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Germany eighth drives behind and fears for the final

Vfailed World Cup start instead of hoped-for trend reversal – the Germany eight has lost contact with the world leaders for the time being. The parade boat of the German Rowing Association (DRV) had to accept an unexpectedly significant defeat in the run-up to the title fights in the Czech Republic and, coming fourth, missed the direct entry into the final.

Five weeks after the disappointing fourth place at the home European Championships in Munich, the gap to the top teams seems to have increased. Coach Uwe Bender made no secret of his frustration: “It had nothing to do with what the boys show in training. As soon as the competition comes, everything is suddenly gone.”

Almost 13 seconds behind

The large gap to winner Canada of almost 13 seconds gives little encouragement for the repechage on Friday. Because the other competitors from the Netherlands and Australia also finished boat lengths ahead of the DRV team, there is a risk of a World Cup final in Racice without the former medal guarantor.

The Olympic silver medalist from Tokyo only kept up to the 1000 meter mark, but continuously lost ground in the second half of the course. “When they noticed that there were three opponents, there was hardly any resistance,” complained Bender, who actually thought his protégés were on the upswing after the good training performance they had recently.

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