Crews last chance to impress selectors
15 June 2012
Australia’s rowers will have their final racing opportunity ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games this weekend as the final round of the World Cup circuit is held in Munich, Germany (June 15-17).
World Cup 3, which commences at 5pm AEST Friday (June 15), falls just six weeks out from the start of the Olympic regatta at Eton Dorney in London.
Australia's rowing squad will compete in 12 Olympic classes in Munich, looking to improve on their performances at World Cup 2 in Switzerland three weeks ago when they finished with three silver medals (men's four, men's double sculls and women's single scull).
Rowing Australia National High Performance Director Andrew Matheson said the regatta would provide a good final hit out for the team.
“We were satisfied with our performance in Lucerne three weeks ago and following a good training block in Italy over the past two weeks I am sure our crews will take another step forward,” Matheson said.
“Our main focus remains the Olympic regatta and we are working towards that plan, but I expect improvements across the board with all the crews that are racing this weekend.
“All of the nations that are competing here across the next three days will be eager to taste success and there promises to be some excellent racing.”
The Australian women’s pair of Sarah Tait (VIC) and Kate Hornsey (TAS) will not race at the final World Cup event of the season as Australian women’s team captain Tait recovers from a forearm injury.
The injury has been progressing well with the crew almost back in full on-water training and it was decided that it would be best for the crew to remain training at the Australian Institute of Sport European Training Centre in Italy rather than racing.
The duo were thrown together in the women's pair at the 11th hour to win bronze at last year's world titles and are tipped to be strong medal contenders in London.
Kim Crow moves from the single to the double scull, as partner Brooke Pratley has overcome a rib injury to compete in what is a pivotal competition for the boat.
If Crow and Pratley struggle to impress, then RA's selectors will look at moving her back into the single, which could open the door for non-travelling reserve Pippa Savage to rejoin the team in the double.
Savage was sent home before World Cup 2 after clashing with crewmates in the quad sculls, and the double looms as her only potential boat hope.
The world champion men's lightweight four crashed out in Lucerne but they have since hit better form in training with Todd Skipworth returning to stroke after Sam Beltz had been moved into that position following the selection trials.
Dan Noonan also returns from injury to stroke the world champion men's quad sculls boat which also failed to make the final in Lucerne.
51 countries and close to 700 athletes have entered World Cup 3 in Germany, with the host nation having the largest team consisting of 30 crews.
Following the conclusion of World Cup 3 Rowing Australia will nominate its athletes to the Australian Olympic Committee.