Day 2: Historic first gold for a rower from Hong Kong

29 races were on the schedule for the second day of the LUCERNE REGATTA. The weather was more stable than the previous day, providing athletes with extremely fair conditions for the fiercely contested semifinals. In the first medal races of this year’s LUCERNE REGATTA, Hong Kong sensationally secured its first gold medal on the World Rowing stage.

While conditions on the first competition day of the second destination of the Rowing World Cup in Lucerne were challenging with wind, waves, and rain, Saturday saw the typical ideal rowing conditions for the Rotsee. The early morning was still cool, but temperatures became increasingly pleasant, and the water was perfect. The schedule included mainly semifinals, the last repechages, C and D finals, as well as the finals of the non-Olympic lightweight categories and three Para events.

Favorites Show Their Best Form

In the men’s single sculls, the athletes with the greatest potential competed together in the first semifinal. Oliver Zeidler controlled the race throughout, leaving the Dutchman Simon van Dorp and the New Zealander Thomas Mackintosh behind. In the women’s events, Karolien Florijn (Netherlands) and veteran Emma Twigg (New Zealand) dominated their heats impressively.

In the men’s double sculls repechage, four final spots were awarded. The Italians Rambaldi/Sartori and the resurgent French Olympic champions Boucheron/Androdias showed their best form. For the women, the Irish duo Hyde/Bergin, the Norwegians Helseth/Kavle, and the Australians Bateman/Hudson are the top contenders for podium spots on Sunday.

In the women’s pair semifinals, the Dutch duo Clevering/Meesters and the Australians Morrison/McIntyre established themselves as favorites, while in the men’s pair, the victory seems likely to come down to the British team Wynne-Griffith/George or the Swiss duo Gulich/Röösli.

In the lightweight men’s double sculls, the Irish team O’Donovan/McCarthy, the Italians Soares/Oppo, and the Swiss team Ahumada/Schäuble will likely battle for the win on Sunday. In the women’s event, the British duo Craig/Grant and the American pair Sechser/Reckford are expected to duel for the victory.

In the large boats, only the men’s four had repechages, while the quadruple sculls and eights had lane allocation races on Friday due to the small number of entries.

Most Successful Rowing Nations

The semifinals, mostly held on Saturday but some on Friday, saw the following nations as the most successful: the Netherlands with 10 A-final qualifications, Great Britain with 9, Australia with 8, and the USA and New Zealand each with 7. The Swiss national team has four boats in the finals on Sunday.

First Final Decisions

The first decisions in the non-Olympic lightweight boat classes were made on Saturday. In the women’s single sculls, Ireland’s Siobhan McCrohan won, ahead of American Sophia Luwis and Briton Olivia Bates. In the men’s event, the unexpected happened: Hong Kong’s Hin Chun won, marking a sensational first for the small rowing nation from the Far East. France’s Baptiste Savaete came second, and Italy’s Patrick Rocek finished third. Three Para events also concluded, with gold medals going to Ukraine (twice) and Italy.

The Second Day of Competition from a Swiss Perspective

The day’s races began with the Para-rowers in the single sculls. Swiss athlete Claire Ghiringhelli secured her place in Sunday’s final with a third-place finish in the PR1W1X semifinal.

In the men’s pair, reigning world champions Andrin Gulich and Roman Röösli faced their major rivals from Great Britain, Oliver Wynne-Griffith and Tom George, in their heat. The British duo won decisively, with the Swiss team seemingly saving their energy for the final.

Raphaël Ahumada and Jan Schäuble secured their place in the lightweight men’s double sculls final in commanding fashion. They left their Irish arch-rivals, reigning Olympic and world champions Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy, far behind.

The Swiss men’s four with Kai Schätzle, Patrick Brunner, Tim Roth, and Joel Schürch, consistently in third place from start to finish in their repechage, failed to secure one of the two available spots for the final.

