Lucerne Rowing World Cup


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Coverage of the final rowing world cup of the season. Matthew Pinsent and Helen Glover look over the morning's action. With commentary from James Cracknell and Garry Herbert.


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Welcome to our coverage of World Cup 3 from out in Switzerland. We're

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basing ourselves here at Llandaff rowing club today. There aren't many

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rowing clubs in the UK that look anything like Lucerne but the River

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Taff gives a good impression. This is the last World Cup event

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before the World Championships that begin at the end of September

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and the last opportunity for British They go into their training camps

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with a lot more work to do. Here is what is coming up:

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At the moment GB's best squad is the men's quad,

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according to Jack Beaumont, size doesn't matter.

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We're all pretty similar size. I think that's quite helpful. Not the

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biggest crew but we have our strengths.

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After catching gold fever in London 2012, Kat Copeland's

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at the beginning of another four-year cycle.

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It is a long time. It is why I came back, the Olympics are everything to

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me. But Vicky Thornley's looking

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to repeat her European gold. No sooner have we packed up the gear

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from Rio we are we are again, a new season, with lots of new faces. A

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very good start for the women's pair in Great Britain. Surely the British

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have done enough, just through. The Netherlands have taken out the crew

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from grant A major upset. A really nice way to cap the weekend of

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racing, with your first World Cup victory. Welcome to a a bit of day

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for the 2017 Championships. History made here. A fantastic effort. The

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British crew are up to the line for bronze. The perfect starting

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position. Great Britain's Karen Bennett and Holly Morten through in

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bronze. A major upset here. The British heavyweight men's 4 has come

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in fifth. #123450 Australia, half a length over Great Britain in second

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place. It is a silver medal for Vicky Thornley. Silver for Great

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Britain, holding off the United States. The job well done for the

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British crew. Gold medal in the men's quadruple skulls.

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I'm joined by double Olympic champion, Helen Glover.

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How has your time away from the sport been since Rio? Good. I have

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missed rowing, some days. Days like this. Yes, on days like this. But Ip

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haven't missed all the training. And looking at the results coming back

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from the rogue team. What do you make of it? What do you see with the

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crews and those individuals that you used to raise with alongside? I

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think it reminds me of 2013, coming back after... London. The London

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Olympics, and seeing some new people stepping into the team and returning

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Olympians struggling to find speed. I don't think it is necessarily a

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bad thing. I think there is a sense of pacing yourself throughout the

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four years. What do you make a very noticeable result at the Europeans,

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where the women's boats are were all over it like a rat, winning medals

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and it was amazing and the men's team Jurgen was slightly less

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happen. There is a sense of competition between the men and

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women's team. There is, you always want to be at the heart of the squad

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to step into Caversham the day after with the medals. You get a sense of

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pride. There is a competitive element within the squad but I think

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people shouldn't be afraid to try things. Just try people sitting in

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different boats. Different tactics. Right now is the time to try it. I

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don't think it is a bad thing. People will be finding their places

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in the boats. As we mentioned all the way threw this season of the

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lots of new people coming N you remember what it was like going down

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to Caversham. -- coming N what is it like joining is system with the his

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train medals and names up on the walls? #w45 is it like? -- what is

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it like? I went there the other day. There is a sense of people fighting

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for seats already. Previously there was a sense of you could put your

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foot off the gas a bit, people have come back from London. This time

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people are here, new and fresh and fighting for their seats. The first

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race is the men's quad. At the heart of that crew is

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23-year-old Jack Beaumont, Katherine Grainger caught

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up with the sculler Jack Beaumont has is hemented his

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seat there. We were confident, it was exactly how we did it at

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Caversham in training. It is comfortable, job well done for the

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British crew. Gold medal in the men's squad rule. What what is made

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it click We are great friends. All rowing together for a few years in

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the group. We are all a similar size. I think that's helpful. We are

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not the biggest group but we definitely have our strengths. What

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are your thoughts of Lucerne? Our last competition before the World

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Championships. I think if he can influence what we did in training

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throughout the whole radio gat at that season so far and come away

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with another great result. Do you get excited by the thought of maybe

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one of the other crews, maybe Lithuania, you get to race

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potentially there, is that a focus? Into it definitely is. We have not

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beaten them yet. They are good athletes. They have been

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consistently quick in the squad. Big, strong guys. Each day we are

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trying to better ourselves. Not just to focus on them but we want to beat

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everyone. You can't do it thinking - I'd love it get a bronze, you have

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to aim to win. Aim for the stars really.

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The final of the men's quadruple skulls. Netherlands, New Zealand,

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Great Britain in three. Lithuania there. They won the first regatta in

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Belgrade this year. Italy, bronze medallists in fourth. In fieft and

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poll Nelson Mandela six. A big ask here, James. An ask that Great

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Britain can do here. They will be going for one thing, to win it. --

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be and Poland in six. The one thing they had over the last four years,

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is a strong second half. They didn't have the speed out of plots. They

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are off now and firing and they are going to take the race by the scruff

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of the neck. The difference is, they do look like they are red-lining t I

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would be as well. But the Lithuanians, they do look more

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relaxed. That may have an affect during the middle of the race but at

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the moment the British boyses have given themselves the platform to

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build on. All six boats flying through.

