Annual Dash for Cash
Charles Schwab Championship Sprint: For the third year the Head Of The Charles® Regatta will team up with presenting partner Charles Schwab to produce the Charles Schwab Championship Sprint. After the Head Of The Charles® Regatta, the Charles River between River Street Bridge and the Weeks Footbridge, will be transformed into a 1/4 mile (550 meter) head to head sprint. The race will commence at 5pm on Sunday. The top three competitors from the previous day's Championship Single will race the sprint. Top contenders include:
Ekaterina Karsten (Belarus) 2001 Sprint Winner
Rumyana Neykova (Bulgaria)
Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski (Germany)
Carol Skricki (United States)
Duncan Free (Australia) 2001 Sprint winner
Diederik Simon (Netherlands)
Steve Tucker (United States)
Stephan Volkert (Germany)
From Junior Rowing to Motherhood
Rumyana Neykova (Bulgarian National Team) silver medallist in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Ekaterina Karsten (Belarus National Team) gold medallist in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games have defined international rowing competitiveness in the last 12 years. The photo finish in the final of the Sydney Olympic Games between these two athletes came down to a margin of .01 of a second (one one hundreth of a second). This is a couple of inches over a 7-minute race. Karsten and Neykova are no strangers to close finishes at the 1990 World Junior Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France. The results were as follows: Karsten (nee Khodotovitch): 7:46.20
Neykova (nee Djadjarova): 7:46.45 a small difference of 2 tenths of a second.
The razor sharp competitiveness of these two legendary 'sheroes' continued this year as Rumyana returned to the international racing scene in 2002 with a stunning performance after giving birth to her son. She not only won the Gold in the women's single at the 2002 FISA World Rowing Championships in Seville, Spain by a margin of 4 seconds over Karsten. Additionally she set a new world record for the event. The record was held Karsten set in 1999 a year after giving birth to her daughter. Combined the two have more than 2-dozen medals in international rowing competition.