The World Junior Rowing Championships began at Nottingham (UK) on Wednesday (1 August) with East Germany making a disastrous start to its defence of the Eights title.
GV CREWS PREPARING (2 shots)
TV PAN: HEAT 1 OF EIGHTS
LV RESULT BOARD: GER, CZE, POL
TV AT EASE PAST FINISH LINE
GV PAN HEAT 2 OF EIGHTS
LV PAST LINE
LG RESULT BORAD: USSR: NZ: GB
GV ROWERS AFTER RACE ON RIVER
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Background: The World Junior Rowing Championships began at Nottingham (UK) on Wednesday (1 August) with East Germany making a disastrous start to its defence of the Eights title.
They hit trouble in the first heat when they lost their rudder at the half-way point, Then, narrowly missing a ???llision with a landing stage, they were ruled off course by the umpire.
West Germany won the that on the first day, covering the 1,500 meters (Approx 1 mile) in four minutes, 39.8 seconds. The powerful Soviet crew finished first int he other heat, clocking, 4.35 seconds to beat the highly-rated New Zealand Eight, who returned a time of 4.37.
West Germany were the most impressive in the coxed Foure, powering their way through to the semi-finales in five minutes, 5.27 seconds. The sunny day started well for Britain, too, when the Wallingford coxed Four - the youngest at the regatta - beat both the Soviet Union and Greece when finishing behind East Germany in their heat.
East Germany, Britain and Canada won the three coxed Pairs heats with East Germany adding another victory int the coxless fours, along side West Germany and the Soviet Union.
SYNOPSIS: Big crowds were at Nottingham on Wednesday to watch crews prepare for the World Junior Rowing Championships...a giant event which attracted entrants form many countries.
The first heat in the Eights titles had the crowd on its toes as West Germany pulled away to a firm lead, holding it all the way from Czechoslovakia, and finally completing the fifteen-hundred meters in just four minutes, thirty-nine-point-eight seconds. East Germany just didn't have things going right for its team. They lost a rudder, nearly collided with a landing stage, and wound up off course, clearing the way for West Germany, Czechoslovakia and Poland.
With the weather doing a perfect job for the army of international competitor,s heat tow of the Eights provide a neck-and-neck battle for the lead for most of the race. But the powerful Soviet crew had the edge on the leaders and surged ahead, taking the lead from tough New Zealand challenge and holding it until the finishing line.
The Soviet time for the event - four minutes, thirty-five-point-three seconds, beating New Zealand and Great Britain.