The first international rowing race of the season took place in Varese, Italy which featured several crews who will be looking to make it to the 2016 Rio Olympics and of course the Henley Royal Regatta 2016.
In crisp conditions perfect for rowing the some of the world’s finest athletes looked to test just how effective their off-season training had been, with anticipation and excitement in the air, the racing began and didn’t disappoint.
— World Rowing (@WorldRowing) April 15, 2016
Great Britain Men Pair qualify for Sunday finals
In the Men’s Pair races heat three, Great Britain’s Matthew Tarrant and Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell, pcked up where they left off last season. The pair won the Men’s Coxed Pair at the World Rowing Championships 2015 and although they were narrowly defeated by Serbia they still moved into the next round.
In heat two the Netherlands pair of Roel Braas and Mitchel Steenman crossed the line in first place while Spain held off the challenge of Russia. In the opening heat South Africa just got the better of Italy to qualify for the final.
Potential Henley Regatta stars shine for Great Britain
Great Britain also enjoyed some fantastic success in the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls as Zak Lee-Green and Jamie Kirkwood qualified in heat three alongside Ireland’s pair of Gary and Paul O’Donovan started to show their great reserves of stamina to take first place.
Former World Champions James Thompson and John Smith of South Africa set a scorching pace in heat two to defeat Niels van Zandweghe and Tim Brys of Belgium in second. While reigning Olympic Champions, Mads Rasmussen and Rasmus Quist of Denmark made light work of the opening heat and led from the start to beat Switzerland.
The finals for all of the big races take place on Sunday, will we see any of these fantastic teams competing at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2016? Let’s hope we can celebrate some wins for Britain on Monday.
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