Mahe Drysdale Single Sculls World Champion
3 September 2011
It was all about Mahe Drysdale the penultimate day of racing at Lake Bled on Saturday. The single sculler from New Zealand was favorite for the World champion title, but he had quite a competition in the rest of the field.
Alan Campbell from Great Britain started off as the fastest, but soon Ondrej Synek from the Czech Republic and Drysdale closed up on him. It was Drysdale setting the pace throughout the rest of the race, Synek came in as second, Campbell was third. The German Marcel Hacker had to settle for fourth, Lassi Karonen from Sweden was fifth and Olaf Tufte from Norway sixth. Drysdale missed the world record in the single sculls for six seconds.
But the record was almost broken in the men's pair where Eric Murray and Hamish Bond finished first in time of 6:14.77. It was just half a second slower than the world record. The guys from New Zealand celebrated their title with: Oh, we just have to push a bit harder the next time in order to break the record.
There was some bad luck for the German crew in the race of men's quadruple sculls. The German team was almost certainly a sure winner as disaster happened. Just two strokes from the line Lauritz Schoof caught a boat stopping crab and the boat stopped instantly. Australians went by winning the World title, the Germans had to settle for second, third were World champions from last year Croatians.