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Jakob Schneider on rowing in the German men’s eight

Martin Cross meets Jakob Schneider, ‘the big five man’ in the legendary Deutschland-Achter and hears how he’s turned his setbacks into success

There is something magical about watching the German eight blast out of the blocks. The blistering pace, synchronicity and flow of the crew is just breathtaking. It’s that kind of form that has seen Germany’s top boat win three consecutive world titles.

At the very heart of that success has been a warm, resilient and unassuming 26-year-old oarsman from Breisach in southern Germany.


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