In the women’s single sculls, Aurelia-Maxima Janzen had to settle for last place in her semifinal, after initially keeping up well but then gradually falling behind. She will compete in the B-final on Sunday.

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Day 1: Intense racing on the Rotsee

A total of 234 teams in 23 boatclasses from 43 nations entered for the LUCERNE REGATTA 2024. Held immediately following the final Olympic and Paralympic qualification regatta, the races served as a form test for the participating national teams on their way to Paris. The first major competition day was marked by fiercely contested races.

The participation of a significant portion of the world elite from various rowing nations highlights the high importance of the Lucerne Regatta. Unlike in “normal” years, this event did not serve as a final rehearsal ahead of the season’s peak, the World Championships, but as a form test for the rest of the season, including World Cup III in Poznan and the Olympic and Paralympic Regatta in Vaires-sur-Marne near Paris. Under cloudy skies, a few warming rays of sunshine occasionally broke through in the morning until strong gusts of wind began to sweep across the Rotsee at the start of the afternoon session, creating waves and causing delays in the race schedule. These were later replaced by heavy rain showers, soaking the athletes when the races resumed. The race schedule on the Rotsee included preliminary and repechage heats, as well as a round of quarterfinals in the numerically largest single scull category.

Para-Rowing Included in the Regatta Program for the First Time

In addition to the seven Olympic classes for women and men, para-rowing was included as an integral part of the regatta program in Lucerne for the first time. Competitors in seven categories (PR1 and PR2 men’s and women’s single sculls, PR2 mixed double sculls, PR3 men’s pair, and PR3 mixed double sculls) competed for World Cup points.

Large Fields of Participants

A total of 234 teams from 43 nations competed in the seven Olympic boat classes for women and men. Large delegations from Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the USA were put to the test on the Rotsee, while China, France, and Canada sent only small delegations, and leading rowing nation Romania was notably absent.

The First Day of Competition from a Swiss Perspective

The top-rated Swiss boats showed their intent to play a strong role in Lucerne. The pair of Andrin Gulich/Roman Röösli and the lightweight double sculls team of Raphaël Ahumada/Jan Schäuble both won their heats confidently. The other five boats were relegated to the repechage heats, where the women’s double sculls team of Sofia Meakin/Salome Ulrich failed to advance to the semifinals. Shortly after, Aurelia-Maxima Janzen had a better run in her repechage: leading from start to finish, she defeated the veteran American Kara Kohler and advanced to the semifinals. On Saturday, the second day of competition, four more Swiss boats, including para-rower Claire Ghiringhelli, will attempt to advance to the next round of the regatta.

Favorites Showed Their Best Side

Several remarkable performances were seen from top-tier athletes in rowing. For example, three-time German scull world champion Oliver Zeidler appeared dominant. The British lightweight double sculls duo Emily Craig/Immogen Grant, two-time world champions, also had a strong showing. The British pair Oliver Wynne-Griffith/Tom George demonstrated in their heat that they will be a tough challenge for the Swiss duo Andrin Gulich/Roman Röösli in the men’s pair competition. The Dutch pair Ymkje Clevering/Veronique Meesters in the women’s pair and the double sculls team of Melvin Twellar/Stefan Broenink each delivered impressive runs, establishing themselves as favorites in their respective boat classes.

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FOPQR: Men’s Four and Aurelia-Maxima Janzen Secure Tickets for Paris

The men’s four and single sculler Aurelia-Maxima Janzen secured the 5th and 6th Olympic starting spots for SWISS ROWING at the final qualification regatta on Lucerne’s Rotsee. The two women’s double sculls teams did not share the same success: Jeannine Gmelin and Nina Wettstein in the open weight, and Eline Rol and Olivia Nacht in the lightweight category, each finished their finals in fifth place.

