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John Inverdale presents highlights of the second rowing World Cup of the season from Aiguebelette. Britain will be confident, having won medals at 2013's World Championships.


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Very good morning under warm welcome to Aiguebelette for the 2014 rowing

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Championships. A fantastic return to the international stage here for

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Katherine Copeland, making it look, -- look very, very easy. Fabulous

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result for the British. They are competitive from start to finish.

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And on the line it will be a photo there. They are

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And on the line it will be a photo there. They are playing now, they

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are flying. Great Britain demolished the field here at the 2014 rowing

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championship. Hello, three weeks ago Great Britain's rowers had a week to

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remember in Belgrade when they won two Gold, four silver and three

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bronze medals but now the rest of the world are turning up and things

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are about to get more difficult. 21 British crews are in action in

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France, this is going to be a qualifying course for the Rio

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Olympic Games, and this is what we have in store for you. After years

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in Afghanistan, Olympic champion Heather Stanning is back. I want to

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be in a boat where there is world champions but like anyone in the

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team there is a whole squad of people who would love to be in

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there. A dog allergy mentor challenging winter for Pete Reed, he

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spoke about his plans to get back into the Great Britain top boat. I

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have to get back to my very best and I am perfectly happy with my

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position in the group with the other guys. I have a lot to offer my

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team-mates. After a bronze medal in Belgrade, can Kat Copeland continue

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her comeback? Let's start with the men's coxless four. Featuring an

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interesting quartet, two established figures, Alex Gregory and Andy

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Triggs Hodge. This is one of the hardest winters I have experienced.

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I had a few conversations with my wife, the what if stories. What if I

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cannot get back into the boat? You can listen to the doctors and say

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you will be fine, but to be so focused on single goals, they can

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fall away quite easily and let your mind run away with you. Across all

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sports you see athletes going through some really tough times.

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Tennis players, rugby players, they all have major injuries, they all

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have big life events, but the best athletes will come through. That's

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why I've come through narrow, I'm really proud, really privileged to

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be part of it, really proud to come through the winter I have. I always

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like going to Belgrade, it is a wonderful place, a superb venue. The

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people but on a great show. From the rowing side, yes, we certainly

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ticked the box we needed to. We worked hard to put it together, it

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has been a long winter, and to come out of those long sessions at

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Caversham and put a nice race like that together is what we aimed to

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do. Great Britain demolished the field here at the 2014 Rowing

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Championships and they made it look easy. It was great to be part of are

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very successful British team. The prospect of this four coming

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together has been a very exciting idea for some time now. When it

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finally happened, it was kind of, this is as good as I hoped it would

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be. I have always said that as long as I am improving, I will continue

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with the sport. What is fantastic is that this boat is part of that for

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me. It is a very new, very exciting new toy and I love being in this

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boat every day. It is a wonderful project to be part of. Squeezing

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away for the first time, the final of the men's coxless four. Germany,

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Canada, Great Britain in laying four. The USA in five. So much to

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talk about in this race. The first time we are seeing the USA this

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year, they were bronze medallists time we are seeing the USA this

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year, they were last year. The first time we are seeing Australia, in the

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middle of the picture there. But look, in lane number four already,

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Hodge leading the boat out. In lane six they will be going hard out. At

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the moment it is happening all this side of the lake and it is Australia

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if anything. That middle lane have dropped back, which is surprising at

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this point. Coming up towards the canvas, now half a length. The speed

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of the British group, Andy Hodge there. The training they have coming

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into regattas, they focus on the first 500, demolished the field. But

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it goes through 500, kicking into the second 500 and now they are just

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moving away. It is effortlessly done but they are concealing the power

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because the River man technique is awesome in this group. It is

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impressive to see. We knew they dominated the European three weeks

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ago but the biggest threat was always going to come from Australia

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and the USA. The British crew are showing them how it is done. Still

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hanging on, gripping by fingernails at the moment, the USA. They know

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they have two push. All of these boats will have to front-load their

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race if they are going to keep with the British crew. Great Britain to

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the right of your picture. We are getting USA, bronze medallists last

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year in a fight with Australia, silver medallists last year. Smooth

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rowing, and it looks so relaxed in that seat. They are not having it

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all their own way but they are still pretty impressive. Canada up there,

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Australia also. They haven't come into the same sort of pace into the

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second 500. George Nash in the three seat. We know they have changed the

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stroking around in training. Alex Gregory to the left of your picture

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has tried it out in the stroke seat but Jurgen never gives away too

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much. He knows he can always count on Andy Hodge and that is what he is

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doing. That is Great Britain two to the left of your picture. They have

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got to keep it steady in this third 500. USA a couple of feet over

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Australia. The USA bronze medallist last year, Australia silver

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medallists, returning with two of that crew. In the third 500 metres

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now, in open water. A little call from the British group, open water.

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USA, also pushing hard against Australia. Canada in laying two but

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the gap has been opened up and we are through the 1500, we have a

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length of clear water and that has been an absolutely phenomenal third

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500 metres from the British crew and still they are greedy, still they

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want more. You will see them push hard, they will want to lay down

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again, scaring everyone away, and this is awesome stuff, Katherine. I

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think the first 500 was closer than they felt comfortable. You can see

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Andy finally feeling the rhythm they wanted, then they just stretched the

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lead. They want to dominate this event. There is no such thing as too

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much gap between you and the rest of the opposition and they will keep

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going until they crush them. Australia, just moving again, and

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the USA seem to be pushing every ten jokes. The USA are losing to

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Australia. Australia might win the sprint for the silver but nobody is

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going to touch the British crew. That is domination. They are right

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on pace. The flow is just extraordinary, look at that. A

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masterclass as they look for the line. The last few strokes here.

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They have demolished the park twice in a row now this year, comfortably

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dumb. Andy Hodge knows it is a job well done. On the line for the

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silver, Australia, USA getting the third, and Great Britain's second

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boat just coming over the line, out of the medals, but it was another

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impressive performance. That was an absolutely dominant

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performance. Yes, we had a good run today but it was good to do that

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because we had more competition, the Australians, USA, the Canadians, so

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we had to prove to ourselves but what we are doing is right. We have

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just got to keep on that way, there is still more to come. Not perfect

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yet but we are pretty pleased with today's's performance. The man on

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your left, you looked pretty smooth. How phased were you by the

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fact you have these opposition groups from Australia and the US

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coming into your event? I wouldn't save phased, I would say excited. It

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was really nice to have them here and see what would happen. A

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fantastic second half of the race, I will just ask George Nash to your

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left. George, you were flying in the second half of that race. The amount

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you were putting between yourself and the crews behind you. Yes, we

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had a bit of a game plan going into it to do some damage in the third

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500. When you do a bit of damage, what are you doing? Just laying it

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down? Just trying to not ruin it. No, you No, squeeze it on a little

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bit, keep it travelling, maybe notch the rate of a little bit.

