Lucerne Rowing World Cup


Lucerne

John Inverdale presents highlights of the third and final rowing World Cup of the season from Lucerne, Switzerland.


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is quite a well-known rugby stadium just over there. And we are heading

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to Twickenham rowing club, one of the oldest on the River Thames, more

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than 150 years old, to review the final regatta of the year.

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than 150 years old, to review the final regatta of What is unique

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about Twickenham Rowing Club is that it is situated on a private island,

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slap in the middle of the river between Twickenham on one side and

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Kingston on the other. We are here to consider what happened at

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Lucerne, the final regatta of the year, before the World Championships

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in August. COMMENTATOR: Greg Britain, get

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bronze! Greg Britain pushing for silver! It is silver for Great

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Britain. Helen Glover, Heather Stanning, they are back in style.

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Fantastic, gold for Great Britain. Big statement, big, big statement

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here to day. And there was some fantastic tick

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rowing nearer to home last weekend, at the 175th Henley Regatta. Some

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great victories for some we will be seeing in action at Lucerne later

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on. Katherine Grainger is with us to reflect on all things rowing. In a

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very congested part of the year, where does Henley sit for the elite

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athletes? Henley Royal Regatta always sits in the second and third

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World Cup, so it is a busy time of the for racing. But Jewish athletes

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want to try to race there. Before we had London 2012, it was the biggest

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thing people would ever experience. Two -lane racing, it is a different

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intensity from the six lane internationals. The top athletes

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want to do it. Who most impressed you in France, at Aiguebelette,

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three weeks ago? Looking back to the last World Cup, when we saw the full

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team, the women's pair is winning and winning very well. The men's

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four have really set a different standard in that event. And the

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men's squad are doing really well and providing the standards that we

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are looking for. Also, seeing the women's double, seeing Imogen and

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Kat, they put it right in. Aiguebelette So, it is an exciting

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time. Are there individuals who are still competing for places in the

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World Championships? Yes, one of the biggest ones you will probably see

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would be things like the men's pair and the men's eight. They have been

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shuffling around a bit in the last few weeks, but actually, they have

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all done well. And there are different personalities coming

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through in different roles, but that is one which is still in the mix.

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Here is what we have got coming up for you over the next hour. We will

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be hearing from Alex Gregory, Olympic, world and European

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champion. There is no compensation is in this boat. We got in on the

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first day and it went quite well. It was pretty balanced, which is a good

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start for a boat. Glover and Stanning are back, and they mean

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business. Unbeaten to Rio, that is the aim. We want to have a massive

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trajectory of improvement. Will Satch tells us that for this group,

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there really is just one target for the season. We will just be trying

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to go there and hit it from the word go, as always. Starting off with the

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main, at the heart of the boat, Alex Gregory, world, Olympic and European

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champion, and fit aureus at Henley last week as well.

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It was a good race for us, and to but a good lightweight French crew

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on top of that is a bonus, in front of our home crowd. This is near

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enough my hometown, we get so few chances to race in Britain, this is

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quite special for us. There is no complete and is in this boat. We got

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in on the first day and it went quite well. It was pretty balanced,

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which is a good start for a boat. We all see it pretty much the same way,

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and it makes life a lot easier. I am not saying it has to be like that,

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and we will still develop as a cruel and have differing opinions, but

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there is a good feeling between the four of us. The winter is not a

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pleasant time, but if you get the training right and put in the good

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performances, almost you can relax a bit in the summer. If you enable

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yourself to relax in the summer, you perform better. I am confident with

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what we COMMENTATOR: Great Britain are making it look

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very easy. I am not surprised the boat has gone

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well from the start. The three guys I am rowing with our quality

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athletes. We are all fit, healthy, consistent in what we have been

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doing, so in one way, I am not surprised to. In another way, it is

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a shock that we are so far ahead of the competition. I know that will

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change, the World Championships. Kroos typically improve a huge

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amount in the last few weeks, so we have to keep being motivated. There

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is no confusion in what we are doing. It is really simple rowing,

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and that is the way I like it. I have had good experiences in Lucerne

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in the four. 2012, Olympic year, was not so good. But sometimes there is

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not much you can do about it, other nations perhaps peek at different

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times for top but no question, we are going out to win. I feel

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confident that it is going to be difficult to beat us, unless we get

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something wrong. At the moment I am really confident, really enjoying

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it. COMMENTATOR: Great Britain,

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undefeated this season in this new combination. They are in lane three.

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And the Dutch are showing their consistency, they know how to get

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themselves down the course as quick as possible, which is a shame Well,

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It Is Not A Shame At All, They Are Not As Quick As The Brits!

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Netherlands, The World Champions, Are In Lane Five. And the Czech

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Republic are closest to us. Regardless of whatever boat,

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whatever size, the Italians get out quick, as always. But look at the

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power unleashed by Andy Hodge, backed up by George Nash. What a

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fine he has been. Alex Gregory in the bow seat, easing out, and they

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have already got a quarter of a length. Yes, and the Italians

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traditionally will lay down what they have got at the start, but even

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that is not enough to put the Brits out of their stride. What this

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British crew has got, they have a very good combination of a natural

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rhythm, but also very powerful. I think the best oarsmen in the boat

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is Alex Gregory, and he is in the bow seat, so he can see what

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everybody is doing. Mohammed Sidibe is incredibly strong. They are

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basically front wheel drive. It is just working really well. 500

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metres, three quarters of a length, great written over the rest of the

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world. Canada in second place. The world champions, Netherlands,

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currently in the bronze medal position. Moving into the second

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500. Expect the British four to move on again. They will find their

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transition into their rhythm, but you will expect the power still to

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be on, and just moving away. You're right, their speed in the second

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503rd 500 is easy speed. It comes because they are very natural

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together, so they are not wasting any energy. All of the energy is

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going into the end of the oar. The Dutch crew last year did not

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threaten apart from the last few hundred metres, so they are very

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confident. I am sure they will come into second place. But this is where

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the Brits, between 500 and 1000, this is where they are going to rip

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the heart and guts out of the opposition. The rhythm, long and

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loose, backed up by George Nash in the three seat. Up in lane one,

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though, Canada. Three of this crew were 14th in the World Championships

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last year. They have changed their stroke man, Langerfeld has come in.

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Halfway now, in this final, the men's four. Great Britain have eased

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out to a length in that second 500. The world champions remain in bronze

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medal position. If you compare great written, they are a lot longer,

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there is more fluidity coming forwards, around the finish, then

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the Netherlands, who are the reigning world champions. If you

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look at the tandem, which means two oars close together, between the two

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and the number three man, they are very much together. The Brits will

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look to have at least half a length of clear water by 1500 metres. That

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is what they are going to take away to their training camp.

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is what they are going to take away will be disappointed if they do not

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have will be disappointed if they do not

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that would mean other people were sticking with them. They want to not

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just dominate this race, sticking with them. They want to not

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want to rip the guts out of the other crews over the next six weeks.

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You have been in this position with Juergen Gruber, the chief wizard of

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all of this, ever since he has come over here! You are out, you are

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clear, you are feeling good, the legs hurt, but you are still pushing

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on? Yes. What he said to us before the race in Sydney, and now they

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have come through 1500 metres, they have moved out incredibly well...

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But what Juergen said to us, with Matt Pinsent and Steve Redgrave, we

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had an incredibly fast first 500, and then often our speed would drop

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and people would come back at us and then we would go again in the second

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half. Whereas this crew have a quick first 500, AND keep going, which is

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really annoying to race against, I can tell you! Canada, long and loose

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on the far side, more powerful, rather than any technique. But they

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are doing a great job, in the bronze medal position. But from the very

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first stroke to the very last, in full command of the men's

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heavyweight coxless four, making it look easy, although it is not, the

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power is coming down off those legs through the finish... It is, but

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there is a lot left in the tank. They have not been pushed. These

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boys may let themselves off the leash in the last hundred metres,

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but there is loads more in the tank. The opposition do not know how fast

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they are, and neither do the Brits, because they have not had to. Coming

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up to the line now, great written just complete the domination of the

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2014 World Cup series. -- Great Britain. They are World Cup

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champions, it does not get any better than that, as they head of

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for their summer training camps. Netherlands get silver, Canada,

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bronze. The Dutch showing their consistency, they may not have won

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their semi, but they know how to get themselves down the course as

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quickly as possible. It is just a shame that they are not as quick as

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the Brits! Can you see anyone getting close to you? We are racing

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the clock, we have got bigger markers to put down in our training.

