Saturday, 07. December 2013 - 10:12
28. 05. 12. - 12:00
By Nik Posa
The Croatian Men's Quadruple Sculls team have taken another important step towards success at the London Olympics by winning the gold medal at the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne on Sunday.
While the Croatians put in another stunning performance to win gold in the final, it was the qualifying races for the Quadruple Sculls on Friday that proved to be a highlight of the regatta. The Nikola Bralic trained Croatian crew realised that the near perfect racing conditions on Lake Rotsee could see them go close to a world record time. In the first heat, Croatia started fast but faced a determined challenge from last year's silver medallist, Germany. The Croatian team of David Sain, Damir Martin, Valent Sinkovic and Martin Sinkovic took control of the race over the last 1000 metres, sprinting for the line ahead of the Germans to finish in a time of 5:35:10, breaking the world record previously set by Australia in 2008 by one second, .
However this new world record was to be short-lived, as seven minutes later the experienced Russian combination, containing 2004 Olympic Champions Sergey Fedorovtsev and Alexey Svirin would win their qualifying heat in a time of 5:33:15, beating the Croatian time by two seconds and setting the second world record of the day.
In Sunday's much anticipated final, the Russian combination got off to a fast start to comfortably lead Germany and Croatia at the halfway mark. As the finish line approached, the Croatian crew lifted their rate to forty strokes per minute and powered past the Russians to take the gold medal in a time of 5:42:42. Germany took silver and the Russians had to settle for bronze after holding off a strong finish from Estonia, with New Zealand and Poland finishing fifth and sixth respectively.
After the final, David Sain was satisfied that his crew were on track with their build up for London. "The race went really well, we feel very strong.† Itís good to beat the Russians, they were first to the 500m mark but we had great speed in the latter part of the race. The plan for the Olympics is that we have to keep working to get faster and faster."
The Croatians will have another chance to test their Olympic preparations at the final World Rowing Cup regatta on 15th June in Munich, Germany.
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