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bit, keep it travelling, maybe notch the rate of a Andy, to your left, I

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saw the little finger, not, we won that, but it was a long time until

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the second group crossed the line. I wasn't watching the other crews.

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There is a lot of Great British support here, this event put

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together has been absolutely fantastic in preparation for next

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year's World Championships. Where we can step up is making sure we get

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the support in Lucerne next time, and make sure we dominate across the

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board at Amsterdam. Here in the studio we have Olympic medallists.

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We enjoy that enormously. Before we talk about the rowing, Mark, they

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seem a happy crew. It seems they are enjoying their rowing. If you

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enjoyed the people around, enjoy training. You can see the

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performance was breathtaking. To win against that field with that margin

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at this stage in the season, is dominating. It sends a strong

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message to the other nations they have a lot of work to do. The race

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was never in doubt. What we saw from them three weeks ago at the European

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Championships, there was a huge gap at the first 500. This time, it was

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closer at 500, but they lead over the next 1500 metres. In the end,

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two different races. There is competition for places, you would

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think, but when they produce such a performance, is there? Is the boat

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secure? With those performances it is hard to change a combination. I

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have not seen one row that economic leave for a long time. Are you going

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back to Sydney? It could be that long. That efficient. The way they

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move together. It is enjoyable to watch heavyweights rowing so

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efficiently. Andy Hodd was talking about a back injury and going

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through the winter, worrying about your body. People think it is a

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great cardio sport, but low impact. But there is internal impact. Your

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back is vulnerable by the nature of what you are doing. It is not like

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running with impact every moment, but you have huge forces coming

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through the legs, through the back and into the upper body. Everyone

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has had some injury along the way. There are days whether you -- when

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you question whether it will happen again. Andy is a bit older. The

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older you get, injuries speak up on you and you have to look after

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yourself in a different way than when you were younger because you do

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not bounce back from injuries as quickly. It gives you a chance to

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reflect on your shape and how to adapt and look after yourself. Is he

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still the driving force of that boat? He is definitely the lead

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role. He has done it so many times he is a driving force. We can move

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onto the top women's crew Heather Glover -- Helen Glover and Heather

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Stanning. Heather took time out to go back to her role with the Army in

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Afghanistan. Matthew Pinsent caught up with her.

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Seven minutes away from Olympic history. Helen Glover and Heather

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Stanning. The crowd are roaring. They are making history! Great

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Britain, into the record books. How do you sum up Bastian? Very

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dusty and hot. It has everything you need, people around. Was it scary,

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dangerous, I imagine everything is dangerous to a degree? You have to

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do remember you are in a war zone, but I did not feel threatened. We

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took body armour everyday and carried weapons, but I was doing an

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office job. I felt happy in the environment I was in. The last time

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I spoke to you properly was before you won the gold medal. I said to

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you that if you win, it is going to be a great story for the Army. They

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are not going to be bothered if you go to Afghanistan. That you said you

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wanted to do the tour. Having the opportunity to go on tour and do the

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job for real was important to me. If I am staying in the army, they

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cannot credit me just with my rowing, I have to prove myself as an

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officer. Do you enjoy them equally? Do you compare them like that? I

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love being an athlete and the opportunities I have had and I loved

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my time with the Army. I am not ready to give either up. The British

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rowing honours board. Howard does it feel to have your own London 2012

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section? The first time I saw it was today. It is impressive. When I

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first came in here, I thought, wow, look at those people. Great

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Britain's first gold medal of these Olympics. We were aware there had

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not been a gold medal. I can't -- car put things into compartments

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well. I thought about the race. There is an issue in the fact that

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there are three of you who want to, and expect to, row in the pair. I

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want to be in a boat with world champions. There is a squad of

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people who would like to be in the pair, or in one of the other boats.

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I have had a good year. I have less than three years until Rio, which is

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just around the corner. We are away for the first time, back together,

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Helen Glover and Heather Stanning since their magnificent gas in 2012

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of the London Olympics. China in one, USA, three and four. USA two

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and five. Great Britain against the United States of America. And five.

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Great Britain against the United States of America guys on Helen and

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Heather, first time together -- a lot of eyes. Catherine, although it

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is the Americans, if Britain set down a marker, they will be in the

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women's eight. A little pressure off Great Britain, but if they put in a

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brilliant performance it sets the benchmark. Helen has won everything

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since the Olympic Games. For Heather, it is the first time back

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since that moment at London. They will have pressure, to be reunited

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as a team. They are taking on four at the top American pairs. They will

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double up for the eight later, which will be the American priority.

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Already, they are showing what they do best and leading the race

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comfortably. They are glorious conditions as we go through 500

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metres. Great Britain are out to clear water. Catherine, you have

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been here, leading in the early stages. -- Katherine Grainger. The

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nerves can start to settle. You know you have speed, that is all right,

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but in the second 500, what will go through Heather's mind? It is a big

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day for her. It is a funny sport, you go backwards and watch the race

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unfold behind you. If you have a good start, you watch the race and

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can control it to an extent. They have a fast start, they do it in a

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rhythmic, longer way. They will put distance between them and the rest

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of the field. Heather and Helen are in a different race at the front.

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Great Britain easing out from the four boats that will end up in the

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USA women's eight. The benchmark, the Americans are world champions in

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the women's eight from the World Championships last year. We have two

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that our Olympic champions in the eighth. -- in the eight. They are

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doubling up in the regatta. This is about the British crew laying down a

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marker for the rest of the season. None of the USA crews are pairs

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specialists. Heather and Helen have made the pair of -- the pair their

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own. If the first 500 was good, the second 500 has been exceptional for

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Helen Glover and Heather Stanning. Back in the women's pair for the

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first time on the international scene of the two years, since they

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stormed home at London 2012. They are making it look easy. They have

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the gap, which is comfortable, what you do in the third 500, are you

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still racing on the edge? Hopefully they will settle into a rhythm they

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are comfortable with. The Americans will be competitive against each

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other. They will try to establish a ranking behind them stop the leading

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crew does not want a sprint finish suddenly from the crews racing for

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the silver medal and bronze medal. You can get caught up in that race

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if you are not careful. But these two are smart enough to know they

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will not be caught out. 34 strokes per minute or Great Britain, which

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is quite high, given that the race is under control. Heather Stanning,

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29, last two years out. She trained while she was away. Coming back into

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the team, it has been a long winter of the Heather, by her own

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admission. They are now seeing the fruits of that as they move towards

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the 1500 metres mark. Glorious conditions. This scene is set for

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the return of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, the Olympic

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champions, eased out again over crews that are predominantly from

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the USA women's eight, who you will see later. They are world champions.

