Belgrade Rowing World Cup


Matthew Pinsent and Katherine Grainger introduce coverage of the first Rowing World Cup regatta of the season, which is taking place in Belgrade.

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Well, to Trafford rowing club in the South of Manchester. Our hosts for


the coverage of the World Cup happening in Belgrade. Trafford is a


club which is being absolutely flooded at the moment with 100


junior members and 80 on the waiting list. The majority of them directly


inspired by the Team GB performance we saw in Rio nine months ago. Great


Britain are strong, just the last couple of strokes and it is Great


Britain who are the Olympic champions, and that has a fantastic


ring about it! Great Britain are going to go into the record books


with a medal and it is looking like it is going to be a silver. Gold!


They have absolutely done it. The British have come under pressure at


the halfway mark and they have responded, they are Olympic


champions, they have done it in style and that is what we expect


here. Granger... So powerful this season. Olympic silver medallists.


They are fearless, without equal, they are history makers, Great


Britain's lover and stunning win the Olympic title in such style! --


Glover and migratory. One team member who has retired after Rio is


Katherine Grainger. I would normally say was that a tough decision to


stop, I think you it was straightforward? Not as


straightforward as you would think. I thought I could walk away easier


but I have done it for 20 years and even with Rio, it is hard to walk


away from the spot, I love it and I miss it. I have stepped away and I


have time to do other things. A big new job is one of them. Yes, I


thought it was time I got a job, my parents are both pleased. I will


work part-time and also do other things. And you had an appointment


to see Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace. She drew the doors open to


many of the Olympians and Paralympian is which was wonderful.


I could collect my honour from her, which was an honour. Let's turn our


attention to Belgrade. Huge numbers of changes in the British team. Yes,


in my career, I have never seen such huge changes in personnel for the


men and the women. It has completely transformed the team we saw in Rio.


Which is a mix. It is exciting, the opportunity is great, to see this


new influx of potential athletes. The challenges, the expectations are


as high as ever. For the coaches, the team managers, the public


expectation, we all want to see huge success continuing. There have been


questions about the last 48 hours over the weather, the racing has


been moved by one hour. You've raced here and it was not pleasant ISDN.


The weather is very changeable. We had beautiful sunshine here and the


worse weather over the other side of Europe. From what we know, it might


not be a key role but it has affected timing, so time -- so some


changes to the athletes, but they know how to handle that. A lot to


come in the next races, this is what is coming up.


The first step on the road to Tokyo but some things do not change with a


new look crew on the men's four with a familiar Rio athlete returning.


Being the one survivor from Rio returning, I am starting fresh, but


I feel like a junior again. Step forward Holly Norton and Karen


Bennett in the women's pair, and they continued their recent winning


record in this event. It is the start of the Olympics and knowing


what you want in the back of your mind, that takes you forward. And we


will meet some of the new faces in the British team looking to continue


the success of their predecessors. So a lot of changes in all the


rowing teams from all round-the-world at the start of this


new Olympiad. 75% of the British team from Rio has moved on. But one


person who is not going anywhere is the head coach for the men who is


now starting his eighth British Olympic campaign. His parity has


historically been the men's four, the one athlete he has left from Rio


he was in his four is five -- is Mohamed Sbihi. Every four years, if


you like a superstar when you go to the limericks. The British under


pressure at the halfway mark, they have responded, they are the Olympic


champions. You go back to reality, it is wet and windy, you are not


fit. Being the one survivor from Rio, I am starting afresh but almost


feel like a junior again. Back again. Novelty for me, the same old


for you. You are now European and World Champion and Olympic champion.


How was that all feeling? Slightly surreal. It has not really sunk in.


I am hoping it is something that when I retire, I kind of really


appreciate. When you are not rowing and you have the time free after the


Olympics committee feel like you are analytic champion because you are


not training and the last thing he did was crossed the line first. But


in reality, it does not feel like you have a gold medal, that does not


get you anything, it does not make me faster on the water or stronger


in the gym. The challenge is to remember that I am of a standard of


an Olympic champion and also to be quite humble and honest and remember


I do not have a Tokyo gold medal, I have a Rio gold medal and that


distinction is something I am using quite a lot at the moment to get me


through training. How easy a decision was it to return? Alex and


George have left the team. Last man standing, did you have a big


conversation with yourself about whether you want to go back? I


thought I was fun to row with and they all retired. So definitely not!


I took it very personally! Going in, I always assumed I would carry on so


after I got the Bronze in London, my next four years were planned out


easily with motivation every year. I knew roughly what I wanted to


achieve and it seemed like a really short time, four years is very


manageable when you are a loser, as such. You get that gold medal and


almost instantly the next morning, I woke up and thought four years was a


long way way. When I got cold, I doubted whether I wanted to carry on


or not. What made you soon in the direction of coming back? A couple


of weeks of living the Olympic dream and partying, you get back and the


reality dawned on me very quickly that I am still quite competitive.


That competitive edge was still there and I missed the bus of


training and racing and beating the hell out of your team-mates at on


the German and in the water and the rest of the world when you get the


opportunity to go away for the World Cup -- good team-mates in the


gymnasium. That is my drive. My coach always assumed I was coming


back, but he was saying it by have not seen my best yet and that is a


good challenge to have. As long as those are the challenges, I still


will be quite motivated. What is the drive and motivation now, what more


is there to do? Good question, I kind of have everything to do in the


sport, to do it twice is impressive. If we lose every single race between


here and then, it would be horrible, but if I got another gold medal in


Tokyo, and would be very happy. What is the hope now this season? It is a


long year this year, the World Championships, still five months


away, that is the project and we want to get gold in Florida. This


first Royal Regatta will be very exciting because we do not know who


will turn up, what they will be like, what we are like. In the years


to come but and reading into it, you have a rough idea what everybody is


going to do. -- and leading into the Olympics. This year, nobody has a


clue. Yes, I am sure there will be mad things going on in the first


minutes of the race. So Mo Sbihi does not always strike me as an


athlete who wears his heart on his sleeve and he told as a lot. Yes, he


was in really good form and very honest about the chance of coming


back. It is obvious that he is the only remaining member of the four


from the Rio Olympics and he is the last man standing and he feels that


responsibility. He has transformed in his career and being one of the


younger athletes who rebelled against everything to being a bit of


a statesman now and he is aware of that in and out of the boat. You and


I have had that situation, I was very bad at it, what added pressure


is that when you are back to factor in Captain and leader? That is the


fun can you take that role on. It is a new role. There is a lot of pride


in that event and his performance, he is one of the best athletes in


the world. He wants to prove that again and he is doing it with new


guys which is a very different challenge and he is working closely


with Jurgen and they have a good relationship. This is the new look


four with the same old commentators, Gary Herbert and James Cracknell.