A total of 183 boats competed for the remaining 37 spots (30 Olympic and seven Paralympic) at the final qualification regatta. Nineteen finals—14 Olympic and five Paralympic—were held on the final day of the regatta. Athletes had to contend with steady drizzle throughout the day.

Confident Olympic Qualification for the Men’s Four

Anticipation was high for the first competing Swiss boat of the final day: the men’s four. Kai Schätzle, Patrick Brunner, Tim Roth, and Joel Schürch delivered. By the 500-meter mark, they were in second place, close behind the favoured Italians. This positioning remained at the 1000 and 1500-meter marks. The boats from Germany, Denmark, and South Africa did everything they could to intervene in the fight for the two quota places but to no avail. The Swiss maintained their high pace and secured the ticket to Paris behind the Italians.

Olympic Ticket for Single Sculler Aurelia-Maxima Janzen

Aurelia-Maxima Janzen started well in the women’s single sculls and established herself in second place behind the heavy favorite, two-time world champion Sanita Puspure of Ireland. By the 1000-meter mark, Spain’s Virginia Diaz Rivas had caught up to and even overtaken the Swiss, while the Irish sculler pulled ahead. At 1500 meters, the race outcome seemed decided. But then the unexpected happened: Sanita Puspure faltered, being overtaken first by the Spaniard and then by the 20-year-old Swiss sculler, who still had reserves to draw upon at the end of the race.

Women’s Double Sculls Jeannine Gmelin and Nina Wettstein Settle for Fifth Place

In the women’s double sculls, Jeannine Gmelin and Nina Wettstein followed a good start by taking second place behind the favored Czech team of Santruckova/Luksova. Even at the 500-meter mark, the order remained the same, though the British duo Hodgkins-Byrne/Wilde was already exerting considerable pressure. In the subsequent segments, the Swiss pair lost ground continuously, ultimately being passed by the German and South African teams as well. They finished in fifth place, well behind the coveted quota spot.

Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls: Fifth Place Out of Reach for Olympic Ticket

Eline Rol and Olivia Nacht in the lightweight double sculls tried to turn the seemingly impossible into a positive outcome. Initially keeping up well, they were in fifth position at 500 meters. They held this position throughout the race, but the distances to the leading boats, the French pair Bové/Tarantola and the Greek pair Fitsiou/Kontou, steadily increased. The leading boats were not challenged by the Australians and secured the two quota places. The Swiss duo finished in fifth place.

Most Successful Rowing Nations

The most successful delegations at the “last chance for Paris” regatta were the USA with 4 quota places. Denmark and Italy secured three tickets each, while Switzerland, France, and Greece each claimed 2 spots for Paris. In the Para competitions, Paris Paralympic tickets went to France (2), Brazil, Israel, Italy, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

LUCERNE REGATTA Magazin 2024

The official LUCERNE REGATTA magazin 2024 is available in today’s Luzerner Zeitung (local newspaper). Come by at the Rotsee to grab a free copy and find interesting news and insights about the regatta.

World Rowing Championships 2027

The Rowing World Rowing Championships are set to return to the Rotsee in 2027, after a waiting period of over 20 years. The LUCERNE REGATTA Association, together with SWISS ROWING, will submit a formal application to the World Rowing Federation in June. This represents a historic opportunity for the city, which has been hosting international rowing regattas for over 120 years. In Luzern’s long history of rowing, the Rotsee has already hosted four World Championships, most recently in 2001. These would be the first World Championships on the Rotsee where all Para-Rowing titles are also contested.

The sporting significance of the Rowing World Championships 2027 is immense, as a large portion of quota places for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles will be allocated. However, under the motto “Inspire Beyond”, the 2027 World Championships are envisioned to be more than just an international elite sporting event. The event aims to bring rowing into the city center and become a rowing festival for everyone. A “World’s Village” in the city will host public viewings, award ceremonies, and a program of concerts and other cultural events.

