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."
DRV also represented in women’s one final. Annekatrin thiele’s third place in the semifinals was a relief to her. Schlieblich remained the experienced leipzigerin with it in the shall. As the sixth german boat in the 14 olympic classes, the manner double sculls also won a ticket to the finals. At the title races in florida a year ago, six DRV boats were also represented in the final fight for the podium places.
Probably the best german hope for the gold medal is the eighth place. The defending champions and their champion hannes ocik (schwerin) lived up to their reputation with a commanding victory in the preliminary race the day before. However, both the americans and the australians were faster than the germans in the second race. This is one of the reasons why ocik expects a rowing thriller on sunday: "we should be warned. There are at least two other eights who are really up to it."
The germans, undefeated in all finals since the beginning of the year, already got a taste of how close the competition has come in the world cup finals two months ago on lake lucerne. At the finish line, the winners were only 0.14 seconds ahead of the australians.
The DRV crew, which has not changed since last year, has enough experience, according to experienced crew member richard schmidt (trier), not to get nervous about the faster lead times of the strong opponents: "it’s going to be damn close. For us it is important that we stay focused and remember our abilities."
The rowers in the non-olympic classes made a successful start to the final weekend. The lightweight men’s double four secured the gold medal on friday ahead of italy and turkey. In addition, jason osborne also lived up to his role as favorite in the lightweight one. The 24 year old from mainz relegated the competitors michael schmid (switzerland) and andrew campbell (USA) to second and third place. The positive result was completed by third place in the lightweight women’s double sculls.