2013, the year after London Olympics, the coach focused on the


top boat as his the men's eight because he had gapless returning


from the previous year. Things are different this year by his own


admission, he has said it is the weakest post-Olympic team he has


dealt with and that is why they are focusing on the four. And today we


have a top four, and, with the British group looking to lay down a


massive marker. The only group returning from Neil elliptic Cup


Final last year. Netherlands in two, Russia into macro, Russia in three


and Spain on the side closest to us, five. James, Jurgen is back to the


boat he is most comfortable with. The four. Yes, he has got that since


he has been in Britain, the men's pair up he has had success with. But


the four has been the one consistent. The reality is since the


New Zealand pair retired were dominating for the last couple of


Olympics, the boat classes are all open. Here, in the four, it is the


market to see what we can do. Going through the first time in marker, a


quarter of the race down, no alarm. This is OK. Cannot remember if


Spanish four beating a British four ever. I hear you and I agree with


you. But in the context of this Royal Regatta, they have had a slow


first 500 throughout the Royal Regatta so far and they still need a


power application right in the first 500 because they know they have the


power and endurance and the speed in the middle thousands. But the


Russians also,, you have Netherlands in lane three and Russia in lane


two. It is still quite close. But you would expect them, you never


expect anything but... I expect the British four to give the Spanish


four a kicking in the first metres. And our boys have not. That is a


demonstration of raw boat speed and that is the success of the past,


they have not had pace in the middle but they have had raw boat speed and


that is what Jurgen is juggling with now. He has two the nominally gifted


athletes in Mo Sbihi at and Will Satch and it is about finding the


right combination. Great Britain's boat. Netherlands sitting in Lehman


Belgrade. What has happened in the second 500? Spain just slipping back


from the first 500 back to third in the Bronze medal position into the


third by the hundred. This Dutch second crew, they were fed at the


Olympic Games last year. Well off the pace of one of the most


outstanding British crews, with all due respect, in modern times, to my


friend on the right. That four was faster than any four by far, they


were a real class act. They were obviously Olympic champions, the


Netherlands with it. That crew is putting significant pressure against


the British group. It can see the bowel slicing through the water. You


have Russia on the far side and Spain closest. It is a long time


since Spain had been competitive in anything and now they are coming off


the pace. 37 for Great Britain so the Russians


are... Taking the high number of strokes minute at 38. James, in the


middle of the second 500 where would you expect this crew to be? Middle


of the third 500. I would expect them to have been sitting on the


bowels of the Dutch whereas they are just one man up on the Dutch coming


through. 500 metres to go. 50 strokes remaining of this men's


heavyweight four final. This is where the British team laid down


their marker, this is the flagship boat at the moment for the men's


heavyweight team. This is the boat that will lay it out for the rest of


the world. Will Austria, Italy, South Africa, Canada, United States,


will they be watching this and thinking, we can put something out


quicker and faster, given the British are finally starting to


move. It's taken 1500 metres. We've got William Satch sitting in the


seat, backed up by Sbihi, one of the strongest men out there. Tarrant


from Oxford Brookes. McBrierty subbing. I'm not going to make


excuses for the fact the Great Britain crew have a sub, such is the


standard across the whole team in terms of training, in terms of the


money that pours into this. These are all quality athletes. Any sub


who goes in will be quality. The Brits under pressure at 500 metres,


they have responded well, dominating the field. You made the comment,


what about South Africa, the Australians, the Italians, what will


they be thinking? They will think the Spanish have unearthed a gem,


discovered four amazing athletes, they will think, we can beat the


Spanish crew. They will think the British four isn't that strong.


Great Britain over the line by about half a length, Netherlands second,


Spain getting bronze today. Good result for Spain on bronze. All


focus on Great Britain. Was that good enough? Should it have been


more? A win is a win but when you put down the fact this is a flagship


boat, and Jurgen says he has inherited one of the weakest teams,


because there are people who haven't announced whether they are coming


back again, there is still much to be done. There were tweaks we had to


make to the strategy after the heat on Friday, it didn't go the way we


wanted it to. We executed a good enough race plan to do the job. We


found ourselves struggling through the second half last time, we left a


lot to make up in the last 500 metres. We try to give it more in


the first half, it paid off today. Olympic champion, Sbihi, it wasn't


the quality of the road that saw you win Olympic gold. No, definitely not


the quality, very scrappy. Very scrappy but you come away, go to the


first World Cup wanting to win, and you come away with job done. We've


got a long way to go before we start pumping out some very polished


performances. So if you can win on bad days like today, it's even more


sweet than what it is when you're humming along nicely. You go into


those races with confidence, thinking you can do it, it's not


nice when it's not perfect, but sometimes, like Mo said, on the day


when it isn't perfect, it means more. To come away with a wimp when


it wasn't the best role, I'm pretty happy with that. I suppose a win is


a win, is that enough to cover that race? If they stay in that


combination, everything can change in years to come, they will remember


being unbeaten if they continue. I don't think any of them will be


overly happy, they would have wanted it more their own way, to dominate


the race and continue where they left it last season. I think the


Spanish were surprisingly fast at the start. We haven't seen the


Spanish four for a long time, that is interesting for the event. You


don't get medals for the first 500, it is the 2000 metre full race. The


Dutch crew were not just given a hard time through the middle, they


never let the British group breakaway comfortably, they wanted


to stretch their lead, relax into the rhythm, move out, if anything


the Dutch were coming back towards the end. It will be in a comfortable


race, but it's a win. Working to tight timescales. Quite a lot of


moving parts already, even early in the season. Or Sbihi it has been a


few weeks since trial. Any of these bigger combinations, it's very early


in the season for them to feel settled. A very new combination for


the men's four. It's one of those races where you think it is a good


start, stop start, not the best start, but lots of time to get that


run. Turning to the lightweight men's double, represented by Will


Fletcher and Peter Chambers, who takes over from his brother Richard,


who has moved on to coaching with Cambridge. It's fair to say all eyes


on this field will be on the O'Donovan brothers from Ireland


Skibbereen. When they came back from Rio with silver medals, 15,000


people came to their homecoming. Let's see how both these doubles get


on. Fantastic conditions for the men's


lightweight double sculls. The crew average cannot exceed 70 kilograms


and we expect big competition. Spain in one, Netherlands two, Ireland,


Gary and Paul O'Donovan, the brothers, sitting in three. 24 years


of age, Gary, 23 Paul Quinn in the stroke seat. Going off like a


rocket. Peter Chambers and will Fletcher, new line-up in the men's


like double sculls, Great Britain city lane number four.


