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Matthew Pinsent introduces Rowing World Cup highlights from Poland, with analysis by Olympic and six-times world champion Katherine Grainger.


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Welcome to Henley women's regatta, one of the quintessential events of

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the British rowing summer. This event was founded three decades ago,

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ironically because no women were allowed to compete at Henley Royal

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regatta at all. We will be watching the pictures coming back from the

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World Cup in Poland, and if timing is your thing it is the British

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women's team who are leading the charge. No sooner have we packed up

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the gear from Rio, here we are going in a new season with lots of new

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faces. It is a very good start for the women's pair of Great Britain.

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Surely the British have done enough, just through into first place. The

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Netherlands have taken out the crew from Great Britain, a major upset. A

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nice way to cap a good weekend of racing, a World Cup victory. Welcome

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to a beautiful day here for the 2017 World Rowing Championships. The

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British crew are up to the line for bronze and that's a perfect start.

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Karen Bennett and Holly Molton through for Great Britain. The men's

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four has come through in fifth position. A very warm to pass, and

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what do you make of this season so far? A mixed season, lots of medals

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but very small entry. In the World Championship is a bigger entry but

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only from European countries and surprisingly Great Britain did not

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have a great regatta so no medals for any of the men's team. Only one

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gold and that was from Vicki Thorn in the singles so probably not the

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regatta they wanted but it wasn't the beginning of the end, just

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changes are needed. And yet more changes, because the British team

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are on the back foot, aren't we? Some changes are deliberate and some

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have been forced because a lot of injuries hit the team so it's really

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not an ideal time but sometimes those changes are catalyst for

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something new, it feels like a fresh start for some crews. Some changes

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have happened in the women's quad, this is Jess and Matilda who were

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originally slated to race in Poland and here you are. What has gone

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wrong? We have had two illnesses in the boat but an injury as well but

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you can't go wrong with this weather! And would you have wanted

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to race in another boat, if the quad wasn't available? Was that

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possibility in Poland? It was an idea but we decided to stay home,

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use different combinations, keep the project moving forward without a

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full line-up and I think we have done that really well. Matilda, we

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are looking at some happy pictures of you on the medal podium. On

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reflection how do you feel about that performance? It's given us a

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lot of confidence going forward. It has definitely come through with the

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injury, just trust in different parts of its to link them together

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so it's really good. There is a confidence that even with this break

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you can keep it going through to the World Cup? Definitely, we have been

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working in doubles and we went out the other day and a quad and

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realised how that had stepped on even though we hadn't been out for a

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while. A lot of the teams seem to have changed and haven't been able

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to go, how does it feel within the team at the moment? It was really

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hard when we all got on with it and very few boats weren't affected but

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it's just one of those things that happens in the team and it's how we

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can carry on and support each other. As a unit it has made us a stronger

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team. But luck when you get back to racing. Let's turn our attention to

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the women's lightweight double. They had a change before the European

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Championship but that seems to have paid dividends. Emily Craig came in

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last minute. There is a chance they can make the podium here. It will be

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agonisingly close for Catherine Copeland and Emily Craig because

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they are being chased hard and the British group will have to step on

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and step on again. France have cooked the goose early and it is

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coming off the boil. Poland coming up right in front of the commentary

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position and Great Britain looked to be on the medal podium. They will

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fight for the last couple of strokes up to the line for the bronze. It

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was pretty savage! We knew there were six boats but they were coming

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from everywhere so it was like using the people around us, and the last

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bit was heads down and just do whatever we could so yes, it's

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pretty good as a first regatta. That was the European Championships,

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let's see what progress they have made in three more weeks together.

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Garry Herbert and James Cracknell will be talking us through all of

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today's racing. Great Britain moving into fourth

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place. Great Britain have turned the screw and moved up into fourth,

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which is OK, it is all right if in the third five it is time to step on

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and move on. That is what tapped Copeland and Emily Craig need to do.

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They were the European bronze medallist three weeks back again.

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They came away with the confidence high and they cannot afford not to

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be on the medal podium here. We are into the mid part, and we are

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watching on the left-hand side for Great Britain. Solid for China. Both

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China won and China two. The British girls in lane five are holding the

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polls now so it looks like the Chinese team have come here in good

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form but Copeland and Craig are starting to get an overlap on the

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Poles. They could be in the hunt for a bronze medal here and this is not

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good when the crews in the lanes are disappearing next to you like the

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Chinese have. Hopefully the British girls can get on the podium in the

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last 500 metres. Coming into the business end of the final of the

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lightweight women's double sculls and Great Britain sitting in fourth

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place. A big turn of the screw is required because China won go

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through in first place, China two in second, Poland in three, then Kat

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Copeland and Emily Craig. They have got themselves back into it but now

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the platform has got to be solid enough to step on it. They are

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chasing down Poland in lane number three. They are receiving rapturous

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support from the grandstands as we move towards the closing stages.

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They have just over a minute to turn around a quarter of a length and I

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think they can do it because the Chinese have broken a lot of energy

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on the Polish boat. Both Chinese crews are coming and having a

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ding-dong themselves. I think the Brits will get the European

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champions who beat them a few weeks ago so it will be a productive few

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weeks for Copeland and Craig and hopefully they will do it. We are

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looking at Copeland and Craig closest to us, racing Poland in lane

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number three. Look down the bottom right-hand side, so they are through

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to the last 150 metres. This is desperate closing stages of this

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final of the women's light double. It is China two from China won.

