From nowhere to the world cup final. Rowing starter oliver zeidler didn’t turn pride into pride. Just two years after his move to the one, the 22-year-old former competitive swimmer is on course for a medal.
With his second place in the semifinals, the world championship debutant continued his rapid rise to become one of the world’s best scullers. "The season goal has been achieved, what follows now is bonus," commented zeidler, looking ahead to the showdown.
Until shortly before the finish line, the athlete from ingolstadt had a thrilling board-to-board fight with defending champion ondrej synek and was even in the lead until the 1500-meter mark. When the czech passed by, the DRV’s new skiff hopefuls decided against a final sprint to save energy for the final. "It was easier than i thought," said zeidler, "there was even a bit more in it."In his opinion, the chances are not bad that for the first time since marcel hacker’s third place in 2013, a german will win a world championship medal in the skiff: "there are four people in the final race who i think are stronger than us. One of them is me."