Has become of the first 100 metres, the O'Donovan brothers losing speed


coming to the front in name four, Chambers and Fletcher. The O'Donovan


brothers have had a fantastic year last year, they've been working,


celebrating hard since then. Now it's all about a new system, new


season. At the moment in an event that is going to become more


competitive, if the men's light coxless four is removed from the


Olympic category, this event will step up and up as being the only


event for lightweight at the Olympics. It's already the only


sculling event, is Arthur two best lightweights in every country in the


world in this boat. It's already a great event to watch. Racing wise.


It's going to become even better when you've got six athletes going


for two spots. Great Britain by three or four feet. A quarter of the


race in this final. The crew start to transition into their rhythm,


relaxed period. Putting down the power. The gutter Lane number three,


had an atrocious start. Gary and Paul having to fight. Their tag line


is bull like a dog. That's what they did to get through the Olympic Games


last year. Right at the early stages of this year, they will have to dig


deep. They are doing that, they were dropped out in the first 150 metres


and have clawed their way back in amongst the pack, as we settle into


this final. The Midway part of the second 500 metres. They didn't when


their medal in Rio by leading from the front, a scrap at the end. They


came and never doubted themselves through the middle of the race,


toughed it out at the end. What is good for our boys, they are sitting


back looking at a medal. Three quarters of a length up on the


medallists from Rio. This is what you want to see in your first race


out. They showed good form in the early rounds of the regatta. It's


fine having a nice heat, nice semi, but the final is where you want to


show your form again. The event is so competitive, four boats in a


line. Luckily our one is half a length ahead, the perfect place to


be. You know you are in for a fight in the second half. France are the


Olympic champions in this event, Great Britain taking the role


leading. Great Britain from the Czech Republic and Poland. Ireland,


the O'Donovan brothers, Chambers and Fletcher for Great Britain. Poland,


they are in Lane number five. Right up amongst it. While the crews look


relaxed, they will be working. The one you can see are toughing it out,


fighting it out, Paul O'Donovan in the stroke seat, almost every other


strip looking over his shoulder, checking the bow of the Irish vote


against the stern of the British boat. Will Fletcher on the white


backed up by Peter Chambers. The closest to us. The Czech Republic on


the outside closest to us, starting to move. We're in the third 500


metres, the most exciting part, because the crew will have got


through their race plan and it's all about cat and mouse, do you do the


bushes as required, move it forward? It's jostling for position is as


weak towards the last 500 metre mark, which will be the all or


nothing sprint. The British boys have clean entry, accurate around


the front-end. Pushing the blade in the water. If you typed it right it


makes an efficient rowing stroke. It's almost their efficiency as


opposed to the raging progression of the Irish boys behind who were last


at 500, second at 1000. So far so good. 1500 down Great Britain lead.


They cannot let up. It is the most competitive lightweight men's event


out there in terms of quality when you get to the final. They'll know


the Irish won't roll over. Peter Chambers and Will Fletcher for Great


Britain in Lane for. They've opened it up a bit. The Irish in lane three


through the first 500. Poland on the right coming on hard, the Czech


Republic on the outside. The Czech Republic coming over, they have the


overlap, strong overlap from the Czech Republic. Remember, these guys


on a level playing field. The Czech Republic taking loads out of the


British double skull, up from the Czech Republic. Coming with them,


Poland. The O'Donovan brothers on the far side keeping their heads up.


There is going to be a fight to the line. Four boats for three places.


Looks like the O'Donovan brothers will miss out on the podium. With


four going for three the crew at the front is being hounded by three


other boats. From looking control than accurate the British boys will


have to dig deep and get their racing heads on. Inside the last 100


metres, desperate stuff. On your rights, the Czech Republic keep


pushing, surely the British have done enough. Just threw in first


place. It's Poland... We wait for the full confirmation, whether it's


Poland over Ireland. It shows how competitive this event is, all of


the crews concertina ring into the line. It's early doors here but what


an event we've seen. The men's lightweight double sculls. Two names


to look out for as we head towards the next Olympics is Peter Chambers


and Will Fletcher, race winners today. What was the look on your


face in the last ten strokes? It was Peter Chambers carrying the crossed


the line, that was, it was a really good start to the Olympiad and the


season, it really was. That was a pained face, that was, I'll admit


that. It means there is work to do. A good start. You were so strong


through the middle than hanging on in the last 250. We put the ground


working in the first 1500 then hung on, it's sometimes the way you have


to do it. We did a good job. A lot more pleased with that. We'll see


what another two weeks can do before the Europeans. One race at a time,


see if we can pick them off. I caught you saying something to Will


in the last part of the race, was it a word of encouragement? I'm not


sure I do remember. That was probably the last sensible word. It


was good, though, really good. Will reflect on that place in a moment,


but before we do let's catch up with the women's race. Two very familiar


faces in the lightweight women's double. Kat Copeland and Charlotte


Taylor, for them the Rio Olympics were a series of races they would


rather forget. Since then Charlotte Taylor has become Charlotte Booth


after marrying since Rio, and both of these women will be looking to


make up after the Olympic heartbreak. Another 23 women's


lightweight double. Over to Gary and James. Charlotte Booth in the stroke


suit from Putney town rowing club. In front of the Olympic champion


from 2012 Katherine Copeland. Formerly of the Tees rowing club.


Into the third 500 metres now, they were easing in the first 500. Into


second they consolidated their rhythm, it has taken them to the


first part going through the halfway mark, now they can think, this is


going well, the first five ticks, seven 500 tick. Confidence to go for


it a little bit more. Times in training will give reassurance they


can go through all of this. Now they sit to the right and they are


watching Poland, seventh in the Olympic games last year, against


their 14th. Great Britain were second at the World Championships


the year before. They were European champions.


But from a lot Asterix bought -- to restore and so far they are doing


that. But this too bad now, we do not want a repeat of the sprint into


with the men's double sculls where they got caught as the line


approached. If they can put the race to bed in this third quarter and


power away and enjoy the last 500 metres, that would be a really good


step back onto the international circuit for them. The nice technique


and length. Yes, they look very relaxed. If I was them, but every


metre they can draw out just puts them mentally in a much better space


ball when the likes of the Netherlands and the Canadians and


the Chinese and New Zealand and South Africa arrive. 1,500 metres


fast approaching, very good third 500 for Great Britain, three


quarters of a length up. In third place, Madeleine Arlett and Emily


Craig from Great Britain but, under 23 scull, 24 years of age, the


migratory is from Edinburgh University. They are starting to


push up and what a result. They have 500 metres to take out Poland who


were saddened at the Olympic Games and lay down their own market to


keep it competitive because what you're looking at in your screen


from Great Britain one and two, four sculls going for two places in this


highly competitive event. The crew on the right is a less experienced


in amongst it, Poland starting respond -- starting to respond and


Arlett and Craig pushing hard. Poland have taken half the distance


back on the British and is similar to the men's double sculls, dominant


at three quarters distance and now involved in a sprint finish. If


there is fragility in their mind off the back of Rio, this is where it


will come into play. The Copeland and Booth have just come through


with no response. Still long in the British crew but Poland shortened


the length, the rate went up and they went straight through. They


will be caught by the British number two because that will have hurt them


psychologically, they got rammed through like a truck going through a


wall, either polls. Taking a stroke. Diverted in the last 250 metres.


