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Lucerne - Live Coverage

Sir Matthew Pinsent presents live coverage of this year's second World Cup event in Lucerne, Switzerland. Crews are hoping to lay down a marker ahead of the Rio Games.

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Welcome to Switzerland, welcome to Lucerne. This is often called the


best rowing course in the world. The rowing infrastructure fits perfectly


in it and it is so often like this. Flat, fair and beautiful. What a


contrast to the European Championships in Germany a few weeks


ago. Welcome to the 2016 European Rowing Championships from


Brandenburg with 89 days to go to Rio. The countdown begins today.


Great Britain getting the gold in the lightweight men's coxless pair.


First on the list for Team GB. Heather Stanning and Glover, it


European champions once again. Just caught on the line. The Brits will


be disappointed with that. Gold for Germany and the statement they are


sending to the British world champions is that gold medal in Rio


is far from certain. Great Britain are the European champions in the


men's heavyweight coxless four. A win is a win at this time of the


season. The British crew do it once more. Switzerland squeezed out at


the line and Britain get the silver. They are through on the line and


they have taken it! Great Britain are the European champions. That is


how you do it in these kinds of conditions. Well, it might have been


rough in Brandenburg, that they had sunshine. In Lucerne the wind has


got up and it is driving rain under the tent and I am beside the lake


with Steve Redgrave. Just look back to the European Championships


briefly. How do you assess the British performance? I think overall


it was very good but we ask used to such success in recent years that we


came away a bit disappointed with the results. The gold medals, two


silvers and one bronze is a good hall but I felt disappointed. Our


commentary cupboard is on the far side of the lake. James, can you


hear me? The biggest story from the British point of view is the absence


of the women's double. No Katherine Grainger in Lucerne. Yes, it meant


there would always be some change in terms of how they restructured


themselves or whether they should do another boat. We think that will


happen but we are waiting for confirmation. Then it is which boat


they will go into. And an enormous bout of illness coming through the


British team running up to this weekend. Even overnight in the last


few hours, which seems to have affected every boat we are about to


watch race. Yes. It is a real disappointment. Pete Lambert has


come out of the men's Quad and the women's pair rout of the racing.


This is a big event, the whole world is here, and they want to put in a


big performance and we will see how they fare. Constantine Louloudis is


also out. Lucerne has not always been a happy hunting ground for


British crews in an Olympic year. We have had some shoppers. Especially


in the Olympic year. I have to go back to 1984 for getting a victory


at Lucerne in an Olympic year. It is one of the stepping stones towards


the Olympics so there are lots of illnesses and problems around but it


is not the major event of the year. It is an important one. Does it make


a difference whether you lose or win here? Is it something you can shake


off if you don't have a good result but take the best if you do when? If


you are racing, you want to win. If you have illness and you are not


racing and you have a substitute, there is an excuse that you can fall


back on, but if you are racing many want to do as well as you possibly


can to make sure you don't have negative thoughts going into the


last World Cup race. Thank you. We will go live on the lake for the


first race, the men's pair. Great Britain represented by a new


combination of Reilly O'Donnell and Matthew Tarrant. Over to the


commentary box. Big surprise in the first few


hundred metres, the world champions, the New Zealanders, they are down.


Down a reasonable amount. A bit slow off the start. Not a major problem


but it gives everybody in the first 500 metres a bit of a sense of, OK,


it is going OK. These are the New Zealanders, Eric Murray and Hamish


Bond, Olympic champions, multi-world champions. They have dominated this


event since they got into this boat post-Beijing in 2008. In the second


500, you expect them to overhaul Great Britain in number three. This


is the lane order. Spain, Netherlands, Great Britain, new


combination for this event in lane three, New Zealand in four, South


Africa and five and Australia out of your picture here in six.


Interesting opening stages for the Kiwis. Yes, it is nothing that


different. What they do is they maintain that speed ferociously for


the middle 1000. They are already coming at level and they will be


well ahead by 1000 and storming ahead by 1500. They are not only


that fast but that confident in their ability. It is a 2000 metres


race not 500 metres and they are perfect exponents of that. The other


thing is you don't know how long they have been in Europe before.


They are here for the long haul and they need to be fully acclimatised.


Coming up to the halfway mark. 1000 down, 1000 to go. Poised nicely, New


Zealand, Olympic world champions, to take the race on. Nathaniel


Reilly-O'Donnell and Matthew Tarrant for Great Britain currently in


second place. Matthew Tarrant in the stroke seat. They need a


consolidated 500 metres because a whole load of stuff is going on in


the British team for these guys. They were first in Arrese, the first


Cup six weeks ago. They spout won, they went out there, and they are


battling it out against Sinclair and Innes, the other main pair, if you


like. They have been split up because of the illness. We will see


Innes subbing later. Up to the British to put on a good performance


for the selectors. The reality is and the selectors know that they are


not going to beat New Zealand unless they have an illness or an absolute


shocker. They are not going to beat them. What they do need to do is


fill the gap, basically the void between New Zealand and the next


fastest crew, and what they need to do is demonstrate that they are the


next fastest crew to make sure they get in the selection for the British


slot for the Olympics. They are doing that but it is pretty close.


They are not that far ahead of the Dutch, so they need to make sure


they keep ahead of the Dutch and get a silver medal otherwise they have


no chance of staying in the power. From Cambridge on the north island.


30 years of age, Hamish, backed up by Murray, 34. This is a serious


Olympic year with 68 days to go. They have clear water. Second place


is led by Great Britain. Second, third and fourth are within half a


second and the British boys need to make sure they are on the right side


of that half a second to edge into the British slot for the Rio


Olympics. People ask me what the motivation is behind Murray and


Bond, because they have been unbeaten for so long. What keeps


them driving? Yes, they have set different goals to give themselves


different challenges, but what they are haunted by is the Beijing


Olympics in 2008, when they were 2007 world champions. In the 2008


Olympics, they didn't make the final for the New Zealand four. They are


perfectly aware that you might not make the final despite having the


perfect record. They are just ironing out anybody else's ambitions


to take them on. They are in the position of being unbeatable


mentally in the Olympics and that is what they are demonstrating. New


Zealand leads and Great Britain have got to watch out for South Africa


who are making a late charge in the closing 150 metres of this final at


Lucerne. Out front, New Zealand, the world and Olympic champions leading


now as Great Britain fighting in a real dogfight with South Africa for


the silver medal. Netherlands in lane number two up there as well. We


have New Zealand winning and on the line it is going to be very close


from South Africa and Great Britain. The! It is hard to call. A photo


finish. We will get the full confirmation but out front, clearly


and authoritatively, New Zealand. We will get the confirmation as it


comes through on our screens. I am going for Great Britain in second.


They were caught though. I am going for it. It is a photo finish but I


feel confident. South Africa came back into it and the Netherlands


came back very strong. These guys don't care. The Olympic and World


champions through in Clearwater. Great Britain there just? There you


go! By a couple of inches. Great Britain second. We see it on the


screen now. The rain comes down here in Lucerne. Still a good performance


from Nathaniel Reilly O'Donnell and Matthew Tarrant. These are the


margins. A good performance does not guarantee you getting that slot for


the Olympics. To get the best chance, they need to come second


here. We are waiting. That photo finish confirmed it kind but nothing


is fully confirmed by the governing body until they put it up on the


screen and notify the athletes. It was a good result in any event. This


crew started their World Cup campaign in that depleted field. OK,


the Dutch have been given second place. That will squeeze Great


Britain back. It didn't look like that. Great Britain get third place.


There will be a moment of elation of silver being pushed back into


bronze. Perhaps one of the most predictable


gold medals of the day for the Kiwi pair. I suppose the question


everybody wants to know is whether they are the best pair ever. I think


you keep asking that question and you are the only one who wants that


answer! They are certainly the best pair around of their decade.


