From One World Cup Final to Another: Lucerne Welcomes the Rowing World Cup 7 - 9 July 2006
The highest number of boat entries comes from Germany with an impressive team of 96 athletes and entries in each of the 22 events raced this week-end. With such an entry, Germany will have little difficulty securing its tenth Rowing World Cup since it's creation in 1997. They are currently in the lead with 110 points, 19 points ahead of Great Britain, but the Brits only attend the final with 54 athletes, so will not be in the best position to catch up the difference.
In addition to the Rowing World Cup programme, the Thomas Keller Medal for an "outstanding career in rowing" will be awarded around 13:00 (CET) on Sunday 9 July to Agostino Abbagnale from Italy, one of the famous three Italian brothers who reigned over rowing throughout the 1980's and 90's. More information here.
The Rowing World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland begins on Friday 7 July and will go on for three days. The A Finals for the International regatta ("non-World Cup") events will be raced on Saturday evening from 19:00 (CET) to 20:30 hrs, and the fourteen World Cup events will go on Sunday 9 July from 11 to 16:00 hrs. Entries, full reports, live audio streaming, live results and features are available on the recently re-launched http://www.worldrowing.com/. Live streaming will be available, via the world rowing site, for Europe on Eurosport and for the rest of the world, on World Championship Sport Network.
The Sunday finals will be shown live on Eurosport 2 from 11:00 to 16:00 on Sunday 9 July.
The Rowing World Cup series was launched back in 1997 and includes all 14 Olympic boat classes. The overall Rowing World Cup champions are determined after a series of three regattas. This year, these were held in Munich, Germany (25 - 27 May), Poznan, Poland (15 - 17 June) and the final in Lucerne, Switzerland (7 - 9 July).
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Rowing World Cup Final - Lucerne, Switzerland - Race Preview
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In the women's single sculls, Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic has been sitting firmly in second behind reigning World Champion Ekaterina Karsten of Belarus. But at the Dutch Holland Beker Regatta in June Frida Svensson of Sweden gave Karsten a run for her money, finishing just two seconds behind. In addition, the only time Svensson has won a World Cup medal was last year at the Rotsee and with the added benefit of both Sophie Balmary (FRA) and Peggy Waleska (GER) being absent, Svensson must have the confidence boost necessary to help her performance.
The men's single sculls World Champion Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand stormed past Munich World Cup winner Alan Campbell (GBR) at the second Rowing World Cup regatta last month. These two will meet again. But Drysdale may have a new challenge on his hands: LAssi Karonen (SWE) who rowed a superb race the Holland Beker Regatta last week and won the coveted Holland Beker Cup over Olympic Champion Olaf Tufte of Norway.
Watch out also for home town favourite, Switzerland's André Vonarburg.
There's little doubt that current World and Olympic Champions Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell of New Zealand are the favourites in the women's double sculls. The twins showed that they are back on form for another year after winning at Poznan and another month in Europe can only help their acclimatisation. However, they were beaten for the first time in three years on the Rotsee course last year. Will this play to the favour of the British?At Poznan last month a new World Best Time was set in the men's double in a very tight race between France and Slovenia. Also very much in this photo finish race were Great Britain, Germany as well as 2001 World Champions Hungary. All of these crews are racing again at Lucerne and all of them know that the closeness of racing at Poznan means they all have a chance to go for the top spot.
Added to this exciting line up is the return of 2005 silver medallists Luca Ghezzi and Federico Gattinoni of Italy. Ghezzi and Gattinoni missed out on the A Final at the first Rowing World Cup and it can only mean they will be more fired up to prove their status at Lucerne.
A top line up of 21 entries can only spell tough times just to make the final of the lightweight men's double sculls this event and many of the old favourites are back. Poznan winners Mads Rasmussen and Rasmus Quist of Denmark are leading the way for their country with a new look racing potential under the expert eyes of new coach Thomas Poulsen. Then there's last year's formidable single winner Vasileios Polymeros of Greece who has teamed up with Dimitrios Mougios to get back into this Olympic event. Yellow jersey holders Elia Luini and Marcello Miani of Italy will be hoping to earn medal number three for 2006 and retain the yellow jersey.
The women's quadruple sculls World Champions Great Britain continue to show their form with a two for two record this season. There is no doubt, however, that Germany will be targeting this number one position.
This season's yellow jersey holders in the women's eight, Romania, won at Poznan over one of the biggest eights fields to be boated in recent years. In Lucerne the Romanians appear again but they will miss the fight of the Chinese. Instead Romania will have to re-confront their defeaters from Munich: Germany.
Watch out also for Great Britain in the men's eight as they have a point to prove. Last month they were denied of a race in the final after being disqualified at Poznan when their rudder broke and the crew crossed into another lane - they will be trying to get their own back for a last chance in the final Rowing World Cup this year.