Poznan Highlights Rowing World Cup


Poznan Highlights

Coverage of the year's third and final Rowing World Cup regatta, which takes place at Lake Malta, where the British team are eager to lay down a marker ahead of the 2016 Olympics.


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Welcome to one of the more unusual rowing clubs on the banks of the

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Thames. It's called full reach and it was only opened a couple of weeks

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ago -- years ago. It was funded by the developer with the express

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intention of kids from local state schools getting involved in a sport

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they might not otherwise be involved with. The reason we are here is

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because it is the World Cup in Poznan, Poland. The last big event

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until the Olympics, 47 days to go. 47 days until the next glorious

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chapter in Britain's rowing history. Great Britain started ahead, stayed

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ahead and finish the head. Great Britain are the Olympic champions

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and it sounds fantastic. Rate Britain win by a length and a half.

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We have done it and we have done it in style. They are the British

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Olympic champions. Heather Stanning, Helen Glover, we salute you. Great

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achievement. This crowd are going mad. Ladies and gentlemen, what we

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are seeing is a dream come true. If anyone sees me go near a boat you've

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got my permission to shoot me. Five in a row, what a great Olympian.

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With us to discuss all things rowing is Anna Watkins, a gold-medallist

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from London four years ago. Can it really be that long ago? The last

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time you are doing this, you're trying to get back in the team and

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trying to get to Rio de Janiero. What happened? I was watching the

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final and thinking, maybe this could be defended, maybe I should get back

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in there. I went back to the open trials in October, got back into the

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mix, got stuck in through the autumn. After Christmas, I noticed

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the speed had heated up and I could not stay with it. I stepped away

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then and the doubles project has gone on without me. At least I can

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step back and say that I've answered my big question. I can watch with a

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smile on my face. Elite sport is a brutal, uncompromising world. Rowing

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has found itself in the papers a lot and a lot about bullying in the

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women's squad, reminiscent of what British Cycling has been through. If

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that world you recognise? The picture is, the beginning of this

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year, there were 24 women sitting in a room and 12 seats for the

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Olympics. You've got to get down through those numbers somehow. I've

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been part of that myself and, that is brittle, that is difficult. Paul

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Thomson has been doing this for 16 years. When he came into the team,

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there was the odd medal in the team. Now, if we are not punching with the

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best in the world we think we are doing something wrong. Anybody who

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has navigated that process by that long without ruffling feathers

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should be in the United Nations, in my book. He strives to be fair but I

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know he wants to be the best coach he can and he always tries to

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improve, year-on-year, for something he could have done better. He will

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take that on board and want to know that. There is a process, that is

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great and people should have the opportunity to feedback, but I would

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not want anybody else to be coaching me. There is a fine line between

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pushing hard and bullying and I think Paul pushes hard. Interesting.

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The catalyst for this has been the treatment of and the form of

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Katherine Grainger. For their race in Poznan today it really was a last

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chance to prove they could be competitive in Rio de Janiero.

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They come together and sit forward, France in one, New Zealand in two.

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Let's see what they can do. There needs to be undying trust between

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Thornley and Granger. They are in lane number six in a high-quality

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field. France are in one. Good start for Great Britain as the

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bows slice through the water. Beautiful conditions here at Lake

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Malta in Poznan. Great Britain coming out through

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200, starting a transition into the race pace. So far, so good. New

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Zealand have had a shocking start. There's only one crew out the back

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and that the world champions. I don't know what they've done over

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the 300 metres. Going through the 1500 metre mark.

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Great Britain continue to be in fifth addition, almost five seconds

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out of gold-medal place. Full credit goes to even McFarlane

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and Zoe Stevenson, who had dropped out of the pack in the first 300

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metres. The world champions from last year. They are not going to

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catch. It will take an extraordinary effort if they are going to catch

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Poland. You're right. The Polish team deserve as much credit as New

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Zealand, they have not been rattled at all and they've kept their

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distance and they are moving away. That is testament to the improvement

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they've made. Polish looking very strong. A mark

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of that is keeping a length and the speed. That is what you want to be

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doing. Quick and long as you come under pressure. Continue to go hard.

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New Zealand are the world champions. They are holding off a feisty little

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French double scull. Real this appointment from the British

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perspective. Victoria Thornley and Katherine Grainger, the OBR fifth --

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there they are finishing in fifth position. They will not be happy

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with that but where does it leave them? They've shown that they've got

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bits of speed here and there, they beat the French double in the

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repechage and then they came third. They could put a positive slant on

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it, they could be in the medals, they've swapped round, they've got

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rid of this, they've just got to focus in on their boat, and make the

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best of the best bits. I will Katherine Grainger be approaching

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the next month and a half? She's very professional, it is her fifth

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Olympics. They've got a fantastic team to train against, they are out

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there racing against Heather and Helen everyday. It is hard when you

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are Olympic champion to get excited about a bronze medal but it would be

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a good result for them. Good stuff. You mentioned Helen and Heather,

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almost untouchable. Let's see how they feared in Poland. It was

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incredible to win home games. It is who we are, what we've worked

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so hard for. We are so lucky to do this. As much as you feel like

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sometimes you don't want to be there, you know there are so many

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people who would grab that seat from you and take your place. No female

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British crew has ever defended an Olympic titles that is what we aim

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to do. 1000 metres, halfway, and they are

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doing what they do best, they are out there leading and they were put

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under some pressure at Lucerne three weeks ago. Look at lane three, they

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are doubling up and pushing on hard against the British pair. We had

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this back at the early part of Lucerne. Three quarters of a length.

