The 2016 International Rowing season got off to a fantastic start in Italy, with the Dutch claiming success ahead of the Henley Regatta 2016.
With over 47 different nations competing this was always going to be a fiercely competitive event, with the Rio 2016 Olympics also just around the corner. This event provided crucial points and medals as the first leg of the three World Rowing Cup regattas.
The Netherlands were the big winners of the event, claiming seven medals. Two gold’s came in the men’s and women’s eights. The Dutch men held off the late challenge of the Italy to claim victory, while the women got the better of a stout Canadian effort. A further gold, three silvers and a bronze completed the haul.
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One of the best events of the weekend was the The women’s single sculls over 2,000 metres. Canada’s Carling Zeeman produced a huge effort to win the gold medal; multiple Olympic and World Champion Ekaterina Karsten (Belarus) took silver with Sanita Puspure of Ireland taking the bronze.
Switzerland were back on top in the lightweight men’s four, an event they won at the 2015 World Championships. They were in complete control throughout the race and comfortably beat China into second, with the USA back in third.
Croatia’s Damir Martin produced an outstanding performance in the men’s single sculls. The Croatian star was far too good for Cuba’s Angel Fournier Rodriguez, who claimed a silver medal. While Hannes Obreno of Belgium, claimed bronze, a brilliant achievement considering he is a relative newcomer to the event.
Will any of these stars make it to the Henley Royal Regatta 2016?
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