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given themselves the platform to build on. All six boats flying Dump

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-- jost gel for position. Dump Waite wania are looking

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dangerous now. They are looking relaxed. I said that from the start.

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They had a nice rhythm when they won the World Cup and European

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Championships. And that efficiency. The race, yes,s is not a seven

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minute race, it is a five-and-a-half minute race but you still need the

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relaxation. Yes, they will be hurting but there is a bit of time

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to relax and it'll pay benefit. They are two strokes ahead. At the moment

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it is stroke-for-stroke, Great Britain have checked them, which is

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good. We are talking about easy speed. Obviously they are working

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for it but from the outside, it looks like easy speed, with rhythm

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and length. When you put the pressure on, the boat also move

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ahead. Two strokes ahead. This is good for Great Britain so far,

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they've checked Lithuania in lane 4. Now in the third 500 m and Lithuania

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two strokes higher than the British quadruple skull. That gives the

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Brits something to move on for. They're going to have to do it now,

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because Lithuania will slip away. I don't think they've checked

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Lithuania. I think they've been racing ahead and yes they are racing

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higher. They look like a fraction more time. Looking at them, you

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would think they are racing the same. I think it is because the

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Lithuanians have a better rhythm but our boys have a better sprint P and

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our boys have coming strong in the third five. Here we go. Since 2014,

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Great Britain had a quadruple skull that was one-tenth of a second off

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old medal. That a day it was Ukrainia. Now they are going it up

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again here. This is something, a project to go through to Tokyo 2020,

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but those are years and days ahead. Right now they are here. We are

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looking at 308 and in lane 6. They are getting slipped by Lithuania

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now. They are getting slipped. That efficient rhythm is starting to take

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them away. As good as our boy's home is, they'll leave themselves with

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too much to do. Stunning water into the last 500. Great Britain have

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been heroic so far. Now the experience and the rhythm and the

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pace of Lithuania seems to have moved them out. They have been

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overrailing just slightly but they have done it with efficiency. Look

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at that. Out to three-quarters of a length now. They are lifting it up.

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They are about 400 out from the line. Ten strokes, keeping it longs

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keeping the speed. We have Poland in lane 6. Great Britain have to watch

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that. That's about ten strokes and Lithuania have it almost out to a

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length. I don't think they'll get Lithuania now. The one consolation

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is that the strokeman, his teeth are out, he is hanging. If they can't

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see that. Look at him. His teeth are out, he is blowing, he is red lining

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it but they are red lining it and making good speed. He is 22,

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Adomavicius. They are going into the World Championships as the

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undefeated crew of 2017. With that tag, they look brilliant. They have

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clear water now on Great Britain. Lambert, Collins, Walton and

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Beaumont in the bow seat into silver. And Poland in third. Not a

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bad way to finish the 2017 season. But they'll have hunger in their

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belly. I'm here with the silver medallists,

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can you talk me through the race? It was a pretty hot pace in the first

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half. You know, we had gone out with the intention of getting in control

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of it. I think it was very apparent from early on, it was going to be a

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strong pace from the word go. But, we held our form and let the crews

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fall away in the second half, obviously apart from the

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Lithuanians. We tried to fight back but at the end of the day I think we

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were beaten by a crew better than us and I'm OK with that. Now a long gap

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before the next regatta, what do the next weeks hold It is a massive

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opportunity. We've had good consistency so far and now we can go

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back to basics to have the finish product. And what is the finished

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project going to look like, Pete? It is up to Jurgen's programme and the

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four guys in the boat and our coach. But

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is up to Jurgen's programme and the four guys in the boat and our coach.

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But we know where we can improve. There's two-and-a-half seconds to

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catch up with. We can do that. I was going to say a fighting silver, but

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it really wasn't, right at the finish, line, was it? If you look at

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the cruising speed of both crews, it was a fine raise but it wasn't a

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close margin. The Brits will be disappointed. The way they were

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rowing in the first minute, looked like they expected to be winning, a

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great place to be, showing how well they have been rowing this season.

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What should the coaches do in the slight difference in the second half

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of the raise? ? The thing about the race, it didn't come from one

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tactical decision t came from the cruising speed of the two crews.

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That middle one and Paul Stannard, the coach of the quad, the guy that

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will taught me to row. They have a good amount of time until the World

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Championships. Fitness and all the little things that make the stern

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run smoothly will keep them in touch with that crew. The men's quad has

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been to this trajectory before in the previous Olympics. 2013-14, they

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were up there and it ended up with Rio, for a variety of reasons, being

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almost awful? Yes but that crew needed that. They needed the firsts.