Just when it Great Britain one thought they were comfortable, a


length up, Poland changed again and they came on hard and they took


Britain out of the picture. It looked as though Copeland and Booth


from Great Britain just allowed them to come through, there was no


obvious response to that. Poland one, Great Britain one in second


place, Arlett and Craig Bird, a good result but is still some way off the


British School number one. That much great and then unravelled


a bit. Yes, we were hoping to see the perfect start to the season,


they had quite a traumatic time in Rio and it is great to see them back


in a boat together and sculling better than we have seen them for a


long time. They were world medallists and they have had great


history but the shadow of Rio is very strong and disappointment for


that. For most of the race, they showed what they were capable of and


what they can be capable of the game. They will be disappointed to


be pushed away dramatically by Poland in the end, but they have put


a big chunk of race back in place and I do think it is very early in


the season with a lot to be done, and other great lightweight women in


the race. For them, hopefully it is the turn of a page. Let's go back to


the man, lecture and Chambers. A great win. Absolutely. I know a lot


of the events are not full at this event, but the men's is always Fast


and Furious, never easy to win. And a new British combination. And that


position we have been in before, you are in a medium position and the


sprint to the finish is relentless and brutal. Fabulous to be in the


middle of it. Anything can happen and to see the Irish medallists from


Rio missing outside completely in that first international race, a lot


is happening in that weight. With the proposal the lightweight four


gets dropped, the compression of talent across the country is, that


event will get harder and harder. Yes, when we saw six seats for the


lightweight rowing, both very competitive, if you go from six to


two, that will go off the scale. Thank you so much for having us at


Trafford Rowing Club in such beautiful weather, which is much


better than Belgrade today. Is it like this every day? Of course. You


are the captain, what is that involve. I look after the squads


overall. I have vice Captains who helped do that and that is split


between the men and the women and the recreational juniors. I have


covered everyone, I think. And I also make sure that we have got the


boat is allocated for the various squads. I make sure we have got


entries in our time, I do not do the entries but I chase people up. Are


you wanting to race? The biggest challenge of the job? Being


diplomatic! I have been here seven years. I learnt to row in Devon on


the sea and came up here to a canal, which is not very similar! How big


is the club and what is the make up? We have had a cast of thousands this


morning. The current junior numbers are about 101. And we currently have


a waiting list of at least 80 juniors wanting to learn to row as


well, so trying to go through those, and then it is placing them into the


various squads after that. Relying a lot and junior coaches and


volunteers to make sure everyone gets a chance to get out on the


water. We were talking about international racing today, how is


the international rowing world having an impact on numbers taking


part, is there a transfer? A huge peak during the Olympics. We do


really well. During the Olympics. And so we offered taster days during


the rowing in the last Olympics. And we were inundated. And we had a


really good turnout of people signing up to join another waiting


list for juniors and adults, waiting to go through our row start course


to join the club. So to the men's pair and for the first time since


2009, there are no big Kiwis on the circuit at all. Derek Murray has


retired and Hamish Bond has turned his hands to cycling, we look


forward to seeing how he will get on. For the British, a new


combination. It is Matt Rossiter and Jacob Dawson for Great Britain, this


is how they got on. New Zealand have dominated


everything that ever raced, 69 wins, beating 32 countries. And they have


racked up the records with that. It is open doors now because it one of


them has retired, Murray has retired. Bond is cycling and looking


to get into the New Zealand team for Tokyo. That has opened up


everything. This is what Great Britain, Dawson and Rossiter, are


doing. Slow to begin with. If you talk about the four and the eight,


the British pair is on the back foot in terms of ranking. Yes, the


experience comes from being in the final at the under 23 is, it is not


the two premier athletes in the team competing, it is part of the men's


squirt and Jurgen is shuffling his debt and seeing what is coming out.


They progressed well to the final, they are in the middle lane, not the


strongest field but you have to be competitive and race the people in


the team. Jurgen Grobler said it is the weakest team he has been in


charge of for a while, but the programme is good and you feel


people through that and in that programme, they are doing the work


to help get guys meddles in Rio and in Beijing but and there is no


reason to expect anything other than that it would improve as the season


and this race goes on. They will be strong in the third quarter than


most of the other crews. On home water through the first 500 from


Serbia, Nenad Bedik and Milos Vasic. The crew is now moving into the


second 500 metres. A good start from a Dawson and Rossiter in their


senior international career together, coached by the... Jurgen


Grobler's right-hand man. A lot of experience with these guys. They


finished second at the trials. The recent final trials. Actor Will


Satch and Mo Sbihi. They were allowed to stay in the pair. They


are in the mix. The British crew. The checking in the second 500 and


they have checked Serbia in the second 500. The British boys looking


in control. Serbia looks more racy. You would say that is a good thing


in the last 100m, but they are a long way from home. Great Britain


should not let them call out more inches and I think they will have


enough in attack but to put in a good sprint. Less strokes per minute


at the minutes, putting in more speed. The programme and was talking


about, the strength and depth and injuries, that will come to the fore


and I expect us to row them down. Great Britain taking 1/ less per


minute and Serbia which is a good position in the second five knowing


you have checked that. Going through the halfway mark in this final men's


pair in the first World Cup regatta, the British crew of Matt Rossiter


and Jacob Dawson is putting down a nice mark-up. We talked about easy


speed, nothing is a given, but she want efficient speed. In the second


500 coming you saw the British crew demonstrate that, they were taking


one at stroke less and getting better speed. Good length and nice


ribbon and relaxing. You have to turn it on, so you can do. The bow


is out to about a campus, just a bit more. The confidence is rising. So


the Serbian pair stretching out and pushing hard, but the race leaders


are clear water between these guys. It is looking like a home team


Serbia are being led by Great Britain. Yes, in the second 500,


Serbia racing could and our guys are in control and this is where they


will withdraw on the good winter's training. They have not got a real


hangover, they did not go to Rio and they want to go to Tokyo so the


hunger to get back in with the training was probably more than the


other guys who have returned from the Olympics and are still deciding


whether they will go to Tokyo. These guys said, I will stake my claim,


they did that at trials coming second and carrying on the pair


rather than going onto the eight which looks like a good decision at


the moment. Nenad Bedik and Milos Vasic. The Netherlands in that the


number one. The two crews outfront comfortably, Great Britain and


Serbia. The Czech Republic in that lane at number six, Jakub Podrazil,


very good in that third 500 metres. The British boys still looking in


control from the outside. You can see the grimace on the face. Rowing


backwards so the Serbs can't see the British boys are sticking it on. If


they got given a sniff they may well with the home crowd fancy their


chance in a sprint to the line but at the moment... It's not over,


James. I would wager the Brits are going to move away. They will have


it their own way. Still hanging on for dear life. That band is going to


get snapped, don't worry, they are going to disappear down the plug


hole, those Serbs. Pressure on the foot structure, powering those legs


down, they move away and say, not today thank you very much. Well


timed, well executed, step-by-step through this now.