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We have done some really good stuff. We have got to finish the

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season in style, so we have got work to do over the next four weeks. The

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last six weeks have been really good, but everybody remembers the

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World Championships, so we have to put everything into that. The men's

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four is such an iconic boat, and you are in the middle of it, with an

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unbeaten record going into the World Championships, I guess is must give

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you a lot of pleasure? Absolutely. It has been awesome. Cannot find

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enough superlatives for it, it has been great. There were almost tears

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there, George Nash! And one thing, as you go forward to the World

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Championships, I'm sure you have got some improvements to make? Yes, we

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go back to our winter training so it is more long milage, low intensity

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and build ourselves up again a lot can happen in the six weeks. We know

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we have got a bit more to come and I am sure other crews have as well. We

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have to keep that in our minds, no question about it. We are excited

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about our project, just got to keep it going.

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There is always the risk of being blas?. What did you make about that

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performance? You have got to consider that the boys have raced

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the European Championships, the Aiguebelette World Cup, the Regatta

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and now the Lucerne World Cup so a lot of racing in a short space of

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time. They will be feeling the fatigue of that. Generally, the

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British crews at this time in the calendar are looking for a break.

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And yet, they still won by a length and in a four that is a comfortable

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margin. Gary was saying in the commentary that this is the four who

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will go on for the next couple of years or so. Is that how you see

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them? The main way it works is that has to be a reason to change a crew.

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If a crew is winning, it is seen as the status quo unless there is a

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reason to change it. At the moment, you would say, why would you change

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that? It would be very exciting to see it go all the way but we are

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still two years away. From one crew which is unbeaten, Helen Glover and

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Heather Stanning. They have big hopes not just for now, but for the

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future. It was really natural to have Heather back. Really exciting

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to have Helen back in the boat and racing again. It was the first time

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since the Olympic final. Great Britain are the Olympic champions!

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IR anticipating being anxious and forgetting what I am doing but when

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I was there it was fine. For myself there was less on the line in that I

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had won the European Championships three weeks before. Knowing Helen

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had done incredibly well last year with Polly made it a really good

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challenge for me. It was something I know I wanted to do. She's the sort

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of person you can wind her up, put her on the start line and you would

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not know she felt pressure. You cannot tell. It was not going to be

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giving to me and that was the best thing. The last thing you want as an

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athlete is to be handed something on a plate. I think the close Bond

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between us as friends and as team-mates is really important. I

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think any relationship takes time to build. Helen has stepped massively

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in the year I was away. I did say to her, have a great year and keep

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getting better and I will try and catch up with you when I get back.

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What made it really easy is nothing has changed between us. I was

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excited to have her back. It is always exciting moving forward. I

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was aware that she was ahead of me and I am still catching up a bit. As

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the season progresses, hopefully I will close that gap a bit! And we

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will be two well matched athletes again! Helen Glover and Heather

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Stanning, they are back in style. We have a load more work to do and more

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speed to find. The upcoming people will have a big trajectory of

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improvement. We want to match that. Rio is where we want to defend our

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title. We have to make sure we have moved on before the rest of the

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world move on and move fastest. The women's pair under way. A slow

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start from New Zealand. Great Britain jumped out of the blocks.

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The Netherlands, South Africa, Great Britain in lane three, New Zealand

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in lane four will stop the New Zealand under 23 bed in lane number

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five and Romania in lane six. They have gone out quick. They may be

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slightly ahead -- less ahead of the Dutch in lane one. I expect it will

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be between New Zealand and GB. The way GB are moving, they could be

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enjoying a nice view of the race. 300 metres already. Helen Glover and

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Heather Stanning from Great Britain. Doing what they do best. They jumped

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out. They set the tone of the race, Doing what they do best. They jumped

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their authority on it. A clean start. Slow for New

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their authority on it. A clean compatriots, the under 23 New

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Zealand pair of Prendergast and Growler. They are in five. There was

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a look from grace Pendergast to see if they are tracking the British

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pair. A court of the race gone in the winning's coxless pair. It is a

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length now from Great Britain over the New Zealand under 23 pair who

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themselves have got clear water over the New Zealand first win in's pair.

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That in itself is extraordinary, between an under 23 crew in the

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all-black strip to the right there leading their first boat. The crews

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now start to transition into their race pace. They will have come down

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into their race pace a little quicker because they will know they

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have got things under control right now. They are dominating the race.

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You do not need to make a race faster than it have to be. What

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Glover and Stanning have faster than it have to be. What

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really useful is a quick start, quicker than the rest of the field

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but it does not seem to take anything out of them. They are not

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nailing the start to get ahead. They have a naturally quick start which

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gives them the perfect platform to hit race pace. The race pace, the

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crucial 1200 metres is where you grind the opposition down and you

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just squeeze the life out of them. If you want to do an analogy it is

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like water boarding them for five minutes. They are effectively

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sucking the life out of them. It is hard when they are world Olympic

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champions inching away with every stroke. Their play for using a quick

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start and making the most of it. Helen Glover in the bow seat of the

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British pair. A little call to keep the squeeze going. That has opened

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up more water between the New Zealand two crew. Great Britain

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comfortably clear water over New Zealand's Prendergast and Growler.

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The big surprise here is that trap it and Scown from New Zealand one,

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that is the main crew, they have been left, a dodgy five or six is

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jokes off the start. -- five or six strokes off the start.

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Look at the gap now which has opened up here between the Olympic and

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world champions Great Britain, and third placed New Zealand. The yellow

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vests from the New Zealand crew indicate they are current World Cup

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leaders. The crucial thing to remember here is the under 23 World

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leaders. The crucial thing to the World Championships. The New

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leaders. The crucial thing to Zealand second crew is effectively

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more race ready for their big race of the year. The crucial

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more race ready for their big race looking ahead to Rio which all of

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these girls will be, for the New Zealand under 23 younger boat to

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beat their senior boat is a massive scalp. They will suddenly start

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putting questions about whether the other New Zealand team should be the

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Olympic boat or they should be. Every race they can do that, the

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better. There is nothing worse than being beaten by somebody you train

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with every day. Every day you go to the boat club and you have to look

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at the people who beat you, especially if they are younger than

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you and they should not beat you. Louise trap it in the bow seat and

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Rebecca Scown in the other seat. 1500 metres down, 500 metres to go.

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They have done enough in the middle 500 metre mark.

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They have done enough in the middle of thousands, the Great Britain team

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have, just to hold off a bit. Helen Glover, 27 years of age and Heather

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Stanning, 29, from the Army rowing club. What a phenomenal Bond and

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relationship and friendship these guys have. Robin Williams is the

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main coach. Between the four of them and robin here is the main driving

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here, this group of athletes are fantastic. They are but they will

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not enjoy the New Zealand beat team following them. To have time taken

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out of you by a crew which you should be beating, well, are beating

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anyway, we'll hurt. From the comments Helen was making, they want

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to make sure they move away in the four or 500. Every race they do and

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they dominate, it sets them up well, not just for the World Championships

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but for Rio. I think Helen Glover is making a lot more calls than usual

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in the bow seat. Still, they are going on. It is a big race. It is

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the final race before the World Championships. You have memories and

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you want everyone to be a positive one, rather than negative. Coming up

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to the line now. Helen Glover, Heather Stanning, completely

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dominating the event all the way through this year. The New Zealand

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under 23 crew coming in second and the main New Zealand crew into the

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bronze medal position. It is lovely to see a smile on your

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face. Yes, really pleased to get another medal and the gold. Did you

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feel more comfortable today because I know it was your first race back

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three weeks ago after some time? Yes, I am feeling fitter and fitter

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every week. For us, it was about getting a race done. Heather has had

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a cold. For us it was about coming in and getting the job done rather

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than any fireworks or anything special. Helen, you had accrued to

:27:39.:27:48.

push you. The Kiwi 's were on good form. We decided we would push as

:27:49.:27:54.

much as we needed to do. It feels a sensible way of doing things. We do

:27:55.:27:58.

like to come to Lucerne and use it as the last race before the World

:27:59.:28:02.