Whatever situation. I don't think that was a great performance by


them. Very rarely do we see them holding back in the field. Their


technique wasn't looking that smooth as it has done before. It looked


like they were driving their legs really strongly and not being that


effective. They are such a class above everyone else around them,


they were still able to win the race. It puts them under a lot of


pressure when they are in the first 504th or fifth when we first joined


that race. -- when they are in the first 500, and they are fourth or


fifth. We always used to try and lead the race straightaway. We


always paced the first 1000 the way that we needed to be set so that we


could last the distance and not overcome it, and most of the time


that put us out in front, and that is the way that Eric and Hamish have


done it over the years as well. If you are leading by a long way, it is


not likely that anyone will come back. I am not putting doubt out


there that there will be an Olympic gold medal round their neck in a few


months' time, but that is not their best by any stretch of the


imagination. James, you have just commentated on the race, but


pointing to the attributes of the Kiwis that make them so consistent


and dominant in this event, it is no surprise that they keep on winning


and I am sure nothing will get in their way between now and Rio.


Exactly. They have so many things in their favour, part the fear -- apart


from the fear they strike into the hearts of their opponents, and they


are not very heavy. The cruise around them have got to match them


in strength and also in terms of weight. They didn't row that well


today that their technique is ferociously in that middle bit. They


really dig deep. Their paces what crews find it difficult to live


with. They can spread faster at either end but it is in the middle


that they destroy people. As if by magic we are joined by Eric and


Hamish. How was that race? Surprising to be so far down earlier


on. It is a to kilometre race, man! We haven't been doing our job


properly of trying to be the best, and then people wouldn't find ways


to beat us, like going out in front. Luckily enough nobody can match is


in the middle part of the race. If that happens, they will be closer to


the finish but until then we have plenty to work on in the first part


and we will always keep striving for more, simple as that. Some of your


fitness results are obscene. That must give you confidence in the


middle of the race. Yes, this is 16 years of hard grind.


We are always trying to find ways to push each other. That is producing a


successful programme, we are pushing in the team. How much appetite have


you got for rear? It is a few weeks away now. We will be based in Europe


for the whole period until rear. We are still getting our feet on the


ground, we have only been in Europe for five days. It is a long way to


come across the world. We are looking forward to Rio, it will be


exciting. A few more races before Rio kicks off hopefully. Are you


thinking about Rio now? If you start thinking too far ahead, you lose


sense of the process. Those decisions come pretty closely up,


but now we are just focus on what happens between now and beer and


forget about what happens in the future. It is great to see you going


quick. We hope the Brits are going to push you really hard. I do as


well. Everybody is out there to try and win, people are not out there to


make up the numbers. People want to win, and we do as well. You could


not make it up. Fantastic role models for our sport. Very much so,


they are a class act in everything they do, the training, the racing


and the preparation and media interviews as well. Two top guys.


Let's turn our attention to the men's lightweight double sculls.


That happened earlier today. This is a split regatta, so we have got


morning racing and afternoon racing. We are going to have the men's quad


today. There was another illness and it affected the crews today. Let's


see how they got on. Two years ago Great Britain in this


event had a dream season, finishing with a silver medal in the World


Championships. Since then it has been a time of frustration with


injury and illness. That illness continues again today. They were


disappointed with their finish in the European Championships three


weeks ago. Jack Bowman comes in for his ill team-mate. Graeme Thomas is


in the stroke seat. Two subs on board the quadruple sculls for


Britain. Jack Beaumont sits in the bow seat. He is also doubling up in


the men's double sculls. Great Britain in four and Switzerland in


five. Such is the competition here getting to this final that Germany


complete the line-up, closest to us, and they are the world and Olympic


champions, in lane six. Not the best lane to be in. You are very much out


of it. You do not want to be on the outside lane for a number of


reasons, here because the camera crew are next to you. But our quad


are going well. They are showing that a change does not necessarily


take away anything from your attitude and your boat speed. The


other five crews are all in a line. Our boys are three quarters of a leg


up and they could build on this in the middle part of the race. That


would be a fantastic step forward. Graeme Thomas to the left of your


picture is leading this British quadruple sculls. Again absolutely


fantastic conditions on the water. When you are on the water level you


get a feel of how the boat is moving, the speed of the boat. Such


contrast in conditions than we had at the European Championships a few


weeks back. Although it is disappointing to have so many


injuries and illness, the guys coming in now with 60 days to go, if


they race well here, they can put themselves back into the mix to be


part of it permanently. This quad is consistently fast and there are


about six or eight of them and if you race well, you have got every


chance of keeping your seat. They are racing world so far, but it is


only halfway yet. Three quarters of a length up for Great Britain.


Australia and Switzerland are in amongst it all. I am looking at the


speed of the German crew. They are sitting around fifth. It is a big


question to nail the third 500 here. If they can continued this momentum.


The Australians have strengthened their team and they will push hard.


Australia are coming back and tracking Great Britain. Switzerland


is in lane number five and we also expect Germany to find some speed in


this third. The Australians are moving quickly now. But will they


pay for it in the last 400 metres? We traditionally have a strong last


500 and not a fast first 500. Will it have cost them a little bit of


gas in the last 500? The Australians are now coming back to a quarter of


a length. This third 500 has been blistering from the Australians.


There is a quarter of this race to go and the British are hanging on by


their fingernails as the Australians continue to find the speed. When you


get tired, it is harder to hold it together and when you get tired and


you are a new combination that gets magnified, so it will be difficult.


The heads have got to stay up. Clear water, the Australians are coming


through. It is almost a matter of forgetting the Australians and


concentrate on the speed and keep the sharpness, not to be demoralised


by the Australians. Otherwise the rest of the world will come back at


you. If they get frustrated, the Australians are overtaking them, but


the reality is they are still ahead of the other four boats. This is a


very good performance from scratch team. The Australians are showing


their pedigree from last year's World Championships. Australia have


taken a full two let's clear water out of Great Britain. They are


moving away as the British crew contain the Swiss in lane number


five. It is gold to Australia and silver to Great Britain and bronze


to Switzerland. All things told with Jack Beaumont in the bow street that


is a pretty good result for the British to get a medal will stop


three weeks ago they were fifth at the European Championships.


Australia, Great Britain and Switzerland.


How was that feeling, especially in the opening stages? It was nice to


have a look around and see that we were up. What can I say? We have


changed the line-up in three weeks. The guys did a good job and we had


trouble on the race day and Jack has done a great stepping in once again.


The first stroke we took together as a four we were all over the place.


