World Rowing Joins With the Holland Beker Regatta
Stage two of the 2007 Rowing World Cup will kick off on Friday 22 June in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. More than 750 rowers from 43 countries will gather on the Bosbaan regatta course to compete in 20 events, including one international adaptive rowing event. Winners of the first stage of the series, Great Britain, will travel to Amsterdam in force with the highest number of boats (23) and athletes (79), with entries in all but three events. China also have 23 boats entered boating 65 rowers. Home team Netherlands will defend their national pride and try to satisfy their orange-clad supporters with a contingent of 75 rowers taking part in 14 out of 20 boat classes. This second stage sees the return of the New Zealand team including 2006 World Champion in the single sculls Mahe Drysdale competing in the 36-strong field. The men’s single is also the “Holland Beker” or “Holland Cup” event, so double stakes are at hand for anyone competing in this race.
A total of 18 women’s single scullers will also fight for the traditional women’s Holland Beker – the Ladies’ Trophy – in addition to the fiercely fought after Rowing World Cup points. In the absence of Belarus’ star women’s single sculler Ekaterina Karsten, the top points and trophy are up for grabs, so no doubt Bulgaria’s Rumyana Neykova, back now from maternity break, France’s Sophie Balmary and Germany’s Peggy Waleska will be among the top contenders in this competitive event. Also returning from New Zealand after months of winter training down-under, twins Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell get their first chance for revenge after a surprise defeat in the women’s double at last year’s World Rowing Championships. In the absence of the Australian World Champions Brooke Pratley and Liz Kell, Germany’s 2006 silver medalist Susanne Schmidt (who has doubled up with Manuela Lutze) are the only others to put their bow ahead of the Kiwi twins. A full event by event preview will be available on http://www.worldrowing.com/ from Wednesday 20 June. Entries and race schedules are available at the following links from today:
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The event finals will be video streamed live on Sunday 24 June and can be accessed through the http://www.worldrowing.com/ website. The Rowing World Cup series was launched in 1997 and includes all 14 Olympic boat classes. The overall Rowing World Cup winners are determined after a series of three regattas. Germany has dominated the series since its beginning ten years ago. This year, the three stages of the series are held in Linz/Ottensheim, Austria (1-3 June); Amsterdam, the Netherlands (22-24 June); and the final in Lucerne, Switzerland (13-15 July). Visit the official website of the International Rowing Federation and the Rowing World Cup http://www.worldrowing.com/ for a full list of entries, a racing timetable as well as an extensive boat class preview. During racing, this website will provide live scoring, interviews, photographs, press releases, start lists and full results. Media accreditation can be requested through the website (http://www.worldrowing.com/