Championships to try things and is sprint to the line which we did not

:28:03.:28:07.

need to do too much today. Just holding them off was enough for

:28:08.:28:08.

today. It is one of those difficult

:28:09.:28:16.

situations then when everyone expects you to win the pressure is

:28:17.:28:20.

greater and when you do not, people will start saying, I am not sure

:28:21.:28:24.

about this. Is greater and when you do not, people will start saying, I

:28:25.:28:30.

am not sure about this. Isn't that will still be happy with their

:28:31.:28:34.

performance. It always starts getting uncomfortable, they are the

:28:35.:28:43.

target. They are the ones to beat so people will track you. What Helen

:28:44.:28:50.

has already commented is varies suddenly a new crew that nobody

:28:51.:28:55.

knows about and that is a very freeing moment, when you come on as

:28:56.:28:59.

the new young guns and no one knows what you're capable of that is when

:29:00.:29:02.

you can do some amazing performances. Helen and Heather will

:29:03.:29:12.

counter that. Isn't an unbeaten record in any sport sometimes an

:29:13.:29:16.

albatross? It depends. I think given the choice, athletes would like an

:29:17.:29:22.

unbeaten record. You would take that ever being beaten regularly. But

:29:23.:29:26.

what you don't want to do is start becoming a pressure. When people are

:29:27.:29:30.

counting how many races you have gone without a loss, people wonder

:29:31.:29:34.

if it will be the one you lose out on. What they cannot let to happen

:29:35.:29:38.

is that become a focus. With Robin Williams to coach them, he has got a

:29:39.:29:50.

cool head on his shoulders. He understands as well. Experienced

:29:51.:29:52.

athletes will carry that burden and not see it as a problem. Summon who

:29:53.:29:56.

has missed out is Polly Swan. She is now in the women's eight.

:29:57.:30:07.

The final of the women's eight. Great Britain in lane three,

:30:08.:30:16.

well-positioned. Canada for them will be the team to watch, in lane

:30:17.:30:23.

four. The Australians have gone off quickly. Romania as well. Canada in

:30:24.:30:35.

lane four. So important for the British eight to track them down.

:30:36.:30:39.

Lesley Thompson, in the cox seat, that upright as ocean, as she has

:30:40.:30:45.

today, as she had back in 1992, when she coxed the Canadians to the

:30:46.:30:50.

Olympic gold medal. A real stalwart in Canadian remains rowing, and this

:30:51.:30:57.

British crew will look to her to get them down the track. Doing what they

:30:58.:31:02.

have done before, Canada, Clearwater at the halfway mark. Great Britain

:31:03.:31:07.

now just sneaking into the silver medal position. Just a couple of

:31:08.:31:12.

feet between Germany and Great Britain. Through this year, Great

:31:13.:31:17.

Britain have beaten the Germans. So, the Germans have raised their

:31:18.:31:20.

game in this final World Cup regatta, taking on Great Britain

:31:21.:31:26.

here. And look at Romania, in lane five. They cannot be discounted,

:31:27.:31:30.

either, the world silver medallists from last year, Romania. We are well

:31:31.:31:38.

and truly into the third 500 now, and they will have the knowledge of

:31:39.:31:43.

racing the eights, which is a different game from the smaller

:31:44.:31:46.

boats. JAMES CRACKNELL: The Canadians are

:31:47.:31:53.

racing well. The British, if they can catch Romania, the Netherlands

:31:54.:31:56.

and Germany and beat them, and can catch Romania, the Netherlands

:31:57.:32:01.

over, then they can look back and think it has been a good weekend's

:32:02.:32:06.

racing. They cannot let it slip now. The Germans have had a decent

:32:07.:32:10.

last minute or so, but that is it. Do not let them go any further,

:32:11.:32:15.

start inching away from them, and don't give Romania or Holland a

:32:16.:32:20.

sniff. That way you are building yourself up Tom are giving yourself

:32:21.:32:23.

a nice platform for the World Championships. It looks very, very

:32:24.:32:28.

good for Great Britain. They are coming on strong, I fancy them for

:32:29.:32:37.

silver. Leading the British crew through 1500 metres, Caragh

:32:38.:32:50.

McMurtry. But watch out for Romania, they are now the threat for the

:32:51.:32:53.

British in the last quarter. And here come Romania. Both of the

:32:54.:32:58.

crews, Great Britain, a quarter of a length over Germany. Germany gave it

:32:59.:33:04.

all they could over that third five, and now the British have got to

:33:05.:33:07.

contend with Romania. Out of your picture, Canada have

:33:08.:33:11.

contend with Romania. Out of your Romanians have got a proud history

:33:12.:33:15.

in the women's eight. They were a dominant force in the 1990s and the

:33:16.:33:21.

early 2000s. But the British have placed it well, and here is where

:33:22.:33:24.

they need to start showing their class and belief, so that they can

:33:25.:33:29.

be at the sharp end of the field, the World Championships.

:33:30.:33:35.

GARRY HERBERT: It is looking as though great return are just ahead,

:33:36.:33:38.

but this is going to go all the way to the line. A last push coming on

:33:39.:33:43.

from Romania, just throwing their boat a couple of feet ahead of the

:33:44.:33:48.

British. The British are hanging on! That is good blade work from

:33:49.:33:53.

Romania, they have got the experience and history in this

:33:54.:33:56.

event, to get the best out of themselves. I would want to make

:33:57.:34:01.

sure you do not let them sneak through now. So, up to the line,

:34:02.:34:08.

Canada, by Clearwater. And the silver medal going to Romania, by

:34:09.:34:13.

two or three feet, if that. Great Britain will be disappointed with

:34:14.:34:14.

the bronze medal. Next to the inside of the boathouse

:34:15.:34:27.

here at Twickenham Rowing Club. James is on the committee here. Why

:34:28.:34:32.

on earth is Twickenham why is it on a private island? The land was given

:34:33.:34:38.

to us in the eight teams 60s by the owner of this piece of land, who

:34:39.:34:43.

liked his rowing. It has been in trust ever since, which is why it

:34:44.:34:46.

has never been developed or anything, because it is only allowed

:34:47.:34:51.

to be a rowing club. It is an extraordinary place, isn't it? Yes,

:34:52.:34:57.

we have got some interesting characters, two Bayliss, who did the

:34:58.:35:00.

clockwork radio, who lives here, lots of characters. And it is a

:35:01.:35:07.

vibrant place, because you have got lots of members? About 450, which

:35:08.:35:12.

makes us one of the largest rowing clubs in the country. Is this the

:35:13.:35:17.

original building? Yes, it is, which is falling to pieces. But we built

:35:18.:35:23.

the new area all around it, so we could preserve it. How many boats

:35:24.:35:28.

have you got in here? About 35 private racks and 55 club boats, so

:35:29.:35:34.

quite a fleet to look after. And we have a waiting list as well. We need

:35:35.:35:40.

more space, but we have not got any more space, that is the problem.

:35:41.:35:44.

Lovely to meet you and thank you for being such great hosts today. Let's

:35:45.:35:48.

go back to Lucerne to see a couple more races.

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Into the last quarter of this final of the men's lightweight double

:35:56.:35:59.

sculls. Great Britain currently back in fifth having come up from sixth,

:36:00.:36:05.

where they were at the halfway mark, they are off the pace, which is

:36:06.:36:11.

being set by the French. The French coming under pressure in the third

:36:12.:36:15.

500 from the Italians, who themselves were back towards the

:36:16.:36:20.

back, but they are now starting to slow up again. The French,

:36:21.:36:33.

undefeated throughout this year. There was concern whether they would

:36:34.:36:36.

perform well, because they won at Henley in a tight race against a

:36:37.:36:41.

heavyweight British crew. But now, the French have got open water, with

:36:42.:36:46.

250 remaining. It is now all about holding on for the Italians, as the

:36:47.:36:50.

heads go down for the last 25 painful strokes. The Italians can be

:36:51.:36:58.

really proud of themselves, because they are doing something which was

:36:59.:37:04.

not expected of them. And it is amazing how your body can find inner

:37:05.:37:09.

strength in this situation. You are in a situation where you have got a

:37:10.:37:14.

silver medal and nobody can take it off you, and your body will hold on

:37:15.:37:17.

for the last 200 metres, and they have given themselves the chance to

:37:18.:37:23.

do that, the Italians, so fair play. Up to the line come France. The

:37:24.:37:27.

Italians holding on, half a length, over Norway, the world champions,

:37:28.:37:31.

who today have to settle for the bronze medal. And Great Britain now

:37:32.:37:34.

coming through in fifth position. Through 1500, it is Croatia from

:37:35.:37:46.