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Poland are coming back on China won. -- China one. It is China two coming

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through in first place. In the last 100 metres, it was too much for

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Copeland and Craig, and as we mentioned earlier on, a little bit

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laboured in the first 750 metres and it took them some time. They weren't

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really in the race until it got through to the 1250 mark.

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After a medal at the Europeans, that event is filling up quickly now.

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This is the big change. In that event, the Olympic champions, the

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Dutch, they have not appeared, South Africa and Canada still haven't

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appeared in that event. It is always a tight, fierce event and the

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Chinese crews look very impressive. As the year progresses the events

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will get tougher. I think the British will be disappointed not to

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make the podium. There are two crews from China and in the World

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Championships everyone will only have one crew but there are still

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nations to come. They have been progressing in training so I think

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they will be disappointed not to make the podium this time but still

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a long season. In the first World Cup was a tremendous drop-off in the

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British crew in the last bit whereas they were competitive right the way

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through to the line there, in the hunt, it's not as if they suddenly

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lost the medal. No, they were close. The Chinese are very classy

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athletes. They were close to some very good crews but unfortunately

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just behind. For Kat Copeland winning her medal is now five years

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ago, is it an asset mentally or is it beginning to turn into that was

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then and this is now? That would be for her to answer. I hope it would

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be a source of confidence, you don't win the Olympic Games by chance.

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Yes, every time we move forward that takes a step behind and she will

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once more results to boost its so it's not a distant memory. But it

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still shows what she is capable of so I hope it's a positive thing for

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her. Let's turn to the men's four. A few changes from the European

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line-up which have a pretty awful result a few weeks ago. Let's see if

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they are in a positive mood for the World Cup. Has Jurgen Grobler

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managed to turn it around since we saw Great Britain at the European

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Championships when they finished in a disappointing fifth place? They

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are quick, have Argentina in one. This will be the top boat for the

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nation of Australia in the rowing event. They are in lane number four

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and they were still... Albeit quick to 1000 metres across the two leads

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so they too will be fast. France in five, the Czech Republic in lane

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six. I know the British team thought I was harsh on my commentary last

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time out, but that's because I have such high expectations and I know

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the quality of the athletes in that boat. Fifth place was an

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underperformance. They are better than fifth. They have got to produce

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that against the Australians and they have taken the race by the

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scruff of the neck at the moment. Australia are going for it but they

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haven't gone clear. They are one length up on Australia Great

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Britain. They will come back in the second five. What I don't like about

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Australia is there is no rhythm now. Get out of 500, that's great, now I

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want to see them coming down, lengthening and being efficient on

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the speed. They are out to make a big mark here, out to lay it down

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against Great Britain and the rest of the world here now but they don't

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look, and it's being harsh, like Ruby is brilliant Australian fours

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we have seen. -- like previous brilliant Australian fours. The

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German four, which our British boys are just behind, the best eight

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German athletes are in the eight, but these are not the best four

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German athletes. Our crews will storm through these Germans any

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minute now, then they have got to start pegging back the Australians

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but the Australians are in the driving seat and can see our British

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boys. The one thing Will Satch has done is shown he can stroke boat and

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he has got to do it now. Great Britain have been ripped apart by

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Australia in lane four. They have had a brilliant second 500, they

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were out quick Australia and they continue to go. 2.49 is a quick

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time. They may not look like the best Australian four but they are

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rowing well. They look like pumped up lightweights and that's in a

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complimentary way. They are neat and efficient. They are moving the boat

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well. What our boat has is raw power and they have got rhythm now. You

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can see they are starting to inch it back and they have three minutes to

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do it. We want to see with and length, and

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that will give them the confidence to put the power down, because

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there's no doubt that the British crew are by far and away the most

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powerful out there. They are definitely coming back. I am going

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to keep confidence here. I want to see more length, though, from the

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British crew. I want to see the boat running on. They're coming for an

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overlap. As soon as they've got past the, bridge, they need to have an

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overlap with 500 metres to go, otherwise they're going to run out

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of water. Look at what they have done to the German boat, they have

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gone from a quarter of a length Hinde to half about ahead. They're

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having their best row of the season so far, notwithstanding they are

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down on the Australians. 50 strokes to go here, we are at the business

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end. The Australians had clear water by almost a length and a bit at the

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halfway mark. The British have torn into that here. There's still clear

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water. That's too much to do. They are matching the Aussies stroke for

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stroke here. Heap it light and quick, it's about being quick with

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the hands are being really efficient here. But the Australian crew,

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Alexander Hill, 23 years of age, sitting in the strokes eat. Second

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in this event at healing big game last year. So, plenty of experience

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in the still the Australians are going. They know they cannot let

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their foot off the gas for one second. If they do that, British

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will have the overlap and then they will start coming right in. They are

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still coming. They may not get the result they want, but I think the

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result will be the other way round at the World Championships. They're

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coming back hand over fist now. They're not going to get them today,

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but... No, Wigan do this, James. Oh, just too much. Australia, half a

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length over Great Britain. They will get the Australians at the World