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Britain remain in lane number two, Germany in five. If you look back,

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New Zealand are the same distance behind as they were at 500 metres.

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That is what I mean about giving your opposition length. They gave

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the distance they are behind. What it means is Heather Stanning can

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look and they can control the race, see everything New Zealand are

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doing. If I was New Zealand I would put them in a position they've not

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been, they are going the same speed they have been going for the race.

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We had rain, lightning storms, going through 1500 metres. New Zealand

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continued to put pressure on Helen Glover and Heather Stanning from

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Great Britain. There is a gap between them. Look at the gap, lane

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to just snuck out of the picture to your left. There is no doubt that

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New Zealand are starting to put a little bit more on, they have eased

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back, this is a significant amount of pressure. You'd expect the

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undefeated world champions, the reigning European Championship...

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They have lifted it. Just looking to see where they are on the marker.

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Still, New Zealand are coming hard with them. You saw Heather having a

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look across and then they stepped up. This is not for show. They've

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had open water. It will give them a bit of incentive to make sure they

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are right on the money when real comes -- Rio de Janiero. It will

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need a huge effort to overhaul the champions. Coming up towards the

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line. Pressure from Helen and Heather. They are in first place and

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they finish 2016 undefeated and in a pretty good place heading out to the

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Olympic Games. It is good to be unbeaten in the last race before we

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go out. A tougher race than we wanted but that is more down to the

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fact that we wanted to race a steadier profile, we did not want to

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learn nothing about ourselves. We learned quite a lot, which is quite

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good. Hopefully this will make us stronger. We need to put this behind

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us. The next time we come down to do racing stuff, the Olympics will be

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at the forefront of our mind. We've got a good chunk of training to come

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and it will make us go faster. What do we make of it not being a

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cakewalk for them? You know, I think they will review that and decided it

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was the race they wanted to have. They needed to be pushed hard. The

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last thing you want to do is going to be Olympics complacent and we

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have plenty of crews that have lost in Lucerne and one in the Olympics.

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The Kiwis look to me to be physically more powerful than

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Heather and Helen. But they are not rowing as well. There's a danger

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there. If they move better, hold their body positions better, they've

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got more speed to find, whereas Heather... It is a question. They

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need to be on their toes to find every last millimetre of speed

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before the summer. They'll embrace that challenge. From a pair who are

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thinking about gold and nothing else to two pairs who are thinking about

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going to Rio. This is the men's pair. There's a New Zealand pair

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here who haven't lost for seven years. Forget about them. The race

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here is between the two British pair es. The winner goes to Brazil. The

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loser stays at home. We are away in what will be one of the most

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important races of their lives for Great Britain's Nathaniel Reilly

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O'Donnell and mat Tarrant in lane two, and Sinclair in lane 3.

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Alongside them Eric Murray and Hamish Bond. The all-black strip,

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the Olympic champions and the multi-world champions. Undefeated in

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this event. This is between the two of them since 2009.

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In lane 3, in a race for their lives. This is Olympic selection,

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Stewart Innes and Alan Sinclair in three. Behind them are Nathaniel

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Reilly O'Donnell and Mat Tarrant in lane 2. Nathaniel Reilly O'Donnell

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and Tarrant starting to edge back. It was a big 500 metres for Great

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Britain. It was just another day at the office for Murray and Bond, the

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All Black strip of New Zealand, as they start to move away. Opening up

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again. Almost a length of clear Water. 25 strokes, you can count

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them in. They know this race is well under control here, but Australia,

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they sniff a silver medal. Alan Sinclair and Stewart Innes have to

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keep their heads up and be aware of what's going on in lane 5. Watching

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in lane 2, there is pressure from both sides. Here comes Great Britain

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in 1 and 2. The Australians, forget them. Their race now is against the

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British crew. There is no point in beating the Australians, because

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right now all they've got to do is focus on the other British crew and

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make sure they beat it, whether by 100th of a second or a length. New

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Zealand are first, Australia are away. And just by two or three feet

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Great Britain have booked their berth be, surely they have done

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enough to go to Rio. It was a valiant and brave last 500 metre

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push, but Alan Sinclair and Stewart Innes did enough in the first 1,000

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metres to open the pace. Australia taking the benefit of that little

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clash and coming out with the silver medal. Third place confirmed.