Rossiter, Dawson, clear from Serbia. Czech Republic getting the bronze


medal, everybody else assigned to another time, another Dave.


Jacob, what an introduction to international rowing for you. Thank


you, definitely an experience, special moment to break the dumpling


if you will. Big celebrations for you at the finish. Seven years or


something since your first international race, animating stat.


So I did the British age group stuff then had a bad back injury and


worked really hard to get back to this level. It means the absolute


world to me, I've had good support from the University of London and


the club really helped me on my way. It means so much, that's probably


why celebrations were over the top. You can enjoy when you win. Now the


Kiwi pair have retired there is a gap. But to say we will fill that,


but nice to get the win today. You are back from the US system into the


British system, smooth transition. It took a little while to get used


to the different kind of psyche of University rowing compared to


full-time training, but I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I love


rowing, again, it's a great time. The men's pair another win, what did


you make of that? Fantastic, two new guys in the team. Maturity. They


were leading from the start, halfway they started to move through then


had the confidence, that length of rhythm to move through the whole


thing. Serbia had a challenge, they want to make an impact in front of


the home crowd, the Brits held them off. A lot of potential. It's where


the British team is now, very new, inexperienced people, winning World


Cup straightaway. The women's quad is new. Stroked by Jess Leyden, the


only British woman to have won and international schools championship.


Let's find out more. I first started rowing at a rowing


club, a project they ran cold project or some, it was run through


a high school, so the school would put on a minibus every week and


either go down and I got the bug from there and kept going through


the summer. I love turning up every day, we've


got new sessions, new challenges, I just love the hard graft.


I don't know, sorry, can I think about this? The weather, yeah.


My first national win and my single, my coach went out and said, do the


best you can, we had no idea where I would come, and I managed to win it,


so it gave me the bug for national racing and it led on from there,


really. I would really love a go at boxing,


but if I wasn't a row for my career, I would really want to be an


engineer when I grow up. I don't keep any talented and, they


are few and far between, but hobbies, I'm doing an open


University engineering degree at the moment and I really enjoy that.


It's the one thing I'm putting everything I have into, and yeah,


just care about it a lot. Another event with just three crews


entered today, so over to Gary and James to talk through the closing


stages of this race. We're at the halfway mark and the second 500 for


Great Britain's Leyden, Nixon, Bethany Brydon, Matilda


Hodgkins-Byrne, they were into the second five with their powers inched


ahead of the Netherlands in Lane number one. The Olympic silver


medallists, two returning from that crew. Outfront consolidating what


they had at the 500 metres, Poland opened up Clearwater. You would


expect a strong third 500. The rain has continue to come down here at


the lake in Belgrade, it's keeping the wind away, keeping the water


flat. We seems good technique out this Olympic bronze medal crew. --


we've seen some good technique. It's easy to look relaxed when you are


over a length up. The polls look to have got a taste for the medals from


Rio. They can claw back on the Germans who were the Olympic


champions, who are not here. -- the Poles. Already a length up on the


silver medallists from last year, so they've had a good winter. Many


crews deciding whether to carry on or not for the four years to Tokyo.


The Poles think, let's make sure we are a step higher next time around.


They started off this Olympiad really well, the Dutch as ever


consistent in the second half. The Brits in danger of being


disconnected. Into the third timing mark. What you can see, Netherlands


in Lane number one probably had the better of the three crews across the


time. They've inched back on Poland. Netherlands, the Olympic silver


medallists, two returning from that crew.


Pushing on for the Netherlands in one. Your race leaders, Poland,


there is an Olympic bronze medallist from last year, two of the crew


returning. They have a 21-year-old stepping up


from the under 23 is over the last couple of years. They look to the


left. They are focused on the bowels of the Netherlands in one, putting


them down. Still Clearwater but enough pressure being put on. As the


camera comes out we see the bowels of the crew in third, Great Britain.


James, you would have hoped, the British would have hoped to be


closer, in amongst the mix in this opening regatta. It's difficult when


you have crew number two and three in the world from last year and no


other crew. If they bring six, they might have found themselves fourth


or fifth. Right now, they are a long way at the back, it'll be a lonely


place to be. Poland over the line by one length, Great Britain coming


third. Will reflect on the women's result in a minute but turn our


attention to the men's quadruple skull, they looked so good in 2014


and 2015 but injury and illness put paid to their chances in the


Olympics in Rio where they finished fifth. This is a new combination for


a new Olympiad. Over to Gary and James. Great Britain won from


Lithuania, Poland, Great Britain two. The Netherlands and Estonia. A


lot of progress here. You mentioned the strength through the Olympiad.


They didn't seal a medal in Rio, in 2013 they were the first British


club to get a medal, and backed it up the next year. They were still in


the Olympic final, which hasn't happened regularly at all. The


hangover from that is a good one in that not many of the guys have


dropped out. Unlike the rowing team of blister rated by retirement as


the scholars feel they haven't finished the deal. -- obliterated by


retirement. They have more experience within the squad and the


rowing team it's a case of getting the right blend into the quad. They


need to start off by showing the Poles a good race. Stannard


responsible for coaching the British number one quad. The Poles came


fourth in Rio. The perfect place for them to see their true speed. The


Estonians on the podium last year, the Poles in the final, have been


consistently, this is where they can find out. Halfway mark. Three boats


neck to neck. Great Britain just ahead of claim four, Lithuania.


Poland from Great Britain and Lithuania, all those boats class


boat in an event that will get stronger and stronger. The speed of


these things, the technique. Upon moving, stylish with them here.


Coming out from John Collins in the stroke seat, backed up by Walton.


Discord were in a final, they've good strength in depth. The Poles


have been strong historically. Our boys right in the mix with the key


players in this field. Within a metre of each other with 1200 metres


gone. It's going to be exciting and painful. Lithuania coming right in


their on the that pair were part of the ninth


place quadruple skull from the Olympic Games.