Great Britain. The British crew have worked so hard. Croatia have got

:37:47.:37:56.

clear water. And the Australians in lane two, and the Lithuanians. It is

:37:57.:38:01.

now between Australia, Lithuania and Great Britain for that final two

:38:02.:38:08.

spots on the podium. The Aussies have gone, and they have gone early.

:38:09.:38:13.

The bowels of the Aussie boat in lane two. They are in to the silver

:38:14.:38:23.

medal position. The race is now between Lithuania and Great Britain

:38:24.:38:31.

for the bronze. But it looks like the Lithuanians are easing ahead. It

:38:32.:38:38.

is now the last 500, and into the last 200, these are such important

:38:39.:38:45.

strokes. The only important stroke which matters is the last one. The

:38:46.:38:50.

problem is that the Aussies have gone, and they have pasted very

:38:51.:38:57.

well. The Lithuanians have been in form all season. The Brits are going

:38:58.:39:01.

to have a tough job to get on the podium. So, Croatia coming up to the

:39:02.:39:12.

line, easily done in the end. Great Britain coming in in fourth

:39:13.:39:26.

position. Look at the difference there. The Austrian getting the

:39:27.:39:34.

bronze medal. The Czech Republic Olympic champion in fourth. And it

:39:35.:39:40.

is fifth today for Victoria Thornley from Great Britain. One other race

:39:41.:39:45.

we must mention is the men's single sculls, won as usual by the

:39:46.:39:50.

remarkable Drysdale from New Zealand. Even more remarkable, what

:39:51.:39:55.

happened earlier in the race. One moment, the Lithuanian was right in

:39:56.:39:59.

contention, and the next, he wasn't, after a capsized of epic

:40:00.:40:04.

proportions in a World Cup regatta. On now to one of the most

:40:05.:40:08.

progressive boats in the Great Britain team, the men's quad.

:40:09.:40:13.

Victorious at Aiguebelette, and also at Henley last week. For one of

:40:14.:40:18.

their quartet, Sam Townsend, success has been a long time coming.

:40:19.:40:27.

Pretty nice to win, we have not always had it that way. We are

:40:28.:40:32.

growing in confidence all the time, and another win I do not think will

:40:33.:40:38.

do us any harm at all. I think it says a lot about where we are trying

:40:39.:40:42.

to get to, when we are disappointed with a silver medal at the Europeans

:40:43.:40:47.

just I think it is fair to say that when we saw a picture afterwards of

:40:48.:40:53.

us on the podium, we were really disappointed with that. We have set

:40:54.:41:00.

ourselves high standards this year, and we hope it will always come

:41:01.:41:09.

off, but it might not always, and we need to learn from that. We are the

:41:10.:41:16.

same crew now for coming up to two years, and I think there is a lot to

:41:17.:41:18.

be said for that. You start to learn about each other, how you react.

:41:19.:41:18.

That is definitely a plus. I am quite cautious, I always want to

:41:19.:41:21.

make sure everything is right. Graham is probably a lot more

:41:22.:41:23.

outwardly confident than all three of us. Charles is inwardly quite

:41:24.:41:30.

confident, and Pete, he respects the opposition, but he is a bit of a

:41:31.:41:34.

terrier when it comes to racing. There are differences, but we seem

:41:35.:41:39.

to gel very well as a crew, which is always helpful. When I first started

:41:40.:41:50.

rolling, there really was not a lot going on in the sculling. The guys

:41:51.:41:55.

went to Athens and I think they were 12th. It was a really big deal that

:41:56.:41:59.

they qualified the boat, as it is for any Olympic rings, but it has

:42:00.:42:04.

taken a long time to start building it through. In 2007, we were 15th in

:42:05.:42:11.

Munich, we did not qualify. We have had a lot of disappointment in the

:42:12.:42:14.

quads, it is a tough field to break into. And it has taken the best part

:42:15.:42:20.

of 10-12 is for us to finally cracked through, and it is finally

:42:21.:42:24.

starting to get there. But it is hard when you do not have a history

:42:25.:42:28.

in something, it is harder to think, can we actually do it? We have had

:42:29.:42:34.

amazing coxless fours for a long time. Hopefully this will not be a

:42:35.:42:38.

peak which ends in a trough again, it will keep going.

:42:39.:42:44.

GARRY HERBERT: Here we go, the journey continues in the final of

:42:45.:42:49.

the men's quadruple sculls here at Lucerne. USA in lane one.

:42:50.:42:58.

The first time we are seeing the American crew. All of the other

:42:59.:43:04.

crews Great Britain have beaten during this season. So it is every

:43:05.:43:09.

opportunity now for the British quadruple sculls to get on the top

:43:10.:43:13.

of the podium here at Lucerne. It is a big ask, but Peter Lambert in the

:43:14.:43:16.

stroke seat knows what he has got to do. They have had a phenomenal

:43:17.:43:21.

season this year. History makers at the World Championships last year,

:43:22.:43:27.

the first time a British quad has got a medal. That has given them all

:43:28.:43:31.

the confidence for the winter, and indeed for this regatta season.

:43:32.:43:39.

JAMES CRACKNELL: You mention that they are history makers, and on

:43:40.:43:41.

their left, the Germans, is a crew with history. That nation has

:43:42.:43:46.

history in this event. There is a lot of pride in German or correct

:43:47.:43:51.

sculling, that they have been multiple world champions and Olympic

:43:52.:43:54.

medallists over the last two decades, and they will not want to

:43:55.:43:57.

give it up to the young upstarts from Britain. A little bit of a

:43:58.:44:06.

breeze, but nothing to concerned the crews. Coming up to 500 now come and

:44:07.:44:13.

buy a couple of feet, it is Germany over Poland. Great Britain currently

:44:14.:44:19.

in fourth position. That is OK. What is imperative now, in the next 100,

:44:20.:44:24.

is that the British quad really comes into a long rhythm. They have

:44:25.:44:28.

to get length, they have to be efficient in this second 500. It is

:44:29.:44:33.

an easy cruising speed, nothing is easy, but it is a natural speed

:44:34.:44:37.

which they will need, because that will give them the platform. At the

:44:38.:44:43.

they are starting to injure back on the Germans, and the Germans have

:44:44.:44:50.

been overtaken by the Estonians. -- two inch back. Ideally they would

:44:51.:44:55.

want to be inching ahead, but they are coming back into it. The third

:44:56.:45:01.

500 is a tough part of the race, and you could well see a blanket

:45:02.:45:14.

covering Germany, Estonia and us. Estonia have been beaten by Great

:45:15.:45:18.

Britain then and in this season. They lead the British by about a

:45:19.:45:23.

third of the length. The Polish rhythm looks good. They have a

:45:24.:45:28.

history in this event. It is not the same guys who won the Olympics in

:45:29.:45:36.

Beijing. Coming up to the halfway mark. We will see some big push is

:45:37.:45:42.

coming up here. Great Britain move into third position. They have moved

:45:43.:45:47.

from fourth to third. That is OK for the second 500. The Germans have

:45:48.:45:54.

gone from first to fourth. I think the Germans could be out of it. The

:45:55.:46:01.

Polish closest to us. A big push. They caught a massive push through

:46:02.:46:07.

the halfway mark here. Now look how easy Great Britain are moving. They

:46:08.:46:13.

make it look easy. They have got a very sustainable rhythm. It is all

:46:14.:46:20.

about platforms now. They will have a plan. The third quarter of the

:46:21.:46:26.

race is when it is really tough. The polls have put themselves in a good

:46:27.:46:29.

position. The US are doing well on the far side. The reality is, it

:46:30.:46:35.

will be between written and Estonia. As good as a Regatta the British

:46:36.:46:38.

have had, having come third As good as a Regatta the British

:46:39.:46:41.

World Championships, you do not want to lose to the Estonians. Peter

:46:42.:46:53.

Lambert, Charles Cousins, sand house and -- Sam tells them from Reading

:46:54.:46:56.

University and Graeme Thomas in the bowels. -- bows.

:46:57.:47:09.