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Confirmed. They know how important that is. That's what it takes to get

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on to the plane. The margins between going on the plane to Rio and not

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are minute aren't they? It is so painful to watch. Watch. Both pairs

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look like they could qualify for an Olympic medal but only one can go.

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That's the harsh reality of it all. I don't know what's going on in

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Juergen's head. It is probably too late, the crews were decided for the

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rest of the team a couple of weeks back, and we are weeks away. I think

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that's it. From two people who will be going to Rio and two who won't,

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to four who knew from the start. At the heart of the men's 4 is a giant

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of a man in every way. His is a remarkable tale. Feeling on the

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water is unparallel to anything I have ever done. That feeling of

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harmony, getting a reward for work. When you look at the boat race and

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look at our team you build a bond for life. My first rowing stroke I

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was 15. I took to it really badly. I kept falling in. So there were many

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moments in the first six months where I wanted to quit because I

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hated the sport. Hi Sue, how are you? Very well, how are you? On the

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first day you got me in the river... Within 45 seconds. Let's look at

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this gym. It hasn't changed much. It still has that Rocky IV feeling to

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it, cold and a back to basics style of training. It wasn't common in my

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school for people to row. It was football, rugby, basketball and

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tennis. At the time I had thoughts there could be a prejudice, that

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there were stigmas that you couldn't row, that it was only for public

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school, but it's not the truth. The first moment where the penny dropped

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was the indoor World Championships in 2003. I had been useless on the

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rowing machine. It was something that made me think, I can do this. I

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was born being a Muslim and it's been my personal choice growing up

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to carry on with that faith. There's been no prejudice against me about

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being a Muslim. It's been very accommodating as a sport to allow me

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to fast. I like the fact I'm an ambassador for the religion. I don't

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like the fact that I'm one of the first but hopefully that's for the

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next generation. Stunning conditions here at the Lake Malta for the final

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World Cup regatta, the final World Cup event for the men's heavyweight

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four, the final time these crews will line up before we see them in

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Rio. Germany in 1, Australia in 2, Italy, the world champions, first

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time we see them, then in lane 3. Lane 2, Australia and they are being

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dumped down. Lockwood looked to see where everyone is going. They are

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leave ing will you behind! Out fast and sharp in lane 3 Italy.

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Belarus in 5 and Romania in 6. Early stages it went to Italy. But this is

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looking very powerful. Great Britain, full order back-up again.

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They are right on it and they are looking smart. And powerful. The

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Italians raced off like greyhounds whereas the British crew have to

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crank their engine up and now it's running. They are not going to fly

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off. The spring in the Aussies' step is going to be dampened by having to

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do the repechage, a race neither the apprenticeship nor the Italians had

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to do yesterday. The Brits have a rhythm they didn't have at Lucerne.

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-- neither the British nor the Italians had to do the repechage

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yesterday. The Aussies are hanging on. They've probably taken a couple

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of feet since halfway. In the third 500 they are going faster than the

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British, which won't please Juergen or the British boys. They'll be

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giving it everything in the last minute-and-a-half to give the

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Australians something to think about over the next 50 days to Rio.

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England are through the 1,500 into the last 500 metres. You expect Stan

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in the stroke seat to lift up the power through the legs, driving his

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guys on. Mohamed Sbihi in the two seat. Gregory up in the bow. It is

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hard to see that the Aussies will come through the British point. The

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angle of the camera is giving the Aussies a slightly more aesthetic

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advantage. They've got a length now. I think the Brits want to have a

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third length of clear water to send a message to Australia when they

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watch the video over the next 50 days to Rio. The Italian crew, the

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world champions. A class difference between them who are taking on

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Australia. The rate has gone up there from the world champions. The

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white boat. Look out front. Long, hard, sharp. They will be winners

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today here. Gold medal to Great Britain. The silver is between Italy

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and Australians. The Italians jammed the rate right up here and chased

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hard. We await confirmation. Unfazed out front, gold medal goes to Great

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Britain. I'm very delighted. It is good to win the last race before the

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Olympics. I can go away on training camp and now that we are ahead of

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the pack and in the next couple of weeks we've got to stay there. It is

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a confidence boost for us. It shows we mean business. We always go out

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to win, and that was pleasing. We always put things right we haven't

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achieved yet as racing. The hard work starts now. We good away for

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three weeks to altitude, in Austria. We put in a lot of yards before the

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Games. We've got a lot of mutual respect and confidence in ourselves.