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We also have China, in Lane number one. Paul Thompson and Robin

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Williams, the coaches of this partnership. It was brave to take

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Heather out of the European Championships three weeks ago, but

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they know what they are doing. In training over what happened, Heather

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made a phenomenal comeback. She got back face fitness quickly. At the

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top end is what you struggle to recapture. In the fourth quarter is

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where she would come under pressure physically. They will not come under

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serious pressure here. They can bring it in. They will want the

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race, but they will not put in extra pressure that you would expect at

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this crucial part of the race. They are definitely keeping the rate

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high. They have another level to go if it was called upon. Heather

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Stanning, in the stroke seat, easing up in the closing stages. Pushing

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for the line. Still going hard. Helen is looking over her shoulder,

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looking for the line stop the gap is impressive. Helen Glover, Heather

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Stanning, they are back in style, comfortably done. Let's not forget,

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they are racing for pride. They are reigning Olympic champions. Back for

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the first time. Can they defend the title? And a fantastic job winning

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the Europe union championships. It was a big Dave Heather. At the

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regatta we had three good rowers rather than our final being good. It

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shows this level of competition and keeping it there. How much pressure

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did you feel coming into the regatta, after having time out

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injured? I had time away to concentrate on myself. There was

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pressure I put myself rather than anything else. It was lovely to get

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back racing internationally and show what I could do. How close is the

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boat to its best feeling? How did it feel compared to the Olympics? It

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feels different, but for a good reason. We knew there was more we

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could get from it. We have started on the journey of making

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improvements. This is the start and in the next couple of years we will

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see where we can get to. You have a big target. The rest of the world

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knows what they have to do to beat you, how will you stay in front? We

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never get complacent. There are targets on our backs and we are told

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that by the crews racing. We are top dogs at the moment. That will not

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last if we do not keep pressing. They are very much the pair for

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everybody else to come for, and they? Yes, we saw four Americans

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making the final pair and it is very unusual and it shows the strength

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and depth of the American crews but the British really have scared

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people away. Does that work on the basis that if you have a limited

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gene pool to pick from for your team, do you target events? Clearly

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Britain does. It almost opens up the way forward. That is the way a lot

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of nations will work because not everybody has a full team some

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nations will pick and choose what suits the athletes they have but

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when you have accrued dominating the event like that, you will look

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elsewhere to get medals. There is also a silent -- selection dilemma

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because Polly Swann it has done a fantastic job. Yes, I think from the

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beginning of this year Heather had proved enough to get herself back in

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the pair and it is only because she wasn't quite fit enough for the

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Europeans that Polly was brought back in so it was only right that

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Heather was given another chance to race. Just explain without getting

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too technical, what are the main factors that means one rower is

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better with another? What are the determining factors that mean Helen

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is paired with heather rather than Polly? Helen can work well with

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either of them so her seat is safe. It is a good thing for that

:32:16.:32:18.

combination because it will keep them on their toes, not just

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worrying about the rest of the world but keeping their seats. Let's move

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worrying about the rest of the world but keeping their seats. Let's on

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now to the lightweight double sculls and the

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but keeping their seats. Let's on now to the return of Kat Copeland,

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she was paired with Imogen Walsh at Belgrade and they had an interesting

:32:37.:32:39.

incident at the start of their race when they went into a metal post and

:32:40.:32:44.

had to re-rig the boat. Anyway everything was well after that.

:32:45.:32:52.

Let's see how they got on today. Italy are absent from this final,

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nevertheless it is a high-class field and Great Britain have done

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very well to get two boats will stop cat -- to get two boats. Katherine,

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Kat has done well to come back, hasn't she? Yes, and she is loving

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it. They had a problem with the boat in the warm up when they hit a sort

:33:44.:33:48.

of stick things so not ideal and they still put in a great

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performance to medals so I would like to see them even further up the

:33:54.:33:57.

podium today. So they were bronze medals on that occasion at the end

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of last month. Alongside them Germany got the silver medal so real

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fight here in the middle and at the three and four are starting to lag.

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Four great scullers in the women's team for Great Britain. A great job

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Paul is doing. Yes, and it will be great to see this view for him. A

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quarter of the race down. China, Sweden, Great Britain two, and the

:34:39.:34:44.

first boat back in fifth place. That is OK, but they will now really

:34:45.:34:50.

think about moving into a good, powerful with them. You would expect

:34:51.:34:56.

that. Watch number four. It should start to ease back through, and

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three for that matter. Hopefully number three as well, I would like

:35:02.:35:09.

to see the British come through! Kat and Imogen will be disappointed with

:35:10.:35:18.

the start. In a way, when you are over in lane one, to some extent

:35:19.:35:23.

there is less pressure on you. You are not in the middle of the battle

:35:24.:35:27.

and sometimes people forget where you are and sometimes you can have

:35:28.:35:31.

an advantage sneaking up the sides. It shows the high level of

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competition, not much in it. They are very strict on the weight limit

:35:40.:35:43.

so the racing is coming closer together. Everyone has similar

:35:44.:35:50.

height, weight measurements and it makes for very tight racing. China,

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and in the bow seat they have a silver medallist from 2010. A lot of

:35:58.:36:08.

rivalry in the couple of years running into 2012 there. Tight

:36:09.:36:16.

racing, very tight. On the top, tailored just starting to ease

:36:17.:36:22.

back. So, coming through the halfway mark of this race. It is now Sweden,

:36:23.:36:29.

and Great Britain one, China in third position. Much better for

:36:30.:36:33.

Imogen and Katherine and that will give them the confidence. They know

:36:34.:36:38.

their speed is good and that gives them the platform to move on.

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Katherine has looked a little to the right, just checking where Sweden is

:36:44.:36:49.

in lane number six. Sweden fourth macro earlier this year, and ninth

:36:50.:36:54.

in the European Championships last year. I think this is where the

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experience and the standards come in. If you are sitting in this race

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expecting to be at the front, you don't sit in the middle of the field

:37:06.:37:10.

content with that result. They will not stop until they have moved back

:37:11.:37:14.

through the field and it is great because the Swedish port in a

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brilliant first half but they are dropping back now. They have almost

:37:19.:37:24.

everything they could and is for Kat and Imogen to hopefully now deliver.

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23 years of age from Tees rowing club, Kat Copland, Imogen Walsh in

:37:36.:37:46.

the bow seat. A steely look of determination there. Good technique,

:37:47.:37:53.

nice pick-up. You can see their race plan dictating, just unleashing

:37:54.:38:00.

there. Great Britain easing out one length. A great side shot, you can

:38:01.:38:07.

see how the boat flows along. We are through 1500 metres and that third

:38:08.:38:13.

