Dhe Germany-Eighth came off the road to success with unruly water and a strong headwind and has lost an important race for the first time in three years. In the final round of the World Cup final on the Willem-Alexander Baan in Rotterdam, the parade boat of the German Rowing Association (DRV) had to settle for second place behind Great Britain on Sunday. At the finish, the rival of the past years had a comfortable boat ahead. The defeat brought the defending champion for the role of favorites for the World Cup in six weeks. Helmsman Martin Sauer (Berlin) made no secret of his frustration: "We got a real swatter. There was no juice in the crucial places. "
Only up to the 500-meter mark led the crew to batsman Hannes Ocik (Schwerin) to the field. But just in the normally strongest stretch of the Germans on the next thousand meters, the British moved past and built their advantage beat by beat. Team member Johannes Weissenfeld (Herdecke) hopes for an instructive effect of the defeat for the World Cup in Austria: "At the moment the disappointment prevails. But this result also gives motivation for the coming weeks. "
Zeidler missed the final
In contrast, Jonathan Rommelmann (Krefeld) and Jason Osborne (Mainz) used in the lightweight double scull and the women's doubles quad the World Cup dress rehearsal to gain confidence as a winner. In addition, the men's double quad secured second and the four without helmsman in third place a podium in the medal award in the 14 Olympic boat classes.
For one-European champion Oliver Zeidler the regatta but rather was not as a motivator for the World Cup. Due to lack of experience, the former competitive swimmer, who only started rowing three years ago, had to pay tribute to the adverse weather conditions. The 22-year-old from Ingolstadt missed second place in the lead due to strong winds as individual time trial. The victory in the C final donated only limited consolation. "Due to the changing wind conditions you could not compare the times in advance," complained Zeidler. His preparation in the coming weeks should not bother: "check off. It goes on towards the World Cup. "
. (tagsToTranslate) Oliver Zeidler (t) Willem-Alexander (t) Martin Sauer (t) Hannes Ocik (t) Baan Company NV (t) DRV (t) Headwind