But it shows what depth British spelling has got these days, put


anyone in and we are on the podium. This is a massive step forward from


the European Championships? Yes, the European Championships were


disappointing for us and the weather was horrible. They did not give us a


favourable lane, but we had to put out there what we had. We put


together a different combination and try to get some speed in the first


kilometre. We were really happy with our first kilometre, but there is


still more work to do. Sam, how much more work is there to do? How much


more potential is there in this combination M there is bags of


potential. Firstly, Jack did an excellent job today. That was


last-minute stuff. An hour and a half before racing we changed it. We


did our first stroke and we nearly capsized! We thought, oh, no, what


is going to happen here? That it settles down and we kept our heads


and we rocketed off. That is what we spoke about. On the one hand we were


really excited to race as a new line-up and go all the way to the


line in that position. Maybe changing just then cost us, but all


credit to the Australians. Jack, briefly, you have a busy day coming


up. In three hours per I am in the main's doubles final, but I feel a


bit bad for my partner. It shows you how good these guys and Pete and the


coach are. They can get rid of one and drop me an an hour and a half


before and still get a medal, pretty fantastic. A great result, guys,


good luck, we will see you later. A fantastic performance from that


men's squad. There has been a sea change in British spelling and men's


sculling. It has been ten years, 15 years ago there was nothing like the


quality that we see now. I think you can go back to 1977 which is the


only gold medal we won at a World Championship. It was in the doldrums


and I was part of those doldrums" and coming a long way behind. Is it


partly the junior system that is encouraging more boys and girls into


sculling? That is part of the story. The other part of the story is that


they are so successful at sweeper rowing that they cannot get into the


sweeper team. That has raised up a level and now they see sculling as a


realistic chance of a medal and that motivate the next generation. Jack


has been brilliant. He did not know this morning until early this


morning that he was sobbing into the cord. He had a tough semifinal in


the peers yesterday and he has still got another final two row later. We


will see. His dad used to row in the early part of my career. I do not


know if Pete every medal at Lucerne, so Jack has gone one above that. We


have seen changes enforced on some of the crews and the men's pair was


another example, a complete change in Munich, and yet they have got


another medal. It seems that the depth in this squad is a lot more


than we were ever used to. Pretty much so. There is no coxed pairs at


the Olympic Games. It appeared that has raised there are world champions


in the coxed pair. That is a little bit of downgrading because there is


not an Olympic event. The pair that had raised at the Europeans this


year have been sucked into other boats and one of them is ill as


well. There is huge and depth, so we do not know who is going to be the


pair at the Olympic Games yet. This is the men's coxless four. We sent


James along to catch up with a key member of the group who is racing


here, George Nash. Great Britain by the men's European


champions. At the Europeans the conditions were incredibly rough and


when I crossed the line I thought, I have not got anywhere near as much


out of myself as I usually do because I was hampered by the wind


and the conditions. That frustrated me. Ultimately the job is to win and


we got that under our belts. Over the winter did you have a preference


as to whether you would be in the eighth or the four? When they were


announcing the team who was going to go for the four I thought I probably


would rather be in the fours. But the aids is a fast and furious event


that I personally enjoy. There is something to taking that on for


sure. I am probably more of a realist and the is when we raised


the four we won by a lot more than when we raised the aids how has it


been with the guys that you work with last year and how is it since


you have become a separate team? I don't look at it as a separate


outfit. We are one effort trying to win, mostly by taking chunks out of


each other in training, which we have been doing. It has brought


really good things out of both boats. It is not as acrimonious as


it could be and in general it is pretty healthy. I am not going to


deny that there are small tensions between crews. There always will be


with competitive guys. It might occasionally boil over here and


there but in the big picture it is pretty healthy. Great Britain get


the gold medal! Great Britain are the Olympic champions. Gold medal


for Great Britain. Wonderfully done. Great Britain, the Olympic champions


once more! Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London and Rio will be the fifth.


Does that add to the pressure of being the top boat but also being


the first one in 20 years not to win? I honestly do feel a bit like


that. If things don't go quite to plan, the guys around me are just


fiercely strong. I have a huge amount of respect for them. I am


probably objectively the worst guy in this crew, so if we are losing it


is me that needs to do my shoelaces up. Out of the four of view, who is


the most opinionated out of the water and who is the most negative


out of it? Mo rarely said we have nothing to work on. He really


strives for perfection. Stan is very matter of fact. Sometimes he will


say it is fine and sometimes he will say he is not happy with it. Greg is


relaxed and positive, sort of a mixture really. If I have had a good


night's sleep I am positive and not if I haven't. We do our best.


We can see the coxless fours loaded up on the start. Constant Tyler


Lueders, the selected stroke man for this combination for the European


Championships is at home else. -- Constantine Louloudis.


Over to the commentators. Thank you. Big Dave, McBride T,


sitting in the bow seat of the top boat in the men's heavyweight team.


-- big day for Callum McBrierty. They are coming under starters


orders. Wait for the green light. We want now is Great Britain ease out.


Slightly down on the first stroke but now they will start to wind it


up. Led by Alex Gregory, 32 years of age, in the stroke seat, the Olympic


champion in this event back in 2012 and leading out one of the top


stroke man in the team anyway. Traditionally in the bow seat. He is


getting his big chance to show Jurgen Grobler, the chief coach of


the men's team. I know there is a lot of mutual respect between him


and Alex Ferguson. At clean and fast. Australia taking on the


momentum. Grease dropping off. Great Britain finding their stride. Alex


Gregory, then George Nash, then Mo and then the super sub Callum


McBrierty in four. Quality field here because the American boat is


the top American sweep vote and the Australian crew is also the top


Australian sweep boat. Yes, it is the best American boat, although


they favour the eights, so they put therefore most athletes -- there for


most athletes in the four. America and us are in the mix. The


Australians going to the second 500 metres just leading the field here.


2015 silver medallists in this event at the World Championships. Really


big opportunity now for Great Britain. Just starting to


consolidate. They are into the race now. Relaxing and finding easy speed


as they sit alongside the Netherlands. The Netherlands did not


start in the Group B final. Great Britain won that event here.


Difference between them and the Dutch crew over the last few weeks.


They didn't have the quickest start European Championships and this 500


hasn't been that fast, but what they need to do is what the New Zealand


pair demonstrate, which is a phenomenal middle part of the race.


There they space. The Australians are actually showing that to them.


The real drive for successful club in the second half. -- the drive for


success will come in the second half. My fear and my hope is that


the Australians can't demonstrate that in the second half. Add


Lucerne, the penultimate World Cup regatta on the road to Rio. Coming


up to halfway. The coxless fours. Netherlands in third, Russia in


fourth, the USA languishing in fifth surprisingly. Around 1000 to 1250,


they lift the pace. Not very comfortable from the Russian crew


inlay number six. Led by a 33-year-old. You Klopp will not like


watching this. -- Jurgen Grobler. He will find out more about his crew in


this position than if they are winning from the start. Their second


to last race before the Olympics. Nearly one length behind the


Australians and going to have to dig deep. 750 metres left and if they do


not dig deep now, they won't win. Now you can find out what your crew


is made up. Yes, you can be the top boat, but you cannot find out what


you have got if you're not put in this position. You don't want that


first-time situation to be in Rio so this is great. There is an overlap,


three quarters of a length down on Australia. If you are in the bowels


of your four, how can they respond without panicking? The bow seat is


the only person in his peripheral vision who can see the Australian


boat. Alex Gregory, Mo and George Nash. They are rowing against


nothing. He is going to have to be not only a sub but a real


communicator. Reaching back. We are going to have to go now or we don't


have a chance. They have to get back three quarters of a length and I


don't think the Aussies will let this go. Two feet in the last 500


metres, so the mid paced Australian crew, the middle part of the race,


really solid. The British are starting to move up to a rate of 40


strokes a minute. 39 is still high but they are not matching the


British crew as they surge. That is the powerhouse of the British men's


team in the middle. They are down to half a length now. What the Aussies


haven't got compared to the Brits is raw horsepower and this is where it


will count. They will be checking it in now. Jurgen Grobler will be


watching and wondering if the training has paid off. He has put


his boys through hell in the gym and on the water and on the rowing


machine and this is where it will pay off. Win or lose. They are


running out of water here add Lucerne. The British crew continue


to throw everything, the kitchen sink, at it and it will go right to


the line. The Australians are going to crack. They are coming under


pressure. The Australians have cracked and the British have got a


couple of strokes just to tease it. Look what they have done! They have


caused the Australians to catch a crab on the line! That was the


pressure led by the British crew. That is why Jurgen Grobler coaches


the very best and makes the very best. And Alex Gregory new when it


was all going dark that they picked it up. They don't know yet. Gregory


threw his hat away. He threw it when they crossed the line and they


thought they had lost. But they did not know the Australians had caught


a crab. Look at the pain in Alex Gregory. That is unforgivable to do


that at this level. Australia world silver medallists. It is like


tripping over when you come to the 400 metres and you get to the last


100 metres and you trip over. The quality in this group is so high


that they shouldn't have done that. They are getting the confirmation.


Do the British know that they have won? They are still looking around.


The expectation was that the Australians made as fight for that


and it was harder than it should have been. Win or lose, they will


not be happy. Slightly happier having won. But to beat the


Australians on the line and they had to make a mistake for the British to


win. Nevertheless. They learned a huge amount about themselves in that


race and that will be much more viable than winning the European


Championships. By Rio, that'll be a real positive and good on them for


being that far down. Yes, the Australians made a mistake, but not


on their own. They were pushed into it by the relentless pressure of our


boys in the last few hundred metres. It is very close. On the line. What


a result for the British. Well, Steve, what a result for the


British. A win is a win, but the talking point will be the Australian


crowd in the last two strips. James and Gary said that was unforgivable.