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The first to make a final and get a medal. Now it has happened we have

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crews that will be winning and that will be exciting.

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One of the pictures of the London 2012 Olympics

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was Kat Copeland's reaction to winning gold alongside

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Sophie Hosking in the lightweight women's double sculls.

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2016 was a year to forget. Katherine Grainger caught up with her a week

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ago in Henley-on-Thames. How hard was it coming back after the

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experience you had in Rio? Funnily enough, I don't know whether it

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should be the opposite way. After London I was like - do I start this

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as a hem games, we won, is that the best I'm going to do, should I get

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out now while the going is good? Copeland and Rio know their Olympics

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has come to a disappointing finish. This time, I knew in the second week

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the fact I could still be around the Olympics, and be in the - although

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we have had a terrible result, I still thought - this is just

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awesome. That made me think - we'll carry on. The World Championships is

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the biggest event for the international rowing scene this

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year. Almost three big steps towards the Olympics in four years 'time. I

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assume it is still the overriding focus? It is it is scary saying that

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four years out. Three-and-a-half years out now. It is a long time. I

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don't know what is going to happen. But that's why I came back. The

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Olympics is everything for me. Talking us through the start of the

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racing season until now? It is not how I thought it would be at the

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beginning of the year, but that is anticipate fine. It never is. The

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second World Cup. We were disappointed. This is the last one

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and the last race for a while. I'm really keen to get out and see where

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we can punch out at. anticipate fine. It never is. The

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second World Cup. We were we can punch out at.

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TRANSLATION: 1,000 m coming up. Brits have been left in New

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Zealand's wash. 20 strokes into 1,000 m was

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critical, as I said for Great Britain here. But as some crews lead

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in the way, New Zealand have pushed in. Great Britain are waiting for

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the mark and now will be on the back foot in an important third 500,

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because that's where you are pushing to get into contention or you are

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leading and pushing to move away. Clearly you want to be in the

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stronger of the two positions. New Zealand doing it. Look at that. We

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are right down on the lakes. Lake level. How the boats move A sweet

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rhythm coming from New Zealand and further this race goes on, the most

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important thing for Copeland and Craig is to keep their heads up.

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They are fighting or the minor medal, the bronze. We are panning

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out. Great Britain lane 4 to the left of the picture. They are

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fighting now for silver. They are in bronze. They have moved back up. At

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34 strokes per minute, you can see that bottom right of the picture.

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But looking superb today on the lake of the gods. Zoe McBride and Jackie

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from New Zealand. We've seen they have a good racing rhythm, keeping

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the speed. The Poles had a great first half but they can't live

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through the middle. The Brits are going to challenge the Poles who

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could be dying. The last 250 hasn't been great for Great Britain. They

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are coming back off it. They have been left by Russia in lane 5. Being

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pushed hard by the Italians. The Italians an under-23, stepping up

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for the first time in this combination in 2017. But the stroke

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seat there for New Zealand. They are right on the edge. Confidence high.

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Boat moving on underneath. The best feeling in the world on water like

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this when your boat is moving. The best feeling is they are sending the

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opposition away before the World Championships and all their memories

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will be of a New Zealand boat rowing off into the horizon. That's what

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they are sending down. Every inch they can get down ahead of the

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Poles, the Swiss, the Brits is just going to hurt them before the World

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Championships. Poland going through, the last 250. They were the European

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Championships. They are second at the last World Cup regatta. They are

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getting a shock here. Deresz and Mikolajczak. The home crowd now are

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rising to the challenge. It is almost like having an extra person

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in the vote here. They need an extra person right now. It is

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Great Britain will struggle to get on to the poed yu. Look at the

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difference, the class, Zoe McBride and Jackie Kiddle from New Zealand

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making it look easy. They've laid the marker down. Second place is

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Poland, Russia into bronze and Great Britain coming in last position, as

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I said only a minute or so ago, they are fighting the Iovtchev tallians

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and in that mini battle, the Italians won. They were fighting the

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Italians. We've been talking to some of the athletes, and from my

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experience, I know how hard it is to get on the Lucerne poed yu. We were

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talking about at Henley how you would be disappointed if you didn't

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make the podium. How are you feeling now? Disappointed. So at least I was

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right about that. Yeah, pretty disappointed but not - um, but it

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doesn't really knock my confidence. Like we know what we are doing, and

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we know what we have to do between now and a couple of months' time. We

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just have to make sure we do do it. Did the race feel different today

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than it did at previous World Cups? In terms of how we were rowing, I

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think similar to the others, good bits, and bits we really have to

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work on. The top end, with the key Kiwis, it is hard to work.

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So it is a very busy afternoon here, there are races happening so you

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will hear the PA and you might hear the bell. Let's reflect on that

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women's double in Lucerne. will hear the PA and you might hear

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the bell. Let's reflect women's double in Lucerne.