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To try to keep winning form is a good project for us. As a warning

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shot to everybody else, how was that performance for you? I think for

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anybody who enjoys the rivalry between Great Britain and the

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Aussies that was a sight to warm the heart. The message is last time

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around we let the Aussies get close. We had a sub on board. This is the

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real speed. Watch out, Australia! We are talking about the elite athletes

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in the context of the men's 4, but if I talk to the chief executive of

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the Fulham Reach club, we are at the polar opposite end of rowing but the

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potential for this project is immense. What are your ambitions for

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the future? It started a couple of years ago when there was planning

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consent between the planners and the developers and we decided to focus

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on local state schools and open up the sport as widely as we can. In

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the year we've taught just under 600 students to row. That will grow to

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900 next year. We'll try to get allel the schools in the borough

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rowing. In the context of sport for all, do you have ambitions perhaps

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to create elite athletes of your own at some point? That's got to be on

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the cards. One thing we are keen on here is we always promote an exit

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race through racing. Whether it is going from being not confident on

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the water to being confident, that's great. For other juniors we want to

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push them through all the way to national schools, Henley and beyond,

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if possible. It will be fascinating to see how you do. We go back to

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Poznan now. We saw the men's four a few moments ago. Now the men's quad.

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In Rio three of them will be experiencing their first Olympic

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Games, but for Sam Townsend he has memories of London that live with

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him. We are here today to announce 43 of the 47 members of the rowing

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squad for this summer's Rio 2016. It is always a relief to hear it

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officially. On a day like today it is gorgeous, to celebrate the fact

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that you've been selected is always a nice occasion. The Olympic final

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of the men's double sculls. Great Britain have taken it on in the

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first 100. I look back at London with fond memories but both of us

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were disappointed not to be on the podium. It was a tough week for us.

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Great Britain over in fifth place. That will be a disappointment for

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the British double who came into this final with such high hopes.

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Last year it was fourth in the world. It is often said fourth is

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the worst place. Fourth is not a great position to finish. I think we

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had an incredibly turbulent year last year. We were in terrible form.

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We were battling a long way to try to rediscover some national flow and

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boat speed. Actually it never really came. It is hard to take that

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result, because fourth is a horrible place to be. In contrast to last

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year we've been a lot more consistent. There's been a will not

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more continuity with what we're doing. I think that's only a good

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thing. I think these four men have a real point to prove. At the World

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Cup in Lucerne we won a silver medal and showed who of the this order

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could be capable of doing. We've never led those crews like that. One

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crew the Australians managed to reel us in, but others didn't. Great

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Britain hang on to their silver bravely. How do did you foresee,

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what can you achieve in Rio? There's a gap in the market for someone to

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stamp their authority on this event and good like, we are the ones you

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need to be. The I believe we have the capacity to medal in Rio, but

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I'm a pessimist at heart. I know there are incredibly good, strong

:29:33.:29:36.

crews out there. But we have enough to be able to do well, I'm sure.

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That is going to have to be at a nominal race for the British crew,

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as they leave the starting area. -- phenomenal race.

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What a disappointment the German crew had.

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They are current World Cup leaders in this event. We've got Germany in

:30:15.:30:23.

lane number three. First in Lucerne, the Italians go through. A

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combination of junior gold-medallists in Sweden and the

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sculling events. 50 strokes remain. 500 to go. It is

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Australia coming through. Great Britain are right off the pack.

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They've had a miserable third 500. Germany, the Olympic champions,

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sitting in the bronze medal position. They will be fighting a

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lost charge from the British crew. This is pretty spectacular from the

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Australian crew. They look very good, and slightly worrying from a

:31:30.:31:34.

British perspective, they will be training with the Australian men's

:31:35.:31:40.

coxes. They were really coming off the

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pace. They've found something to avoid the embarrassment, pushing

:31:58.:32:06.

Paul out of the picture. It is too late for the reigning world

:32:07.:32:13.

champions. What was going on in that third 500? They are throwing it all

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to the line but by Clearwater, Australia getting the gold medal.

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Subtle and coming through in fourth and Great Britain coming through in

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a very disappointing fifth position. Three weeks ago they were second at

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Lucerne. A disappointing result for the men's quad as we move on to the

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men's double sculls, and this is something we were not expecting.

:32:43.:32:49.

Great Britain continue to lead. They look back down the track and they

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see that is the path and they are moving into the future, the next 500

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becomes very critical. Has it taken too much out of them or is it part

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of a really nicely paced race? They look good, they've got great length.

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On the edge of it. 36 strokes a minute, that is all right. New

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Zealand taking two more to keep up with them. You would expect the

:33:18.:33:25.

Kiwis to come back hard. You'd expect Norwich to move as well. They

:33:26.:33:30.

are doing well, the British crews, some of the others have gone

:33:31.:33:35.

incredibly hard, have struggled across the halfway line, whereas our

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boys moved on. Look how far behind they are. It is open for Great

:33:46.:33:52.

Britain. They still look as though they are

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in control. The important thing is the lens. You shorten up when you

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get tired. If you continue to be long you continue to be strong.