The pressure they were put under, as Gary said, as well, but they have


almost perfect water here. It literally happened just right behind


us and I was focusing on the British crew and we were catching a bit of


water. We were struggling in those last few strokes. I thought they


would come through and take the victory without that crab, and then


I thought they wouldn't do it as they came past. Then that whopper


that the Aussies caught. They are going to be disappointed with that,


even with a spare on board. They would like to be dominating this


event. If that was the silver, that was a good performance by carrying a


sub, but they will not be happy with it but as supporters that is a very


good result. What will Jurgen Grobler be saying to them? I think


he will be patting them on the back and saying well done. Carrying a


sub. They had if you training sessions and they knew they had a


sub a few days ago. Not like some those that have been thrown into day


with substitutions. Not the strongest person in the team coming


in as the sub. He is much further down the ranking of a sweet rowing


team. That is still a good performance. I think Jurgen Grobler


will be disappointed they haven't dominated it but not grossly


disappointed overall. Even with that situation, they are still in the


first two. If the Australians didn't catch their crab. And they have


taken the victory with the Aussies handing it to us. George Nash told


about it in the film before the race. It is happening again and


again. We have won since 2004, 2008, 2012, on it goes, and it is weighing


heavier and heavier on these guys. Possibly. If you look back at the


Olympic victories over the last four Games, they have been very narrow


gaps. These guys have the opportunity to win by a very long


way and if I was in that crew, that is what I would want to do. I want


to make sure we are not winning by 0.08 of a second. I want to be one


length in front of these guys, which I think they can be. I am losing


concentration because the crew are coming. Well done. Callum,


congratulations. Mo, how do you assess that performance? It was a


pretty difficult race. We knew the Aussies were a strong crew and they


went out and took the bull by the horn and we played catch up the


whole way but I never thought they would beat us. Their play to the


rest of the crew. They stuck with it and we didn't know if we had won,


hence the exhilarating at celebrations at the end. When did


Jurgen Grobler say that you are going in the four for Lucerne?


Everybody does that impression of him! I got the call and that was


exceptional. All credit to these boys. Absolutely incredible race. I


actually thought we lost it on the line because the Australians were


shouting that they had won. Then Jurgen Grobler goes, look at the


board! I don't know if we can replay it for you but they caught a crab on


the line. Two strokes from the line. Two man got one in the chin. How was


it from the stroke seat, Alex? Not the normal way you have been rowing


in fours in recent years? No, but like Mo said, it was never in doubt.


I think we pretty much did a start and carried on that stuff. I don't


think I have raced so hard in a race. Not the textbook way to race,


but we have got Cal in the boat and he has been a superstar from day


one. He slotted in no problems a pretty pleased with that.


George, you said after the European Championships it was difficult to


get all your power in the water. Your face tells me that you gave


everything in that race. I managed to get in, it was a great effort.


Are you now laying down a challenge for the stroke seat? I am sure


Constantine is watching this, is the battle on? I am very happy for him


to be in the seat if he wants it. I think today shows that whatever crew


we put out, and this can happen at the Olympics, we can go out there


and win whatever crew we put out and it is a very good sign. Listen, well


done, that is a really fantastic performance. Enjoy the medal


ceremony and we look forward to Rio and the improvements that are to


come. Now we are going to turn our attention onto the women's eight.


This is a live race happening out on the lake. I hope we can see them


sitting out on the start. One of the few British crews that has not been


affected by the illness. I will hand you over to our commentators.


USA are in lane number three, the multi-world champions, the Olympic


champions. They come through the collegiate system and it is very


strong on the women's France. Time and again they produced top boats.


But just maybe this year the British are coming together quite nicely. --


on the women's front. Great Britain set as the current European


champions. That is pretty impressive, a good benchmark to


have. Canada are bronze medallists. They have been medalled many times


at the Olympics and World Championships. A very strong field,


USA to the right and Canada to the left of the British. We just home in


on the Olympic champions from the United States. We are coming under


starter's orders. Just a little bit of a breeze, a very big day here.


Waiting for the starter from the tower block behind.


James, the expectation on the British crew, we expect them to


medal here if they are going to step up again and be real medal


contenders. If they are to be medal contenders, they have to step up


here. Three of the five crews are not European nations, so they will


be racing for the first time and they will know where they are on a


global level. There are two very interested spectators in Katherine


Grainger and Helen Glover watching at home. They are poised and they


are ready to go. New Zealand are the world's silver medallists. USA are


the world champions, the defending champions and the current Olympic


champions. Great Britain are the European champions. Canada is driven


by Lesley Thomson Wylie who was coxing in 1992. She has been a real


stalwart for the women's eights since then. The British crew have


had a good start so far. By a couple of feet at these early stages the


USA lead. At the European Championships the British were


laying down on the Dutch at halfway. If they row like that here, they


will be almost two length down on the Americans. So really set a poor


start at the European Championships was an anomaly and they would not be


at those situations here. So fire they are true to their word. The


British crew are looking very strong because they are looking long, they


have got good length. Great Britain are on the heels of the Olympic and


world champions by one foot. The Olympic champions are leading Great


Britain. Canada are in the bronze medal position. Now it is all about


consolidating into the second 500 metres, particularly with the eight


because it is a sprint event. So much riding on the individual


members of the crew, but also the expectations that the supporters,


friends and family have. They know they have to deliver. Look how they


have taken out almost half a length. Lane number five, Canada, are


slipping back. So far, so good. But if you look at the same picture, the


Americans have taken half a length and New Zealand has come back. There


are three other boats you have to worry about. The eights, yes, it is


a sprint race, but this is an incredibly impressive first 500. But


the New Zealanders are sneaking back up on them. This is only 25% of the


race. We are coming up to the 50% of the race. A good benchmark for the


British crew. They went through the first time in two feet down on the


Americans. The Americans are the Olympic champions and they have


stepped up in that second 500. New Zealand are coming back hard on the


tails of the British crew. Fran is going for her fifth Olympic Games.


She does not look that relax, but halfway through the race you would


not be relaxed. In terms of building for the Olympics, if they can come


away with a silvery here, that would be very impressive. This would be a


really good platform for whatever will happen going forward. A silver


would be a solid benchmark for everyone. The British crew now have


to really nailed this third 500. Four of the American eight have


already raised in this regatta. Two in the Kiwi eight have already


raised, so there are tired legs in those boats. There are fresh legs in


the British crew. They will be called upon now. Psychologically


this is a real battle. Look at the black vote, just stalking up through


Great Britain. Now they have a target on the United States. The


stroke rate is three more than the British. That is a significant


amount. You are wondering whether the British are paying for that


first 500 metres. I am all for going out of the blocks as hard as you


can, so well done for them doing it, but you have to pace it. New Zealand


have done a very good job of that. Now the British nudge ahead. The


British have responded. It is a phenomenal, combination of girls who


have come together. Coming away from the European Championships has given


them a sense of renewed confidence. They are responding again. The


confidence from the European Championships will make them believe


that they can come from a position down. Now both boats are closing on


the Americans. That is about 150 metres remaining. It is very


unlikely that the British will get the Americans. But the British are


coming and up goes the rate. The Americans are tiring. Surely they


will not do this. The last few strokes. Great Britain get the


silver and they should be very proud of that, taking out New Zealand.