Great guys here. Now we need a great last 500 metres. Great Britain move

:47:10.:47:16.

into second position. It is all about poise. Now they will know how

:47:17.:47:24.

much sprint they have got. They will start to move. Data nearly a second

:47:25.:47:31.

out of this stony and is in the third 500. -- they took nearly a

:47:32.:47:39.

out of this stony and is in the second out of the Estonians. There

:47:40.:47:46.

is pain written all over the Estonian three-man faces. They are

:47:47.:47:54.

starting to move into first place. Up it goes from Peter Lambert in the

:47:55.:48:02.

/seat. Estonia will not roll over. We have got this. One last push from

:48:03.:48:08.

Peter Lambert. They are going through now by effort, two feet,

:48:09.:48:13.

three feet. The British team have got to keep their heads up. Graeme

:48:14.:48:19.

Thomas is hanging on for dear life. The momentum they feel now as they

:48:20.:48:25.

come into first place. Nail it, win by not little bit, win by as much as

:48:26.:48:33.

you can. Up to the line here. Great Britain now absolutely perfectly

:48:34.:48:37.

timed. A gold medal for them over Estonia. The USA sneaking in with

:48:38.:48:43.

the bronze. If you want to see how to execute a race from the very

:48:44.:48:48.

first stroke to the last, you will not get a better demonstration than

:48:49.:48:55.

the Great Britain's men's Drupal scull. -- quadruple sculls.

:48:56.:49:06.

The first win at Aiguebelette must have been great. We have really

:49:07.:49:11.

stepped up. One thing we have not had is consistency so it is

:49:12.:49:14.

brilliant to come back with another win here and last year, we just

:49:15.:49:19.

missed out on the medals so to leave here with a gold, we are really

:49:20.:49:24.

happy, we are over the moon. We have still got work to do. There is no

:49:25.:49:30.

kidding else. What is making the difference to this crew? We just

:49:31.:49:36.

have a lot of confidence in what we are doing and trying to do. It is a

:49:37.:49:41.

very simple plan. We executed it well today. We hit something as soon

:49:42.:49:47.

as we went through the 750 and I was confident from there that we would

:49:48.:49:50.

start moving to the front which obviously we did. Later than I would

:49:51.:49:54.

have liked but we got there in the end.

:49:55.:49:57.

If we are expecting victories from the men's four and the women's pair,

:49:58.:50:02.

did that come out of the blue or did you think there was a chance of that

:50:03.:50:08.

happening? No, I think the men's squad, absolutely, it was there for

:50:09.:50:13.

the taking. They did when it clearly. Maybe not the style I

:50:14.:50:17.

expected. There was an absolutely phenomenal second half. The last 500

:50:18.:50:23.

blew the opposition apart. They will feel the same, they can do that from

:50:24.:50:28.

the very beginning. In terms of how that crew has progressed, from the

:50:29.:50:34.

last three or four months, it is a substantial improvement, isn't it?

:50:35.:50:39.

Absolutely transformed. The potential is there. We saw it at the

:50:40.:50:44.

World Championships, it is very strong. From the race we have just

:50:45.:50:48.

seen, they expected to win. When you find yourself down the middle of the

:50:49.:50:51.

pack and you are not where you want to be, if you expect to win and you

:50:52.:50:55.

believe you should be winning, you will find anything it takes to get

:50:56.:51:03.

right through the pack and win. Subconsciously otherwise use it in

:51:04.:51:06.

the pack for longer but now they see themselves as winners which is

:51:07.:51:12.

great. From a positive performance from men's heavyweight crew, let's

:51:13.:51:18.

see how the lightweight ones got on. The men's light four underway.

:51:19.:51:21.

France in one, the Danes traditionally have

:51:22.:51:37.

dominated this, not the Olympic champions.

:51:38.:51:48.

They have not had it all their own way. They were beaten by New Zealand

:51:49.:51:56.

in their semifinal. The Danes, James, they are up there, they are

:51:57.:52:02.

onto their race and they take it through. The best thing for the

:52:03.:52:07.

British is they are next to Denmark and New Zealand. They are in a

:52:08.:52:13.

classy sandwich. The Danes may not have had the best season and a half

:52:14.:52:17.

since the Olympics, but what they do have is a really fast 75%. If the

:52:18.:52:23.

Brits coming sure they live with the Danes, they will be in the mix come

:52:24.:52:29.

the sharp end of the race. New Zealand are not only in the Best

:52:30.:52:34.

Lane, Lane four, they have also got the other semi winners the Brits and

:52:35.:52:40.

then the Australians on the other side so they will be enjoying their

:52:41.:52:44.

battle as well. Just coming up to 500 metres. Great Britain are back

:52:45.:52:54.

in fourth position. That is OK. We're now in the second five. The

:52:55.:52:59.

crews will start to ease into their rhythm. But not Denmark, they must

:53:00.:53:05.

stay up on 3839 strokes per minute. The rain is starting to come down.

:53:06.:53:09.

There is Great Britain, The rain is starting to come down.

:53:10.:53:14.

Aiguebelette, the World Cup three weeks back. Chris Bartley, the

:53:15.:53:21.

Chambers Brothers and Mark Aldred. The Danish rhythm is they go off

:53:22.:53:23.

flat out and stay flat out. If The Danish rhythm is they go off

:53:24.:53:28.

can match it, good on you. The danger for the Brits is as they are

:53:29.:53:32.

three quarters of a length down on the two crews either side of them,

:53:33.:53:37.

you can see that the referral vision of all four of the guys. They need

:53:38.:53:42.

to have strong belief in the second half of the race now. They cannot

:53:43.:53:47.

see the Danes or the Kiwis out of the corner of their eyes. They will

:53:48.:53:52.

have to tough it out on their own. This is where they need to dig in

:53:53.:54:02.

and digging even before halfway. Great Britain are in danger

:54:03.:54:05.

territory as we move towards the halfway mark. On their right,

:54:06.:54:11.

Denmark, the world champions, they to lead. It is getting tight now

:54:12.:54:17.

because here come New Zealand on the halfway mark, just by an inch or not

:54:18.:54:27.

any more. Great Britain moving up from fourth into third place. That

:54:28.:54:30.

is OK. They are not racing for bronze here. They will now look to

:54:31.:54:38.

move on in this third 500. Look at the all-black strip of New Zealand.

:54:39.:54:41.

They beat the Danes in their semifinal. Here they are, stepping

:54:42.:54:49.

up again. The British are not racing for bronze. If they let their

:54:50.:54:54.

mindset switch from racing New Zealand and Denmark, to picking off

:54:55.:54:58.

Australia and Italy, that is the hardest thing, coming third. They

:54:59.:55:02.

cannot let their objective change, just because they are down on these

:55:03.:55:09.

crews. They can gain a length over the next thousand. They have got

:55:10.:55:15.

three minutes of tough racing. Don't change your objective of saying, we

:55:16.:55:19.

are going to win, to saying, we will settle for third. Peter Taylor is

:55:20.:55:28.

making the calls in the all-black boat. James Hunter is in the bow

:55:29.:55:35.

seat. New Zealand are starting to use away. -- starting to ease away.

:55:36.:55:49.

The last five spread the crews out. New Zealand by a length over the

:55:50.:55:54.

world champions, Denmark in second place, Great Britain fighting for

:55:55.:55:58.

that length of clear water to push them into bronze position. They are

:55:59.:56:03.

holding bronze right now. We are in the last quarter. The race and the

:56:04.:56:09.

sprints will still go up. Denmark have got nowhere to go. Denmark have

:56:10.:56:13.

lost ground on the Brits in the last 500 metres. The Brits, the first

:56:14.:56:19.

thing they have got to do is don't start racing for bronze. Say, we are

:56:20.:56:27.

going to pick of the Danes. That will give a good platform to get

:56:28.:56:33.

back on terms with the Kiwis. Great accuracy as the blade goes into the

:56:34.:56:41.

water from New Zealand. The Italians, the second boat here.

:56:42.:56:44.

water from New Zealand. The here comes Great Britain. Chris

:56:45.:56:47.

Bartley has done this plenty of times before. Up go Great Britain,

:56:48.:56:53.

they are on 40 strokes per minute. They are pushing hard. It is

:56:54.:56:58.

unlikely for them to catch Denmark, the world champions in Lane number

:56:59.:57:03.

two. New Zealand just stretching out again. They know race done, job well

:57:04.:57:08.

done, as they head off, for their training camp. Coming up to the

:57:09.:57:13.

line, the last five strokes. It is two in a row in this regatta for

:57:14.:57:17.

these World Championships. New Zealand, gold, Denmark the world

:57:18.:57:24.

champions, silver and Great Britain coming in bronze medal position.