They have plenty of experience. Lithuania taking it on as the crew


step out from the third 500 into the last quarter where they start to


unleash the power, the speed will go up, the rate, they will start


raising really hard, all or nothing in the last 500 metres. Lithuania


went slightly ahead of the 1500 metre line, bringing Poland with


them. We will see whether Great Britain are going to react. In about


100, 150 metres, coming into it out of the 1500 metre mark, Lithuania


jumped away from Great Britain. Going with them was Poland. The


British have to respond. The Lithuanians have led their cards on


the table, this is what we've got. They've gone early and take in the


race by the scruff of the neck. If they'd gone too early it'll only be


found out if the crew pressurises them. If they crack the other crew,


the Lithuanians have gone, but if the polls think they've gone early,


we can get them, they have a chance to see if they really did go too


early. The Lithuanians right now they're brave move seems to be


paying off. Australia are the Olympic silver medallists, watching


all of this, very important whoever wins today. You've got to win


this... You know they are lurking out there. You want a big statement,


that is what Lithuania have done, they have opened up Clearwater in


the opening stages. Lithuania from Poland and Great Britain. All right


for the British, the quadruple skull, it is new, they know they've


got people coming back in, it can be strengthened, it'll go faster. Do


you feel they are roughly the same? Hard to compare. There were only


three boat in the women's event, then to get the bronze medal. Such a


hard medal to win because you know you came last but you still get a


medal. What you need to take with that women's event is the gold and


silver medallists on the podium, 50% of both crews were medallists at the


rear Olympics. The British crew, very new, young, inexperienced on


that level of competition... They were down on the finish line but


there were moments in that race where they showed they had


potential, class, what it takes. If you are looking at the long term.


Bronze medal... Any medal is wonderful, to win by coming last in


your event is hard. It's a first step for them, so it's great. The


men were very competitive in the middle of their race. The men... The


crew is new, Johnny and John, the stern pair, they came fifth in the


men's doubles in Rio, used to being in the smaller doubles boat. It'll


be a priority event of the men's team, the quad. They showed some


really great sculling in the middle of it. They might be disappointed to


finish in bronze, but the Lithuanians looked very classy


today. Again, it's a first step. There have been two names in the


last eight years with women's growing, that is claw-back and


stunning. In Rio, they were dominant, winning their second gold


medal at the Olympic Games. Since then, Heather has called it a day,


returning to the Army, and Helen has taken a break. But two new names are


in the women's pair, Holly Norton has made her senior debut in 2015


and she is joined by Olympic Silver Medallist Karen Bennett. We went to


meet them. These are the moments we live for, the crowd is willing them


on, Great Britain will go into the record books with a medal! BAFTA


Rio, incredible success, your first Olympics, silver medal. It is


looking like a silver. Hang on, they have done it! What are your thoughts


in a few months later? It is still settling in, does that sound weird?


I am not sure. I still cannot quite believe I do have a silver medal and


I had been to the Olympics. Sometimes I will be chilling at home


on the sofa with my jogging pants on and I will see the Olympics and I


will say, those are my jogging pants! As you do! The memories, I


will always have them with me and take them with me. That he was such


a great team. The high of Rio was so immense and fully enjoyed. Did you


have a come down? I struggled in the winter time. Mostly January and


December. The course I was very unfit. Because at had a great time


after Rio. -- because I was very unfit and I had a great time after


Rio. It was cold and getting up early was not great. It is the start


of the Olympiad and you look forward and you think, I have another four


gears of this. But knowing what you want in your mind takes you forward.


That is what keeps you motivated and what you want to do every day. It


was tough, but what is easy in life? If it was easy, why would you do it?


Leading up to the Olympics in Rio, you are relatively new on the scene


and now within six months, Iwata one of the most experienced, one of the


people of the other athletes look up to -- you are one a quick change in


a short space of time. Yes, a big change and everybody says, you are


experienced attack -- experienced one, and I say, hold on, I am not.


It is nice and I am here if everybody wants to chat, like you


were when I came into the team, I like to think I can have that same


job. Does it feel like you're starting again building on what


happened in Rio? I feel like it is building on happened in Rio,


individually. But as a team, it feels like starting from zero. From


day one. Not in a bad way, in a good way, because it is such a different


team. What coach will you be in this season? I am not sure, I am in a


pair with Holly Norton for the first World Cup and European


Championships, that is going forward for that. After that, I am not sure.


What is your ambition for the year? I want to go to the World


Championships and get a medal, that is my aim and my dream. It is a bit


addictive, that winning thing! I know, it really is! Just three crews


today so over to Gary and James for the closing stages of the race.


But in a bit of washing now over the Netherlands in the one who are being


pushed on by Netherlands two in lane three. Three boats in this final but


for Great Britain's Bennett and Norton, it is establishing their


place and this is the fastest women's pair in Great Britain, a won


the trials and for them, it is setting down a big market in this


event that has been dominated by Glover and stunning over the last


Olympiad. Glover taking time out to think about what she is doing and


Heather Stanning has announced her retirement. So it has opened up.


This is a boat that Bennett and Norton can make their own. 35


strokes a minute, looking good in the first 1,000. Out quick, a


consolidated in the middle and in the third five, they have to make


sure everything they have done sets them up for any charge from Lies


Rustenburg. Karen Bennett is amongst the British crew that came second.


The Dutch just digging now. They will also send a message out not to


the opposition, but the British coaches to leave them in the boat


they have chosen to row in and dominate the field. They were


inching away nicely and the Dutch have moved back a metre and a metre


and a half. Over the last minutes of this race, my aim would be to get a


length ahead. It has been a bit sticky for Karen Bennett and Holly


Norton in the last 200m. 1,500 metres in the first World Cup


regatta in Belgrade. Just needing to inch out. Every stroke, take a


couple of inches without having to fight for it. Because the Dutch have


had the better in terms of timing and movement in the third 500


metres. The British girls just starting to stop their movement as


they came through. I think they will get to a length by the finish. If


they want to stay in this boat, they need to and that is a do -- big


difference between three quarters of a length. If you are a length up,


you have got more in the tank. This length, you still danger zone. 2-1


up in a football match, it can all change. The Dutch have pushed on


hard but Bennett and Norton inside the last 200m coming towards the


line. They have to respond because it is just about positioning and


putting down a marker and that is what Bennett and Norton have done. A


win is a win. Just hold fire and keep your heads up and keep your


length so everything Rustenburg and van Veen push at them, this


experienced cohesion from Great Britain. We are opening up towards


the line. It is a very good start for the women's pair of Karen


Bennett and Holly Norton, an event rate Britain have dominated over the


last two Olympics. Half an event on the day, that is OK and just enough


to give them a slight edge of disappointment that we would have


wanted a little bit more, more to work on next time out.


