Rowing World Cup in Lucerne
A narrow defeat for the eighth – Zedler in the form of Tokyo
At least in the rules of the parade, it appears that the German rowers are equipped for Tokyo. The eighth is in a strong duel with the British opponent in the World Cup in Lucerne.
The Germany Eight squad suffered a slight setback two months before the Olympics, but found the courage for Tokyo.
In the World Cup Final at the Lucerne Roots stadium, the DRV showboat only had to admit defeat to European champion Great Britain. At the end of an amazing duel, the gap was only three hundredths of a second.
In contrast to the disappointing fourth place in the European Championships six weeks ago, this time the surrounding team beating batsman Hannes Ossek (Schwerin) had a battle on board the ship with their main rivals from previous years. Crew member Richard Schmidt didn’t look like a disappointed loser at the end of the rowing movie. On his 34th birthday, the veteran commented from Trier: “It’s important to be on par with the British again. It doesn’t depend on now, but on Tokyo. This is where the accounts are calculated.”
On the other hand, a German sailboat driver hopes that Oliver Ziedler will dominate traditional boat races in Switzerland, as he did when he won the European Championships in mid-April. With one boat up, the 24-year-old from Ingolstadt, the presumed main rivals of Tokyo, Sefre Nielsen (Denmark) and Kigitel Borsch (Norway) relegated to second and third places. He travels to Tokyo as a favorite, but has expressed his concerns: “I don’t trust everything yet. It’s too easy for me. I don’t know what others might stop him. But I’m close to 100 percent.”
Like Zidler, there is no good reason for self-doubt in Figure Eight. Instead, speculation about the missing model, which remained prevalent after EM, appears to be over. Uwe Bender was full of praise despite the tight defeat. “It was a race of the highest standard, with pure excitement and great fighting performance from us,” said the eighth coach. The race strategy, as was the case with the victory over the British two days earlier, was unsuccessful in the final. This time the DRV crew couldn’t make an initial decision. With the final blow, the British passed.
In addition to the eight and one, the men’s easy double oars also give good chances for an Olympic medal. The duo Jonathan Romelman (Krefeld) and Jason Osborne (Mainz) just had to admit defeat to European champions Ireland and Norway in Lucerne. DRV’s fourth hope for the precious metal is the Ladies’ Quadruple, which showed an increase in figure second only to China. “It went well. Now we have to stick to it. We can still improve some technical things,” said Frida Hammerling (Keel).
However, in the remaining ten Olympic seasons, the Germans are currently more or less lagging behind world leaders. However, the DRV is only represented by seven boats in Tokyo.
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