500 again, another really good effort. Not necessarily fireworks

:38:14.:38:17.

require but just turning the notch a little bit, moving the speed, moving

:38:18.:38:24.

the boat. In a way that is what a classy crew can do. There is no

:38:25.:38:29.

moment of explosion in the race where you suddenly destroy the field

:38:30.:38:36.

but you can move out stroke by stroke and nobody sees it happening,

:38:37.:38:40.

no one witnesses the change but you have suddenly taken a length of the

:38:41.:38:50.

field and the top crews can do it. If they can just think about

:38:51.:38:54.

squeezing on, pushing, no pressure, they have nothing to lose here. If

:38:55.:39:02.

they can really push on in these closing stages, get themselves onto

:39:03.:39:07.

the medal podium, that will be a fantastic result. Out the front,

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leading comfortably now. Still right on it but their race plan has come

:39:12.:39:19.

together very nicely. Absolutely, and their coach has a very calm

:39:20.:39:25.

head, keeps it fun, keeps it relaxed. They should have the

:39:26.:39:30.

confidence, they should be able to think confidently in a race. They

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have that chunk of water, and closing down on them meanwhile is

:39:37.:39:43.

gigabits two. Piggott and Taylor for Great Britain, they could get onto

:39:44.:39:50.

the medal podium here. Out the front they have opened such a distance!

:39:51.:39:55.

Old for Great Britain and silver for Great Britain. What a fantastic move

:39:56.:40:07.

from the girls at the top! The middle thousand a little bit unsure

:40:08.:40:11.

for the second boat. But they came through. I hardly noticed them

:40:12.:40:22.

coming through. Ellie Piggott makes Kat Copland look old frankly! That

:40:23.:40:27.

is such an experienced level of racing. Ellie and Charlotte haven't

:40:28.:40:33.

had a huge amount of experience behind them and they made it to a

:40:34.:40:37.

silver medal podium behind an Olympic champion. That is not a bad

:40:38.:40:41.

day at the office. We were really pleased because we

:40:42.:40:45.

felt like we executed our race really well. It all sort of went the

:40:46.:40:51.

way we wanted it to go. So you thought you would be cool and calm

:40:52.:40:57.

in the first 1000 kilometres and lay it down in the third quarter? We

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don't intentionally want to be behind. It is a two kilometre race

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so we know that we have work to do and we keep trying to work on the

:41:08.:41:11.

first bit but we played to our strengths well and we were

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composed. Imogen, you have made a step up from the Europeans, you must

:41:17.:41:21.

be delighted with your performance in this regatta? Absolutely. We have

:41:22.:41:26.

made some technical changes since the Europeans and comment into this

:41:27.:41:30.

with more confidence and belief and that probably helped us earlier in

:41:31.:41:36.

the race when we weren't leading. And the lady behind you, Ellie

:41:37.:41:41.

Piggott, just how does it feel to have that silver medal round your

:41:42.:41:45.

neck and the World Cup regatta, what will they be saying back at home? It

:41:46.:41:51.

feels fantastic. We have had a short time to get together but the setting

:41:52.:41:54.

here is beautiful and we set out what we wanted to do, and we knew we

:41:55.:42:00.

were there or thereabouts all the way through the race so it was a

:42:01.:42:04.

case of heads down through the last bit and take it stroke by stroke.

:42:05.:42:08.

Not just first but second as well, that is a huge statement of intent

:42:09.:42:13.

across that discipline. I No, and it is a difficult event, the only

:42:14.:42:36.

Olympic lightweight women's event so there are only two seats in the

:42:37.:42:39.

country. To come first and second is exceptional for Great Britain. Great

:42:40.:42:41.

Britain two has no real international experience yet so that

:42:42.:42:44.

was a good start. Over the next two years, that is considerable

:42:45.:42:46.

competition, isn't it? Yes, but that is the sort of competition you want

:42:47.:42:50.

on a daily basis. Don't you want to say, this is my seat and I am fine?

:42:51.:42:54.

The system doesn't work like that. Everybody has an opportunity to put

:42:55.:42:58.

themselves forward. When you have got talent like that that have just

:42:59.:43:03.

rocked up after one year in the sport producing performances like

:43:04.:43:08.

that, they have so much to learn. Should there be more lightweight

:43:09.:43:13.

categories as Olympic disciplines? By and large, with respect, they do

:43:14.:43:20.

often produce better racers. Yes, because of the lightweight cut-off.

:43:21.:43:25.

It is like if you put heavyweight categories and put them in, it would

:43:26.:43:32.

make for tighter races. I think you could definitely argue the women in

:43:33.:43:38.

that event who will not make it to the Olympics, you could easily have

:43:39.:43:42.

made an Olympic place if there were more options available. Should there

:43:43.:43:48.

be? But then what do you take out? That is the debate, and that's when

:43:49.:43:53.

it gets quite nasty because we are used to a certain number of athletes

:43:54.:43:57.

and a certain class of category but maybe with the Olympic movement that

:43:58.:44:02.

might have to change in the future. It is something to be wary of as we

:44:03.:44:04.

go to Tokyo and beyond. might have to change in the future.

:44:05.:44:07.

It is something to be wary of as It is a good discussion point, but

:44:08.:44:11.

let's stay with the lightweights, the men's lightweight four and with

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the chopping and changing in the British team, lots of familiar names

:44:17.:44:22.

but some unfamiliar ones here. Three of the four won silver in London.

:44:23.:44:34.

Chris Bartley leads his men of the start as he has done so many times

:44:35.:44:40.

before. Driving it up through the first ten strokes. Maximum speed.

:44:41.:44:48.

The final of the men's light coxless four. The world champions, there

:44:49.:44:51.

they are. So much going on here, an event that

:44:52.:45:05.

crew average cannot exceed 70 kilograms. That 250, you can see the

:45:06.:45:16.

level platform, still quite tight. It will never be boring, it is

:45:17.:45:21.

always tight. It is a sprint from start to finish. The Danish four,

:45:22.:45:29.

what an amazing record. They have a pride in that nation. It is the

:45:30.:45:38.

flagship event for them. Denmark, if you track the rate of the crews

:45:39.:45:41.

throughout the course, they will vary. They will be up and down.

:45:42.:45:49.

Denmark go to 38 and stay on 38. None of that nonsense, we know how

:45:50.:45:57.

to train, this is how we race! Great Britain, nicely done. Easing out.

:45:58.:46:04.

They can transition to the second five. Denmark will hunt them down.

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This is what is exciting. They are closely together. China in lane one.

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New Zealand in two, Denmark, three, France, four. USA in lane number

:46:20.:46:26.

six. New Zealand and Denmark, they were the crews who did the big

:46:27.:46:32.

battle last year. New Zealand will start moving through and make an

:46:33.:46:40.

impact soon. Just starting to take the race on in the black strip. The

:46:41.:46:51.

Chambers Brothers in the British crew, closest to us. There has been

:46:52.:46:58.

a change around. Peter Chambers has moved forward to two. A little

:46:59.:47:04.

switch, splitting up the brothers. So much timing and training and

:47:05.:47:11.

analysis done back at Caversham. They are looking left. Richard

:47:12.:47:18.

