Lucerne Rowing World Cup


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


in August. COMMENTATOR: Greg Britain, get


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


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


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


here to day. And there was some fantastic tick


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


intensity from the six lane internationals. The top athletes


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


all done well. And there are different personalities coming


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


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


be hearing from Alex Gregory, Olympic, world and European


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


what we COMMENTATOR: Great Britain are making it look


very easy. I am not surprised the boat has gone


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


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


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


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


change, the World Championships. Kroos typically improve a huge


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


it. COMMENTATOR: Great Britain,


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


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


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


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


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


Republic are closest to us. Regardless of whatever boat,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


currently in the bronze medal position. Moving into the second


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


have will be disappointed if they do not


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


about our project, just got to keep it going.


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


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


the European Championships, the Aiguebelette World Cup, the Regatta


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


had won the European Championships three weeks before. Knowing Helen


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


like water boarding them for five minutes. They are effectively


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


leaders. The crucial thing to Zealand second crew is effectively


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


They have done enough in the middle 500 metre mark.


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


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


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


relationship and friendship these guys have. Robin Williams is the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


today. It is one of those difficult


situations then when everyone expects you to win the pressure is


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


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


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


performance. It always starts getting uncomfortable, they are the


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


has already commented is varies suddenly a new crew that nobody


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


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


you can do some amazing performances. Helen and Heather will


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


boats. JAMES CRACKNELL: The Canadians are


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


silver. Leading the British crew through 1500 metres, Caragh


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


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


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


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


contend with Romania. Out of your picture, Canada have


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Romania, they have got the experience and history in this


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


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


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


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


the bronze medal. Next to the inside of the boathouse


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


go back to Lucerne to see a couple more races.


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


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


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


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


500 from the Italians, who themselves were back towards the


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


undefeated throughout this year. There was concern whether they would


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


remarkable Drysdale from New Zealand. Even more remarkable, what


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


sculling, that they have been multiple world champions and Olympic


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


have liked but we got there in the end.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


France in one, the Danes traditionally have


dominated this, not the Olympic champions.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


and digging even before halfway. Great Britain are in danger


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


disappointed with that bronze. The Italians are world champions in


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


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


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


here now. The early leaders are Poland closest


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Australian movement. Because every little movement the Australians make


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


has gone, they have come back on that.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


class act, Imogen Walsh and Catherine Copeland, finishing the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


and Imogen progressing through the whole summer. They are looking


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the absolute maximum, whereas you might feel you have got


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


pair. Coming through the 600 metre mark


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


psychologically phenomenally strong athletes here. When they come out,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Russians are finding the uniform approach. The British crew will be


strong in the final third of the race. Easing out by almost a


strong in the final third of the of a length, the green boat. This is


strong in the final third of the what we would have expected. We are


coming towards the halfway mark. what we would have expected. We are


This is an absolute humdinger here, in the final of the men's eight at


Lucerne. Dare I say, the Russians are going to come through just


ahead, almost/full/? It is still Germany but it is now down to less


than a foot over Russia at the halfway mark. Great Britain moving


up into bronze medal position. Poland moving back from third into


fourth. But still the race is on. The polls of a quick at this stage


of the season. -- the Polish are very quick. The Russians, they will


be hungry to prove themselves all season. The Germans want to carry on


the pasta and pool party at Lake Como.


Big bad will such is the in /CT. He did a phenomenal job in the Olympics


in the men's pair, getting the bronze medal. They are starting to


stretch out. The Russians, the hard training is starting to pay off in


this third quarter of the race. They are really starting to hurt and they


enjoy it. Russia taking on Germany, Great Britain first, second and


third. Poland maintaining fourth position. We are now into the


business end, the crunch part of this blue ribbon event here at


Lucerne. Great Britain just sliding back off it here. The Germans, who


led to the 500 mark, they led to the halfway mark, they have taken it.


They were embarrassed that the 1500. The Russians dared to take them on


at 1500. Great Britain in the top left of your picture here.


Incredible stuff developing in the last 200. The Germans have shown


that their uniformity and self belief they have whereas the


Russians, it is not quite in-built. They are absolutely exhausted. That


is why the Germans have been able to pull through in the last quarter.


The disappointing thing is the Brits are now a length behind. 's stunning


stuff here from Germany in the closing stages. They are long, they


are fast, they are feeling pain but their heads are up here. The


Russians dared to take them on. Germany first, clear water over


Great Britain. Russia second and Great Britain getting the bronze


medal. They are clear of Poland. Their heads go down in the British


crew. Their heads are well and truly up in the Germans. Look how much it


has taken out of it. That is a race to the line.


That is it from this year's World Cup campaign but there is still one


event to come, the biggest of them all, the World Championships in


Amsterdam, Holland. There is coverage on the red button and BBC


Two, live both days of that weekend. Before that, plenty more live sport


here on the BBC across all platforms.


The week after that, all roads lead to Scotland.


That man there is a Commonwealth gold medallist. He gets it! Ian


Thorpe is getting a standing ovation from this crowd. That was


magnificent. Chris got a Commonwealth gold! It was so close!


A pretty dramatic men's eight rounding off an intriguing regatta.


Now all roads lead to the Netherlands. Overall it has been an


impressive weekend. Four strong gold medals and that is a pretty good


place to be. There has always been some disappointments. Some crews are


further down than they would like to be. It is the third World Cup for


the Great Britain crews who have done the European Championships and


two world cups. It is a fatigued part of the year. We always say


that. They have some tough training camps ahead. I think we all expect


to see improvements and then we will see what everyone does by Amsterdam.


There are certain crews that you would think barring major issues are


very strong odds-on favourites to win the Golden Amsterdam?


Absolutely. Right now, the men's four. The women's parents well. They


had a bit more of a challenge than we have seen now. The men's what I


think could face tough opposition but are now getting confident. The


women's lightweight double, I think they have had an impressive race


today. But as four gold medals that you could not count on but


realistically see in the world Championships. Just one final


thought, who are still to come in who could shake up the order that we


have seen in Lucerne? There is nobody really who hasn't come in yet


but what we have seniors some of the countries have dipped in and out.


There are some countries which have not got finalised crews yet. They


could have some surprising combinations we have not seen yet.


And we have also got quite a few weeks before the World Championships


now and there is always a hesitation of we do not know who is doing what


where and how. There will be some new things to see in Amsterdam but


from the British point of view you do not worry about that, you do not


worry about who will turn up and how good they will be. You worry about


you and your boat. That is it from here at Twickenham rowing club. The


next stop for us and hopefully for you, is Holland. We will see you for


that. Goodbye. We have made history in the men's


eight at the World Championships! Helen Glover will add World


Championship gold to the Olympic gold-medal she won.


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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