Poznan Rowing World Cup


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


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


ironically because no women were allowed to compete at Henley Royal


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


only from European countries and surprisingly Great Britain did not


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


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


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


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


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


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


not an ideal time but sometimes those changes are catalyst for


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


use different combinations, keep the project moving forward without a


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


agonisingly close for Catherine Copeland and Emily Craig because


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


today's racing. Great Britain moving into fourth


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


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


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


They were the European bronze medallist three weeks back again.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Championships everyone will only have one crew but there are still


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Championships when they finished in a disappointing fifth place? They


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


German athletes. Our crews will storm through these Germans any


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


those Australians at the World Championships. The backdrop to this


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


European Championships, when they came fourth.


Things have changed around a bit for the Germans.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


And this is Great Britain's house. The Dutch


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


direction. The British development crew of Anastasia Chitty and Rebecca


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


rowing is going from strength to strength, both internationally and


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


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


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


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


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


more universities being competitive and our most competitive event is


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


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


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


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


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


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


the British crew in lane number four strengthened somewhat with Karen


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


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


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


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


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


and Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne coming in this time round.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


inching through, not blasting through. The psychological damage


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


nothing. The silver medal, Karen, which I


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The performance of the European Championships from a Jewish point of


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


champion of anything since eight years ago so European champion is


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


has gone. Vicky Thornley has had the better of


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


have lost to someone she has previously beaten. Everything has


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


be a little bit disappointed, because she has already beaten


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


disappointing thing is finishing behind the Austrian, whom she had


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Wonderful position from Germany there. Just looking a little bit


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


foot on Trenwith land.


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