As the world’s best rowers head to Lucerne for the next round of competition on the road to Tokyo, Martin Cross previews the action
Final Olympic Qualification Regatta
You get some idea that this is a competition like no other when you hear its nickname: ‘the regatta of death’. Just two crews in each boat class at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta will win the right to secure a precious place in the Tokyo Olympics.
For the rest, their dreams of Olympic competition will be dashed. A boat’s performance on Lucerne’s Rotsee course represents the very last chance to make good on so much training, emotional energy and hard work. Hence the tension hanging over the regatta venue is of an intensity, unusual even in international rowing events.(more…)