:57:25.:57:27.

They will be disappointed but that is a good thing for them to be

:57:28.:57:29.

disappointed with that bronze. The Italians are world champions in

:57:30.:57:45.

Lane one. Image and Walsh and Cap Copeland from Great Britain or in

:57:46.:57:49.

Lane number three. -- image in Walsh and Kat Copeland. Great Britain will

:57:50.:57:59.

no it will be a massive, massive scalp if they can take the Italians

:58:00.:58:00.

here now. The early leaders are Poland closest

:58:01.:58:12.

to us. I would not expect the Polish to be leading come the sharp end,

:58:13.:58:22.

the business end of this final. There might be some illness or the

:58:23.:58:25.

Italians recovering from something in the last couple of weeks, because

:58:26.:58:30.

for the world champions to be dropped at half the length, 200

:58:31.:58:40.

metres, that is not normal for the world champions. They are not on

:58:41.:58:51.

form. The Swedish pair in Lane number one. 37 strokes per minute.

:58:52.:58:55.

Still going at it somewhat. They would go off at about north of 40

:58:56.:59:00.

strokes per minute and then starting to come down. You can see Great

:59:01.:59:03.

Britain settling into 36, to come down. You can see Great

:59:04.:59:07.

Britain settling into 35. You would expect 35 for the middle part of

:59:08.:59:12.

this race. Coming up to the first time in mark. The Italians, the

:59:13.:59:20.

world champions in Lane number two, something is going wrong here. They

:59:21.:59:24.

have never been dropped by so much. They are back in fifth position at

:59:25.:59:31.

the time in point. And they did not win their semi yesterday. What is

:59:32.:59:35.

happening now is all the other crews are seeing a missed opportunity, not

:59:36.:59:39.

just to win the race, but to beat the world champions as well. They

:59:40.:59:44.

will make more of themselves and make the Italians question it. What

:59:45.:59:49.

surprises me is how well the Swedes have gone. They have given

:59:50.:59:54.

themselves a chance of being right in the mix, and for the British, it

:59:55.:00:00.

is fine winning your semi, you have to carry that form on, and win a

:00:01.:00:12.

medal. The Italians now just getting a bit of speed, as we go through

:00:13.:00:19.

750. Great Britain's Imogen Walsh and Catherine Copeland, almost just

:00:20.:00:24.

contained, really. Not too worried about the Australians in lane four.

:00:25.:00:31.

But they are creeping back on the Swedish pair, in lane one. The

:00:32.:00:33.

Australians have got a good Swedish pair, in lane one. The

:00:34.:00:37.

Australians have rhythm at the moment, they are taking half an inch

:00:38.:00:41.

every stroke out of the British, the British need to check that

:00:42.:00:44.

Australian movement. Because every little movement the Australians make

:00:45.:00:48.

is fuelling them with confidence. I agree with you, I think the Swedes

:00:49.:00:53.

will come back into the mix, but it could well be a battle between

:00:54.:00:57.

Australia and Great Britain. So, the Brits do not want to give the

:00:58.:01:03.

Aussies anything. At the halfway mark in this final of the

:01:04.:01:06.

lightweight women's double sculls, here on the Lake of the gods. And

:01:07.:01:12.

from the halfway point, Sweden leading, Great Britain now in a

:01:13.:01:16.

tussle with Australia. The Italians, still struggling. The Italians are

:01:17.:01:27.

going to struggle here to find anything, because they are on the

:01:28.:01:31.

back foot. All of the energy they are using is just to get them into

:01:32.:01:34.

the race here. But at the moment, are using is just to get them into

:01:35.:01:38.

the race here. the momentum going with Great Britain, as well as the

:01:39.:01:46.

Australian pair. It is now the Australians moving an inch per

:01:47.:01:51.

stroke. I think these will be the two who claim gold and silver. The

:01:52.:01:55.

Italians looked like they have had a strong middle part of the race. And

:01:56.:02:02.

the Swedes could come back and challenge as well. Imogen Walsh, 30

:02:03.:02:18.

years of age, from London Rowing Club. Kat Copeland took last year

:02:19.:02:26.

off, but has come back. She was the top lightweight single sculls roller

:02:27.:02:31.

at the trials earlier this year, testament to the athlete that she

:02:32.:02:35.

did. This is where the Olympic champion, Catherine Copeland, in the

:02:36.:02:40.

stroke seat, really have to draw on that experience. Both to be

:02:41.:02:43.

flustered by the fact that Sweden were leading them at one point. That

:02:44.:02:47.

has gone, they have come back on that.

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JAMES CRACKNELL: I think they have got the measure of the Aussies now.

:02:55.:03:02.

GARRY HERBERT: A great third 500 for Walsh and Kat Copeland. Australia

:03:03.:03:08.

are now struggling to hang on to the bronze medal position. It will be a

:03:09.:03:12.

big 500 for them to stay on the podium. I think it is going to be

:03:13.:03:18.

Britain, Australia and Italy. The Italians may not be having the best

:03:19.:03:24.

weekend overall, but they have shown pride in their pedigree, of having

:03:25.:03:27.

won the World Championships and been unbeaten this year. I think that

:03:28.:03:35.

will tell on the Swedish. Italy, a couple of feet down from the bronze

:03:36.:03:41.

position. Out in front, Kat Copeland, the Olympic champion,

:03:42.:03:44.

showing great style. Yes, they have cracked the Aussies. We have still

:03:45.:03:57.

got 25 strokes remaining. Great Britain doing well, holding it

:03:58.:04:01.

nicely, but here come the world champions, Milani and Sancassani.

:04:02.:04:07.

Well, nothing like leaving it to the last minute. Millpond conditions

:04:08.:04:11.

here, but the race has been pushed on. Kat Copeland has responded, and

:04:12.:04:15.

Great Britain have found another gear. But here is the race for the

:04:16.:04:21.

silver medal position. If the Aussies get beaten by the Italians,

:04:22.:04:25.

that is a major setback ahead of the World Championships. They were so

:04:26.:04:32.

far ahead at 1000 metres. The belief that the Italians will get if they

:04:33.:04:34.

can claim silver will be immense. that the Italians will get if they

:04:35.:04:39.

The Canadians also pushing to the line, but out in front, Great

:04:40.:04:41.

Britain get the gold medal. Australia get the silver, and almost

:04:42.:04:47.

throwing the boat over the line, Canada, sneaking in over the last

:04:48.:04:53.

100 metres to get the bronze. The Italians will be disappointed. But a

:04:54.:05:01.

class act, Imogen Walsh and Catherine Copeland, finishing the

:05:02.:05:08.

2014 World Cup in style. Imaging, just tell us about the last 500

:05:09.:05:12.

metres. It was you and Australia, stroke for stroke? Yes, we are

:05:13.:05:18.

pretty confident in our boat, and we try to stay in our rhythm, and

:05:19.:05:22.

actually, when we crossed the finish line, Kat was asking where we have

:05:23.:05:33.

finished! You are certainly getting to 500 metres quicker than you were

:05:34.:05:37.

in the first part of the season? Desk, we have been together longer,

:05:38.:05:41.

and we are more efficient. It is having the speed without killing

:05:42.:05:48.

ourselves. We said before the race, it is who is first to 2000 metres,

:05:49.:05:54.

it does not matter who is first to 500 metres, it is a two kilometre

:05:55.:06:00.

race. So, a fourth gold medal, how about that? Another Amazing Grace

:06:01.:06:05.

will stop a bit like the men's quad, it was in the mix. We have seen Kat

:06:06.:06:12.

and Imogen progressing through the whole summer. They are looking

:06:13.:06:18.

really good now. And they won why a comfortable margin in the end, so it

:06:19.:06:23.

was a great race for them. When you get to 500 metres from the end, and

:06:24.:06:28.

you are in the mix, how do you know that you have got more inside them

:06:29.:06:34.

they have? It can be accommodation of things. You will know physically

:06:35.:06:37.

how you are feeling, you will know how smoothly the boat is moving just

:06:38.:06:43.

we speak about going through the gears, you will know if you have got

:06:44.:06:46.

more to give, that gives you confidence. Somebody in the boat

:06:47.:06:51.

will be looking at the opposition, and often you can tell, they are at

:06:52.:06:55.

the absolute maximum, whereas you might feel you have got

:06:56.:06:56.

the absolute maximum, whereas you might more to give. And there is the

:06:57.:07:00.

momentum, when you start moving away from the field, you live off that

:07:01.:07:05.

momentum, and it becomes easier and easier, as you drop the field behind

:07:06.:07:09.

you. If the field is fighting for those other medals, there is a

:07:10.:07:15.

panic, whereas if you can just move out, then it becomes fun. If we

:07:16.:07:21.

leave Katherine Grainger to one side for a moment, back in the last

:07:22.:07:29.

century, somebody who competed with her was Rachel Wolff! Tellers what

:07:30.:07:35.

she was like. That is a tricky one. She was always great fun, I have to

:07:36.:07:39.

say. We had a lot of fun with water pistols and various things, and The

:07:40.:07:44.

