The Germany eight has lost contact with the world leaders for the time being. The parade boat of the German Rowing Association suffered a clear defeat in the run-up to the World Championships in the Czech Republic. In fourth place, the boat missed the direct entry into the final. Five weeks after finishing fourth at the European Championships in Munich, it seems that the gap to the top teams has increased. Coach Uwe Bender was disappointed: "It had nothing to do with what the boys show in training. As soon as the competition comes, everything is suddenly gone."
The large gap to winner Canada of almost 13 seconds gives little encouragement for the repechage on Friday. Because the other competitors from the Netherlands and Australia also finished boat lengths ahead of the DRV team, there is a risk of a World Cup final in Racice without the former medal guarantor.
The Olympic silver medalist from Tokyo only kept up to the 1000 meter mark, but continuously lost ground in the second half of the course. "When they noticed that there were three opponents, there was hardly any resistance," complained Bender, who had believed his team to be on the upswing after good training performances recently.
The weak performance of the eight increases the DRV concern about a similarly modest yield as in Munich, when there was only one bronze in the 14 Olympic classes. The fact that the coxless four, the women's quadruple and the light women's double scull remained on target on Tuesday and made it into the semi-finals was only of limited consolation.
One of the few remaining medal aspirants is Oliver Zeidler. Three days after his confident victory in the preliminary heat, the quarter-finals on Wednesday morning will be the yardstick for the 2019 world champion. The duel with European champion Melvin Twellaar from the Netherlands could give some insight into whether Zeidler's hard training paid off after the annoying fourth place in Munich.
A back injury prevented Marie-Louise Dräger from Schwerin from starting the repechage in the easy one. This ended the career of the 41-year-old before the announced final. "I had imagined it all differently. But my body showed me that it was time to stop," said the five-time world champion.