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I expected them to be on the podium. They are fast enough. Not sure what

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happened. They were beside the Kiwis, maybe with when they went

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ahead they got drawn out of it. It was a dramatic move from the New

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Zealanderers. From the moment they started, it almost seemed all over

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It was from that 850 marker to half way, the British lost the contact

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that would've put them in silver-bronze position by being

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beside the winning crew. They'll be frustrated because they know they

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are better than that, and they are. So the trajectory of the results,

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World Cup #1, they were second, Europeans, 2, and then 4th and 6th.

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Not great trajectory with the worlds a few months away. It no but they

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are finding their feet. They are a new combination. Cat in particular

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knows how to win and they have something to work on. You don't want

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this particular radio gat at that as your final prouct D I'm sure they'll

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come back stronger. You know Cat probably better than anyone in the

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rowing team what is she like as an individual and athlete? Formidable.

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You get her in the water and you see a look in her eyes - nobody is going

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to beat me. OK she was beaten today but she has the longevity and a

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determination and fire that burns, very fiercely. You can guarantee

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she'll go awane work as hard or harder than anybody on the training

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block. Talking about working hard, let's turn to Victoria Thornley.

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She had superb results in the Gold Cup. Last weekend at Henley t wasn't

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all a bit pear-shaped. She was drawn in the final against the German and

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for one reason or another, we weren't sure what went on. Steering

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problems. It might have been weed but it didn't go right. Let's see

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how in Lucerne, hopefully no weed or wash, if she can recover.

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The skullers just starting to stretch out. On the far side, Vicky

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Thornley in 1. And Annekatrin Thiele in 2. The Swiss culler in 3. The

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Swiss skuller coming through in first. The Austrian in second. She

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won Poznan three weeks ago setting a best time. These skullers are

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high-quality and high performance but we are watching the bows of lane

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1 coming level. Importantly coming level with Annekatrin Thiele in lane

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2. In lane 5, Mueller from the United States of America making a

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move. We have not seen here this year. She was 4th at the Olympic

:26:13.:26:17.

Games in the women's pairs. Dropping one place. And she's mixing it in

:26:18.:26:27.

against the top skullers of the world.

:26:28.:26:39.

There are huge Swiss rowing fans, she will anticipate want to win this

:26:40.:26:48.

more than any. Now Thornley has taken Thiele out and looks like she

:26:49.:26:54.

is hot on the heels of the Austrian. Vicky Thornley have a sensational

:26:55.:27:09.

third 500, but Mueller is there and Great Britain has to start to

:27:10.:27:13.

challenge now. She's doing that. These' three-quarter of a length up

:27:14.:27:18.

on Annekatrin Thiele from Germany but the Canadian taking it on. It is

:27:19.:27:25.

building. Another ten strokes and another for the Canadian in the

:27:26.:27:33.

third a 500 m. Here she is on the tails now. 500 m to go. 50 strokes

:27:34.:27:39.

remaining in this women's single skulls. JIC Thornley there and she

:27:40.:27:55.

was tracking the Austrian but Mueller and the others are tracking

:27:56.:28:02.

here. . Well Lobnig and Mueller are involved in a race on this side of

:28:03.:28:10.

the course with each other and that's taken them through. They'll

:28:11.:28:16.

have their own private battle. Vicky is in a battle on one side of the

:28:17.:28:23.

course. Vicky needs to switch her attention from the far side

:28:24.:28:26.

otherwise Zeeman from Canada is going to get silver. The home

:28:27.:28:30.

skuller has responded to what is going on in the left. Still, Zeeman

:28:31.:28:35.

from Canada ups the rate. Putting it right on the edge. Look at the water

:28:36.:28:40.

here. Focussing on technique and application. Technique and

:28:41.:28:42.

application. And 26 years of age, Zeeman, she was tenth in this event

:28:43.:28:50.

at the Olympic Games la last year, is pushing hard against Gmelin from

:28:51.:28:54.

Switzerland. On the far side, Vicky Thornley is looking as though she

:28:55.:28:59.

has been raced out of the medals. Well out of the medals. In the

:29:00.:29:06.

battle with Mueller for fourth and fifth at the moment.

:29:07.:29:13.

Holding off an impressive second thousand metres from the Canadian,

:29:14.:29:25.

Zeeman, who is in second. Photo finish there. Just held off Muller

:29:26.:29:39.

from the USA. And the British competitor in fifth place. The first

:29:40.:29:45.

time this season you've not made the podium but how did the race feel?

:29:46.:29:52.