There was a moment 100 metres out from the line when the gold medal


was on. Fantastic racing from the British group. Sore legs. Perhaps


that took it out of them in the closing 200. There was a moment when


they needed one more push. I am not saying they are not right on the


edge because they absolutely are. They will come away from Lucerne


with their heads held high. This really is a benchmark because they


have beaten New Zealand who were silver medallists last year. They


took it out hard and they took it in hard, said that is brilliant. They


put themselves in that position and face the challenge of the Kiwi and


they've dealt with that and then charged on the Americans. They have


given the selectors the real headache going forward! There is


doubling up going on. The Americans are a class boat. They have had a


history of doubling up. They have the experience. But the British crew


look really good. They looked good in the first 500. But to be able to


forge on and not let their heads go down. That is really tough racing


and they should be pleased with that. When it has got tough, they


have answered the questions. They have got 68 days to sort the crew


out and make sure they are on the top of the podium at rear. Good on


them. Absolutely, it is a fantastic era for the women's eight. It is all


coming together. Not a bad day at the


Garry mentioned that has given a headache to the selectors. A superb


performance. A fantastic performance. I was disappointed with


the European performance of three weeks ago. Where they won. Where


they won, but they only beat fifth and sixth place, that was a bit more


impressive. We knew Canada was a bit shaky because they got beaten at the


first race by the Dutch. You thought the Canadians may not have adjusted


to the travel, but they did not have the pace here. The Americans were


doubling up, half the crew were doubling up, they have doubled up in


the history of them dealing the eighth. It is normally just two


girls, not half the boat. We know the Dutch were quick and the Dutch


got beaten by the Romanians. But there is a medal and I thought that


was a brilliant performance. After the European Championships British


rowing came out and said that Granger and Thornbury would not be


in the double, they will be considered for the eighth. How will


that have sat with those eight members of the crew who were


preparing for Lucerne at the time. Some will think, good, we have got


potentially stronger athletes coming in. But people will be thinking, it


might be my seat that is up for grabs by somebody else, and they


have raised their game. It will be difficult to change anybody within


that. As the commentator said, the selectors have problems. James and


Garry, this is not only a headache, how do you run a selection procedure


for an eight with less than ten weeks to go before the Olympics? The


coaches will have their gut feeling. They have an individual performance


parameters for the whole squad, so they have got those two draw on. I


do not think any of us expected the women's eight to be in this


position, that close to the Americans, a silver medal at


Lucerne. The eight can only get stronger. They have got to make the


right to change, but it is not as though you are going to lose people


to the women's double, you will gain people. What they have to do now, as


Steve said, they raised again for the European Championships to hear,


change or no change they have to have that believe that they can take


on the Americans for 2000 metres, not just sections of the race. Are


we moving the women's eight from a possible Olympic medal into a


probable category? Without a doubt. Zoe has got her place sorted. She


must be thinking, silver medal today, it can only get stronger.


They have to believe that from now on. In rowing terms, in sporting


terms, it would be a disaster from here if they do not get it. The


pieces are all coming together. Would the coach asked the cops which


boat felt best to you? Zoe will give feedback in all of that. It is one


race. They will have a lot of information. They have the


information in the ergometer from the winter. It will not just be the


flip of the coin in all of this and they will know. They cannot test it


in the vote right now but I think the selectors will have a good idea


about who the weaker rowers are. Without a doubt, I would be


seriously disappointed if that eight doesn't come away from the Olympics


without a medal. Just to jump in, yes, sometimes you can put stronger


athletes in, but it doesn't always make the boat go faster. There is,


Rhodri and spirit within a boat as well and that has got to be taken


into the occasion. -- camaraderie. Do you think that Vicky Thornley and


Katherine Grainger will be in the women's aid for Rio definitely? I


can't say definitely. On paper and on testing they are at the top end


of the team. That puts them at the top end of the eighth. As athletes


they are good enough to be in that group, but that doesn't always


materialise in boat speed. You would hope that putting stronger athletes


in, especially into an age where big ergometer scores count, that that


would translate into performance. Great silver medal, dominating the


Canadians in bronze, and I will cut it there!


I will hand over to the commentators. What a professional


you are! We turn our attention to the men's doubled. Two British crews


in this, Jack Beaumont and Nicholas Middleton and Jonny Watson and John


Collins. I know exactly what you were talking about! The bricks in


lanes number one and two. Martin Sinkovic and his brother in lane


four. New Zealand in five and Lithuania in lane and Lithuania


inlay number six. Again this is a very good set of results. Great


Britain have got two boats. Jack Beaumont has raced already, in the


bow seat in the quadruple sculls. Here he is with Nicholas Middleton


inlay number one. These guys are the guys for the future. They have had a


sensational last 18 months. Beaumont and Middleton. That in amongst it


they will get great experience. Watson and Collins was sixth in the


European champions recently and eight at the Worlds, but they need


to step it up because they have young bucks on their tail. Marcel


Hacker and Stephan Krueger from Germany, silver medallists, in the


middle of your picture inlay number three. The outstanding crew in a


multicoloured chessboard, the Croatians. They really have been the


crew to watch. Everybody is excited about what they are doing here in


the skull. Yes, the Croatian brothers are phenomenal. The way


they have dominated the field over 18 months is impressive. The British


doubles are young bucks, but the Croatians are the same age. As good


and young as the British boys are, they could be racing the Croatian


guys for the next ten years and at the moment they have ground to make


up. It is not surprising that Watson and Collins are leading at the


moment. As strong as Nick Middleton is, Jack Beaumont has already done


metres race already which will take some out. This is turning into a


decent scrap. The Croatians are being led by half a length. Croatia


valiant in the stroke seat. Martin Sinkovic in the bow street. Pressure


being put on them by New Zealand. The expectation in the middle 1000,


if you are undefeated, two years world champions... Actually in 2015


in the European Championships they pulled out. They won at the first


World Cup regatta earlier in the season. When they do race, they blow


the field apart. Coming up to the halfway mark, you would expect some


kind of fireworks now. The two time world champions from Croatia. They


need to turn the handle a bit. They are led into it by New Zealand.


Marcel Hacker at 31 the oldest guy in this line-up. The Croatians have


stopped the rot, if you can call being half a second down the rot.


They have held the New Zealanders leading into halfway. The third 500,


this is where they will push into the lead again, I think. Croatia


coming away now from Germany. Clearwater developing. They are


putting their own pressure on. Looking so much nicer from a


Croatian point of view. This wing of the backstroke and it runs nicely.


Marcel Hacker to the right of your picture. He looks relaxed. He is a


wily old character. World Champion back in the day in the single skull


and plenty of medals under his belt. Jonny Walton and Collins as well. I


think for New Zealand the goose is cooked. They are poking the big bear


with a stick. I think they will reap the anger of the Croatian crew. This


crew do not give you an easy ride. They don't just win. They show their


class. 500 metres to go and the Kiwis are holding up well. I expect


the Croatians will have clear water by the end. There is a fight here


but it will be a big turnaround for Jonny Walton and John Collins to


hang on. It is like they are fighting just to hang onto the pack.


The Germans alone another three and Lithuania in number six, they have


been out of the picture but they have been in amongst it for the


medals in the closing stages here. Out front, Croatia continue. They


are powering on. They have got the speed. They want to win by clear


water. We can compare where Great Britain is, slightly back on


Germany. Great Britain have got to watch out for Lithuania. Up to 41


strokes per minute, 300 metres out. Great Britain on 40, so brave to


take it on here. Support for Jonny Walton and John Collins, just to get


a good result psychologically for them. They have not had an easy time


over the last couple of years. They have cemented it again in this event


in this boat. Anything above fourth place would be a good result for the


British doubles. 50 out now. Croatia starting to ease off. They know they


have got control. New Zealand holding off from Lithuania, who have


been out of the picture, coming through and getting the bronze


medal. Germany starting to suffer in fourth place. There was too much in


the closing 50 metres for Jonny Walton and John Collins for Great


Britain. Jack Beaumont and Nick Middleton just suffering now. The


pain in his legs must be too much. They come over and finished now. We


are joined by three members of the women's silver medal winning eight.


How was that performance? Really good. We wanted to win the race, to


be honest, so we have that in our sights for Rio. That is probably the


best we have done against the world Olympic champions. Just if you


inches short of them. Polly, you were saying before the race about


your back and the injury and this has been a long road for this unit.


Sure. We formed quite late compared to some crews. We are relatively


new. Some girls including myself have been injured. So to be able to


form such a great unit, and it really is a great unit, is


tantamount to the girls, all nine of us and our coaches. We are


delighted, but as Jeff said, we want one better at Rio. The challenge now


is coming for this group of athletes, this group of mentalities,


that selection is up in the air again in the coming weeks between


now and Rio. Yes, there is a question of selection, but as we


have shown from this performance, this crew is capable of winning a


gold medal at Rio and I strongly believe that if the crew is made


stronger in the next few weeks, that is great, but if this is the


strongest crew we have, then I am really happy about it and really


excited for the next few months. What were you saying to the crew in


the last 300 metres? I don't know. I am cold to finish so we can go in? I


am still deaf in my left ear. Go quicker? You need to go and get your


medal. Congratulations. As they exit stage left, we turn our attention to


the man's single and one of the most enduring and passionate growers that


the men have. Alan Campbell. The men's single girls being chased hard


by Drysdale from New Zealand. The Olympic champion, the two guys here,


have dominated this event over the last ten years. Five-time World


Champion. In this third 500 metres, this is where we would really expect


him to push them hard. He knows how to work the third 500. As a world


and Olympic champion, he has the overlap and he is maintaining that.