The biggest challenges to overcome in the coming weeks are securing funding and ensuring an adequate supply of hotel rooms. The World Championships are scheduled to take place in the second half of August 2027, so demand for hotel rooms in Luzern will be very high.

Further information can be found in the official press release (German only).

Martin Helseth: The medal diver from the Rotsee

During the LUCERNE REGATTA 2023 on the Rotsee, a gold medalist accidentally drops her award into the Rotsee waters. As is customary in rowing circles, help promptly arrives.

Rare as it may be, occasionally something is lost during the journey from the winner’s dock to the exit pontoon, such as a gold medal. This is what happened to Bente Paulis of the Dutch quadruple scull winning boat at the LUCERNE REGATTA 2023.

Someone had to be found to take on the search for the precious metal by diving. Mark Emke, the Dutch coach serving the Norwegian national team, upon hearing of the mishap, immediately knew what to do. A phone call to his protégé from the quadruple sculls, Martin Helseth, was enough. If you can cut a good figure on the water, you may also be able to do so in the water. As a passionate freediver, this also applies to the 29-year-old Norwegian.

But let’s allow Martin Helseth himself to recount the events: « I was enjoying lunch after finishing our final race when our head coach, Mark Emke, called me.
He informed me that Bente Paulis had lost her gold medal while celebrating at the pontoon in the boat park after winning the women’s quad A-final.
Mark had told them that I was on the case, and it put a bit of pressure on me to put it mildly. I did not want to leave Bente Paulis empty handed after such a great accomplishment. »

However, the conditions for a successful dive were less than ideal, as Martin Helseth explained further: «I hadn’t brought my diving mask to Switzerland and had to put my contact lenses in a plastic bag filled with water, which was intended for the disposal of dog feces. I had no idea how deep the lake was at the point where the medal was supposed to be, so I jumped in and started swimming downwards with my eyes nearly closed. Eventually reaching a depth of 8 meters, I spotted something blue on the lakebed. It was in fact the gold medal! I grabbed it and headed towards the light again. Bente was overjoyed! »

On another note, Martin Helseth will return to the Rotsee this year and take part in the Lucerne qualifying regatta, aiming to secure a spot for the Olympic Games in Paris. True to his word at the LUCERNE REGATTA, he remarked, «From now on, I will always bring my diving mask to rowing regattas. »

June 27.-29. 2025 LUCERNE REGATTA

The LUCERNE REGATTA 2025 is due to take place from June 27th – 29th on the Rotsee in Lucerne. As in previous years, we are very thrilled to be hosting another World Rowing Cup III in 2025. It will be the third and final leg of the World Rowing Cup 2025.

LUCERNE REGATTA 2024 will host first para-inclusive WORLD ROWING CUP on the Rotsee

In a historic decision, the annual Rowing World Rowing Cup on the Rotsee from May 24th to 26th, 2024, will feature all nine Para-Rowing categories for the first time. This is a milestone in the 120-year history of Lucerne Regatta. A week earlier (May 19-21, 2024), the Final Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta will also be hosted in Lucerne. The inclusion of Para-Rowing in Lucerne Regatta presents a significant opportunity for Luzern as a global rowing hub, particularly in anticipation of future World Championships on Rotsee.

In May 2024, Para-athletes will officially participate in the Rowing World Cup on Rotsee for the first time, marking a historic moment for this century-old event in the heart of Luzern. The additional effort invested in Para-Rowing since 2022 has proven worthwhile. The successful test races in 2023, met with enthusiasm from both spectators and participating athletes, led to the decision to fully integrate Para-Rowing into the World Cup Regatta, resulting in the entire Lucerne Regatta in 2024 being conducted as a para-integrated event.

With the upcoming qualification regattas and the Rowing World Cup, Luzern is set to be the center of international rowing for over 10 days in 2024. Over 1,000 athletes in more than 500 boats are expected on Rotsee.

