FISA World Cup 1997

Paris Day Three report

FISA World Cup 1997 Index

Germany strengthened its hold on the Rowing World Cup with a second successive individual regatta victory in Paris, Sunday. The German national squad scored 59 points to take the regatta title and extend their overall lead after two events to 139 points. Britain was again second, scoring 39 points, and Romania was third with 37 points.

Women's coxless pairs - Georgeta Danian and Veronica Cochela (ROM) led from the start, easily taking first place in a time of 7:09.24. Cochela was a gold medalist in the 1996 Olympics in the F8+. The new British pair of Dot Blackie and Cath Bishop edged out Australia in the last 150 m to take second in their first regatta.

Men's coxless pair - After exchanging the lead many times in the last half of the race, Einius Petkus and Juozas Bagdonas (LIT) passed Robert Thatcher and Ben Hunt-Davis (GBR) in the last 40 m to win. France followed to take third place.omen's double sculls - Christiane Will and Daniela Molle (GER) led the entire race to capture first place over Britain's Miriam Batten and Gillian Lindsay. The Swiss crew finished third, 4.6 seconds behind the winners.

Men's double sculls - The German crew of Stephan Volkert and Andreas Hajek, two members of the 1996 Olympic gold medal H4X, led a tight race to beat the Norwegian pair of Kjetil Undseth and Steffen Storseth. The Free brothers from Australia finished third.

Men's coxless four - The superstar British crew of James Cracknell, Steve Redgrave, Tim Foster and Matthew Pinsent led a blazing fast field to capture a second Rowing World Cup victory. In one of the most exciting races of the day, the French crews in lane 3 and 5 mounted an unsuccessful attack in the last 500 m against the British. The FRA 1 crew, with three 1993 world champions on board, placed second followed by team-mates FRA2.

Women's single scull - Belarus's Olympic champion Katya Khodotovitch continued her winning streak with an impressive victory over a strong field. Kathrin Boron (GER), gold medalist in F4X in Atlanta, finished second. Bulgaria's Rouniana Neikova took third, beating both the 1994 and 1995 world champions Trine Hansen (DEN) and Maria Brandin (SWE).

Men's single scull - In a repeat of the Munich final, Itzok Cop (SLO) and Ibrahim Ali (EGY) again took first and second respectively. Both rowers were clearly ahead of third placed Fredrik Bekken (NOR). Cop retains his yellow leader jersey.

Men's lightweight double sculls - The German duo of Ingo Euler and Bernhard Rahling overtook the Swiss Gier brothers (1996 Olympic champions) in an extremely tight race, for a second World Cup victory. The French duo of Frederic Dufour and Pascal Touron finished third.

Women's lightweight double sculls - The Swedish sister act of Monika and Kristina Knejp charged to the finish line passing GER and ROM in the last 20 m. The Danish crew, Munich winners, place a disappointing fourth.

Men's lightweight coxless four - The outstanding Danish Olympic champions took an early lead dominating the field. Not only did they earn their second Rowing World Cup victory, but they set a new world record time of 5:51.54, breaking the previous record of 5:52.34 set by Italy in Lucerne in 1995. France finished second to the Danes, repeating their Munich performance. GER was third.

Women's quadruple scull - In a race with heavyweight and two lightweight entries, GER dominated. A tight race ensued for the second place berth with the Ukrainian crew just edging out the Danish women who finished third.

Men's quadruple scull - In a field that has seen many of its leading crews break up or change events, the void that is left seems to be filled by the Belarussian crew of Denis Tabako, Konstantin Tapounov, Oleg Solomakhine and Konstantin Belevitch. AUS followed just 1.21 seconds behind, and SUI took third.

Women's eight - In a disappointingly under-subscribed women's 8+, the two boat final saw the Romanian Olympic champions in Atlanta crush the Belarus entry by twelve seconds and earn a second World Cup victory.

Men's eight - For most of the race, AUS and ROM led the pack with the AUS team taking first with a time of 5:29.52. ROM followed in second with a time of 5:31.09. Munich winners GER, were third in 5:34.25

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