Chambers in the three seat. We headed towards the halfway mark. The

:47:19.:47:23.

final of the lightweight coxless four. New Zealand taking it through

:47:24.:47:34.

the timing Park. Not much in it. In the mix, Denmark, the European

:47:35.:47:44.

champions. The world champions. Look at that lovely picture. New Zealand,

:47:45.:47:52.

silver medallists last year and a good effort so far. They are

:47:53.:47:57.

fighting to keep ahead. If you look at Denmark, the same rhythm. The

:47:58.:48:03.

same rhythm all the way through. They know they have one geared to

:48:04.:48:09.

kick up on when it is called on. They do not need it now. Great

:48:10.:48:13.

Britain, just slipping back a little of New Zealand. France are

:48:14.:48:19.

disappointing, in fourth, they were one of the heat winners and went

:48:20.:48:24.

direct to the final. At the moment New Zealand are holding the half

:48:25.:48:29.

length which in lightweight men's four rowing is a comfortable margin.

:48:30.:48:41.

The third 500 is starting to stretch them out. They are on the edge. They

:48:42.:48:46.

have more than 50 strokes to go when it's called upon through the 1500

:48:47.:48:52.

metres. Curtis Rapley in the stroke seat. Stretched out a little bit in

:48:53.:49:02.

the last 100 up to that line. Less than 50 strokes remaining. New

:49:03.:49:06.

Zealand will go one more time. Can Denmark, the world and European

:49:07.:49:13.

champions, respond? They had that level platform through the middle

:49:14.:49:18.

1000. They will have to switch on. New Zealand seem to have something

:49:19.:49:23.

in reserve. Denmark have a big job on their hands. New Zealand do not

:49:24.:49:29.

look like they are struggling. They are giving everything, but they have

:49:30.:49:33.

a relaxed rhythm. Rowing like New Zealand can do. Denmark coming under

:49:34.:49:42.

pressure from Great Britain. Great Britain will have to watch France in

:49:43.:49:48.

lane four. Great Britain is starting to hunt down Denmark. Less than a

:49:49.:49:55.

third of the silver medal position. New Zealand, they will look like

:49:56.:50:03.

they will hold it on. Less than 100, up to the line, New Zealand, hats

:50:04.:50:10.

off to them. The way they raced that second 1000. The British crew led by

:50:11.:50:14.

Chris Bartley pushes for the final time. New Zealand get the gold,

:50:15.:50:22.

Denmark having to hold off, getting the silver. Britain through in

:50:23.:50:26.

bronze. It was close on the end between Denmark and Great Britain.

:50:27.:50:32.

Out front, easily done. New Zealand getting the gold.

:50:33.:50:40.

And a good performance. We will take a break from the action and talk

:50:41.:50:47.

about Mark. What do you do when you have hung up your oar? Mark has

:50:48.:50:59.

decided not to row, so he breeds the next generation of Mark Hunters.

:51:00.:51:08.

There are 19 of you and we will have four boats on the water and four

:51:09.:51:15.

people on the tag. You will have to push your legs in the right way.

:51:16.:51:21.

After finishing in London it is, what will I do now? I have been

:51:22.:51:27.

involved in a lot of things over the past 18 months. In February I was

:51:28.:51:33.

given the opportunity to work as a programme director for the youth

:51:34.:51:36.

programme. There has been made not going on but I am loving what I do.

:51:37.:51:43.

The role has many different parts. I work with the coaches, give them

:51:44.:51:46.

advice, get involved in coaching begins. It has been a knot of fun.

:51:47.:51:56.

-- a lotta fun. Some of the kids are at performance level, training up to

:51:57.:52:02.

twice a day. Others, it is their first or second time rowing. Enjoy

:52:03.:52:08.

being outside. You can see their personality developing. I am

:52:09.:52:13.

thoroughly enjoying it. There are many things I would like to see. A

:52:14.:52:18.

kid starting this programme now and in 12 years going to the Olympic

:52:19.:52:21.

Games, that would be the biggest thing. For me, it is giving them the

:52:22.:52:27.

opportunity to take their lives in a different direction they had not

:52:28.:52:33.

thought. Problems. He was the best? We are going to find out. It is open

:52:34.:52:39.

to anyone. You do not have to come from an elitist background. I came

:52:40.:52:45.

from the East End, a working-class family. There are opportunities for

:52:46.:52:48.

everyone to get involved in the sport. This was a nice challenge to

:52:49.:52:54.

come back where I started. I remember rowing as a kid when there

:52:55.:52:58.

was nothing around here, there were just warehouses. I want to say I did

:52:59.:53:05.

my bit and got involved to help rowing Grove the kids who might not

:53:06.:53:09.

normally have the opportunity to take part -- to help it grow. What

:53:10.:53:15.

is great is some of the kids had never thought about trying this

:53:16.:53:19.

sport. Now they have the opportunity to get on the water. Some of them

:53:20.:53:25.

will fall in love with it and some will not, but at least they have the

:53:26.:53:29.

chance to try. As long as they do not fall in! That

:53:30.:53:36.

is part of the BBC campaign. Everything on the website. That area

:53:37.:53:40.

must be unrecognisable from when you first started rowing. It has changed

:53:41.:53:47.

massively. It will keep developing over that side of London. To have

:53:48.:53:51.

the opportunity for schools in the local area to start rowing, it has

:53:52.:53:57.

been a lot of fun to see the kids start their journey. Hopefully they

:53:58.:54:00.

will go on to race at these regattas. That would be uplifting.

:54:01.:54:08.

One problem is you need water. If you have access to water, how easy

:54:09.:54:15.

is it to get into the sport? You do not need a special background or to

:54:16.:54:19.

come from a special place. Water helps, but a lot of people. On the

:54:20.:54:24.

rowing machine. They can bring them into any schools around the country

:54:25.:54:28.

and have a go. We talk about role models. These kids to have someone

:54:29.:54:36.

like Mark, who started in the East End like themselves, and became

:54:37.:54:41.

Olympic champion. When you know that is a potential opportunity, if one

:54:42.:54:44.

of them gets involved in sport because they had inspiration, it

:54:45.:54:52.

makes a huge difference. In sport you can tell, they have something

:54:53.:54:59.

about them. When somebody gets in a boat, can you CD with the water? --

:55:00.:55:08.

can you see the empathy with the water? You cannot tell straightaway.

:55:09.:55:16.

Give them a chance to get involved and see if they have that side. The

:55:17.:55:20.

mental side is a big part of what we do. We can go on to be men's pair.

:55:21.:55:29.

The British crew up against the almost unbeatable New Zealand team,

:55:30.:55:40.

who have not lost for five years. Would today be the day?

:55:41.:55:46.

Away nice and clear. Easing off in the all-black strip of New Zealand

:55:47.:55:55.

in lane number three. Francine one, Britain in two. Argentina alongside

:55:56.:56:03.

New Zealand in four. Germany and five and Mexico in six. Hamish Bond

:56:04.:56:11.

driving this pair out. Going alongside them, Argentina in four.

