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Stealthmanship (LM4- final Munich)

Posted by rowingvoice on June 21, 2012

This event produced a fabulous final with changes of order by the minute and a classically judged race by the Brits, restored to their selected line-up with Peter Chambers back in the bow seat. The Danish Olympic champions led to the first marker, only to be overhauled by the suicidal charge of the Swiss who led at halfway.

The British four stole through to lead at the 1500 marker and extended their commanding view to cross the line two seconds ahead of the Aussie world champions who had followed the Brits through from the back of the field. The Danes snatched the bronze from the French, who were perhaps slightly put off by an earlier false start. The Chinese, winners at the Lucerne world cup, were not here.

Chris Bartley, the British stroke, said they knew the conditions were slow, could feel the wind on their backs. ‘We knew that if anyone went out harder than us they were probably going to have to pay for it, so we just stuck to our plan, and then luckily they came back. It was pretty sore, but when you can look back on the field it’s not as painful, and when you win …’

No 2 man Rob Williams said they experienced one of those moments when you row well as a crew, and they felt themselves moving.  Is there any room for tactical racing in a light four? ‘You can be responsive,’ he said, ‘but it’s not an up-and-settle event. The most important thing is speed. Consistency is OK if you want to come fourth. You’re in your lane and you go for it. We haven’t got many burns in us. There are so many good crews.’

Gold Great Britain, silver Australia, bronze Denmark; FRA, SUI, CZE.

Christopher Dodd

Gold Great Britain, silver Australia, bronze Denmark; FRA, SUI, CZE.


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