Further information can be found in the official press release: https://www.lucerneregatta.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/231129_MM_Para-Integration-Weltcup-2024.pdf

Road to Paris

Nothing in the career of a rower is more important than the Olympic Games. But only a few get the chance to participate. The next Games are fast approaching, and the race for the limited starting spots has already begun.

For many, the dream of participating in the Olympics remains just that, a dream. Even fewer, manage to win a medal. And those who manage to win multiple Olympic medals crown themselves as the absolute superstars of the sport.

From July 27th to August 3rd, 2024, the rowing competitions will take place at the Olympic Games in Paris. Just under four weeks later, on August 30th, 2024, the rowing regatta will begin at the Paralympic Games. The race to qualify for a start in Paris has begun. Because this year, at the World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, most of the starting spots will be allocated.

In total, 502 athletes in 14 boat classes will compete for rowing medals at the Olympic Games, and 104 athletes in five boat classes will compete at the Paralympic Games. After Tokyo 2021, it is the second time, that there are exactly the same number of women and men. But how exactly can one qualify for the Games? For each boat class and gender, there are limited number of boats who are allowed to start.

To qualify for the Games, athletes have the following options:

  1. The World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, from September 3rd to 10th, 2023

During the World Championships, 114 rowing boats and 50 para-rowing will earn their spots. This promises not only exciting races for medals at the top of the field but also a fierce battle at the other end of the field, when crews will be racing for the all-important tickets to Paris. At the LUCERNE REGATTA 2023, teams had a final chance to compete with the competition from all over the world and gain valuable insights for the last weeks of preparation leading up to the World Championships.

  1. The Continental Qualification Regattas

50 regular boats and 12 Para boats will secure their spot through continental qualification regattas in 2024. There will be four continental qualification regattas: in Asia/Oceania, Africa, America, and Europe. Only nations that have not yet qualified any or only one boat for the Games at the World Championships are eligible to participate. Unlike the starting spots obtained at the World Championships, there can be no reassignment of athletes qualified at the continental qualification regattas by their national federations.

  1. The final qualification regatta in Lucerne from May 19th to 21st, 2024

Another 30 rowing and 7 para-rowing boats will use the last chance at the Rotsee to qualify for Paris 2024. Here too, for the total of 96 regular athletes and 12 Para athletes who earn a spot, once they secure a place, they are fixed in the boat – there can be no reassignment by national federations. This regatta, bearing the unfortunate nickname “Regatta of Death,” determines whether an international rowing career will be crowned with participation in the Games or not.

Just under a year to go until the Olympic regatta

It’s now just under a year until the Olympic regatta in Paris. The countdown is on… and the excitement for the moment when we will hear “Attention, Go!” from July 27th to August 3rd, 2024, in Vaires-sur-Marne is rising.

Exciting and High-Quality Rowing on the Final Day of LUCERNE REGATTA

26 races – 12 B-finals and 14 A-finals – were scheduled for the third and final day of the LUCERNE REGATTA. As they say, “third time’s a charm,” and this was certainly the case with the ideal rowing conditions prevailing throughout this year’s regatta on the Rotsee. Four boats from SWISS ROWING qualified for the finals on Saturday and Sunday, and all of them made it to the podium for the medal ceremony. Despite scorching temperatures, the rowers were provided with excellent water conditions, making it an ideal setting for their performances on the divine waters of Lake Lucerne. Additionally, the A-final day on Sunday attracted a large number of spectators – an enthusiastic audience that cheered on and supported the athletes during their races.

Most Successful Rowing Nations

The British delegation stood out as the dominant rowing nation at Lake Rotsee. They secured an impressive total of 9 medals, including four gold, three silver, and two bronze medals. The Dutch team also delivered a strong performance with a total of 5 medals – 4 gold and one bronze. The Romanian and Australian national teams also achieved notable success, earning 6 and 5 medals, respectively, both with two gold medals each. The four medals won by SWISS ROWING positioned them remarkably well among the top rowing nations. With one gold and three bronze medals, they showcased the excellent work of their organization.