:56:12.:56:17.

This Argentine pair raced the World Cup last year. They did not come

:56:18.:56:20.

through to the World Championships in this combination. They have World

:56:21.:56:30.

Cup experience. They know you have to go off quickly to rattle the New

:56:31.:56:41.

Zealand crew. Hamish Bond, Katherine, forget what he is doing

:56:42.:56:47.

in this pair 's race, he has beaten Drysdale, the Olympic and world

:56:48.:56:54.

champion, in the single scull. We know Hamish Bond is exceptional.

:56:55.:56:58.

They are down in the field at the moment. Germany came out fast.

:56:59.:57:05.

France in the far side in front of the home side will try to do

:57:06.:57:11.

something. New Zealand happy to sit in the pack and then wrote out

:57:12.:57:18.

relentlessly into the fields. The technique on the catch is exquisite.

:57:19.:57:25.

Argentina, in lane number four. Struggling with this pacesetter

:57:26.:57:31.

down. Look at the catch. How efficient, Hamish is picking up the

:57:32.:57:38.

boat and moving it on. It is a masterclass in how to race a pair.

:57:39.:57:42.

They are not content to hold the gap, they want more and more.

:57:43.:57:47.

Everybody is racing hard, but nobody can compete. Fantastic news that the

:57:48.:57:53.

British pair. If they get on the podium, it would be an impressive

:57:54.:57:57.

results. The French have not been shaken off completely, but from this

:57:58.:58:07.

angle, Great Britain looking good. Murray and Bond from New Zealand,

:58:08.:58:12.

they are hungry and greedy. They want more distance. They are getting

:58:13.:58:21.

it and they are not in Top Gear. New Zealand starting 2014 as they

:58:22.:58:26.

finished last year. Gold medal number 16 in a row. Look at the

:58:27.:58:32.

distance. Silver for Germany and a well fought bronze for Matt Gotrel

:58:33.:58:55.

and Bennett. Matt and Paul Bennett will be very happy with the bronze

:58:56.:59:03.

medal. The gap is huge. Well done to the British pair, but

:59:04.:59:10.

the Kiwis are good. We will look at the men's doubles. We have Jonathan

:59:11.:59:17.

Walton and John Collins in the second event. Two finals. A young

:59:18.:59:21.

combination. They are progressing well. The women, Frances Houghton.

:59:22.:59:36.

They thought they were both going well. The Australians won it with a

:59:37.:59:48.

convincing lead. Great Britain in lane six and also in the women's

:59:49.:59:56.

Quad. Germany dominant, again. We wanted to see the Great Britain

:59:57.:00:00.

women move up. They finished a disappointing fifth. The women's

:00:01.:00:03.

squad looks like they need to start again at the moment. We can move to

:00:04.:00:19.

the men's Quad. Lumbered in the stroke seat, leading them out. Now

:00:20.:00:24.

the men's Quad. Lumbered in the stroke seat, leading them out. they

:00:25.:00:28.

are up and running, two long strokes. Lehmann, the Czech

:00:29.:00:38.

Republic, China in two, Germany in three, Great Britain in four.

:00:39.:00:48.

For the next 200 metres they have got to establish a rhythm that

:00:49.:00:56.

dominates... Interesting, as we go to Andy Hodge and his recent

:00:57.:01:00.

addition to the family! Back onto this race. So Great Britain have

:01:01.:01:06.

really now got to think about establishing the rhythm to move them

:01:07.:01:11.

out here. Have that confidence because they know they have the

:01:12.:01:15.

speed. It is just combining all of that. Germany had a slightly faster

:01:16.:01:24.

start but it is early days. A quad start is almost as fast as an eight,

:01:25.:01:41.

very fast. It is all to play for. Germany through by half a length.

:01:42.:01:46.

Great Britain currently in the bronze medal position. That is the

:01:47.:01:50.

sprint part of the race finished so now we get into the transition and

:01:51.:01:55.

this will be vital for the British crew, confidence point of view. Get

:01:56.:02:03.

into a long, smooth rhythm allowing for the boat speed. This is a

:02:04.:02:07.

massive test for them because Germany now have a half lead and a

:02:08.:02:15.

good, solid rhythm. The Brits have to keep their heads and eat away at

:02:16.:02:22.

that lead, one stroke at a time. It will not happen in five or ten

:02:23.:02:27.

strokes but hopefully in about 500 metres. The German crew looked to be

:02:28.:02:32.

longer, look how long the blade is in the water to give them more

:02:33.:02:37.

leveraged off the Finnish there. Great Britain, when they come under

:02:38.:02:42.

pressure, the first thing you think about doing is shortening up and

:02:43.:02:50.

then the speed goes. If you can have that faster speed at the start, you

:02:51.:02:55.

can relax into your rhythm, your race plan, and dominate and dictate.

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If you are behind you are chasing and sometimes that throws you out of

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your natural comfort zone. It takes a cool head to stay with your plan

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and move up. The Olympic champions Germany leading Great Britain. They

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haven't managed to get away. The British on their left in lane three

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have Germany the Olympic champions on their right, Canada closest to us

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here in lane five. Peter Lambert in the stroke seat, just easing out.

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Now the crews will be... They are in the area where there is a big push

:03:44.:03:49.

coming on. This is where psychology plays its huge role because in the

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third 500 things are hurting, it is challenging and you can start to

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have doubts. If you are gaining momentum you start to feel you are

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closing down on them. We want to see Great Britain creating an overlap

:04:08.:04:11.

and that could make the change. Great Britain have put in a big

:04:12.:04:16.

push, they have kept the length going and the crew has found the

:04:17.:04:21.

speed they have often shown us in the second part of the race. They

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are coming back on the Olympic champions and that doesn't happen

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very often. It looks like they are drawing level as we speak. Coming up

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to 1500, 15 or so strokes remaining in this race and the British crew

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have found their form. They are in a platform, they have the platform to

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push through. Germany have led them for most of the race here, and now

:04:53.:04:57.

Great Britain, as they ease on every stroke, keep the length, boys.

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Lambert in the stroke seat, Graham Thomas in the bowels, and we now

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have two or three feet back from Germany as Britain go out to the

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canvas. Timed very well here. This is exactly the way to do it. If you

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find yourself down, take it one stroke at a time and with 500 metres

:05:26.:05:33.

to go you have to lay it down. The last push now for Great Britain. The

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Germans know that they have been beaten but Canada in lane five

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coming on hard. Germany could be rumbled by Canada in five, but

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outfront coming towards the line now, an impressive second 5000

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metres here, led by Peter Lambert, they can enjoy the last few strokes,

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job well done. A big statement here today, not just from the crews they

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look back on, but this group goes from strength to strength.

