With Reps Like These, The Finals Are Gonna Be Tight The reps are always do or die time, so the racing tends to run extremely hot, but today's racing coughed up some really tight finishes.
Talk about comparing times, check out the men’s and women’s quad races:
First up, take a look at the final times of these two men’s quad races:
Rep 3: Winner: Germany Time: 5:45.15
Rep 2: Winner: USA Time 5:45.28
Rep 1. Winnner UKR Time 5:46.98
If that’s not close enough for you, check out the first three 500m splits form the winners of the two women’s quad reps:
| ||500 ||1000 ||1500 ||2000 |
|Rep 1, Winner USA ||1:32.35 ||3:09.72 || 4:47.34 ||6:26.40 |
|Rep 2, Winner GB ||1:32.23 ||3:09.66 ||4:47.78 ||6:24.75 |
As it went, the GBR crew was in 2nd at 500 to go, while the US had open water and didn’t have to take it in as far.
Qualifiers Thus Far The United States had quite a showing in the reps. Overall, of 23 crews competing, the US has 11 crews in the A finals, and 7 more in the semifinals with a shot at the A final. The US won four of today’s reps overall.
After the two days of heats and the two days of repechages at the 2001 FISA World Rowing Championships, the following countries have qualified boats to the semi-finals or finals (excluding the crews in the LW2- which are racing a direct final):
Thanks to Kathleen DiGiacomo of FISA for the digital version of these files, and Brett Johnson for the USA stats.
Gotta Wear Shades Anyone see Aquil Abdullah’s bad-as-you-gotta-be shades in the heats photos we posted? The jury is out among Aquil’s fans in the admin tent – “they look silly” sez one; “he looks cool” sez another.
Strange Occurrences I knew that the Romania women’s eight hadn’t won their heat, but it wasn’t brought home until I actually saw it – the Romanians were in the reps. They won it with some style, but still…
And when’s the last time a boat from Chile won a race at Worlds, you might wonder? When the crew came across the line, folks in the stands were muttering "Chile, how about that!"
Well, turns out that the Chilean pair that took today’s rep won bronze in 1998, and silver in 1999.
Row It Off The short row of around 900 meters back to the launching area wasn’t enough for the US women – they watched the men’s eights come down the lake, and headed right back out for some cooldown trips, still in their racing gear (save for Kate Ronkainen, forever sporting the Brandy Chastain look…).
After the race they rowed, coming from fourth to third under severe pressure from the Canadians (who did not qualify) the entire way, a little lactate flushing session appeared very much in order. The crew was taking it VERY easy…
For Whom the Bell Tolls The Rotsee is surrounded by small farms where small herds of grazing cattle walk up and down the hills with cowbells ringing. The announcer really latched onto this bit of local flavor today, saying that “this crew will need some help from the cowbells in this race” every time a Swiss crew was under racing pressure…
The Sole Survivor Running through the personnel in the last final, the announcer noted that Bryan Volpenhein is “the one survivor from the US Olympic eight…” does he get a million bucks?
Dragon Boats Ain't Got Nothing on This Babe Seats are all taken for Friday’s row of Stampfli’s 24-person sculling boat. They’re going to try to take a full 2k run down the course in an attempt to set a 24-person record. Apparently the boat has never yet gone under 6 minutes, so they’re recruiting skilled scullers from the ranks of coaches, spares and the like to take a shot at a 2k piece. We’ll keep you posted.
90' Piece Tomorrow's program is a short one, with a mere 90' of racing in the semis. We'll be there for you...
As the results are going up in near-realtime, and the IRN and FISA are all doing race reports that we’ve linked on the main Worlds page, we’re sticking to color commentary, color pictures, and other amusements in these features. Click around for play by plays and the like.