He will hound the World Champion throughout this third portion. He is


looking over at Drysdale. Taking two more strokes a minute


than Drysdale. Drysdale has held Synek's move. My feeling is this


will be level with 200 metres to go. Both scullers working into a race of


their own. The bottom picture shows the speed of the finishing skull


Alan Campbell in a number six. If we can get a wide angle, we can see


where he is, but at the moment he went through the halfway mark in


fourth place. He will need to turn the screw. We are respecting a big


push from him. 1500 metres. The man's single sculls final. But at


the gap between the two leading scullers in the world right now and


Alan Campbell in bottom left of York screen coming through in fifth, so


well off the medals at this point. If he has a big 250, he might be in


contention with the Dutch skull, Broenik, who was 14th at the


European Championships three weeks ago. Synek has responded well.


Drysdale nearly closed in on. Drysdale's approach is this. It is


like a lumberjack chopping his way through a massive tree. 2000 metres


to get that treat down. You all start off at eight brochures pace


but the tree is starting to give and Synek will be crushed under it if he


is not careful. The Cuban is fighting it out for the bronze medal


alongside Broenik from the Netherlands in low number one. Look


at that face. Relentless from Drysdale. The Olympic champion has


clawed his way back. Now he is driving the nail in the coffin here.


Synek has given up. The pain that Drysdale is feeling, he is


inflicting more of it on Synek and he has broken Synek. This memory


will serve Drysdale in Rio and Synek will remember how he got broken, so


this is a massive nail in the coffin for Synek in Rio. Both scullers


easing off, and Drysdale knows that his first appearance in 2016 has


been exactly what was called for. He has nailed Synek of the Czech


Republic. Rodriguez gets the bronze medal. These three float over the


line. Alan Campbell, well, he is fifth, which is much better than he


was three weeks ago. And he went for it. Third place just before the


halfway mark. He went for it and found out where he is at. Where he


is at is not where he wants to be. Drysdale, Synek and Rodriguez in


first, second and third. I have written out Alan Campbell's


International results. Six, seven, four, five, second, third, third,


bronze in London, fourth and eighth last year. With that parabola do we


think it is beyond hope that he will get on the podium? It is very


unlikely, but reading at those results come he has been in our


sculling team for many years. Maybe as it is going the wrong way, even


though this is a good performance on the last couple of years, and it has


given him hope, I chatted to him yesterday and he is buoyant and


confident, but we have other sculling boat that are doing well.


Yes, I think it is impossible for him to get onto the podium. And a


word about men's sculling in general. As the senior member he


leads that team. How many medals should we expect from the single,


the double, the quad in Rio but? If we get one medal that would be a


fantastic result. You have got to put the quadruple at the top, then


the double and bend the single. Or on their day you cannot write any of


them off. Hopefully, fingers crossed, one quad medal. Let's turn


our attention to the lightweight men's doubles. William Fletcher and


Richard Chambers are in this. We talked to Richard. Has the hand


injury stalled any preparations? It has upset it a little bit, but it is


one of these things. Things knock you off course and you have to get


back on. It meant I could not do trials, but as soon as it happened I


got straight on the bike and I have been training whilst the rest of the


team have been prepping and doing trials. Your team-mates will suggest


the links you go to to miss the trials! Is there more pressure going


into the Olympics but in my in terms of selection this year it has been


less so because we formed ourselves as a good double last year and the


coaches had the confidence in us to carry that on. We have had through


the winter months the time in the doubled that we did not have last


year, so they are giving us every opportunity they can to go and beat


Olympic champions. That is a different kind of pressure. That


relationship that you built last year in the boat culminated in that


terrific final at the World Championships. It is France and


Great Britain. Do you feel you are better equipped now to move up one


step higher on the podium? Definitely. We went into the world


champions last year and we did not have a clean run with checkups and


injuries. Two guys sculling in two different ways and we were physical


and muscled the boat along. Now we have honed in on the finesse and the


technique, but also will has moved on physically. I have even more


confidence in my team-mate and that is great for me. Through the 1000


metres, the halfway mark in the men's lightweight double sculls.


That should scare the opposition. If you are breaking up a World


Championship crew, your new man has to be pretty good. If you are making


the best in the world better, this is what happens. The Norwegians have


had a good winter. The Norwegians do a lot of training with the


lightweight double and they are doing very well. The Irish


lightweight double, one of them is as strong as heavyweight. It has not


quite transferred into the boat yet, but it is looking very good. There


is still clear water from France over the former world champions,


Norway. This could be an extraordinary last 500 metres for


the British. France have gone. They can still be caught by the


Norwegians. They are in lane number four. The South Africans are in Lane


number two, both 29 years of age, both Olympic champions in the light


four in London. Fletcher and Chambers in five on the other side


of the course. Now they come to wards the closing stages. You can


see how the French have responded to Norway's push. The French are very


efficient. In the middle part of the race they will be fast and it has


not cost them. They are sending the message to the rest of the world.


Their technique has not changed. It is good to see if the Irish could


back up their European Championships. They are strong boys,


so we will see what happens. So France are out in the front and the


Irish are pushing on hard against Norway. It is silvered to Norway and


South Africa are taking the bronze. The Irish get for. It will be a


disappointment for William Fletcher and Richard Chambers, but remember


this is their first time out in this Olympic year. They have got one more


regatta in three weeks' time. On the day France win. They looked


devastating, a new combination. There are DOS lightweight offence


for the men in Rio. The lightweight men's four is the other one and they


raced this morning as well. Let's see how they got on.


This is where we watch in this third 500 who goes first and how you go.


Do you step up and increase the boat speed? You can start to see at the


top of your picture the French, the bronze medallists from last year.


They have been taken on by Switzerland, the world and European


champions. New Zealand are in Lane number three. They won the first


heat. You expect the heat winners, the fastest qualifiers in the final


and they are showing why they got first in the heat. The French knew


they had to take a risk early on and go out hard. That has not worked.


The Swiss are very good in the last half of the race. But they will be


disappointed to be a lengthy behind New Zealand. Great Britain are still


in fifth position. Netherlands are in Lane number six out of your shot.


Britain are forth now. 1500 metres remaining. New Zealand are out in


first. Chambers is in the stroke seat for


Great Britain. They will need a push to get through the Danes in Lane


four. Still pushing hard on the fireside, France in Lane number one,


the bronze medallists from last year. I think the Swiss will try and


close the gap on New Zealand. If they close the gap, that will give


them something to go for as they prepare for Rio. I do not think the


British will catch the Danes. On home water is Switzerland Lane


number two. They are responding to the cowbells, the traditional home


support noise. New Zealand continued to lead and Denmark is being put


under pressure from Great Britain in Lane number five. New Zealand are


out at front and they are coming up to the line. Switzerland being put


under a tremendous amount of pressure from Denmark. Denmark are


just shy and Great Britain are caught on the fireside by the French


and that is very disappointing for the British crew and their heads go


down accordingly. A tremendous result from New Zealand coming


through in fine form in that last 250 metres. 5.3 seconds is too far


off the lead. Paul Thomson is the chief coach of


the lightweight. A quick reaction to the men's double and four. It is a


good step, but that was not their best race today. Their heat was


better than that. Not quite the right rhythm, but we can do better


than that. An update on the women's lightweight double which is absent.


They were a bit cooked going into Brandenburg, but they are on a


recovery programme and we are looking for them to make their mark.