Good, it is always really had to win a medal in Lucerne, but I gave it my

:29:53.:30:00.

all, I just came up short. That's disappointing but, there's a lot to

:30:01.:30:04.

gain from that race. I had to be on my toes. I'm disappointed but not

:30:05.:30:13.

really upset. Fifth place for the European champion. Where is that on

:30:14.:30:21.

the spectrum of happiness or disappointment? I'm sure she will

:30:22.:30:25.

want more but it is still finding its feet. Every time they go out and

:30:26.:30:32.

race there is a different result, and they are all finding their

:30:33.:30:37.

place. I'm sure she will want more but it has been good. Looking back

:30:38.:30:46.

to last weekend, she had an absolute nightmare at Henley. To overturn

:30:47.:30:53.

that result is good. Exactly, and for her to be where she feels she

:30:54.:30:56.

should be with regard the German, that's a good event now. She will be

:30:57.:31:04.

able to move forward. There was one other singles sculler who jumped

:31:05.:31:13.

out. I know, Muller, I did not even know she could do that, and I was

:31:14.:31:17.

very impressed, to see a good result just shows that she is a racer and

:31:18.:31:26.

that's what you need to do know matter. There is a big training

:31:27.:31:31.

block everybody has got now. What will be in her mind about a

:31:32.:31:39.

realistic result? She's demonstrated she can win medals. She will be

:31:40.:31:43.

setting her sights on that. I don't know where her site will be but I

:31:44.:31:51.

think it's open enough that she can overturn anyone in that field.

:31:52.:31:56.

Katherine Grainger is not with us, she is receiving a lifetime

:31:57.:32:03.

achievement medal. Congratulations to her. Richly deserved. Here is

:32:04.:32:10.

what is coming up in the second half of the programme. Well-deserved runs

:32:11.:32:16.

medal for the women's quad in the European Championships. Can they

:32:17.:32:28.

build on that? This is a good race. The British men's four has

:32:29.:32:30.

dominated. Will he be part of the next batch? I want to be part of

:32:31.:32:41.

that legacy. Can the women go one better? Before that I've come down

:32:42.:32:44.

to meet with some of the people of this wonderful rowing club. You're

:32:45.:32:49.

not actually racing today. Why is that? I am going to the Welsh trials

:32:50.:32:57.

in half an hour. What does that entail? We're doing singles and

:32:58.:33:04.

cord. How did you get into it? My school does not roll, me and my

:33:05.:33:09.

friend played hockey, the seasons are very short, so we decided to

:33:10.:33:16.

come down. In common with a lot of other clubs we have a big junior

:33:17.:33:21.

section and that is increasing exponentially every year. There is a

:33:22.:33:24.

great demand for it. That's a great thing to see. At the other end of

:33:25.:33:27.

the scale there is a big demand for Masters rowing which is great to

:33:28.:33:40.

see. You are racing today. How do you feel? A little nervous at the

:33:41.:33:44.

moment. We just saw our competition and he's a big boy. But just looking

:33:45.:33:49.

forward to it now. Looking forward to getting out there. Is this your

:33:50.:33:54.

favourite event? This is the first race I've ever done in a pair but it

:33:55.:34:01.

is becoming my favourite. Being part of this club is very special, a lot

:34:02.:34:06.

of history. How do you feel about the fact that rowing is growing as a

:34:07.:34:13.

sport and encouraging more youngsters? Yes. Definitely. We got

:34:14.:34:17.

so many younger ones coming through, it is so great to see. What would

:34:18.:34:26.

you say to anybody thinking about joining their local club?

:34:27.:34:31.

Absolutely, it will be one of the best decisions you've ever made.

:34:32.:34:35.

Thank you so much and good luck to both of you. If you want to find out

:34:36.:34:44.

how to get involved in the local sport you can go on the BBC website.

:34:45.:34:51.

We are turning our attention to the women's quad, Eve had an up-and-down

:34:52.:34:56.

season. Bronze at the European Championship but then illness ruled

:34:57.:35:10.

them out. Let's see how they get on. 2016 silver medallist, as we look at

:35:11.:35:24.

Australia in lane number three. Look at the run. They get onto it and

:35:25.:35:41.

travel on. Beautiful site. They are still working hard. It'll be

:35:42.:35:50.

interesting to see who has that little bit in reserve. The Germans

:35:51.:35:56.

are moving well. It is not a battle you want to have. It is a big

:35:57.:36:01.

difference psychologically. Paul and have led from the first

:36:02.:36:15.

stroke but the pressure is continuing to be failed on them.

:36:16.:36:24.

Great Britain have been to the left of the picture, this is the quality.

:36:25.:36:32.

Looking to make it three gold medals. The pressure is on but they

:36:33.:36:49.

have responded and shown why they won the first two Mac World Cups.

:36:50.:36:58.

Zeeman continues to drive it. We come down to the last 200 metres. It

:36:59.:37:07.

is Poland and the Netherlands. The Netherlands have ten strokes. Down

:37:08.:37:15.

to 15 strokes. They know that Paul and will have a sense of victory and

:37:16.:37:19.

still the technique is tight, Poland are running into the gold medal

:37:20.:37:23.

position. They've made it three in a row in the 2017 World Cup series and

:37:24.:37:28.

they've done it in such style. The Netherlands closed them down to take

:37:29.:37:35.

silver medal. Look at the gap that opened up. Great Britain coming

:37:36.:37:39.

through in fifth place. Great Britain get the gold medal,

:37:40.:37:55.

and relief all round. Great Britain are the Olympic champions and the

:37:56.:38:00.

crowd are going mad. Gold medal, wonderful. We have done it, and we

:38:01.:38:13.

have done it in style. This is what they trained for. Incredible

:38:14.:38:22.

discipline and power. They've done enough, it is going to be five in a

:38:23.:38:35.

row. Some great history. The current line-up has had an up-and-down

:38:36.:38:43.

season. They were fifth. Last weekend, the final was Italy versus

:38:44.:38:50.

