. USA first, Germany are beaten, the


Olympic champions, into second place. The Netherlands take the


bronze medal and Jurgen Grobler's super eight in fourth position. What


a great raise, it lived up to all of the expectations. The punches and


joy of the USA, but Germany showed some pretty big speed. The first


time at the senior World Cup regatta that Germany have been beaten and we


have got it all to play for here as we head towards the World


Championships. So the big surprise of the day, the USA in first.


Germany beaten into second. The Netherlands in third and Great


Britain out of the medals. It has been a funny season. We have


obviously had quite a lot of change in the crew and we haven't had a


period of time where we have had a settled crew, so I think having that


inconsistency in personnel and looking for seat positions, that


leads to a bit of inconsistency we sometimes get. A lot of people will


not understand why Jurgen Grobler shuffled the order at the last


minute, putting Peter Reed right back up the boat and George Nash


back to bowl. Did it work was it too little too late? I think it was more


of an experiment again. Having Andy and Peter together, what we have


done the most of the season, but George coming in, he has done an


awesome job so far and I think we were just trying to recuperate this


weekend, changing the order again. But the World Cup is our


experiment, that is what it is all about and the World Championships on


the main event of the year, so we will be sorted by the World


Championships and we'll see what we can do there. Alex, do you think


this hate has the potential to win the World Championships? -- this


hate. Figueroa absolutely, I think any of the eights the in the field


do -- absolutely. We haven't found the rhythm yet, but we will get


there. I can't remember World Cup whether British have won so few


medals, how do you see it from within the team -- where the


British? We are all at different points in a training cycles. Some of


the other nations are coming here off the back training camps, we are


just about to go on them, so can you can take some things from the World


Cup but people are at different points in the training cycles and


that has been reflected, but now we have a good training block away,


away on camp and we will come back very differently for South Korea and


the Championships. Firstly, it was a great raise, and


secondly, disappointing that Britain didn't get on the podium. It was a


great race, and from the British perspective, they were not in the


race, and that is not even the best Americans, the best four won the


four. In the commentary, the British were set up by being called the


super eight but the reality is we do not have a reputation in the eights


that make countries fear us, and they should have got a bronze level


at the very least. When I first joined the team, the story was


either Redgrave wins or Redgrave loses, and that will be the take out


this year, that Jurgen's super eight did not take away a medal. But it


gives us a mark of the World Championships. People here at


Minerva Bath rowing club, a lot of the people watching the races,


they're kind of end of school report was it might bring the whole team


down to earth with a bump. Is that fair? It certainly is very different


to the atmosphere at Dorney, where it was a homecoming and rowing got


the first gold medal in any sport at the Olympics and we produced another


fantastic performance. The reality is, not everyone was there and


everybody is in Lucerne and we have our true place. We enjoyed it here


because the people who brought home the first gold in London brought


home the only gold in Lucerne. hope it is not the only one when we


go to South Korea for the World Championships. Thank you to James.


We are after South Korea at the end of August, full coverage on the red


button throughout with highlights on BBC One and BBC Two. Next week, we


continue the build-up to the world athletics Championships, with the


latest Diamond League from Monaco. And the Open golf starts this week


with coverage from Muirfield, with coverage on every platform you can


conceive of. One other programme at you about coming up in the not too


distant future, July the 27th, the start of Inspire, a series of


programmes taking us from all the way from now to Rio. Letters inspire


you. Get your trainers on, get your heart racing. Get inspired. Inspire


you to push as hard as you can. keep coming back for more. We want


to inspire all generations. And we mean all generations. We want to


inspire you. We want you to get inspired. Before we go, one more


thing we have to do, and that is the name officially this brand-new boat.


It is called Flaviae, Latin for Golden girls. We have an expert


crew, augmented by the May at Bath, Councillor Malcolm Lee's. Nice


socks! -- Mayor are bad. They will have this fine as per second sprayed


over them by James Cracknell. Thank you for watching, that is it from


John Inverdale is joined by double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell to present highlights of the Lucerne World Cup. The world's best crews descend on the famous Rotsee waters to compete in the third, and final, World Cup event of the year. A strong Great Britain team will be looking to lay down a marker with the World Championships in South Korea coming up. Commentary of the races is by Garry Herbert and 2012 Olympic gold medal winner Katherine Grainger.

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