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They're coming towards the last mark. 500 metres to go. This is an

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event they came fifth in. At the moment things are starting to turn

:34:28.:34:31.

around. Heads up, keep it on there. Right through to the finish. Long,

:34:32.:34:38.

powerful strokes. This is where it becomes a game of psychological

:34:39.:34:46.

warfare. They cannot rollover at this point. Right now, they are

:34:47.:34:56.

sprinting. The only slight concern is that they still look quite long

:34:57.:35:04.

and relaxed. Trying to get as much air as possible. New Zealand have

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placed it well. Keep the length. They continue to hold off from New

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Zealand. It is second from Lucerne. It is about holding on in this

:35:33.:35:36.

desperate stage. We could count them down. Here comes Andreas in the mix

:35:37.:35:45.

as well. The British crew have got to keep their heads high. There is a

:35:46.:35:48.

silver medal for Great Britain, just there. New Zealand get first. For

:35:49.:35:56.

them finish on the line. I think the British crew have got it and it is

:35:57.:35:59.

deserved, well-deserved silver medal. We are really pleased, it has

:36:00.:36:08.

been a long time coming for both of us, putting all those things in

:36:09.:36:11.

place, we've always had that the leaf. Good weight and the World Cup

:36:12.:36:22.

series and take us into that. It has been a long time waiting for this

:36:23.:36:26.

one. It is great to be on the podium and it is such a relief that

:36:27.:36:31.

everything we have been doing is finally paying off. As you say, all

:36:32.:36:39.

the competition is not here but it has set us up nicely to get ready

:36:40.:36:46.

for Rio de Janiero. That was a tremendous performance and you could

:36:47.:36:49.

see from the look on their faces how much that meant to them. Absolutely.

:36:50.:36:56.

They have shaken the event up and everyone will be looking at them

:36:57.:37:03.

saying, where are they going to be? Difficult camps before the Olympics

:37:04.:37:06.

to get fitness up to peak condition and they only need to hold on for

:37:07.:37:11.

another couple of hundred metres. I cannot wait to see how it pans out.

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From two men in a boat to one. The solitary world of the sculler. That

:37:18.:37:30.

is Alan Campbell in lane number three.

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Watch the Croatian in lane number three. It is a top-quality field.

:37:36.:37:45.

But it does not feature of a world champion. Rodriguez from Cuba is

:37:46.:37:49.

also withdrawn. It is an opportunity to put right what has been a very

:37:50.:37:54.

disappointing, under par season so far. In issuing fifth at Lucerne.

:37:55.:38:10.

Croatia, New Zealand, Great Britain continue to be in the bronze medal

:38:11.:38:16.

position. Would be at least the third best in this field. It is

:38:17.:38:27.

playing out up front. They are trying to get away from Alan

:38:28.:38:40.

Campbell. Who is your money on? You'll I am going with Drysdale. We

:38:41.:38:44.

will put a tenner on it and see you at the end. Drysdale is continuing

:38:45.:38:49.

to overrate by two strokes per minute. He doesn't shorten up.

:38:50.:39:05.

It is looking a bit dodgy. They are saying -- come on, I have got a

:39:06.:39:19.

tenner on you. I need you to do something. You can see, in the

:39:20.:39:24.

moments of a race at this speed, keep the length. He is three strokes

:39:25.:39:34.

under. The Olympic champion has just taken apart the European champion,

:39:35.:39:36.

keeping it long, keeping the pressure on. I've lost a tenner.

:39:37.:39:49.

He's in the bronze medal position, but that is the very least in this

:39:50.:39:55.

field. You would expect he would be very encouraged by that but as we

:39:56.:39:59.

move into the lightweight racers, the double of Richard Chambers and

:40:00.:40:02.

Will Fletcher will have been encouraged by the first thousand

:40:03.:40:11.

metres. The injuries to put all and they slipped back to the back of the

:40:12.:40:14.

field. Better performance from the men's. Great Britain in lane number

:40:15.:40:27.

two. Denmark in lane number two. -- four. In lane number five, France.

:40:28.:40:38.

Lane number six, Italy. What can Britain do to turn around their

:40:39.:40:43.

disappointing fifth place? They were European silver-medallist early in

:40:44.:40:48.

the season, it looked like a pretty good start, notwithstanding all the

:40:49.:40:53.

conditions. So disappointing to be knocked into fifth position. They

:40:54.:41:04.

will need a very big race. It is all about the last race to set yourself

:41:05.:41:08.

up. Really feeling good about yourself.

:41:09.:41:20.

Early stages, Britain up there but France in lane number five. Look at

:41:21.:41:36.

how tight it is, reflective of the weight category.

:41:37.:41:50.

New Zealand opening up in the third five. They took the length. That is

:41:51.:42:07.

the difference between getting to halfway in the race and getting to

:42:08.:42:13.

halfway and the race is done. This is where they respond.

:42:14.:42:29.

Great Britain in second, the middle thousands has all been New Zealand.

:42:30.:42:42.

They've worked hard by thinking about a bill, effortless speed, it

:42:43.:42:45.

is not effortless in the sense that they are working hard for it but

:42:46.:42:48.

they've gone right out and the race is on to the silver medal between

:42:49.:42:54.

Britain and Denmark led by Morten Joergensen. New Zealand out in

:42:55.:43:06.

front. Still, they want more as they come towards the finishing line,

:43:07.:43:11.

very impressive victory. Silver goes to Denmark, bronze goes to Great

:43:12.:43:18.

