ROWING: Baptiste SAVAETE wins silver in Lucerne

ROWING: Baptiste SAVAETE wins silver in Lucerne
ROWING: Baptiste SAVAETE wins silver in Lucerne

Lucerne makes his eyes shine.

The metal he won today even more! Baptiste Savaete unblocked the tricolor counter at the beginning of the afternoon with silver on the Rotsee.

The elements left the Rotsee and the international rowers who are trying to tame its waters calmer than yesterday, with milder conditions and the first finals which were even held under the sun. Finals which concerned the French clan, with a first medal won in the lightweight single scull.

A month ago, Baptiste Savaete won European bronze. A metal that he had already tasted last year here on the Rotsee, but he wanted to load it up this year. And we know the importance he attaches to Lucerne. The Hong Kong sculler, Hin Chun Chiu, already present last weekend in the lightweight double sculls at the qualifying regatta, had switched this weekend to the single scull. An opponent on whom the tricolor quickly understood that it would have to be counted on. Second throughout the course, the Aixois secured the silver medal in the fight with the Italian Patrick Rocek who finally finished with bronze, the Frenchman ahead of him by 17 hundredths. “You always have to be wary of everyone,” says Baptiste Savaete on the podium. And when I saw the Italian coming back at the end, I said to myself that it wasn’t possible. Not third again, I have to go to the next level. It was a race that was quite successful, at the end I managed to launch a strong lift, this validated the areas of work that we had planned with the coach. I hope this will start the momentum for the rest of the weekend. Lucerne is a legendary pool, it always has a flavor plus a medal here in the World Cup.”

Aurélie Morizot did well in her A final in the women’s lightweight single scull. But the Irish ski racer Siobhan Mccrohan, world champion last year in Belgrade, immediately took the reins of the race, leaving the other competitors to decide for the rest of the podium. The French rower fought well, still in third place halfway through, before Briton Olivia Bates regained the advantage. 11 hundredths separate them at the finish line, but Aurélie Morizot finished in fourth place on the Rotsee.

Hugo Boucheron and Matthieu Androdias ran this morning in the men’s double sculls repechage. They led the race for 1500 meters, before giving up their first place to the Italian duo, fourth in the worlds in Belgrade last year and also fourth in Europe in Szeged last month. The French will line up in the A final tomorrow at 1:33 p.m. on the Rotsee. A tough final with three of the finalists from Belgrade last year, including the Dutch, reigning world champions. “It’s better than yesterday,” comments Alexis Besançon, “because Hugo and Matthieu are more aligned with their true means. It’s not a completely full race compared to what they’re able to put together, but it’s very constructive. The information is good, we know what we can get tomorrow, what we have to add. After a year without rowing together in a competition of this level and opponents of this level, it’s a fairly normal progression after three weeks together.” Matthieu Androdias admits more aggressiveness today. “Yesterday, it brought us back to the standard, I am quite satisfied with our reaction on the first 1000 to remain clean and quite solid, we laid the foundations of what we do well. It realigns us for tomorrow’s race.”

In the men’s coxless four repechage, Thibaud Turlan, Guillaume Turlan, Benoît Brunet and Téo Rayet started very strongly, ahead of the Dutch boat which gave them a hard time, particularly in the third 500, even regaining the lead. But the reaction of the tricolors quickly fell, they once again ensuring leadership and crossing the finish line first and winning their ticket for the final A tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. “It’s been twice that we manages to beat the Dutch with different racing profiles, notes the boat’s trainer Bastien Tabourier, we have a good race. Each regatta, they progress, I am very happy with them. The objective tomorrow is to be participants in the race, in the fight.” The rowers are also happy with their race. “We constructed the race differently,” explains Benoît Brunet, “by starting at the front to take control of the race, and that’s what we did. We are preparing to do big races for the Games. We are already ambitious by coming here, it’s a rehearsal for us, we are showing our ambitions.”

Florian Ludwig, Alistair Gicqueau, Nikola Kolarevic and Armand Pfister competed with the Uzbeks, taking fourth place from them and keeping it at the finish line. For Bastien Tabourir, “our young guard is in contact, the future of the French tip is there and is not ridiculous”. They will race in the B final tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

Margaux Bailleul and Emma Lunatti did not manage to get out of the semi-final of the women’s double sculls. Fourth at the end of the first 500, they then lost ground and crossed the finish line in fifth position. They will therefore line up in the B final tomorrow at 9:20 a.m. “It’s difficult to set a goal when you come to take your bearings,” comments their coach Camille Ribes. Obviously getting into the final is what we wanted, but on a first international outing, we stay with our feet on the ground and lucid, we take the information about where we are, what we need to be able to make happen. to go faster “. The rowers are disappointed, of course. “Overall, we don’t feel with a lot of energy,” adds Emma Lunatti, “so these are races that are very frustrating, because we can’t express ourselves at our best level, even in comparison with the last training sessions that we were able to do. We work, we try to keep the positive side. And a B final is a win! » Note that the two rowers returned to the doubles only a month and a half ago.

Continuation and end tomorrow of the second World Cup stage in Lucerne, with two A finals for the French, and two ranking finals to win!

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