Spice Girls were always be on the agenda. Was she posh or sporty?

:07:45.:07:50.

Probably sporty, actually, it has to be said. We have got a very

:07:51.:07:57.

inexperienced crew going out here. We were hearing earlier on about how

:07:58.:08:01.

buoyant this club is, with more than 400 members. With rowing clubs, you

:08:02.:08:07.

need water, and you need space, so tell us how people like this have

:08:08.:08:11.

been getting involved. We are lucky, we have a beautiful stretch of

:08:12.:08:16.

water, with no other clubs on. It is a great place for people to learn.

:08:17.:08:23.

We want to get as many people from many we are in touch with many local

:08:24.:08:27.

schools, so we have 11-year-olds, right up to 16-year-olds, right up

:08:28.:08:34.

to Masters programmes. I will not reveal their true ages, but some of

:08:35.:08:40.

them are in their late 70s. But equally, we have some interesting

:08:41.:08:47.

programmes, we have got a row to health programme, for people who

:08:48.:08:51.

have suffered from cancer. Going all the way up to the Start programme,

:08:52.:08:58.

so some of the athletes we have seen in Lucerne have been on the Start

:08:59.:09:02.

programme. We have got a couple of athletes who have started on that

:09:03.:09:07.

programme. When you mention Lucerne, with the World Championships coming

:09:08.:09:11.

up in a few weeks, how much has international success been a

:09:12.:09:13.

catalyst for people wanting to come and join your club? Obviously, the

:09:14.:09:20.

Olympics had a huge impact, the next few days, we were inundated with

:09:21.:09:24.

people who wanted to learn to Rome. It was a big step for the club,

:09:25.:09:28.

because we are a voluntary club, run by members, for members. Afterwards

:09:29.:09:33.

we started having to employ people because we were so inundated, and we

:09:34.:09:39.

have to start paying some coaches and some rowing managers. We are

:09:40.:09:43.

still very much voluntary-based. But it has had a fantastic impact. It is

:09:44.:09:48.

a brilliant sport. What else would you rather do than be out on the

:09:49.:09:53.

river? Not a lot. Going back to Lucerne, let's focus on the men's

:09:54.:09:57.

pair. Coming through the 600 metre mark

:09:58.:10:03.

now, that early start from the South African crews, both of them, as well

:10:04.:10:06.

as the Italian crew, starting to feel the pain. We also have New

:10:07.:10:11.

Zealand, Great Britain and Serbia, in lane six. They look laboured, but

:10:12.:10:18.

they have got some speed here. If you look along the lines, Serbia in

:10:19.:10:25.

second place, but as James was saying, the afterburner coming on.

:10:26.:10:29.

The all-black strip, New Zealand, in the middle of the picture, taking

:10:30.:10:34.

with them Great Britain. Sometimes, though, the 28-year-old in the

:10:35.:10:41.

stroke seat, there is a question, how does he do it? He is not a huge

:10:42.:10:46.

guy, but his ability to move boats is incredible. He has got three

:10:47.:10:51.

things which are incredibly useful in any endurance sport. He is

:10:52.:10:57.

strong, incredibly strong, and he is light, and he rose well. If you have

:10:58.:11:03.

those three things in your locker, you will be very, very hard to beat.

:11:04.:11:13.

And crucially, they do not extend themselves in the early minutes,

:11:14.:11:17.

they have not gone into oxygen debt like the Italians and South

:11:18.:11:19.

Africans, who are now paying the price. The British work level with

:11:20.:11:26.

the New Zealand is New Zealanders, but they have not put themselves in

:11:27.:11:32.

oxygen debt. And they have got a good chance of getting that silver

:11:33.:11:41.

medal. Not an awful lot being said in the New Zealand crow. They Hamish

:11:42.:11:50.

Bond, just one word, the boat moves on. Look how easy it is. They are

:11:51.:11:56.

still racing hard, I would say that James Foden and Matt Langridge, they

:11:57.:12:01.

are in a scrap for the silver medal. The Italians are on the far side,

:12:02.:12:09.

they were out in that first 500, but the middle thousands of this race

:12:10.:12:11.

has all been about Eric Marie and Hamish Bond. I will be disappointed

:12:12.:12:26.

if Great Britain do not come second from here. The Italians should not

:12:27.:12:29.

catch them because they have put themselves in oxygen debt. Matt is a

:12:30.:12:35.

phenomenal athlete, he just needs to get his racing head on. Serbia

:12:36.:12:39.

qualified third from their semifinal, which is why they are in

:12:40.:12:42.

the outside lane. New Zealand have gone, but second has not gone. Look

:12:43.:12:48.

at the rate. The gap is in credible between New Zealand... In the middle

:12:49.:12:55.

1000, they have put a phenomenal afterburner on, and they are still

:12:56.:13:01.

going with the rate! It is New Zealand clear, and then Serbia and

:13:02.:13:03.

Great Britain in for the silver medal. The Italians, the angle is a

:13:04.:13:11.

bit off, Italy should be one leg behind here. The New Zealanders, the

:13:12.:13:28.

racing, for them, is easier than the training. Because they

:13:29.:13:31.

racing, for them, is easier than the standards up so high in training,

:13:32.:13:34.

they do not have to bother in the race. They are performing at a

:13:35.:13:38.

different level. But this is the real race, the Serbians, not looking

:13:39.:13:41.

so relaxed. Here is Langridge, go on, son, push those legs! It is a

:13:42.:13:49.

new combination for the British, but they can start claiming that second

:13:50.:13:52.

place, which would be great, leading into the World Championships. Two

:13:53.:13:59.

psychologically phenomenally strong athletes here. When they come out,

:14:00.:14:05.

let's hope they have got the bounds ahead of Serbia. They have got the

:14:06.:14:09.

rate up. Out in the distance, paddling away, inside ten strokes or

:14:10.:14:15.

so, New Zealand making it easy. The problem is, the British pair may be

:14:16.:14:21.

getting some bounce off the water of the Kiwis, they are so far ahead.

:14:22.:14:29.

Here comes Great Britain. That is a nice result, silver for Great

:14:30.:14:32.

Britain. Bronze for Serbia. A job well done. Forget the distance

:14:33.:14:39.

between the silver and gold, because the New Zealand crew of Murray and

:14:40.:14:56.

Bond are just exceptional. But Matt Langridge and James Foad have done

:14:57.:14:59.

very well. If you put that New Zealand crew to one side, how good a

:15:00.:15:02.

performance was that from Great Britain? It was fantastic. It is

:15:03.:15:08.

still a competitive event, even though the Kiwi pair have almost

:15:09.:15:13.

created the gold medal as an entity in its own right. Nobody else is

:15:14.:15:17.

getting near. But there is this phenomenal race for the silver

:15:18.:15:21.

medal, which becomes the new gold. The British pair have not been

:15:22.:15:24.

together long, they have been doing different things all season. And it

:15:25.:15:28.

is a big win for them, it really is. What is interesting is what will

:15:29.:15:33.

happen next. How much does their performance highlight what you said

:15:34.:15:36.

at the start of the programme, about how competitive the battle is for

:15:37.:15:45.

places in some of the boats? It proves that all the places will be

:15:46.:15:51.

key. The fact that the fours become the top boat and the pairs become

:15:52.:15:56.

the finger at the moment. And yet, the guys at this regatta and the

:15:57.:16:00.

last World Cup have started getting medals. They will become the feeder

:16:01.:16:08.

system into the eights or will they be on the podium? You mentioned the

:16:09.:16:13.

eighth. Let's see them in action. But before then we can focus on the

:16:14.:16:21.

guy at the front to set the tempo. He is very important.

