Plovdiv 2018: British dynasty extended

Great Britain need sprint finish to beat USA for PR3 Mix4+ title 16 Sep 2018
Group of female and male rowers on the podium with USA, Great Britain and France flags

Great Britain beat USA and France to win the PR3 mixed coxed four gold at the 2018 Worlds in Bulgaria

ⒸIgor Meijer/FISA
By World rowing and IPC

Great Britain’s PR3 mixed coxed four (PR3 Mix4+) crew extended their dynasty with their eighth straight gold medal at the 2018 World Rowing Championships on Saturday (15 September) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The reigning Paralympic champion boat however needed a sprint finish to secure the gold.

The US boat led at the start, and it was a neck-and-neck fight through the middle of the race.

Great Britain did a push coming into the third 500m and got their nose ahead of the US. The British rated 35 with the US at 37 and France giving it their all at 34.

“That really went to plan,” said Great Britain’s Oliver Stanhope. “We always had belief in ourselves for today. Credit to the whole crew, we really stepped it up and a big thanks to the whole team to have made this possible.”

Dutch dominance

The Netherlands’ reigning world champions Annika van der Meer and Corne de Koning successfully defended their title in the PR2 mixed double sculls (PR2 Mix2x).

“It feels very good to defend our world title from last year,” de Koning said. “Yesterday we didn’t have much time to celebrate so today we will let loose for a bit.”

They were quick earlier in the week in the heats and despite both rowers also racing in their respective singles races on Friday, they did not look tired. Van der Meer and de Koning got into the lead right from the start.

Poland’s Michal Gadowski and Jolanta Majka were in hot pursuit and closed on the Dutch, but it was not enough as they took silver. Ukraine was third.

The 2018 World Rowing Championships wraps up on Sunday (16 September), and a complete review from Saturday can be found on World Rowing’s website.