It was good to get out and see what was happening and win the race,


which is great. World Cup leader at this stage and it will be very


interesting, the Olympic champions Heather Stanning and Helen Glover


not in it any more, looking towards the World Championships after that


medal success? We are just taking it one race at a time, it is a long


season and still early days and without thinking about the first


World Cup and now we will focus on European Championships and take it


that stage, we do not want to get too ahead of ourselves. That is the


ultimate goal, to hopefully follow in their footsteps and heads to a


World Championships is. But it is just one race at a time. In the


commentary booth, they said the two British had big shoes to fill, is


there a sense you have got that act to follow from Helen Glover and


Heather Stanning? Definitely, but the great thing about Ben is that


they are British. And also, we trained with them and we know, their


scores, we know that if we can touch on what they have done, that is


something special. And I think it is really good we have got that as a


reference. We both still talk to them now and they are really


supportive and we can always go up to them if we want any advice. Thank


you very much. How old are you? 13. I have been growing two years. Why


on Earth did you get started in this crazy sport? I have always loved


sport but I have never found mine and this was another trial and I


loved it. What made you come here? My brother started before me so it


was just trying it. Do you have ambitions, do you do it because you


love it? I do want to get higher up in sport because I have always loved


competing. See how it pans out in the future. How much time do you


spend at the club? I come down twice in the week and either day at the


weekend. Do you watch rowing on the television would you not have time


to do that? Definitely, it is the bond to see you racing. I queued you


up for that! A fan of the Olympics? Definitely, in all sports, not just


rowing. We will keep to rowing forever? Probably. Will we see you


at the Olympic aims one day? Hopefully! That I will see you


there! An athlete Katherine Grainger knows well, Vicky Thornley going for


Great Britain. Do you get the sense that throughout your time with her


she is hankering to do the single? No, I hope not! I had not thought of


that! The double was our focus and that was great. She had been racing


in the single and I knew that she was going to continue longer term.


And to be honest, it is eight boat you really need to want to do, it is


quite different from everything else in rowing and there is a different


mentality. If you have a great coach and a great combination, you can do


amazing things and she really wants to crack it. We have never really


had a British woman to crack it before. You did quite well! I did it


for one year and made it to the World Championships which was


wonderful. I loved it, it was one of the bigger challenges in rowing. It


is difficult to compete in, exciting and dramatic and you have complete


control. I did miss the team element of people around me to motivate and


to motivate me. For Vicky, that is almost exactly why she wants to do


it, to do it on her own. Vicky but out a bloodthirsty picture on the


back of her hand sculling. Taking chunks out of her right hand. Sorry


if it has put you off is your cup of tea! That is the self-mutilation in


sculling. She is obviously a very successful Olympian and that still


happens. She has been it in the boat a while and she came back into the


team in January so it is a short space of time to set up, but blood,


sweat and tears is crucial. So a special shout out to Ekaterina


Karsten who is starting a sixth international season. At first was


brought the Soviet Union. Great Britain tucked away, Vicky


Thornley Elaine four and in position, that is OK, that is all


right. You expect the scholars to stretch out. Really bright and


lively start from the Magdalena Lobnig, of Austria. The Norton just


a little bit lower in the second 500 metres. When she has done the single


previously, she has been, the weaker section has been the third quarter


which she is in now. She is in fourth place now. It would be a


great results to get on the podium. If she is going to do that, she


needs to go now and just not get dropped by eight the Karsten, in


third. -- dropped by Karsten. Gorgeous conditions, this is the


conditions they relish. And Ekaterina Karsten, her traditional


long and easy in stroke, and the power that goes down, you never see


a massive change in rate. She puts the power down and squeezes, minimal


changes in the rate, she is procompetitive, in layman two. The


two time former Olympic champion, Ekaterina Karsten, from Belarus.


Four. The race leader Magdalena Lobnig. This is where Vicky needs to


go now, halfway through. Sensational scull at the 1,000 metres up for


Austria's Magdalena Lobnig and she has opened up Clearwater. To


Switzerland, Austria, Belarus and rate Britain. This is where it Vicky


has struggled in the past, this 500 metres, this is where she needs to


move on. Switzerland is a long way ahead but she is in the mix for


silver. The Jeannine Gmelin has had a sensational second 500 and she


kicks on from a Magdalena Lobnig. This is like a psychological battle.


She is taking it on, sprinting out and taking on the marathon and


trying to break Habberfield and to have done enough so when they come


back as they will do towards the end, you have done enough in


distance to hold onto York position. This is a lesson, from being at the


sharp end of the field in Rio. They went into the doubles event at the


Olympics not sure where they were, first they had to make the final,


then the podium. It will have given them a huge amount of confidence


leading into this race. If she can get a medal, a silver medal, it


would be a great way to start off before the likes of Australia and


New Zealand come into the mix. 6'3" tall, long strokes. She's got the


power, got the Lethbridge, she knows that. We haven't had a push. You can


see the boughs, the crowd responding. The British supporters


responding to lane five, Vicky Thornley moving up into second


position. Way out front, the Swiss taking on three quarters of the race


gone. About 50 strokes remaining. A sensational position so far. The


Swiss has taken it on and said, if you want to do something here, you


have to go with me. Hard to see how she'll be caught from that. What


Ricky has in her locker if she is taking a couple of strokes a minute


less than both Austria and Belarus. She has room to get the extra speed


from the extra strokes. And she can fight Gmelin on another day. She


took a fair bit of time off after Rio. Bit of nip and tuck from blame


number four. Not letting Thornley have the silver medal on a plate.


The rate has come up from the Austrian sculler, Lobnig. Lobnig


back into silver medal position. Not much in it. We need to see dynamic


change of speed from Vicky Thornley for the Great Britain sculler. She's


responding. Up comes the rate, squeezing the power, she knows she


is the experience, the confidence, little look left ear. Vicky Thornley


for Great Britain out front. Gmelin from Switzerland has made the race


her own. The sculler is going up to the line, finally more speed, more


rate coming from Vicky Thornley. She'll have to do it because Lobnig


from Austria is making it hard. The fight is on to the line. Out front,


Gmelin opens 2017 in fine form and the silver medal goes to Vicky


Thornley, holding off Lobnig on the line. Great start to 2007 four Vicky


Thornley. Destiny in her hands. If she wants to stay in the women's


singles skull, to challenge for medals, it's down to her and her


coach, Paul Reed. So far it's been a brilliant start. Really good start


the season, happy with that. What was the best part of that race for


you? I had more of a sprint than I thought. I put the hard work in in


the first 500. I knew people would still keep having a go no matter how


much I put into the third. I was happy how I control is how I wanted


to move and when. You looked magnificent through there. Your


coach was saying he didn't think you could get the rate up but you proved


him wrong in that sprint for the line. He says don't worry about the


rhythm, try to get up the side as quick as possible, so I took that on


board. More to come in the middle I'm rating low. The single middle


field is open. I'm looking forward to going home and putting some


things in place, see how the Europeans go in three weeks. A good


start for me, I'm really happy. Vicky Thornley there. A tough field,


her first event, a medal. That is what sculling can be like, everyone


talks about it being a gladiatorial event. The reactions and changes are


so fast in a boat on your own, you are the only one who has to react.