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Championships, no doubt about it. Yes, they will be disappointed, and

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there will be a period of reflection, but this is their best

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race of the season, they found a speed through the middle and at the

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end which they did not have before and I have no doubt they will get

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those Australians at the World Championships. The backdrop to this

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race has been quite tough, you will have been disappointed with Prague,

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are you happier now? Slightly happier. We've definitely improved

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over the last three weeks. We've done a more consistent weekend than

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what we did three weeks ago. We were disappointed not to get the win. The

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Aussies took the bull by the horns in the first kilometre and it paid

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dividends for them towards the end. If the race had been 2100 metres,

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you would have got them? I like your optimism, I'm not social, I think

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they were in a very strong position. I think calling the race plan, that

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is how it felt. We were gaining and catching them, and then there was

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about a ten or 15 script period when we did not gain much on them. It was

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at that point that they put the final knife in. Games is absolutely

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certain they're going to win, are you going to take him up on his pet?

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He never sits on the fence, that man! I think he's got a very valid

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point. I think it's fantastic for all of us to see the men's four not

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necessarily back where we want them to see, but back competitive. They

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were just over a second behind that Australian crew, who went off very

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fast. Great Britain were closing, and then we saw the gap opening up.

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It was a two boat race, and I think there is a lot more to come from

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that British crew, but it's back where it needs to be. And it looks

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like another four years of us against Australia. I wake up in a

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cold sweat in the morning, hearing the strains of Advance Australia

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Fair! I know, and you want a great adversary, that's easy to say! Not

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Australia! So, it's going to be good for them, that motivation. I have

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talked to some of the guys recently, and there is that, even if you're

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winning, you want to train as if your second. Obviously, you don't

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actually want to finish second, but that result today will show that

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they're back on track. Let's turn now to the men's quad, as we go back

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down to Gary and James. Great Britain in nine number three will be

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leaved to have John Collins back in the three seat. He missed the

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European Championships, when they came fourth.

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Things have changed around a bit for the Germans.

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The fastest qualifier was Great Britain, in lane number three,

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slightly down at the moment. We have got France in five and the

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Netherlands closest to us. The British quad over the last four or

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five years have been the quickest starters but also have a fast second

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half of the race. So to be in the mixed, head of Poland at this stage,

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is a good sign. And they did start the last Olympiad off well, but they

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had some injury problems in the last couple of seasons. They need a good,

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consistent run of health. 500, a quarter down already. These races

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are so, so quick, and the British are in amongst it here, currently in

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the bronze medal position. That's OK. Now, length and with here from

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Great Britain, led by Peter Lambert in the stroke seat, and with him,

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John Collins, Jack Beamont and Jonathan Walton. They are getting

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the power on here, and it is all about efficient application, and

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then you want to get something back. Yeah, feel the speed - there it is.

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They're coming into second place now, coming through France in 95.

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They are not having to really push, they've got their base pace now,

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which is OK. -- France in lane five. I am a bit surprised the Dutch are

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ahead, but I think there it is starting to slow down. What they

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will be pleased with is the way they've dispensed of Poland at the

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moment. And the British boys know they have got a quick second half of

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the race. There was a push in that last couple of strokes, Great

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Britain, with a bit more speed than everybody else. The Netherlands in

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lane number six just caught the water, and the British crew will

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have to capitalise on that. They have capitalised, the British crew

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have gone. I think it was in the three seat, just caught his blade.

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And this is Great Britain's house. The Dutch

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may have the first half, but GB own the second half, and they deserve

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it. Can they get up a length coverage when we talk about length

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and rhythm, you can just see, on it, bang. You sit back, let the handle

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coming to you, and that should give you the momentum, and enjoy. Good

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stroke, we're onto next. And the speed of the boat takes you on to

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the next catch. And that rhythm is what you want in the middle

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thousands, and the British quad have really been great at that in the

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last few years. Paul Stannard coaching this, doing a good job. So,

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a great middle thousand for Great Britain. It has been textbook

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execution they're a length ahead and going ahead and I hope they're

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enjoying this. What is the same in the women's quad and the men's quad

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is the rhythm. And the Brits had a very good with, from 300 metres

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gone, they seemed to settle into a good pace. They've shown the

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benefits of having that strong rhythm from early in the race. If

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you're chasing it to halfway, you will end up paying for it. The Brits

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have raced incredibly well. 25 strokes out, it just shows you how

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much John Collins was missed at the European Championships, when Great

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Britain finish fourth. Here, things have turned around. In the bow seat,

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Jack Beamont has really cemented his place. And in the stroke seat, Peter

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Lambert, who started off his season coming tenth in the single sculls

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regatta. Job well done for the British crew. Gold medal in the

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men's quadruple sculls. That will be a huge disappointment for the

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Netherlands, who came second. Well done, superb result? Thank you very

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much. We're happy with the result. We raced well, it has been a good

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training block, so we're happy. And were you confident? Yeah, we did

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well in the heat, we laid down the fastest time, and we thought we

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could win it, we just needed to stay calm in the first thousand, when the

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guys to our left went out pretty fast. And then we just executed what

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we wanted to do in the third 500. It was a bit parents Karen? May be for

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you! From my seat in the boat, I could see what was going on and I

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could relay that to the guys. I had no doubt that these three were going