When did you take the decision about the women's double sculls? That was


after Brandenburg and part of the review. Strategically we have got a


fabulous women's here who could not race today to illness, but we are


looking to push into the middle with the two qualifying boat behind that


and the eight and the double. We are not going to talk about the


selection procedure, because the athletes have not been told, but


that has raised the question of where you not worried that the


women's eight were racing under a cloud because of the selection


procedure that is about to happen? Yes, of course, the athletes want to


have the best people in the boat and the best boat to perform in Rio as


well. Yes, I ensure it has been uncomfortable for some, but they the


bigger picture as well. When was the last time that Katherine Grainger


Road Suite internationally? Do you mean head of the child? No, I do not


mean that. It must be 2004. So we expect to see her in sweep capacity?


Her accumulated score is the best amongst the group that we have got


out racing in those boats. They have been training in sweep boats, so we


can get the groups together when we get back. I do not know if you can


answer this, but with the double skull, will that be put on after the


final of the eight? How will that come in? Clearly we will look at the


eighth and see where that gets to concede what happens with the


double. I am happy with the standard of those two boats, and I have got a


lot of confidence in those athletes, but we need to see where we get to


in the next few weeks. We sent Darren Campbell along to meet the


men's chief coach Jurgen Grobbelaar. Do you see yourself as a coach,


mental, manager? Maybe everything a little bit. You have to be a coach,


you have to be a manager and amend tour as well to give advice. You


have to be a psychologist, there are a lot of different parts that make


an overall good coach. In the sporting world, which coaches do you


admire? I was always impressed with Sir Ferguson. I think patients,


staying in that job, staying in football and managing that for 25


years successfully, I always think that is something challenging. Is it


one of the toughest jobs, managing egos yes, I think so, especially


when you are bringing guys together with different characters and


different strengths and weaknesses, I think that is a big challenge.


Could you give me three characteristics that helped to build


an Olympic champion? First, they must like the sport because doing


high-performance sport is not always sunshine. It is tough, hard work,


daily work, it is not just talking, you have to do it. The third thing


with all the pain and the problems, you should still have fun. If you do


not have fun and you are not finding the fun in your sport, and fun is


for me when you go home you are totally exhausted, that is why you


are here. That is part of the plan. You mention Sir Alex Ferguson


earlier. How does it make you feel when people call you the greatest? I


leave that to other people. The coach doesn't get any thing for


being the greatest. I have to do it again and again. I leave it to other


people. There are lots of other great coaches out there and you have


to be in the moment the greatest, not what you did in the past. Now we


can see is a man's eights loaded up on the starting pontoon for their


race. I will hand you over to James Cracknell and Garry Herbert. Thank


you. Russia in a number one, Great Britain in two, Netherlands in


three, splitting the great rivalry in this category over the last


couple of years, because Germany, European champions this year, are


number four. New Zealand five and USA in lane number six. The clatter


of the start and through the first 100 metres. 45 strokes per minute.


Maximum spread. The real exponents of doing that in the first 100


metres Germany. Germany found some form in the European Championships


but mainly because the British eight, Jurgen Grobler, he has the


engine out of the team that won gold last year and put it into the four


but still a pretty smart eight. Yes. Changes had to be made. We have


depth on both sides of the rowing and sculling equation. The bottom


line is that even with only one person out of the eight, you are


dealing with tiny margins. The good news is that if they can pull a good


result out here, that gives a huge amount of confidence going forwards.


New Zealand has problems. They looked good yesterday but not quite


so good in the heat. The Dutch had a stonking heat, so all to play for.


The Green vote of Germany is sitting currently in fifth position. --


green boat. The crew is settling into their rhythm. They have


switched if you people around. Tom Ransley has moved from seventh to


three. Matt Langridge has just come in after being ill. They are not at


100% in terms of full capacity but they will still be very competitive.


The assumption saying that it is that every other boat is totally


free from illness. When athletes are training this hard, on the


boundaries, pushing so hard, nobody will be 100% until they get to the


Olympics. You would be wrong to assume every crew is totally healthy


but at the same time you know that the British crew is not at full


strength. It is going to show. At the last Olympics, Germany were


undefeated through to London and won the gold. They are being pushed hard


as we reach the 1000 metres mark in the final at Lucerne. Great Britain


still in amongst it in fourth place. Not too bad for the British crew.


They can step up here. But in the race for lanes earlier in the


regatta, the Dutch beat the Germans. It was a surprise. We were saying


that nobody turns it on in the race for lanes but the Dutch did. The


Germans have got to do something here. And the Americans as well. You


mentioned the top four British guys in the four, and the top four


American guys are in the American four, and they have had a very good


second 500 and they are ahead of Germany, Britain and New Zealand at


the Dutch are having a great race. Different crews are finding their


form and they want to lay a marker down for the Olympics. How they do


in this regatta goes towards how they do in the heats for the


Olympics. The Germans thinking they might have it slightly easier with


the British not 100%, they now are being chased by Holland and America


as well as Britain and New Zealand so an interesting last 800 metres.


An Olympic qualification regatta at the beginning of this week for the


final booking, and the United States got that one and they are taking it


on. The crew is starting to come back on the Dutch. They are getting


closer. Starting to squeeze in an four, Germany, bringing with them in


two, Great Britain. Not over for the British in the medals but the


American crew, Austin and Robert, the stern pair, driving the crew


along. They know the fight is going on. The Germans are showing that


they don't let people get away. If they have had a good middle part,


they don't let them get away in the last and they will hunt down the


Dutch. The British came back on the Germans as we were watching the


Americans. They have stretched away, down to a third of a length. The


Dutch, the Germans, the USA closest to us and Great Britain in fourth


position. Change or no change, you don't want to be in fourth.


Especially against two crews that you haven't lost against in five


years. 75 out from the line-out. The Netherlands are holding on from


Germany. The Americans, what a sprint! They are going to come


through on the line from Germany! The Americans are pushing hard to


the line. But the Netherlands get the gold and Germany and the United


States of America will have to wait to see. Germany getting second, USA


getting bronze. Great Britain being pushed off the medal podium into


fourth, we think. Absolutely outstanding result from the


Netherlands. Earlier in this regatta they showed a bit of form and


everybody thought that was going to be fly and die, but they made a big


stab and a big mark in this final. Beating the Olympic champions to


boot. Walking round the boat park and seeing the Dutch eight warming


up, they are big guys. Powerful looking unit. The American chief


coach must be kicking himself, because if they had had their top


four athletes in the eight, they would be looking at gold medal now.


The German coach must be kicking himself thinking they have lost over


the last three years to Great Britain in this event, they have


taken their engine room out, and now we have got to contend with the


Netherlands! And the USA. You are right. A very rare situation. The


Germans have been challenged by us and they have responded and


responded. They probably saw the British are not 100% and we will


have it our own way this weekend and that does show what overconfidence


does. It means you don't come home with a gold or silver medal. Better


to learn that lesson here than in Rio, but the reality is that is an


experienced and they shouldn't have to learn that lesson. It will be


hard to call where the gold medal is going to go in this event in Rio. So


much happening from the European Championships three weeks ago to


hear at Lucerne. The Americans will probably go back and we won't see


them until Rio. They will not be around for Pozner and in three


weeks, the final of the World Cup regattas. Exciting stuff. A surprise


to see Germany not at the top of this. A surprise and I think the


British can take a lot of confidence from this. Yes, in fourth, not the


best, but Matt Langridge is in the seven man, rowing at four because he


is not 100% and he has been ill. And Pete is not in it at all. A couple


of gold medallists not in the boat, so they have strength to come back


from. They will have fourth place hanging over their heads, motivating


them for the next 68 days. Look how close the United States got. Just


off the Olympic champions from Germany. A third of a length over


Great Britain. On the day, the cloak of invincibility that Germany once


held, that Great Britain held over the last few years, it seems to have


been thrown away. Top of the pile here, the Netherlands, then Germany,


and USA have come to the party and Great Britain in fourth.