:16:22.:16:31.

We have made history in the men's's eight at the World Championships!

:16:32.:16:38.

I have always been used to being the underdog. Last year was a real fast

:16:39.:16:45.

track year for me. You have to learn how to deal with it and it seems to

:16:46.:16:52.

be working. My mentality has always been head down, work hard sort of

:16:53.:16:57.

attitude. Sometimes that can lead you into quite a dark place,

:16:58.:17:02.

especially when it is over the winter. You have to be more

:17:03.:17:06.

positive. If I get a bit of anxiety, stress, it comes in, my performance

:17:07.:17:12.

suffers. I am constantly trying to be relaxed. Obviously, everyone's

:17:13.:17:20.

aim is to make the top boat. I would like to be in the four, I think

:17:21.:17:25.

everyone would. That is the top boat but I would like to do the best I

:17:26.:17:32.

can, whoever that is with. A fantastic result for that new

:17:33.:17:35.

combination and there is plenty more to come for Great Britain as we head

:17:36.:17:42.

through the 2014 season. The new blood coming in, it is quite an

:17:43.:17:45.

exciting project. We have guys who have never been on that stage

:17:46.:17:52.

before. We are doing it as a pack, we are not doing it as individuals.

:17:53.:17:58.

That is the thing about the eights. It is a big, moving project. It is

:17:59.:18:02.

trying to change their minds that little bit. We are training away all

:18:03.:18:08.

through the winter in pairs. Now we are back in the eights. It is about

:18:09.:18:12.

trying to find that high pace with them. I think we are back in the

:18:13.:18:15.

eights. It is about trying to find that high pace with them. I think

:18:16.:18:20.

we'll I don't think our aim is achieved B team, is that everyone

:18:21.:18:28.

knows how we do it, we are not a machine -- as a GB team. On the day

:18:29.:18:35.

somebody could be built. You just have to get it together. You have to

:18:36.:18:41.

hit it as hard as you can from the word go. That is not a secret.

:18:42.:18:49.

They get away cleanly. Great Britain are in Lane two. Germany the Olympic

:18:50.:18:59.

champions in Lane three, Russia in Lane four, Poland and five,

:19:00.:19:06.

Australia in Lane and the six. The Germans are absolutely pounding it

:19:07.:19:13.

off in the first 100. The Russians in Lane four going hard. Australia

:19:14.:19:19.

have already been dumped in Lane number six. The Germans looked very

:19:20.:19:27.

well drilled. If I'm honest, they don't look that powerful. The

:19:28.:19:31.

Russians look powerful but not as well drilled. The British, they have

:19:32.:19:37.

got power on-board but they are still finding their feet a unit.

:19:38.:19:44.

Pete Reed, no is a bit knackered. Mo Sbihi just going through there.

:19:45.:19:54.

All crews are still up there. Great Britain are currently third on the

:19:55.:20:06.

speed. New Zealand and Australia are out of it. Who goes through in first

:20:07.:20:13.

place? Germany, just. Great Britain in fourth. Traditionally, in the

:20:14.:20:19.

men's eight, whoever goes through the 500 metre mark winds. Will that

:20:20.:20:25.

raced turnaround on but? Germany just over Russia. The British now

:20:26.:20:30.

going through the boys are in first position. The Germans, even though

:20:31.:20:38.

it is half the eight which won the Olympics, they drain as a very close

:20:39.:20:44.

eights group. They have a very homogenous tech week. -- technique.

:20:45.:20:52.

The Russians are finding the uniform approach. The British crew will be

:20:53.:21:03.

strong in the final third of the race. Easing out by almost a

:21:04.:21:14.

strong in the final third of the of a length, the green boat. This is

:21:15.:21:15.

strong in the final third of the what we would have expected. We are

:21:16.:21:17.

coming towards the halfway mark. what we would have expected. We are

:21:18.:21:21.

This is an absolute humdinger here, in the final of the men's eight at

:21:22.:21:29.

Lucerne. Dare I say, the Russians are going to come through just

:21:30.:21:36.

ahead, almost/full/? It is still Germany but it is now down to less

:21:37.:21:40.

than a foot over Russia at the halfway mark. Great Britain moving

:21:41.:21:45.

up into bronze medal position. Poland moving back from third into

:21:46.:21:51.

fourth. But still the race is on. The polls of a quick at this stage

:21:52.:21:57.

of the season. -- the Polish are very quick. The Russians, they will

:21:58.:22:03.

be hungry to prove themselves all season. The Germans want to carry on

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the pasta and pool party at Lake Como.

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Big bad will such is the in /CT. He did a phenomenal job in the Olympics

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in the men's pair, getting the bronze medal. They are starting to

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stretch out. The Russians, the hard training is starting to pay off in

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this third quarter of the race. They are really starting to hurt and they

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enjoy it. Russia taking on Germany, Great Britain first, second and

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third. Poland maintaining fourth position. We are now into the

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business end, the crunch part of this blue ribbon event here at

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Lucerne. Great Britain just sliding back off it here. The Germans, who

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led to the 500 mark, they led to the halfway mark, they have taken it.

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They were embarrassed that the 1500. The Russians dared to take them on

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at 1500. Great Britain in the top left of your picture here.

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Incredible stuff developing in the last 200. The Germans have shown

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that their uniformity and self belief they have whereas the

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Russians, it is not quite in-built. They are absolutely exhausted. That

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is why the Germans have been able to pull through in the last quarter.

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The disappointing thing is the Brits are now a length behind. 's stunning

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stuff here from Germany in the closing stages. They are long, they

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are fast, they are feeling pain but their heads are up here. The

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Russians dared to take them on. Germany first, clear water over

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Great Britain. Russia second and Great Britain getting the bronze

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medal. They are clear of Poland. Their heads go down in the British

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crew. Their heads are well and truly up in the Germans. Look how much it

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has taken out of it. That is a race to the line.

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That is it from this year's World Cup campaign but there is still one

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event to come, the biggest of them all, the World Championships in

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Amsterdam, Holland. There is coverage on the red button and BBC

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Two, live both days of that weekend. Before that, plenty more live sport

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here on the BBC across all platforms.

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The week after that, all roads lead to Scotland.

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That man there is a Commonwealth gold medallist. He gets it! Ian

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Thorpe is getting a standing ovation from this crowd. That was

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magnificent. Chris got a Commonwealth gold! It was so close!

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A pretty dramatic men's eight rounding off an intriguing regatta.

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Now all roads lead to the Netherlands. Overall it has been an

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impressive weekend. Four strong gold medals and that is a pretty good

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place to be. There has always been some disappointments. Some crews are

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further down than they would like to be. It is the third World Cup for

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the Great Britain crews who have done the European Championships and

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two world cups. It is a fatigued part of the year. We always say

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that. They have some tough training camps ahead. I think we all expect

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to see improvements and then we will see what everyone does by Amsterdam.

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There are certain crews that you would think barring major issues are

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very strong odds-on favourites to win the Golden Amsterdam?

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Absolutely. Right now, the men's four. The women's parents well. They

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had a bit more of a challenge than we have seen now. The men's what I

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think could face tough opposition but are now getting confident. The

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women's lightweight double, I think they have had an impressive race

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today. But as four gold medals that you could not count on but

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realistically see in the world Championships. Just one final

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thought, who are still to come in who could shake up the order that we

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have seen in Lucerne? There is nobody really who hasn't come in yet

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but what we have seniors some of the countries have dipped in and out.

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There are some countries which have not got finalised crews yet. They

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could have some surprising combinations we have not seen yet.

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And we have also got quite a few weeks before the World Championships

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now and there is always a hesitation of we do not know who is doing what

:27:53.:27:57.

where and how. There will be some new things to see in Amsterdam but

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from the British point of view you do not worry about that, you do not

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worry about who will turn up and how good they will be. You worry about

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you and your boat. That is it from here at Twickenham rowing club. The

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next stop for us and hopefully for you, is Holland. We will see you for

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that. Goodbye. We have made history in the men's

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eight at the World Championships! Helen Glover will add World

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Championship gold to the Olympic gold-medal she won.

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John Inverdale presents highlights of the third and final rowing World Cup of the season from Lucerne, Switzerland.

With the World Championships in Holland in August, British crews will be keen to catch the selectors' eyes by being among the medallists.


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