First ever para finals on the Rotsee

Oficially held as an exhibition race, the finals in the PR1 men and women’s single sculls were announced as one of the highlights of this year’s LUCERNE REGATTA. With a 120 year old tradition, it was the first time ever, that the Regatta hosted para-competitions in Lucerne. The men’s race was led and dominated by Shmuel Daniel (ISR) who showed an impressive performance and won ahead of Marcus Klemp (GER) and Arkadiusz Skrzypiński (POL). In the women’s race both spectators and experts were curious to see whether Birgit Skarstein (NOR) would return to winning after having lost the heat on the previous day to Moran Samuel (ISR). She did so in a very impressive manner. Third place went to Emanuela Diening (GER) with local hero Claire Giringhelli (SUI) finishing just outside the podium in fourth position.

Final Decisions

The A-finals kicked off with the smallest but most demanding category – the women’s pair. The competition was dominated from start to finish by the Australian duo Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre, who were part of the Olympic gold medal-winning four without coxswain at the Tokyo Olympics. Additionally, they secured the overall World Cup victory in their category. The Romanian pair Ioana Vrinceanu and Roxana Anghel consistently held onto the silver position. The bronze medal went to the Greek duo Evangelia Anastasiadou and Christina Ioanna Bourmpou.

In the men’s pair, the Irish rowers Ross Corrigan and Nathan Timoney set the pace from the start, but later on, the Romanians Marius Cozmiuc and Sergiu Bejan, along with the British world champions from the previous year, Oliver Wynne-Griffith and Thomas George, took the lead. The Swiss pair of Andrin Gulich and Roman Röösli followed in their wake. Ultimately, the British secured the victory, just 34 hundredths of a second ahead of the Romanians. The Swiss duo completed the podium, winning the bronze medal and the overall World Cup title in the men’s pair category.

In the lightweight women’s double sculls, the Greek duo of Dimitra Elenei Kontou – still a junior and only 17 years old – and Zoi Fitsiou set the pace from the beginning. However, the favored British duo and last year’s world champions, Emily Craig and Imogen Grant, took control before the 1000-meter mark and maintained their lead until the end. The Greeks couldn’t fend off the charging Romanians Mariana-Laura Dumitru and Ionela Cozmiuc, who secured the silver medal. The men’s lightweight double sculls saw the French rowers Hugo Beurey and Ferdinand Ludwig making an early offensive move. The Swiss pair of Jan Schäuble and Raphael Ahumada then briefly took the lead. Subsequently, the Irish rowers Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan took charge and seemed to be in a comfortable position to win. However, the seemingly defeated French duo found a second wind and executed a strong sprint to snatch the victory away from the Irish in the final moments of the race. The Swiss pair secured third place and the overall World Cup victory in the lightweight men’s double sculls category.

In the women’s quadruple sculls, the Dutch crew took the lead right from the start. The world champions and Olympic gold medalists from China closely followed, along with the British and Swiss boats – featuring Célia Dupré, Pascale Walker, Lisa Lötscher, and Fabienne Schweizer. The Dutch team comfortably maintained their top position, while the Chinese were overtaken by the British and, surprisingly, the Swiss crew, who managed to secure the bronze medal. This was the first time a Swiss women’s heavyweight boat appeared on a World Cup podium, and they also won the overall World Cup title in the category.

In the men’s quadruple sculls, the Dutch crew established dominance from the start. The Germans and British boats initially tried to chase them down, but the Romanian boat made a strong effort in the later stages of the race, pushing the Germans back and securing the silver medal behind the Netherlands. It’s worth noting that the Estonian boat, with Tonu Endrekson, the oldest participant in the Lucerne Regatta at 44 years old, finished in sixth place.