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to do the business. Room stick John, next up, Henley? Yeah, looking

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forward to that, we have only got the Kiwis there, so it's only going

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to be a straight final. And you have got lucerne after that, it's going

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to be there a chaotic period of training? It is but that is the

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reason why we do the sport, for the racing. One of the top crews was not

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there this weekend, so we are looking forward to laying down a

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marker going forward. The British men's quad is one of the very few

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crews that are sort of in their first line-up, I guess, and it

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showed? Yeah. And they deserve to that so much. Not just to those four

:27:56.:28:01.

guys, but the men's quad of the last few years has been beset by

:28:02.:28:04.

challenge after challenge, with illness and injury. You want to see

:28:05.:28:10.

them when they put out their best line-up, and that was still a good

:28:11.:28:13.

field. The Polish crew who had won the other semifinal, that was a big,

:28:14.:28:21.

fast, solid field, and the British crew absolutely dominated. You to

:28:22.:28:26.

fool with, took the race on, very confident in letting the race

:28:27.:28:31.

unfolded, with such dominant. Even from behind, they always looked like

:28:32.:28:34.

they could come through and have that results. And after the slightly

:28:35.:28:39.

downbeat results that we had coming back from the Europeans, from the

:28:40.:28:42.

men's team, an enormous Philip for everyone? I know. And that's why

:28:43.:28:49.

there was a sense after the Europeans, we had never seen such

:28:50.:28:53.

bad results from the men's team, but you always know the calibre of

:28:54.:28:59.

athletes, the strength of the coaching, Paul Stannard, the coach

:29:00.:29:01.

of that men's quad, he does put out top-class crews. It was not like it

:29:02.:29:08.

was game over, it was just things were not quite firing, and now you

:29:09.:29:13.

see, they're back on track. They're absolutely going in the right

:29:14.:29:21.

direction. The British development crew of Anastasia Chitty and Rebecca

:29:22.:29:25.

Girling got a taste of what it was like to compete at the very highest

:29:26.:29:30.

level in the women's pair. But it was the New Zealand pair who stole

:29:31.:29:33.

the show in Poznan, breaking the world record of Helen Glover and

:29:34.:29:39.

Heather Stanning. It was something like deja vu in the men's single

:29:40.:29:46.

sculls final nursery Tom Barras lined up in a world-class field.

:29:47.:29:49.

This time it was New Zealand's Robert Manson who smashed the world

:29:50.:29:55.

record by three seconds, a record previously held by Mark Hager right

:29:56.:30:06.

there. So, racing is fast and furious at', just as it is here in

:30:07.:30:11.

Henley, where the women's Regatta is continuing apace. I am joined by

:30:12.:30:16.

some former Olympians now. You are coaching one of the crews which is

:30:17.:30:22.

competing at the moment? Yes. Can you tell us a bit about it? It is a

:30:23.:30:29.

huge regatta, started 30 years ago. We had one day of racing then, and

:30:30.:30:31.

now we have three days of racing. And weighs into malt and as a

:30:32.:30:48.

competitor to come, just? -- why it is important as a competitor to

:30:49.:30:59.

come? Henley is a exciting place to come. My girls are pretty good,

:31:00.:31:05.

quite feisty, and I'm passing on some of my traits to them, helping

:31:06.:31:09.

them get down that course as fast as possible. And how important is it to

:31:10.:31:18.

pass on that to future generations? For me, I really wanted to give

:31:19.:31:22.

something back to the sport. I have a family, so being a coach is very

:31:23.:31:27.

full-time. I hadn't qualified as an umpire so this was a way I could put

:31:28.:31:35.

my skills organisation into it and helping. I didn't realise it would

:31:36.:31:39.

take up quite as much time. Any regrets? Yes, I'm looking for a

:31:40.:31:48.

successor, are you busy? Very! How do you feel as a coach, that there's

:31:49.:31:56.

not much you can do when the crew goes out there? It is so

:31:57.:31:59.

nerve-racking. It is letting them go out on the water and do their thing,

:32:00.:32:05.

I have no control over them once I get there. But get on the start

:32:06.:32:09.

line, having Sir Matthew Pinsent line them up, it is really

:32:10.:32:13.

heart-warming. I love being part of the sport and it's a great way to

:32:14.:32:17.

stay connected with the grass roots level of rowing. In the women's

:32:18.:32:23.

rowing is going from strength to strength, both internationally and

:32:24.:32:28.

domestically. Yes, and what we have seen in this regatta is huge growth

:32:29.:32:34.

in junior women's rowing. The third of our entry actually comes from the

:32:35.:32:39.

junior sector, and we have some great US crews here as well for them

:32:40.:32:49.

to race. They are really bringing strong competition for the junior

:32:50.:32:52.

women so the junior women's side is massive stocks have also seen a lot

:32:53.:32:57.

more universities being competitive and our most competitive event is

:32:58.:33:01.

the academic eights. Quite often we will see photo finishes on the line

:33:02.:33:06.

so we are seeing a massive rise in numbers but also a huge rise in

:33:07.:33:13.

standard. Thank you both, please keep up the good work and let's see

:33:14.:33:18.

what's happening back in Poznan. This is the women's eight and they

:33:19.:33:23.

are away. Out quick in lane number two is China one. Going with them is

:33:24.:33:40.

