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With World Cup III announcing the culmination of Australia’s European summer tour for 2017, the Women’s Four backed up their impressive performance in Poznan with another Gold, whilst the Men’s VIII showed they'll be the crew to watch in Florida this September, taking Silver in a tight finish. Having already won World Cup II, the Women’s Four finished the season in style with more than a boat-length of clear water between them and the second-placed Russians.
The Men’s VIII, having made wholesale changes following their 5th placed finish at World Cup II, performed admirably in the final to come away with the Silver medal, only being bested by Germany who had set a new World Record time a fortnight earlier. As Performance Director, Bernard Savage said: “We have had some really encouraging results today and across the regatta as a whole. It has been pleasing to see the professional way the whole team – athletes, coaches and staff – have gone about their business. “Obviously we had a really exciting race today in the Men’s Eight, and it’s great to see that crew perform well after so little time together. It’s also pleasing to see the Women’s Four back up from Poznan and win another gold medal, this time against a stronger field. “This tour has been a really important stepping stone leading up to the World Rowing Championships. We head home now, will assess all the performances and finalise our boats and crews for Worlds, looking to maintain the momentum we have developed here in Europe.”
Australia finished the regatta placing second on the medal table, alongside Poland and Italy. The team will now return to Australia to finalise its selections and preparations for the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, USA in September this year.
Once again, a special congratulations to 776BC athlete Lucy Stephan who added another World Cup Gold to continue her stellar 2017!