Britain. They come away with something, they congratulate

:43:19.:43:21.

themselves and they know there's a lot more work to done. Divorce your

:43:22.:43:27.

overdue on where things stand with lightweight crews at the moment.

:43:28.:43:32.

They will be disappointed with that. The doubles have both had injury

:43:33.:43:41.

problems, we see that in the speed of the men's doubles, and in the

:43:42.:43:48.

women's doubles, they've not made it out here because of injury problems.

:43:49.:43:53.

Both those crews have speed. They got world medal behind them. We know

:43:54.:43:58.

the team back at base will be working overtime to get them ready

:43:59.:44:02.

for the start in Rio de Janiero. We wish them the best of luck. I

:44:03.:44:08.

mention at the start that this initiative is all about getting kids

:44:09.:44:13.

started in this sport who might not have done it. With us we have... Why

:44:14.:44:22.

are you involved in drawing? When I was younger I did swimming but did

:44:23.:44:26.

not enjoy it. Plu-mac I only did tennis. I really wanted to get

:44:27.:44:35.

fitter. And you? I have always wanted to do drawing from a young

:44:36.:44:38.

age. It looked fun and peaceful but it is a challenge. Peaceful is a

:44:39.:44:43.

great word, especially on a Sunday morning like this. What do you think

:44:44.:44:46.

it gives to you? What do you like about rowing most?

:44:47.:44:56.

I like passing the pontoon and being with other people enjoying the same

:44:57.:45:00.

sport. After a load of competitions I've made a lot of friends. I find

:45:01.:45:08.

it fun to do teamwork with other people from our club. It is a great

:45:09.:45:12.

joy to experience this wonderful sport. Do you think you're going to

:45:13.:45:17.

be involved in it for a long time? I'm looking forward to the future.

:45:18.:45:21.

Probably from a university background. Excellent. The best of

:45:22.:45:27.

luck to all three of you. It's fantastic you've been give a chance

:45:28.:45:32.

to enjoy the sport. To Poznan now and the women's 8. There's been

:45:33.:45:38.

debate about this vote. Boo kg and Vicky Thornley find themselves a

:45:39.:45:41.

seat either individually or as a pair? The eight remain unchanged.

:45:42.:45:47.

Let's hear from their cox. The last few weeks have been tough, as we

:45:48.:45:51.

formed a really good crew. We've been working and building and we

:45:52.:45:55.

were told this might be tested again, which it was this week.

:45:56.:45:59.

There's two sides to it. We had this crew we were positive about but we

:46:00.:46:04.

were also, there was an excitement about the fact that people wanted to

:46:05.:46:07.

be involved in the eight, because it was going well. I knew I wasn't

:46:08.:46:12.

being tested the, but it was hard for me to watch it. I wanted it to

:46:13.:46:19.

go well, in that I wanted the boat to have the fastest crew we possibly

:46:20.:46:24.

could have. That's the crew we've raced in Lucerne in this Brandenburg

:46:25.:46:30.

in the Europeans. It is not that we don't like Vicky or Katherine, they

:46:31.:46:34.

are our team-mates and friends, but this crew had formed a close bond

:46:35.:46:38.

and we get on really well. The thing that's really nice about the crew is

:46:39.:46:42.

there's a range of experience. We have Fran, this is her fifth

:46:43.:46:46.

Olympics. For five of us it is our first. Katie and Jess have been

:46:47.:46:54.

rowing in the eight a lot. This is their third Olympics. We have a

:46:55.:46:57.

range of experience and personalities and different types of

:46:58.:47:02.

people. It means we've worked out a way to play on everyone's strengths

:47:03.:47:06.

and to encourage everyone's strengths. That's what has ford the

:47:07.:47:10.

Yoon it. Ncourage everyone's strengths. That's what has ford the

:47:11.:47:13.

Yoon it. We say a -- that's what has formed the unit. The parts that

:47:14.:47:18.

we've got in this crew are exceptional. This is too final of

:47:19.:47:32.

the women's 8. The last time in the World Cup series. A last time in

:47:33.:47:37.

this Olympiad before Rio that these 8s will lead up. The next time Great

:47:38.:47:42.

Britain leave the start it will be in the heat of the Olympic Games.

:47:43.:47:46.

That's how important all these raceses are.

:47:47.:47:57.

You've got a really good pack here in the apprenticeship crew. They can

:47:58.:48:04.

send out some power. Early stages Netherlands, a couple of feet

:48:05.:48:11.

perhaps, and 250 metres begun. The British crew are up around 40

:48:12.:48:17.

strokes per minute. We are coming up towards the last 500 metres. Great

:48:18.:48:21.

Britain through Netherlands. They are three quarters of a length down

:48:22.:48:26.

on the world silver medallists from last year, New Zealand. We need 50

:48:27.:48:31.

of the biggest strokes. It is so important that the British crew show

:48:32.:48:36.

their mettle, keep long, keep their heads up and push on a hard. De

:48:37.:48:50.