Steve, has the Netherlands winning that driven a coach and horses


through the rankings for Rio? Very much though. As they said in


commentary, the Germans will be thinking the British have not got


their top guys in it, so we have this in the bag, but obviously they


haven't. It always steps up in an Olympic year. The Dutch as a team,


across-the-board, lightweights, women and heavyweight men, they have


some really good athletes performing consistently and this proves it


again. They have a bit of history in the eight as well, if you Olympics


ago, but even in our time they have had an eight that has won an Olympic


gold medal. A lot has been made about Jurgen Grobler choosing the


men's four for the Olympic year, so is it too soon to say that his order


of votes is working or not? -- boats. One gold is worth 1000


silvers. That decision is made. Although fourth is a terrible


position to come, I don't think Matt Langridge is 100% fit because he has


been ill and he is not in his normal seat and Pete Reed isn't here. It


has shown the Germans are not invincible and I think the Brits


will take confidence from this. The guys that will be kicking


themselves, the American chief coach, who put his best four guys in


the American four, who got stuffed by the British and the Aussies, and


his American eight only just lost here. If Jurgen Grobler is


frustrated, you can have a beer with the American coach! What do you


think it's realistic to expect from those three votes, pear, four and


eight, in Rio? Jurgen Grobler is controlling all of this and he does


well at the Olympic Games and you guys know that. I think gold for the


four. They get so much speed when it goes to altitude. We have another


World Cup in three weeks, but definitely a high medal, silver at


least for the men's eight, and the men's pair, hard to call. Having


watched the boats crossed the line, you are an optimistic macro definite


silver? There is no definite. Not definite. Like to think they are


capable of at least a silver medal in the men's eight. I will have to


argue this later. Leave the married couple on the far side of the lake


to sort out differences! There is a conspiracy theory that Jurgen


manufactures the results, that he made you lose in the run-up to


Sydney and Athens. I don't think that he is doing that. Definitely


not. This is not the final World Cup race. There is another three weeks


and illness coming into this second World Cup at Lucerne, so it is not


all doom and gloom in disaster on the men's side. James said earlier


in the commentary that if you go out and raise, then you cannot use that


as an excuse. And then James has used it as an excuse! It is quite


difficult. The one person that is standing right behind you that we


should bring in at the moment is Helen Glover. We are going to talk


to you in a minute. You are going to race in the women's pair. Before we


talk to you, see how the event got on without you and Heather Stanning.


totally exhausted, that is why you are here. That is part of the plan.


New Zealand are in Lane number one. USA are in two.


South Africa are in Lane number six. It is a tough call, it would have


been a big decision to not want to race today. But if they had raced


and they had not performed, they would have had to give excuses. They


have made the tough corner, but there is nothing worse being a


whinge if it does not go your way. You don't want to be like David Hay


and moan about Vladimir Klitschko. They are being chased very hard by


the USA. Both of those women were in the Olympic eights. The Kiwis will


be doubling up in the women's eight later on. The American lead boat


will want to clear this race out early and then start to ease down on


the gas if they are to go again in the eighth. Yes, win this race, but


win it as efficiently as possible and that means by as little as


possible. We are coming into midway of the


third 500 metres. Denmark in Lane number one.


Rasmussen on that boat, plenty of pedigree in that family.


500 metres remaining in this final, the women's pair at Lucerne. They


pretty much lead from the first stroke. It is going to take a big


push from the New Zealanders to get back on terms. They are being pushed


hard by the USA. It is interesting the psychology. Glover and standing


were going in with 34 consecutive victories together at international


level. It was interesting, I watched this American pair yesterday and


they are riding so much better today and that is because the pressure of


Glover and standing is not there. When the cat is away, they have


started to play properly. If they can do this, they will be a lot


closer than they were earlier in the regatta. -- Heather Stanning.


And still New Zealand come up. The water is an absolute millpond. It is


fantastic as we come through the last 50 metres. It will be the


United States of America holding of New Zealand. South Africa are


pushing hard. Gold goes to USA and Silver goes to New Zealand. The


bronze medal goes to USA two. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning did not


start Does any of that lot who raced today


scare you? You would not be an idiot to not have any fear, fear scares me


and pushes me on. I do not go away from this weekend scared, I go away


a bit frustrated we did not get to race in our final, but that is a


decision we have to make today based on the fact that Heather had woken


up and she had eaten something that made her not feel well. We even did


our warm up. What kind of discussion did you have out on the water? It


was not a discussion. I said to her, I trust your opinion and I would


rather not race at all then race and not show ourselves in our true


light. The last thing we want is to get to one kilometre and say, I


should not have race. If there was any doubt, we said, let's not do it.


She did have the warm up and she said, I am not right. We needed to


push ourselves a little bit. She felt a bit sick and it was the right


decision. It was frustrating, it could not be avoided, it is one of


those things. Do you need that last World Cup race? Do you skip it? You


have beaten everyone several times over, what is left to prove before


Rio? I do not think we have anything to prove. Racing is something we


enjoy doing and something we aim for every year, but we can get that from


training. We have had a heat in a semifinal out here, we did not race


the semifinal. Any racing time is quality time and time that you can


learn about yourself. We have got another World Cup to come and that


is important. What was it like standing on the bank? In one way it


is frustrating, and I was pumped with adrenaline, but equally it is


strangely reassuring. The boat that one we beat yesterday and we did not


feel we had to do anything special. We have come away with a certain


amount of information. The final is where you can judge the other boats,


so we cannot say we did that. But we did raise our semifinal and we did


beat them. We have now seen all the likely crews that will be at Rio. We


have now seen everyone and we have not seen anyone doing anything


bigger or better than we thought. We are still on our toes and very much


in the frame of mind we have still got a lot of people to beat. Had you


put your thoughts about going into the games? You are going in as


Olympic champion. Have you thought about your mental part of the


process? The World Cup is a stepping stone to the Olympics, is there any


process to that? Definitely, one thing about the World Championships


is you have to practice to defend a title and that comes into play at


the Olympics. We see these races as stepping stones which is why you do


not see us getting too distraught by missing this race. We need to train


very well over the next couple of weeks. This is our block that gives


us everything we will be in Rio. We have got an incredible team around


us who help make these decisions easier and help us not question


them. You are getting married after the Olympics, what is more exciting,


the Olympics are getting married? It depends who is watching. If Steve is


watching, it is definitely the wedding. Good answer, well done. The


third World Cup will be coming up on BBC Two on the 19th of June and we


have got coverage of that. Straight after as it is the Diamond league


athletics from Oregon. After all that, if you have not had


enough sport, there will be time for something a little bit different.


Steve, I suppose one of the biggest stories that is circulating around


sport I do retests of Beijing and London and rowing has been mentioned


in dispatches in the Russian media. What do we make of all that?


Obviously there are rumours that they are testing samples and there


are supposed to be some positive ones. We just have to wait to make


sure that what is being rumoured in the Russian press is actually fact.


That may have an impact on our sport on one of the boats involved. That


will put a question over Rio. Every games I have been involved in there


are always drug issues, but this seems to be a step up to anything I


have been involved in before. James and Garry, how would you sum up the


British performers today? It is more realistic than the European


Championships because the major players are here. On a scale of 1-10


I would make it a six realistically. There were hardly any medals. We


usually come away with quite a few. That was high. If I had to put my


serious money on medals we get back from Rio I would say five with two


gold medal. We are in that kind of ballpark here, but we cannot


definitely do it. We are halfway there. I have got is on the medal


table in fifth with one goal, two silvers and the bronze. I have got


New Zealand at the top of the table followed by the USA and the Dutch


after that and Germany with only two silver medal. The other headline,


move the Rio Olympics over the virus. If you were an athlete now,


there is the drugs, the virus, the staging of the games, the water


quality. A quick answer. In every Olympics there is so much profile.


There is less on this virus and there was on the norovirus at the


other games. If somehow the stars can align, and the wait can be found


through, we should not forget that the Olympics can be absolutely


magical. Goodbye. Jessica Ennis-Hill is back on top of


the world. Adam Peaty wins gold. Nicola Adams has just made history.


Laura Trott is world champion. You might take a look at


the Viper ACR and think, "That's going to be


a handful to drive." The thing is,


you'd be absolutely right!


Sir Matthew Pinsent presents live coverage of this year's second World Cup event in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Last year Great Britain won a dramatic gold in the men's eight, finishing just eight hundredths of a second ahead of Olympic champions Germany, while Britain's all-conquering women's pair of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning also claimed gold.

It's the main regatta before this summer's Olympics and all the international crews are hoping to lay down a marker ahead of the Rio Games.

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