Great Britain. The Italians, where the European champions, and the

:38:51.:38:53.

Britons absolutely dominated. They never looked like getting back into

:38:54.:39:00.

the race. The British won the race by a comfortable lead. Does he think

:39:01.:39:10.

this current small boat can match the success from a year ago?

:39:11.:39:18.

Almost there, Great Britain are the men's Olympic champions.

:39:19.:39:24.

Obviously you've had a huge success in men's eights. It now has a 20

:39:25.:39:34.

year legacy. How difficult does that feel? Different to most. The

:39:35.:39:44.

camaraderie I've built has been with a different group of guys.

:39:45.:39:47.

Immediately there's a big change. It has been hard but, it is a challenge

:39:48.:39:57.

and I need that. I feel like I've done four years of this. I'm quite

:39:58.:40:08.

happy to move on to another boat. Obviously he has caused that for a

:40:09.:40:13.

very long time. Did he give you an impression of continuing the legacy,

:40:14.:40:21.

is he just lay, this is a new crew? There's always going to be that

:40:22.:40:28.

legacy, he is the most successful Olympic coach of all time. There is

:40:29.:40:34.

a legacy of that. I want to be part of that legacy. You can see in the

:40:35.:40:39.

way that we've been growing that there is tension. There is a major

:40:40.:40:53.

upset here. This is the first season we've seen such inconsistency and

:40:54.:40:56.

the changing results. How has that been? There are so many variables.

:40:57.:41:05.

The team is different. I don't know if they've had an effect. Every time

:41:06.:41:13.

we've raced we've gone away. I'm all for that. It is the right thing to

:41:14.:41:18.

do, finding the right place. We have underperformed but I want to win. It

:41:19.:41:25.

is about trying to take it back to simplicity. That is the same as the

:41:26.:41:31.

technique as well. What is the potential of the boat? I think we

:41:32.:41:40.

can do it. It is a big legacy. I am not stand, Matt is not George. We

:41:41.:41:52.

are new guys. Final, here we go. The leak of the gods. A few crews will

:41:53.:42:05.

be seeking divine intervention. Will Saxon is leading off, one of the

:42:06.:42:13.

strongest men out there. It's all about the first 50 metres. Having

:42:14.:42:20.

technique but relying on explosive power. You will be on the front foot

:42:21.:42:27.

as you come off red. As you come towards rhythm on the front foot,

:42:28.:42:33.

making a marker so that the cruise around you are having to adjust what

:42:34.:42:37.

they are doing. You want to be laying it down but then alongside

:42:38.:42:44.

the Netherlands. They qualify with the fastest time. Sixth in the

:42:45.:42:54.

European Championships. Here they are leading. Heading towards the

:42:55.:43:02.

first mark which will be 500 metres. Easy to get sidetracked. He's one of

:43:03.:43:12.

the best athletes in the world. It's a definite rear-wheel drive. He is

:43:13.:43:16.

aggressive and he will lead the charge. Two very good athletes in

:43:17.:43:23.

this boat. You've been in this position before. It's the transition

:43:24.:43:27.

period. The race is under way. Talk us through the next 100. It is

:43:28.:43:43.

vital not to let your speed drop. They were very quick out of the

:43:44.:43:49.

blocks but it is always lower than the first. You've got speed, don't

:43:50.:44:00.

rest and go again. I like the way he strokes, it might not be the

:44:01.:44:07.

smoothest but he drives it on. They were about I'm going through 100 but

:44:08.:44:13.

they've gone through again ahead. Keep it long and long and long

:44:14.:44:18.

again. Let the ball travel for you. -- let the boat. As you see they are

:44:19.:44:25.

out, they are going towards a third of the length, they don't want to

:44:26.:44:30.

squeeze out by working harder but by letting the boat travel. They were

:44:31.:44:43.

the third fastest qualifiers as the teams come towards it. Britain have

:44:44.:44:49.

moved out of half a length. Consolidating well in the second 500

:44:50.:44:55.

and now they just want to turn the screw a little bit more. They want

:44:56.:45:04.

to make them work and not overwork. Here comes Lane number five. The

:45:05.:45:18.

Italians have one thing they always had, they will not roll over, they

:45:19.:45:22.

will go and they will go and they will go. This Italian crew won the

:45:23.:45:34.