Great Britain in lane four. These crews now go out at full speed and

:33:41.:33:46.

the British crew in lane number four strengthened somewhat with Karen

:33:47.:33:49.

Bennett sitting in the seven seat, but looking to take it on whether

:33:50.:33:54.

British crew left with a sensational silver medal at the Olympic Games

:33:55.:33:59.

last year. Out fast, they were so disappointed to be off the medal

:34:00.:34:06.

podium a few weeks back, they are looking to make amends this time

:34:07.:34:18.

out. Taking you down the boat, McMurtry, Warren, Douglas, Bennett,

:34:19.:34:29.

and Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne coming in this time round.

:34:30.:34:46.

-- Mathilda Horn. The United States of America surprisingly down but

:34:47.:35:01.

this will be a much weaker boat than we have hitherto been treated to.

:35:02.:35:05.

The Americans have dominated this event all the way through to the

:35:06.:35:09.

Olympic Games. That looks good, James. Exactly what I was thinking.

:35:10.:35:16.

It's amazing not just how they are rowing, but how quickly we have

:35:17.:35:20.

become used to the women's eight being at the sharp end of the field

:35:21.:35:24.

and that is a real testament to the coaching system in place and the

:35:25.:35:32.

belief these athletes have. None of them were in Rio, they have learnt

:35:33.:35:36.

and half the level of expectation raised by the performances of the

:35:37.:35:40.

women's eight last year and they are carrying on from where the Olympics

:35:41.:35:44.

left off and it's brilliant. James Harris is the coach responsible for

:35:45.:35:50.

this and he will be watching this hopefully pleased with the opening

:35:51.:35:55.

first half. So we are just going across to New Zealand and you

:35:56.:35:59.

compare, New Zealand rating slightly higher, not Masaru chasing it. They

:36:00.:36:04.

are having to work for it but the rhythm looks better. Long and strong

:36:05.:36:13.

from Rebecca, backed up by Karen Bennett at seven. The women's eight

:36:14.:36:22.

have taken this by the scruff of the neck. They didn't go out as fast as

:36:23.:36:33.

China one but they have consolidated the -- the position. New Zealand

:36:34.:36:38.

have definitely come back onto it. They are still a third of a length

:36:39.:36:42.

down, but they were further down before. This is where the British

:36:43.:36:46.

eight last year showed the guts in the second half of the race and they

:36:47.:36:51.

need to do that now. New Zealand taking two strokes per minute more

:36:52.:36:54.

than the British crew, so at some point the black boat at the top of

:36:55.:36:59.

your picture is New Zealand and the light blue on the right of your

:37:00.:37:10.

picture shows the boat has been two strokes below. It's all very well

:37:11.:37:15.

leading, but when you are being attacked as they are by New Zealand,

:37:16.:37:19.

the change has got to come because New Zealand will go right through

:37:20.:37:23.

them in the next two or three strokes. If there isn't a change

:37:24.:37:26.

from the British crew, New Zealand will be through. You are right, but

:37:27.:37:32.

inching through, not blasting through. The psychological damage

:37:33.:37:37.

being done is America, having been clear water down, they won't get

:37:38.:37:41.

them but they are inching back. This is where the belief in the British

:37:42.:37:45.

crew will be tested. They need to keep long. They were rowing nice and

:37:46.:37:53.

long. Rebecca was running incredibly long in the first 1000 metres. They

:37:54.:38:00.

need to set the length to lay the power-down. The third 500 now, the

:38:01.:38:06.

New Zealanders continue to move and they look angry. They look like we

:38:07.:38:13.

have settled long but we will keep the length going. They are at 36

:38:14.:38:18.

now, Great Britain, but at one point they were at 35 strokes per minute

:38:19.:38:25.

and you cannot be that low. They looked brilliant, Great Britain

:38:26.:38:29.

looked fantastic in the first 500 metres. This middle files and has

:38:30.:38:33.

all been about New Zealand, and New Zealand were fought that the Olympic

:38:34.:38:38.

Games last year. Four of that crew are returning here and they also

:38:39.:38:42.

have some Bosworth in the cox seat, the first time a guy will be coxing

:38:43.:38:57.

in the women's eight. They have hit the ground running. They are showing

:38:58.:39:05.

they are race ready. Great Britain now having to fight off the USA, who

:39:06.:39:12.

won't catch Great Britain but the British have to come back again on

:39:13.:39:15.

to New Zealand. It has been outstanding. They will take the gold

:39:16.:39:25.

medal, New Zealand, who took it from Great Britain who were almost

:39:26.:39:26.

nothing. The silver medal, Karen, which I

:39:27.:39:37.

would have thought is a pretty good results, isn't it? Yes, I think we

:39:38.:39:45.

all did a really good job. It is an awesome result for the eighth. And

:39:46.:39:51.

when you beat the USA in the women's eight know you are doing something

:39:52.:39:57.

right. Yes, and we got an especially fast time which has given us a lot

:39:58.:40:01.

of confidence moving forward. It was bittersweet because the Kiwis beat

:40:02.:40:07.

us but then we beat the Americans so awesome. Fast conditions, optimal

:40:08.:40:14.

tailwind and Stillwater, it was a fast race. Definitely, APB for us

:40:15.:40:20.

which was nice, and a nice simple race that we did so that's good. And

:40:21.:40:26.

you are regressing in the right direction? Definitely, we are still

:40:27.:40:32.

quite a new crew and each session we go out we are progressing and

:40:33.:40:36.

learning more. We are putting more and more of our practice in the

:40:37.:40:42.

performance. Without silver medal in the women's eight, that is another

:40:43.:40:46.