Toledo driving her girls forward. Polly Swann bringing power in the

:48:51.:48:57.

middle, as does Melanie Wilson in the bow seat. Everything that Great

:48:58.:49:02.

Britain are throwing at New Zealand, New Zealand are just batting it

:49:03.:49:06.

back. Three quarters of a length. 250 out. The New Zealandest will

:49:07.:49:10.

have to fall in if they are to lose this. But for the last time Great

:49:11.:49:15.

Britain are just pushing it. 20 strokes from the line. This is not

:49:16.:49:24.

where you want to leave your race in the European season as you head off

:49:25.:49:29.

to Rio. Our girls had a real chance to stamp authority over the rest of

:49:30.:49:33.

the field in the absence of the Americans. Yes, they've not given up

:49:34.:49:39.

and they've hauled back through the Netherlands, but in a week when they

:49:40.:49:43.

have been selecting the crew for the Olympics, this isn't how they wanted

:49:44.:49:48.

it to end. They are back to half a length. New Zealand is the silver

:49:49.:49:54.

medallist from last year, righting the perceived wrong of Lucerne when

:49:55.:49:57.

they were beaten into second by Great Britain and the Netherlands in

:49:58.:50:01.

third. There will be some disappointment because it was rising

:50:02.:50:06.

up nicely for Great Britain through and past Lucerne. They came second

:50:07.:50:09.

there. Gave the American as good run for their money. But you can see how

:50:10.:50:17.

much that means to the Kiwis and in particular to Genevieve Behrent as

:50:18.:50:21.

they fist pump there is. Well done, New Zealand. The. We raced it well.

:50:22.:50:26.

We are disappointed not to come away with the win. We've got a lot to

:50:27.:50:32.

take away from it. We had a great first 500 yesterday and a good race

:50:33.:50:37.

today. These races are all about learning things, and we've learnt a

:50:38.:50:42.

lot. It was touch. Had a lot on in the last few weeks. With some

:50:43.:50:48.

illness, some seat racing. Racing: We could feel the tired legs today

:50:49.:50:53.

but it's not excuse. We should be able to beat these crews on a worst

:50:54.:50:57.

day. It is time for reflection. The next few weeks will be crucial. I

:50:58.:51:00.

think they are exactly what we need to spring board is into the Olympics

:51:01.:51:06.

and get the medal we want around our next in August. We'll talk about the

:51:07.:51:12.

women's 8 after we've seen the men's.

:51:13.:51:25.

The Blue Riband event in Poznan. Group the green boat of the Olympic

:51:26.:51:33.

champions powering out of the start through the first 100m. Up the rate

:51:34.:51:38.

goes. They wind with the power. Great Britain are going with them,

:51:39.:51:46.

as are New Zealand in lane 4. Poland in lane 5.

:51:47.:51:51.

We have five Olympic champions, including the cox. Alongside we see

:51:52.:51:56.

the early stages by a couple of inches maybe half a foot there it is

:51:57.:51:58.

Great Britain. Great Britain will know, leadly Durant. All these

:51:59.:52:19.

crews go away on training camps. The one reference point they will have

:52:20.:52:31.

is what they did today. It is up to the 500 metres. A good start from

:52:32.:52:37.

the British crew. Germany just still in there. About a quarter of a

:52:38.:52:51.

length, or a third of a length. 500 down, a quarter down. It is Great

:52:52.:52:56.

Britain from Germany, New Zealand and Belarus, as they start to

:52:57.:52:59.

transition. Three quarters of a length out now both crews. Remember

:53:00.:53:04.

Great Britain include Pete Reed and Andy Hodge. Bags of experience. All

:53:05.:53:07.

the guys have medals in various boats. This is great stuff. It is a

:53:08.:53:16.

five-boat race but in effect it is true. The Germans have started to

:53:17.:53:22.

push, the Germans have come up level. Now they are in the lead by a

:53:23.:53:29.

couple of inches. This is going to the wire. The difference is even

:53:30.:53:33.

though our top athletes are in the four, the British 8 is more powerful

:53:34.:53:37.

than the German eight. We've got the guns on board. The Germans I think

:53:38.:53:41.

are rowing slightly better, which is why in the third quarter they may

:53:42.:53:47.

take the initiative. When it's all guns blazing in the last 500 metres,

:53:48.:53:55.

the ball is back in our court. They are now going into the last 550

:53:56.:53:59.

strokes. The British cox will count them down. They'll have a set race

:54:00.:54:03.

plan what they need to do. All eyes down. It is like a barrel. The guns

:54:04.:54:06.

come out and the power is moved on. The German crew are the Olympic

:54:07.:54:09.

champions, the European champions from this year. Never got to keep

:54:10.:54:13.

their heads up. They know the British will be strong here. Great

:54:14.:54:17.