European Championships. They are a length behind and they are not going

:45:35.:45:42.

to come back against our guys. They look very relaxed and that is what

:45:43.:45:45.

you want. It will not bode well for the second half of the race. He can

:45:46.:45:51.

take the weight off and sprinkle the line. I don't see anyone but us

:45:52.:45:56.

winning this race and our boys can watch Italy and low for blondes -- a

:45:57.:46:06.

low for bronze and silver. They've just nailed this 500 metres as we

:46:07.:46:15.

come towards the last 500. Clearwater over the rest of the

:46:16.:46:21.

field. This is what the crew will want them. Keep it long, keep the

:46:22.:46:26.

pressure, because the Italians will lift it again. When you've broken

:46:27.:46:33.

clear, it is huge, you've got to work so hard to get the overlap,

:46:34.:46:41.

much less wrote them down. Great Britain are 400 out from the line.

:46:42.:46:46.

Commanding position. This is where they send a message because the

:46:47.:46:49.

Australians are bracing in the eighth and the British will win this

:46:50.:46:55.

but convincingly enough that it makes the Australians stay. They can

:46:56.:47:02.

clear them out by dominating the Italians. It looks ugly from the

:47:03.:47:19.

Italians. They are at 45 right now. The right of your screen. The speed

:47:20.:47:25.

is with Great Britain and the British are turning around and up

:47:26.:47:31.

and down season. They are finishing this on a major high. If you want to

:47:32.:47:39.

win the gold medal you've got the final length just easing off like

:47:40.:47:44.

they can do. Great Britain have turned around and up and down

:47:45.:48:00.

season. That is what it's all about. Did a fabulous job. This is a crew

:48:01.:48:08.

that is coming together very nicely. That was a good job, they dominated

:48:09.:48:11.

that race from 400 metres to the finish line. It was never in doubt.

:48:12.:48:19.

I like how they just don't let the pressure off. They can bang away on

:48:20.:48:24.

the inside but they are not coming out. It's a good message to send

:48:25.:48:29.

out. You've got to beat us, they are not going to give it. How did it

:48:30.:48:37.

feel? It felt great. We knew they would go out hard, we listened to

:48:38.:48:49.

them, I cannot see anything past Mo's enormous back! Once you're

:48:50.:48:53.

there, trying to cover all the moves and hang on for dear life. The last

:48:54.:49:00.

time we met you were talking about the changes you are making with the

:49:01.:49:06.

crew. Is it a finished product yet? Not quite. Yesterday of the day

:49:07.:49:13.

before we are progressing. Our midway space was the clear factor.

:49:14.:49:18.

To get that right is a real confidence booster. To open that up

:49:19.:49:27.

was a really nice feeling. And more from the outside. You had a length

:49:28.:49:31.

of lead from the start of that. Oh come doubled does it feel? It feels

:49:32.:49:40.

comfortable having that distance. I was aware that you had four crews

:49:41.:49:44.

fighting out for two spots behind us. Often the race can come back

:49:45.:49:51.

onto you. But I felt like I had plenty left in the tank. It was

:49:52.:49:55.

lovely to sit there and watch the race behind us. Is that how lovely

:49:56.:50:03.

it was, just watching it? It was relaxed, there was another gear.

:50:04.:50:07.

We've had an up-and-down season but we've come away with two victories

:50:08.:50:13.

and a silver. It has not been too bad. Looking forward to some

:50:14.:50:23.

relaxation. Is the confidence growing with each race? Very much. I

:50:24.:50:31.

have been saying how special it is to win. The tally is quite low so to

:50:32.:50:48.

come away with this win, you've seen the competitive races. It puts us in

:50:49.:50:52.

a good stead for the next few months. There was a ripple of

:50:53.:50:59.

applause for that performance. That was more like it, wasn't it? It was.

:51:00.:51:08.

Those guys did not take their eyes off it. The crews were looking

:51:09.:51:11.

around and expecting Great Britain to go ahead as they did. They will

:51:12.:51:17.

enjoy that this fight was going on behind them, and everybody has shown

:51:18.:51:24.

what they've got and they still beat them. The Australian four is about

:51:25.:51:32.

to race. The choice about which bought you roll in, you've had this

:51:33.:51:37.

with some of the cruise your racing. Every race is a chance to push them

:51:38.:51:43.

away, push them away. It is like a shop window. You show them what you

:51:44.:51:52.

can do. You show them that you don't want to be beaten by the British.

:51:53.:52:01.

That was a very solid performance. There was a lovely shot, you could

:52:02.:52:09.

see them easing away, they were taking a few inches every stroke.

:52:10.:52:16.

Within three strokes you suddenly saw a change in the crew and that

:52:17.:52:19.

was the point they were going to win from. We have not got time to show

:52:20.:52:27.

you all the races. Here is Gary with a round-up of how some of the others

:52:28.:52:35.

got on. When I Holly Norton and Karen Bennett only managed fourth

:52:36.:52:39.

place behind New Zealand and Denmark. Great Britain finished in a

:52:40.:52:47.

disappointing six. In the lightweight men's doubles, Great

:52:48.:52:56.