British boat doing brilliantly. Absolutely, and it is back on the

:40:47.:40:52.

podium. The New Zealand crew is the interesting one in that event. They

:40:53.:40:57.

have been in under 22 crew in previous years. They have been

:40:58.:41:02.

building, at the Olympic games last year they came for, not quite making

:41:03.:41:06.

the podium, and now we have seen them take a step on and the first

:41:07.:41:09.

time this year we have seen the Zealanders come in. Often they come

:41:10.:41:14.

over, obviously it is a long travelling distance from New Zealand

:41:15.:41:18.

and they don't always start up the fastest but they did here. And the

:41:19.:41:24.

women's pair for New Zealand have just smashed the record. For the

:41:25.:41:29.

rowing geeks, an American aid should always win but that's the first time

:41:30.:41:32.

they have been back in the pack. That would be five years since we

:41:33.:41:36.

have seen an American women's aid back that far. Yes, since 2012 it

:41:37.:41:43.

has been the American women's aid all the way and there haven't been

:41:44.:41:47.

many British women who have been ahead of them on the finish line so

:41:48.:41:51.

they will take that away with them. It is a new view for them so that's

:41:52.:41:57.

another thing for the British women's eight. Yes, the Americans

:41:58.:42:01.

are reforming but so are the British reforming. To go out there and beta

:42:02.:42:07.

crew that is also inexperienced with a lot of learning to do from the

:42:08.:42:11.

American side but still with the calibre, the American crew should

:42:12.:42:15.

have the confidence of being Olympic champions going back now couple of

:42:16.:42:18.

Olympics so for the British to be ahead of them is a good step.

:42:19.:42:23.

The performance of the European Championships from a Jewish point of

:42:24.:42:26.

view was Vicky Thornley in the women's single but it did come down

:42:27.:42:31.

to the wire. -- from a British point of view.

:42:32.:42:41.

Laying three still hunting, Vicky Thornley with long strokes as you

:42:42.:42:49.

would expect. This is the first time in her career at a single scull

:42:50.:42:58.

major championships. The German starting to move back again, she's

:42:59.:43:03.

got an overlap. We are about 200 out here and it is not done yet for

:43:04.:43:09.

Vicky Thornley. The warhorses coming back to the party! Bursting through

:43:10.:43:15.

in lane six, looking over to her right to see what's happening and

:43:16.:43:20.

Vicky Thornley will have to hang on. Vicky Thornley, European champion. I

:43:21.:43:25.

didn't come back into full-time training until January so I'm still

:43:26.:43:30.

building up to my best fitness. And please, I haven't been a

:43:31.:43:33.

champion of anything since eight years ago so European champion is

:43:34.:43:39.

cool. So victory and a European title - can she continue her success

:43:40.:43:44.

on the world stage? Over to Gary and James to find out.

:43:45.:43:51.

Halfway, 1000 metres in this final and Vicky Thornley is currently in

:43:52.:43:56.

second or third-place going through the halfway mark. The German sculler

:43:57.:44:03.

was the Olympic champion in the quadruple scull. It is very fine for

:44:04.:44:13.

Thornley but she will want to start turning the screw now and she's

:44:14.:44:18.

starting to pick up the rate. 31 strokes. She has gone up to 31 and

:44:19.:44:26.

will crank it up again as we go through 1500 metres mark. She will

:44:27.:44:31.

know she has the power. But you cannot write off the Chinese

:44:32.:44:41.

competitor in lane three. She's used to winning as well and she has won

:44:42.:44:45.

big races in the past so she will be difficult to roam down.

:44:46.:44:56.

Dwan will be the one form they can lean on. They could come back but it

:44:57.:45:06.

will be a tight finish between Austria, Britain and China. Germany

:45:07.:45:07.

has gone. Vicky Thornley has had the better of

:45:08.:45:21.

Magdalena Lobnig this season already. She will have that in her

:45:22.:45:26.

locker, when the chips are up against it. Look at the bows, still

:45:27.:45:33.

hunting, still rising Highbridge is the most important thing. She's high

:45:34.:45:40.

and the boat speed is still good. There's a long way to go. Vicky

:45:41.:45:47.

Thornley, the European champion from Great Britain. In this final of the

:45:48.:45:57.

women's single sculls in Poznan, here in World Rowing Cup II. But now

:45:58.:46:02.

shimmer under a huge test, it's the first time she is coming up against

:46:03.:46:05.

the Olympic bronze medallist Jingli Duan. And Jingli Duan is so hard,

:46:06.:46:11.

she right on it here, she will never give up one stroke to Vicky

:46:12.:46:18.

Thornley. Jingli Duan on her right, as she looks, and on the other side,

:46:19.:46:25.