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That was an absolutely fantastic job, you generally had your head

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down boat, didn't you? Yes, that's generally how it goes in quad

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races. That was a really quick start today but really exciting, we came

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through in the last 500 metres. Going to the big man, Charlie

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Cozens, you had to lay it down in the last quarter of that race, it

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looks like you were suffering. I have seen a few pictures and it

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looks pretty horrific but when you are in the race, in the zone, it

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doesn't hurt as much as it looks like. Really happy with the result.

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Sam Townsend, pleased? Yes, I thought we executed the plan. Early

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on in the race they obviously went out very strongly, the Germans, but

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I could hear a lot of noise that was frantic so I always felt good about

:07:19.:07:24.

our boat. We were very calm so as soon as we started edging I felt

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good about the race. Is it a gold you were expecting? Yes, that is

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when I predicted for the day and it has been great to see that crew

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developed over the last 18 months. They were able to come through and

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they knew what they had to lay on in the last 1000 metres. Talking about

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consistency of selection, when you row with somebody for a long time,

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is it that empathy that makes the difference between... I don't know

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how much difference it makes, one length, two lengths, because you

:08:02.:08:05.

know what everybody behind you is doing. Yes, communication is

:08:06.:08:10.

essential because you have no time out, no time to pause in a race, you

:08:11.:08:17.

are flat out the whole way. You can only see the back of someone and you

:08:18.:08:22.

have an very minimal communication. If the race isn't going to plan, you

:08:23.:08:28.

need to have absolute trust. One or two words will be set between the

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crew and that time together is showing, they are coming good. A

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couple of the other leading boats were not there and will be there in

:08:39.:08:42.

Lucerne but you still fancy them to win. Yes, the long-term goal is to

:08:43.:08:48.

win Rio but the dominance they are showing now with those sorts of

:08:49.:08:51.

performances, I don't think they fear anybody. They are enjoying what

:08:52.:08:58.

they are doing. Another combination that has fun around each other and

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every race they are progressing and moving on. We are moving

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The women's eight away. A little bit slow in the first couple of strokes

:09:18.:09:29.

just to get off the mark by the USA, they are in lane five. The Germans,

:09:30.:09:36.

current Olympic champions, two of that crew returning here and pretty

:09:37.:09:38.

much all but one of that crew returning here and pretty

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World Championships crew. The Canadians will be a crew to push

:09:44.:09:49.

hard against the Americans, but in amongst it all, lane four, just

:09:50.:09:53.

where they want to be, Great Britain. We have Polly Swann coming

:09:54.:10:00.

into this crew, she has moved into the eight to strengthen this boat so

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it will be interesting to see what she can do. Look at the Canadians go

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in lane three, already half a length. You have got to race to 500

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metres, get as much as you can, and from there it is about defending. In

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the history of men's racing anyway and more and more so in the women's

:10:29.:10:30.

boats you get and more and more so in the women's

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won her first gold medal back in 1992. They split the Canadians from

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the Olympic and defending world champions, good stuff here from

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Great Britain. And China now into the second 500 metres. They are

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showing some early pace but this is awesome stuff from the Canadians. We

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have never seen the USA being led a length by another crew. As you say,

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the coxing seat of that Canadian crew, she has had seven Olympic

:11:20.:11:23.

Games and she is the voice of experience. Big calls coming out of

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the American boat, Schneider in the coxing seat there. At the moment

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Great Britain are stock now. It is going to be very difficult, when you

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have one length in an, very hard. -- in an eight. It is maybe not a

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surprise we haven't seen a fast start from them considering all of

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them had a tough race only a couple of hours before. There are the

:12:07.:12:11.

British girls, they all have confidence from Belgrade a few weeks

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ago. A newly formed crew against Romania. The Canadians lead and the

:12:18.:12:28.

US going through. That market is wrong. There it is, corrected.

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Canada leading, US coming back, leading over Great Britain. Down the

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American boat, we would expect in the third 500 metres that the

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Canadians will just consolidate their lead. It will be a big ask

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from the Americans to overhaul the Canadians. If they do that from

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here, it will be some going. They are closing down the lead and let's

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not forget the American eight have all raised earlier on today. Yet

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they are making a dent on the Canadian lead. Great Britain being

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led on the far side will stop they are just up on China, so as the

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Americans just start to slip away from Great Britain, Britain have got

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to watch China in lane two. Germany out of it at the moment, not looking

:13:30.:13:32.

like they will be anywhere near this. OK, so big calls now from the

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American cox, Schneider, telling the crew they will be coming back seat

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by seat. Both crews away from Great Britain, 500 metres remaining and

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the Americans have taken clear water over Great Britain, currently in

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third place. They are in a battle with China for the bronze medal. The

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United States of America are hunting down the Canadians and this will be

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an exceptional sprints back from the Americans. It is USA against Canada

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and the Americans look like they have got the better of them at the

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moment. They have certainly got have got the better of them at the

:14:21.:14:23.

moment. momentum on their side at the moment.

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have got the better of them at the moment. momentum It is the Americans

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who are faster to finish and coming in with a canvas over Canada with a

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line fast approaching. They are on full whack now but they will have

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two have another call. The Canadians are three or four feet down, it is a

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matter of whether or not there is enough course on this. They are

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through! That is a phenomenal second half from the American group. The

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Americans have taken the race by the scruff of the neck. It has been

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phenomenal. The second 1000. That is why the Americans are world and

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Olympic champions. And here for the bronze, just, Great Britain, from an

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unknown Chinese crew. Full Great Britain,

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bronze, just, Great Britain, from an unknown Chinese crew. Full the gap

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between them, the Americans and Canadians is just too far today.

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That was a fantastic race. Polly Swann, she would prefer to be in the

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pair. What can she do? Look at me, look at me. You do not want to do

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that. Anything you go into it, any crew, you make it go as fast as you

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can. Tim Foster did it in 1999. People who have come from other

:16:07.:16:13.

boats. From the inside, you have to make the boat workers much as you

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can. She has made it work and made it work faster. The only way to get

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attention is as part of that eight. For the first time in eight years,

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he is not a member of the top vote in the men's eight. But he is

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determined to get back their -- boat.