Britain in terms of turninger around a performance of that Lucerne, they

:54:18.:54:21.

are right in there. They led up to the first mark. The third 500 has

:54:22.:54:31.

gone to Germany but they give the medals out at the end. Three or four

:54:32.:54:38.

feet, up to five feet. 250 out. The Germans have gone. The British have

:54:39.:54:42.

something in hand. They've got to go now. Up again the call from the

:54:43.:54:51.

rower in the front seat. The crowd in the grandstand are on their feet!

:54:52.:54:54.

Now the British start to pummel it down. Hodge in the 3 seat pushing

:54:55.:55:04.

hard. Pete Reed is pushing on. The German crew are going to hang on,

:55:05.:55:08.

but only just. Look at the distance between these two crews and the rest

:55:09.:55:13.

of the world, as New Zealand comes up fourth bronze medals and Poland

:55:14.:55:17.

just on home water into fourth position. That was a sensational

:55:18.:55:24.

race here. Although it is gold to Germany today, the will now that

:55:25.:55:30.

come Rio, the chief coach of the men's team and who oversees this

:55:31.:55:35.

crew, he has all the tools in the bag. You can't write him off. The

:55:36.:55:44.

boys said, we may not get it rite in Poznan but we will in Rio. Today is

:55:45.:55:50.

probably the first time this season where we've gone out and done what

:55:51.:55:54.

we've done in training. A confidence boost then? Massively. We can get

:55:55.:55:59.

some big work done. A big camp coming up. I bet you're looking

:56:00.:56:02.

forward to that. No. Well, yes and no. It will be hard. This camp is

:56:03.:56:07.

the one we look for our edge before our summer racing, so it is really

:56:08.:56:11.

hard miles, really hard work up in the mountains. We are off to

:56:12.:56:15.

Austria, altitude camp. Get the miles in and start building with up

:56:16.:56:21.

again ready for the final run-in for Rio. It's the beginning of the last

:56:22.:56:28.

cycle now. As so often of late the finale is a grand finale. The

:56:29.:56:32.

rivalry is captivating, you can't wait for the next instalment. It was

:56:33.:56:38.

neck and neck. For me the Brits missed a bit on the finish. With

:56:39.:56:43.

whether they let the Germans get a move on them, in a race of that

:56:44.:56:47.

speed you can't afford for somebody to have the momentum in the last 500

:56:48.:56:52.

like that. I'm sure they won't let that happen again. James was

:56:53.:56:55.

scathing about the women's eight, especially in terms of the tactics

:56:56.:56:59.

they employed. What's your take on that? Maybe they took too much

:57:00.:57:06.

confidence in being able to come back from behind before. But on the

:57:07.:57:13.

other hand, to be fair to them, they've spent the last three weeks

:57:14.:57:19.

since the last World Cup having trials again with the double scull

:57:20.:57:23.

coming in. Maybe the run in to the regatta wasn't the preparation they

:57:24.:57:27.

wanted. They will be disappointed but let's see what happens in Rio

:57:28.:57:31.

before we give the final verdict. We have our final verdict on where the

:57:32.:57:35.

British team stands a month-and-a-half away from the

:57:36.:57:37.

biggest test in four years. More sport on the BBC. The tennis in

:57:38.:57:42.

Eastbourne starts on Tuesday. Coverage every day, culminating with

:57:43.:57:45.

the final on Saturday. The euros continue tonight and tomorrow.

:57:46.:57:49.

England and Wales playing. You can follow those matches on BBC 5Live

:57:50.:57:55.

and on the website. Anna, six weeks to go. The boats are heading out,

:57:56.:57:59.

the athletes after that. How optimistic are you that the wonders

:58:00.:58:03.

of London can be repeated in Brazil? The rowing team got four gold medals

:58:04.:58:07.

in London. I'm not sure we'll get four in Rio, but our target is six

:58:08.:58:12.

medals overall. Overall. I think we can do that. There's been a lot of

:58:13.:58:16.

change in the personnel. The young people in the team have stepped up

:58:17.:58:28.

to that mark. For me what's exciting is those rivalries, with close,

:58:29.:58:29.

long-standing battles to be sorted out. They will be sorted out once

:58:30.:58:31.

and for all in six weeks' time. I can't wait. Good to have you here.

:58:32.:58:38.

The next rowing you see on the BBC we'll be swapping Hammersmith Bridge

:58:39.:58:42.

as the backdrop for Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio. They finish 2016

:58:43.:58:48.

undefeated. Great Britain, surely now they have done enough. Happy

:58:49.:58:59.

Father's Day. That was a sensational race.

:59:00.:59:07.

Britain's best athletes head to Birmingham

:59:08.:59:10.

Coverage of the year's third and final Rowing World Cup regatta, which takes place at Lake Malta in Poland, where the British team are eager to lay down a marker ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. Great Britain certainly enjoyed their last visit to Poznan - the city hosted 2015's European Championships, where Britain topped the medal table, claiming six gold medals.


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