Magdalena Lobnig, who's doing a sterling job. The big disappointment

:46:26.:46:28.

will be not necessarily losing to Jingli Duan, it's that it would be

:46:29.:46:34.

the first time since she has been back in the single that she will

:46:35.:46:37.

have lost to someone she has previously beaten. Everything has

:46:38.:46:41.

been an upward step, right now, it looks like being a backward one,

:46:42.:46:46.

because Magdalena Lobnig is some way ahead. Vicky has got to keep a long

:46:47.:46:53.

stroke here, keeping the weight and the power. 26-year-old Magdalena

:46:54.:46:57.

Lobnig from Austria has kept her rate up, and now it's a length, as

:46:58.:47:03.

they come towards the closing stages. Now, Vicky Thornley has

:47:04.:47:09.

finally brushed off Jingli Duan. She cannot afford, though, to let her

:47:10.:47:14.

go. She has got to keep focused here on Magdalena Lobnig, as they come

:47:15.:47:23.

slowly towards the line. She's not going to get Magdalena Lobnig. It's

:47:24.:47:28.

a silver medal for Vicky Thornley. And she will at the back of her mind

:47:29.:47:33.

be a little bit disappointed, because she has already beaten

:47:34.:47:36.

Magdalena Lobnig earlier in the year. One thing is for sure, this

:47:37.:47:44.

event is going to get tougher as we go through to the World

:47:45.:47:48.

Championships. Initially I was a bit disappointed. But now, I'm like, I

:47:49.:47:57.

did my best time by a long way and I felt like I've rowed pretty well.

:47:58.:48:00.

Magdalena Lobnig was just a bit quicker today stop you are in a

:48:01.:48:04.

great run of form, having won the Europeans three weeks ago? Yeah, so,

:48:05.:48:12.

it's going well. These races are great to be in, they are tight and

:48:13.:48:15.

tough, and that's what it's all about. Single sculling never looks

:48:16.:48:19.

easy, but at least you don't have to haul Katherine Grainger down the

:48:20.:48:23.

course now! No, I miss her a lot! Not having her here is a big thing.

:48:24.:48:31.

It is nice to see her every now and again as well. Busy times coming up

:48:32.:48:36.

for you? Yeah. Hopefully Henley, we will have to reassess after this

:48:37.:48:41.

regatta, and obviously, lucerne. But then a long break before the World

:48:42.:48:44.

Championships to get some really good training in. We've been saying

:48:45.:48:50.

all day that actually, there's probably more of the British rowing

:48:51.:48:54.

team on the tow path here in Henley than there is out in Poznan. Another

:48:55.:48:58.

one is Tom Ransley - tennis first of all why you are not racing? So, last

:48:59.:49:05.

week I had an emergency appendix removal, not in my plans at all!

:49:06.:49:10.

Should have been in Poznan. Let's have a quick look. The old form of

:49:11.:49:16.

appendicitis... Yeah. Actually... Very good keyhole, obviously! Yeah,

:49:17.:49:24.

so it should help a speedy recovery. I am already on my feet and looking

:49:25.:49:28.

forward to getting back training as soon as possible. I should be ready

:49:29.:49:38.

to race in the worlds in Sarasota. Before we talk about the men's

:49:39.:49:43.

eight, let's just reflect on Vicky Thornley's performance, another

:49:44.:49:47.

great result? That's three times we have seen her internationally this

:49:48.:49:52.

summer, and three podium finishes, which we have never seen from a

:49:53.:49:55.

single scull British athlete in this country, ever. There will mixed

:49:56.:50:00.

feelings for her trainer the very, very positive bit is, back on the

:50:01.:50:03.

podium and finishing ahead of the bronze Olympic medallist from China.

:50:04.:50:09.

She would have taken that at the start of the regatta. The

:50:10.:50:17.

disappointing thing is finishing behind the Austrian, whom she had

:50:18.:50:23.

beaten. What you want to do is to slowly pick off people in your

:50:24.:50:27.

event. To beat people and then have them come back and beat you is

:50:28.:50:31.

frustrating. But we have all been there. Every Regatta in the season

:50:32.:50:34.

is a moment of learning, and she will learn so much from each race

:50:35.:50:40.

she's doing. Frustration with the Austrian, but she will loan from

:50:41.:50:43.

that and come back better. Tom, have you noticed the difference with

:50:44.:50:47.

Vicky from one season to the next, going from a combined boat into now

:50:48.:50:53.

in control of her own future in a single scull? Well, certainly, she's

:50:54.:50:58.

always been really concentrated on her training, very focused. And I

:50:59.:51:05.

think she's obviously seeing the results in the single, able to keep

:51:06.:51:11.

that level of discipline, even without a crew motivating you. I'm

:51:12.:51:16.

sure she will come back stronger off the back of this. We are all eager

:51:17.:51:20.

to see how this men's eight will be getting on. Tom's place has been

:51:21.:51:29.

taken by Callum McBrierty. Let's meet him. I first started rolling in

:51:30.:51:35.