The boat speed is such you can change very quickly. The single


skull moves around more. She's gone through the field, into silver, she


was never going to challenge for gold today. So the silver was back


under threat, that is when you are on your own, no one else can make


the call, push you further. She fought to the end, that is what


you'll walk away with, she won that battle. Not the fact she got silver


behind goal, she won the battle for silver and bronze, it'll give her so


much going forward. Not enough entries for a women's eights event


in Belgrade, so we finish coverage with the men's race. The GB eight


yet again had a new combination. One man left standing from the


gold-medal crew in Rio. Tom Ransley. Over to Gary and James. The way for


the men's eight blue ribbon event, four entries. There will still be a


good benchmark for Great Britain to lay down. A new line-up from the


Olympic eight that won in spectacular fashion last year. The


Netherlands in one, Poland in a number two, Russia in Lane number


four. Already quick starts. Top, the Dutch. It's a University crew


selected. The first time it's been done since the 70s. There is the


British crew. Tom Ransley sitting in the middle of that, in the five seat


Olympic champion from last year. The British crew have to stretch out


now. Good start, lovely, look at the beautiful water. Stunning. Four


cruise weaving along. Lane but, Netherlands. The Polish


will always be quick. Not much in it here as we go through the first time


in 1:20 one. Good, quick time. The crews will start to stretch out. Let


me take you through the British crew. Amstrad well, Tim Clark,


Samuel are not. Cameron Brannagan, Tom Ransley, add a meal, James


Rudkin at seven, Tom Ford. Leading the crew down the course is Henry


Fieldman, very experienced. Age 20 eight. In the shadow of Phelan Hill


in the last Olympiad. He's retired. The Dutch crew, the crew from the


university, they will have been well drilled together but the ultimate


undoing will be a lack of strength so as the race goes on they may get


out of it and the Poles are a good unit, but not exceptional. The


British, it may be closer than it has been in previous years, but I


would favour them. Especially from 1250 metres to 1750, halfway coming


up any minute. Just shy of quarter of a length over the Netherlands,


Great Britain leading. Very respectable for this young crew,


combination of under 23s. They can still be strengthened. Still class


athletes to come back into this. Whether they come in this year, a


lot recovering from injury, illness, surgery, Lee Cook out there


completing his studies. Good start so far from a crew that can be


strengthened as we go through the year, as we go through the Olympiad,


early stages. This is where they need... They've got canvas over the


Dutch in lane one. You want to just be another couple of meters ahead so


you don't get involved in a ding-dong sprint for the line. It is


a new formation, as soon as you start pressing the throttle too


much, it'll become ragged. We want to have a little in hand as the


combination. This is where they can take it out of the Dutch, they are


university students, not full-time athletes. Watch the boat, the Dutch


boat, flying. For University College crew here, they are well within


contention here. With all due respect to the British crew. The


first 500 from a speed perspective, Netherlands in their number one, a


College crew, have not let Great Britain go. 50 strokes remain. This


is where you will see the Netherlands really start... If they


want to have a go at this they have to throw everything, keep their


composure. The boat running nicely. Better length in the British crew.


Long and right up to it. I seem to have my rose tinted spectacles on


when it comes to the depth and strength we have in the team. I was


disappointed they didn't move further away. We have a race on.


Lane number one. The first female cox here, and an international level


woman coxing a men's crew, driving on. The Dutch crew from the


Netherlands taking on the Great Britain crew in their number three,


in amongst it, Poland to the right. Russia out of the picture. Strength


and determination is going to be Britain's thing they rely on. Let's


see what's happening. The Dutch crew, the College crew representing


the Netherlands in one. Netherlands going up, Great Britain going up,


and the Netherlands have beaten the College crew from the Netherlands


have taken out in such spectacular form the crew from Great Britain.


That is a major, major upset. A good race, hard race. I think we went off


with the intent we wanted. We learned a lot out there. Confident


there will be more to come. Still very early in this project, so... A


different feel for you from the eight in Rio to this crew. What was


it like in the middle of the race? Struck that and perhaps you would


expect from such early part of the season. It's a new eight. Last time


it was a four year project, as the underlit, polished. On a sharp


learning curve. I thought we did well. Plenty we can take home an


improved for the next race. Such an exciting race, you must have thought


you had it in the bag with 500 metres to go, than that tremendous


Dutch charge. I would never let myself think it's over. I thought we


were going well through the 500, as we went through the gears we were


going well but we didn't have enough on the day. We'll go home, lick our


wounds, analyse more. You're looking forward to the Europeans. What is


the potential for this crew? There is a huge amount of potential. We're


fortunate to have such a big base of athletes. We're really well


supported from the national lottery. There is so much expertise in the


coaches and stuff, I'm sure over the next few weeks we're going to step


on and the Europeans hard. That it from the racing in Belgrade. The


training sessions have come to an end here in Trafford as well. We're


back in three weeks with coverage of the European rowing Championships


from the Czech Republic. That is Sunday 28th of May on BBC Two from


330. Don't forget there are highlights from the opening Diamond


League athletics event of the season in Qatar. That's tomorrow afternoon


from 1pm. Before we finish, let's have a little chat about the men's


eight, what did you make of it? Amazing race, take away the bias.


Very exciting race, what it should be. Hugely disappointing for the


British team, I know they are new, she said, only Tom still in there


from the Rio boat. We can't have huge expectations, they will still


want to win. Overall from the British team? I could be wrong, in


my card I made 11 votes. The 11th was fourth place. Positive results


wise. With the caveat some of the big nations are missing. USA,


Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany to come in. You race or is


there. We both know you take on the opposition that is there. Some


exciting performances already I think work well for the future and


this is the first learning step. Team GB will leave with a lot of


medals but knowing where to go next. It's crucial looking forward. You


can see exactly where we're going next. A special thank you to


Trafford rowing club for all their hospitality today. I think we've run


them out of tea bags. Until the European Championships in three


weeks, it's goodbye. Surely the British have done just enough. Very


good start for the women's pair of Great Britain. The Netherlands have


taken out the crew from Great Britain. A really nice way to get


your first World Cup victory. Three reasons we love Eurovision -


the costumes. Ah, yes!


Who could forget the milkmaids? The passion.


We are unstoppable.


Matthew Pinsent and Katherine Grainger introduce coverage of the first Rowing World Cup regatta of the season, which is taking place in Belgrade. Team GB topped the rowing medals table in Rio for the third Olympics in a row, but the beginning of a new four-year cycle sees some fresh faces emerge. In particular, the flagship men's four needs to be revamped, with three of the crew retiring after the Rio games.

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