It was a sunny Saturday at Lake Bled, where over 10,000 spectators gathered to watch the final medal race of local hopes Iztok Cop and Luka Spik in the men's double sculls final. But it was a race of New Zealand's Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan, reigning World Champions, against the rest of the field. | 1 | VSE |
The race kicked off a few minutes later than planned, since it was a swan in prior races that delayed the schedule. Germans Hans Gruhne and Stephan Krüger were the fastest the first 1000 meters, than Cohen and Sullivan got the pace and finished first, just 6 hundreds of a second in front of the German crew. Third place went to France with Cedric Berrest and Julien Bahain on board, whereas Cop and Spik had to settle for fifth. Australia's David Crawshay and Scott Brennan finished fourth and Matthew Wells and Marcus Bateman from Great Britain were sixth.
In the women's eights it was all about USA in the final. After a slower start the coxen Mary Whipple motivated the crew to take over the rest of the way finishing first ahead of team Canada and Great Britain.