2004, forced into it by my parents, because they did not like the idea

:51:36.:51:38.

of me playing rugby. I was pretty useless, actually, so, might as well

:51:39.:51:45.

try another sport! Ended up getting the bug for rowing and ended up

:51:46.:51:49.

training hard. The best thing about it for me is pushing your body to

:51:50.:51:52.

the limit, and finding out exactly what you can do and what you can't

:51:53.:52:00.

do sometimes. I would probably quite like to be a golfer, if I'm being

:52:01.:52:05.

honest, lots of money in that sport! Would I be good enough to be a

:52:06.:52:11.

golfer, that's the thing?! My ideal weekend would be a weekend back up

:52:12.:52:15.

in Scotland in the Highlands, doing some country walking, relaxing up

:52:16.:52:20.

there. Might be bitterly cold, but nowhere better to relax and unwind.

:52:21.:52:27.

Being a Scotsman, you've got to say Andy Murray. He's come through a lot

:52:28.:52:32.

in his career, some high points and low points, but he seems to produce

:52:33.:52:40.

the results. Big fan of his. Third 500 metres now, Germany will move on

:52:41.:52:50.

again. The British crew have got to hang on, keep the speed, keep

:52:51.:52:55.

moving, it is all about being driven by Henry Fieldman. They will know

:52:56.:53:05.

all about the Germans. The New Zealanders are coming at them. New

:53:06.:53:11.

Zealand, five returning from the crew which finish sixth at the

:53:12.:53:18.

Olympic final last year. So, starting to stretch out now.

:53:19.:53:19.

Wonderful position from Germany there. Just looking a little bit

:53:20.:53:31.

laboured from the British. Furious from New Zealand, New Zealand

:53:32.:53:33.

looking the slightly better of the two crews? They get out and take

:53:34.:53:52.

onto that catch. 5.19 is the 2000 metres time, as Germany go through.

:53:53.:54:00.

And New Zealand have half a length over Great Britain, so a Great

:54:01.:54:03.

Britain are in the bronze medal position. I was not expect in them

:54:04.:54:07.

to come third, off the speed they have shown so far. So I think they

:54:08.:54:11.

have raced well. Yes, the Germans are dominating them, but considering

:54:12.:54:18.

they have changed in the last minute this week, that is a par

:54:19.:54:22.

performance, I would say. So, coming down the German boat, including

:54:23.:54:35.

Martin Sauer. New Zealand now almost a length ahead of Great Britain now.

:54:36.:54:46.

Themselves chasing down Germany. They will not get on terms with

:54:47.:54:49.

Germany but they will be looking to get clear of Great Britain. The

:54:50.:54:58.

Germany are on 41. They're going after a world record, I reckon. They

:54:59.:55:01.

will have heard what has been going on at this regatta. They're at 41

:55:02.:55:10.

strokes per minute, and they're coming to the line. Oh! That's going

:55:11.:55:17.

to because! We're not quite sure whether that will be a world record

:55:18.:55:25.

a lot. Great Britain clear of Australia, with the home nation

:55:26.:55:27.

Poland coming through in fifth place. That is all from us at the

:55:28.:55:33.

Henley women's Regatta, and from Poznan today. We will be back with

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the final World Cup of the season, which is happening in Lucerne. Red

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button coverage starts at 9.15 on Sunday the 9th of July, with

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highlights later in the day on BBC Two. Stand by for some time and

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league athletics from Stockholm. And our summer tennis starts tomorrow,

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from Queen's Club on BBC at one o'clock. Tom can join us to look

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back on that men's eight days. A medal, but some big gaps involved?

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Can be we have seen a world record low there. But there are definitely

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positives for our British team. We had a turbulent run into that event,

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and we still managed to get onto the podium. And I think we actually

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closed a small amount on the distance between us and the Germans

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from the Europeans. So, there's a lot to be positive about. I think

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you can move on and get stronger from there. And no mistaking the

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tactics in that race? From the Germans?! And from the Brits to try

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and stick with them so they were too good today? Of course. The Germans

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were the standout crew of that regatta, in that event, certainly,

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at the moment. So you see how close you can get to them, see if you can

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throw them off there again, in any way, and see how long you can hold

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them. All you can do is show a bit of speed and how close you can get,

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and build on that. The next time you're going to race the Germans

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will be here on that bit of water in a couple of weeks at Henley - that

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is going to be big? Yeah, Henley is an awesome event. I don't know if I

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will be in it personally, but it's going to be good, if I am not in it,

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I will be watching, for sure. Catherine, how do you reflect on the

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World Cup, from a British point of view? On the whole team, there was a

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very turbulent run into the regatta, some of the crew did not even make

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it like the women's quad. And the ones that did have a lot of changes,

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not many crews were lined up according to Plan A. Considering

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that, it is a much stronger result than it was a couple of weeks ago at

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the Europeans. It shows that the tactics are right from the coaches,

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and there will be ups and downs I'm sure in the weeks to come. But

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ultimately, everybody knows it is the World Championships at the end

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of the year which everybody is aiming for. And Tom, for you

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personally, on the injured list at the moment, is the feeling, we can

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start climbing back out of the European situation? Yeah. I would

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echo that. And technically, it shows what we've done through the winter

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is to try and make a common style, so that when injuries do occur, you

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can mix and match and still hold a high standard. So, I think we are on

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the way to improving those results. As nice as it is being to see you

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here, we look forward to seeing you out there on the water again.

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Likewise. Good stuff. That is it from Henley women's Regatta. We will

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be back in three weeks' time for the World Cup, and for the British team,

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it's onwards and upwards. You'll favour me by never setting

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foot on Trenwith land.

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