June 20, 2016
The men’s pair’s final featured more than just your standard final, as it saw two British pairs battling it out for a spot in the Rio Olympics. The New Zealand pair of Murray and Bond quickly took the lead from the start, and left the two GB pairs and an Australian pair competing for the other two medals. The race stayed close throughout, but in the last 500m the Australian pair edged passed the two Brit boats, claiming silver behind New Zealand. The two British pairs took it right to a photo finish, but GB 2 of Sinclair and Innes just pipped GB 1 to take bronze.
Another pair’s race saw the indomitable women’s champions, Stanning and Glover duo take on New Zealand’s Scown and Behrent. Right from the get-go, the GB pair was in front, but only just, with the New Zealand pair hot on their heels. With just 500m to go, there was only 1 second between the two boats, and so a wild sprint ensued, resulting in the GB pair grabbing gold, as well as setting a new World Cup record of 6:56.79. This result was perhaps due to the relentless chasing of the New Zealand pair, who say “The British will be scared out of their wits” by the close encounter.
“The British will be scared out of their wits…”
Onto the men’s fours, and Italy set off in dominant fashion, only just ahead of the GB 4-. GB proceeded to turn on the burners and began edging past and then further ahead of the field, as did Australia who crept up from behind the Italians overtaking them just before the 500m mark. The majority of the rest of the race saw Britain and Australia slug it out for first place, but with Italy close behind, a dramatic finish was inevitable. Coming to the last 500m, the GB 4- remained ahead of the field, but Italy put in a high rate push, just managing to squeeze past the Australian boat to take silver.
Its all to play for in Rio…
Words by Theo Alfille