German Rowers Win World Cup Again
MUNICH, Germany (AP) _ Germany won the rowing World Cup for the fifth straight year after victory at home Sunday in the final regatta of the four-event series.
Gold medals in the women’s double scull, quadruple scull, men’s and women’s lightweight double scull and the women’s eight gave the host nation the title. Germany moved to the top of the overall World Cup rankings.
Germany finished with 172 points, with Britain second at 147 points and Belarus third at 78.
The Munich World Cup regatta was the final major event before the world championships in Lucerne, Switzerland, on Aug. 18-26.
Britain’s new coxless four seems to have taken over where Olympic great Steve Redgrave and crew Matt Pinsent, Tim Foster and James Cracknell left off. They were easy winners ahead of Germany, Slovenia and the United States to secure the World Cup title.
Ekaterina Karsten of Belarus, the double Olympic single scull champion, won the gold in the women’s single scull to secure her third World Cup title. Less than an hour later, she finished second in the double scull with training partner Olga Berazniova.
``I’m very tired,″ Karsten said. ``Maybe I will try the quad at the world championships next month as well as the single.″
The single scull and quadruple scull are held on different days at the worlds.
Also doubling up in Munich were New Zealand twins Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell. They won bronze in the double scull and then silver in the quadruple scull later in the afternoon.
There were tight finishes in both eights races, with Germany winning the women’s event over Australia, Belarus and Britain.
Croatia beat Olympic champion Britain to win the men’s eights. Germany took the silver by .02 seconds from Britain.