In the men’s coxless four competition, the Dutch crew took the lead early on. However, after the 1000-meter mark, the first of two British boats assumed control. The Australians chased them, and later on, the New Zealanders increased their pace, overtaking the Dutch and securing the bronze medal behind the British and Australian boats. In the women’s coxless four event, the Australian crew took the lead immediately and held onto their position for most of the race. The Dutch, Romanian, and British boats closely followed. The Dutch team faltered due to the high pace, dropping back, while the Romanians managed to overtake the Australians to secure the victory. The British team took the bronze medal.

In the women’s single sculls, the Dutch rower Karolien Florijn established herself as the leader from the start. Australian Tara Rigney and veteran Emma Twigg from New Zealand followed closely. This order remained unchanged throughout the race, with the three other finalists finishing more than 8 seconds behind, effectively having their own separate race.

In the men’s single sculls, German rowing star Oliver Zeidler dominated the race from the beginning and impressively claimed the lead. At times, he extended his advantage to 16 meters over the following Danish sculler, Sverri Nielsen. Although Nielsen seemed to reduce the gap at one point, Zeidler pulled away again and won the race with an almost 8-second lead. Nielsen secured the silver medal, while New Zealander Thomas Mackintosh, who transitioned from the eight to the single scull, claimed the bronze.

In the women’s double sculls, the Romanian Olympic champions from Tokyo, world champions from Racice, and European champions from Bled, Ancuta Bodnar and Simona Radis, set the tone from the start and maintained their lead. The Chinese and Lithuanian boats tried to keep the distance as close as possible, but the Romanian crew held their pace effortlessly. The Lithuanians, Donata Kareliene and Dovile Rimkute, overtook the Chinese duo of Shiyu Lu and Shunagmei Shen and secured the silver medal.

In the men’s double sculls, the two-time Olympic champions, six-time world champions, and seven-time European champions Valent and Martin Sinkovic returned to their usual category after five seasons in the pair without coxswain. However, they were upstaged by the Dutch rowers Melvin Twellaar and Stefan Broenink, who led from the start and increased their pace, maintaining an impressive stroke rate of 40 per minute for a significant portion of the race. The brothers from Zagreb had to settle for the silver medal. The Spanish duo Aleix Garcia Pujolar and Rodrigo Conde Romero held the third position for most of the race, but the Irish rowers Daire Lynch and Philip Doyle executed a powerful sprint towards the end, securing the bronze medal.

In the women’s eight race, the Australian crew dominated for most of the race. After 1,500 meters, the Canadian team went on the offensive, with the British boat in tow, ultimately claiming the lead. The Canadians had to settle for second place in the final 250 meters behind the British. The Romanian team never seriously contended for the top spots and finished last among the four competing boats.

In a close-fought men’s eight race, the British team took the lead from the start, closely followed by the Australian boat. The Romanians held onto the third position for most of the race, but in the last quarter of the race, the Dutch crew surged forward to snatch the bronze medal. The top two positions remained unchanged, with Australia finishing ahead of Great Britain.

Final day for the other Swiss boats

The B-finals started with the women’s double sculls, where the Swiss duo of Sofia Meakin (CA Vésenaz) and Salome Ulrich (See-Club Luzern) competed for places 7 to 12. The two rowers initially mixed well with the field, briefly falling behind but eventually executing an impressive final sprint to secure second place in the B-final and finish eighth overall. They finished just behind the German pair of Maren Völz and Leonie Menzel.

In the B-final of the lightweight women’s double sculls, two Swiss boats competed. Frédérique Rol (Lausanne-Sports Aviron) and Patricia Merz (SC Zug) formed “Switzerland 1” and consistently held onto the third position throughout the race, finishing in the same place at the finish line. In the final stages of the race, Eline Rol (SN Genève Aviron) and Olivia Nacht (RC Baden) were able to improve their position and cross the finish line in fifth place. In terms of the overall rankings, these results placed them in ninth and eleventh positions.

Jürg Trittibach