Britain did not make the final. The Donovan Brothers of Ireland's dead

:52:57.:53:04.

and managed a bronze medal. Now it is time for the women's eight and

:53:05.:53:10.

one of the members, special shout out to her. Six months ago she was a

:53:11.:53:15.

clubgoer at Imperial College and was working part-time in a shop and now

:53:16.:53:21.

she's doing her stuff in World Cup kit for Great Britain. Great Britain

:53:22.:53:32.

had a very good start. They are at the halfway mark. In third place.

:53:33.:53:36.

They had a transition in that second 500. Romania have brought New

:53:37.:53:47.

Zealand on the far side. There is the stretch out. Britain are sitting

:53:48.:53:52.

in lane number four. They are keeping the overlap. We are into

:53:53.:53:59.

1200 metres already on the final. It goes back in the blink of an eyelid.

:54:00.:54:05.

Every stroke, every ten strokes, every 50 metres. What will happen

:54:06.:54:11.

now is rather than thinking New Zealand or Rumania, the Dutch are

:54:12.:54:18.

going to inch back to our guys and get into fighting the Dutch rather

:54:19.:54:21.

than fighting the crews ahead of them. They want to aim high, don't

:54:22.:54:29.

look back. This group is so special, they could do so much special

:54:30.:54:36.

things. But it is learning from things, learning how to roll, a race

:54:37.:54:42.

where the action is going on over there. There's a lane of nothing,

:54:43.:54:48.

really, pushing hard between them and Romania. New Zealand in Lane

:54:49.:54:54.

number one are going at them as well. World Cup winners last time

:54:55.:55:01.

out, they are really hunting the European champions. 50 strokes in

:55:02.:55:10.

the final. Clearwater back to third position for Great Britain. They

:55:11.:55:16.

have Clearwater over the Netherlands in Lane number three. It will be

:55:17.:55:24.

very hard. The British are in no man's land. There is a jewel going

:55:25.:55:28.

on and it is very close and very aggressive. The British are a long

:55:29.:55:35.

way ahead of the Dutch but also significantly behind New Zealand.

:55:36.:55:41.

You can see the grit and determination. In isolation you will

:55:42.:55:56.

slip down. This is cracking stuff. It is going to the line. Romania

:55:57.:56:06.

have gone. They will have had a hold on the legs. Stretching out to the

:56:07.:56:16.

half length. New Zealand are planning a tin, throwing everything

:56:17.:56:21.

at Romania. The European champions in Lane number two. Getting back to

:56:22.:56:28.

the top of women's rowing. They used to dominate back in the day. Up to

:56:29.:56:33.

the line for them. The European champions, the World Cup winners

:56:34.:56:37.

here. They are the crew to watch the World Championships as Britain come

:56:38.:56:43.

through into third place. It's a worthy bronze medal. They did that

:56:44.:56:50.

damage in the first hundred metres. They were forth at the European

:56:51.:56:54.

Championships, and on that occasion they were beaten. They've turned

:56:55.:57:07.

that around. The last medal performance was in the women's

:57:08.:57:13.

eight. You've got information about the Romanians. I saw them in the gym

:57:14.:57:26.

doing hard training. The British won a bronze medal. Small field but

:57:27.:57:32.

there were quite big gaps. We still got the Americans to come in and

:57:33.:57:36.

that is significant but the British girls, a lot of them will be

:57:37.:57:38.

training full-time for the first time in their careers so they will

:57:39.:57:42.

definitely get faster as well. When you look at the whole British team,

:57:43.:57:46.

what do you make of the results? Solid enough, all the crews will be

:57:47.:57:52.

wanting more about four years ago the British team won bronze at the

:57:53.:57:57.

gold and this time we have a bronze, silver and gold. And we were

:57:58.:58:04.

hovering about nine, and the results in Rio de Janiero were really good.

:58:05.:58:09.

We got back to top rowing nation. The next you will see is the World

:58:10.:58:20.

Championships from Sarasota. Don't worry if you are missing the tennis,

:58:21.:58:25.

it's back tomorrow. Andy Murray is on second. That is it from here.

:58:26.:58:32.

We've done absolutely no rowing but we've gone home with this spot.

:58:33.:58:38.

Thanks very much to them and we will see you next time. Great Britain and

:58:39.:58:51.

silver medal. Great Britain finishing this on a major five.

:58:52.:58:56.

This is what it takes to get her to come home, you know?

:58:57.:59:12.

Do you ever think about what happened all them years ago?

:59:13.:59:16.

The final rowing world cup of the season takes place in Lucerne, with the British team looking to build on their excellent performance in Poznan in June, despite injury and sickness throughout the squad. After being beaten by the Australians, all eyes are on the British men's four to see if they can overturn that result in this, their final competitive race ahead of the world championships in September.

Matthew Pinsent is joined by Helen Glover to look over the morning's action from the Rotsee, with James Cracknell and Garry Herbert in the commentary box.