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It has been a tough six months, very dark in places. I started

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underperforming and started asking questions about why. That process

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took a long time with medical things. I found out I am allergic to

:16:51.:16:58.

dogs. We keep two dogs. It only affects me when I am right at the

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top of my sport. When I am hurtling down the track, my lungs are tight

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and the airways are closed up. I cannot breathe enough. I do not like

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underperforming and this season I was beaten by guys in the team I

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know I could beat so that was tough. The truth is they are outstanding

:17:21.:17:27.

athletes. If you look to the four, especially. If I was in charge of

:17:28.:17:32.

selection there is no way I would put me in the boat with a clear

:17:33.:17:37.

conscience. There is no weakness in there and so I have to get back to

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my best. I am happy with my position in the crew, with the other guys,

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and I have an -- a lot to offer. in the crew, with the other guys,

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and I have an -- a lot to offer. In Belgrade at the European

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Championships, it was not a bronze medal winning crew. We went through

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hell and high water and got the most out of ourselves. Great Britain

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pushing hard. Here comes rush, through-macro. On the line, a photo

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for the bronze medal. We stole the bronze from the Poland

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team. I was delighted. The feelings I had when I started rowing. They

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made me hungry again for the sport. That can only be a good thing. I am

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sure as my strength and physiology comes back, I think it will be

:18:50.:18:51.

beneficial for Rio. From the silence of the raw, the

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men's eights. China in one, Poland in two, Belarus in three. USA in

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four. Great Britain in five. So much to prove. France in six. It could go

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anywhere. Very tight racing the whole way down. Good to see Matt

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Langridge in the British crew, back in. Poland coming through. Henry

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Fieldman is the cox today. in. Poland coming through. Henry

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Fieldman is Great Britain are in lane number five. British crew were

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third three weeks ago at the European Championships. A different

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line-up this time around. The Americans, bronze medallist at the

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World Championships. Not the whole crew back this time. Big and strong,

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though. Renowned for the putting out big boats. Do not usually see them

:20:08.:20:15.

at other regatta prior to Lucerne. A lot of noise coming from the US

:20:16.:20:23.

driving seat. 500 down, Great Britain in third. The USA men's

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eight has not been as dominant as the women's, but it is seen as their

:20:37.:20:42.

flagship event. And they are at leading as they would want to be.

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The British crew are in the thick of it, where we want to see them. They

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were behind USA in the heat and behind Poland in the repechage. The

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transitional period, 600 metres, out to 750. The British have the second

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of those boat speeds. The British keep the length, driving on. Poland

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will be quick. They won the repechage to get through.

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The United States and Belarus qualified. We have the men's pair

:21:27.:21:37.

from the Europeans. O'Donnell has come in from the men's pair. They

:21:38.:21:43.

did well, moving up. Seeing if they can strengthen it even more. Alan

:21:44.:21:53.

Sinclair adding to the eight. The British line-up has changed since

:21:54.:21:57.

three weeks ago. Will Satch has moved into the stroke seat. John

:21:58.:22:18.

third, a brilliant rower -- Foad. Will Satch has risen to the occasion

:22:19.:22:26.

before but Great Britain, long and loose. They will have to keep their

:22:27.:22:30.

foot down. The Americans will be ruthless. The Polish are always

:22:31.:22:39.

quick in the third 500. USA are moving out at the moment. The

:22:40.:22:47.

British are pushing them hard. They seem to have a slight advantage over

:22:48.:22:55.

Poland. Henry Fieldman given the call for the cox of the crew this

:22:56.:23:08.

time around. The Americans. They are taking 37 strokes a minute, that is

:23:09.:23:15.

quick. The next timing mark, three quarters of a length, the Americans,

:23:16.:23:22.

over Great Britain. Danger zone to Great Britain over Poland. Poland

:23:23.:23:26.

could move from that, in lane number three. The British crew in lane

:23:27.:23:31.

number five. The last desperate structures. They are inside 50

:23:32.:23:37.

strokes. The Americans holding on. Scott Durant, 26 is, in the bow seat

:23:38.:23:44.

of the British crew. Matt Langridge amongst it all, one of the most

:23:45.:23:48.

outstanding athletes, alongside Pete Reed, two-time Olympic champion. The

:23:49.:23:53.

power from the middle of the boat will be called upon. It is hard to

:23:54.:24:02.

tell from the overhead angle. The USA still have the lead they need.

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Great Britain slipping back to third. They are pushing hard. We are

:24:08.:24:23.

in the dying stages. The Americans are going to do it. , coming harder

:24:24.:24:36.

against Great Britain. One last push. Great Britain pushing for

:24:37.:24:42.

silver. USA get the gold. Belarus get the bronze. Well done for the

:24:43.:24:46.

British in the closing stages. Belarus came storming up, but the

:24:47.:24:53.

United States on the day. You were right in it. We were in our

:24:54.:25:03.

own bubble. We said before the race we would do our own thing. We

:25:04.:25:10.

focused on one stroke at a time. I was not aware of what was going on,

:25:11.:25:15.

we stuck to our guns and got the result we were happy with. What

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about Lucerne, what are you looking for? Gold. Hopefully, I will not be

:25:20.:25:27.

burned, factor 50 next time! A brilliant result. A lot of gold

:25:28.:25:34.

medals, as you can see from the table.

:25:35.:25:45.

Next up, Lucerne, in three weeks, when World Cup rowing III takes

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place. And tomorrow, Wimbledon. Andy Murray, defending his Wimbledon

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crown. The first word about the men's eight. Great to hear Will

:26:10.:26:14.

Satch speaking about that. Fantastic. They will definitely move

:26:15.:26:21.

on. They were classy, they should aim for the top. It was great to

:26:22.:26:26.

hear he wants gold. I thought it was a good performance from the team

:26:27.:26:32.

overall. New people coming through, new combinations, showing they are

:26:33.:26:37.

at the forefront, things are looking good this season and next year and

:26:38.:26:42.

obviously in Rio. For ever the perfectionist, you alluded to

:26:43.:26:46.

elements in the women's side that need addressing, like what? It is

:26:47.:26:52.

fantastic. Helen and Heather are looking fantastic. There is a

:26:53.:26:59.

women's British pair that will dominate. It is great to see the

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women's eight the time on the podium. We know Romania will come

:27:03.:27:10.

back in, who did beat them. Women's sculling is not what you are seeing

:27:11.:27:15.

on the podium and for a long time we have seen repeated finishes on the

:27:16.:27:19.

podium. It is these events we want Britain to move up in. Is question

:27:20.:27:25.

of picking the right people, or is the talent perhaps not quite there?

:27:26.:27:30.

We have fantastic athletes. The British team has never been better

:27:31.:27:36.

supported. We have amazing work on the coaching side. We have great

:27:37.:27:42.

athletes. They have got medals at World Championships and Olympic

:27:43.:27:46.

Games. Something is not firing. I know they are doing better in

:27:47.:27:49.

training and racing, which is a problem at the moment. And you. The

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men's coxless four were immense. If they go like that I cannot see

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anybody touching them at the moment. And as long as they are having fun.

:28:08.:28:14.

They make it enjoyable to be around. Great to have you here this

:28:15.:28:18.

afternoon. We shall reassemble in three weeks for the final rowing

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World Cup in Lucerne, which is the same day as the football World Cup

:28:25.:28:29.

final in Rio. The only certainty is that there will be at least some

:28:30.:28:33.

British involvement in the rowing. Goodbye.

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So much pressure, so much expectation.

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It's the title that all the players want to win.

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John Inverdale presents highlights of the second rowing World Cup of the season from Aiguebelette, France.

Britain didn't compete at the first round of the World Cup in Australia, but will be confident of a strong showing in France having won eight medals - including three golds - at 2013's World Championships in Korea.


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