Sculls: German Team Claims Men’s Quadruple Rowing Victory, Upends World Cup Champs as Aussies Take Third

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Croatia may have been the talk of the town in Windsor coming into the Men’s Quad Sculls Final.

But it was the Germans who’d steal the spotlight following the hard-fought race Friday, leading the pack from start to finish to claim London glory in 5 minutes, 42.48 seconds.

The Croats, the World Cup Champions, had not been beaten the entire year until the Final in England.

“When the Croatians attacked, we moved away,” said Tim Grohman. “That was the sticking point.”

“My God, what’s better?” added teammate Karl Schulze. "After the last year, it was our revenge.”

It was pure brilliance, more like.

After 500 meters, the Germans held a half boat length lead – holding off strong charges from the Croats with countering power every time. Exhaustion was seemingly non-existent in the final stretch.

The focus was so intense, in fact, that the new champions didn’t actually realize they were the new champions.

“Only after we crossed the finish line, I realized that we won the race,” Schulze said.

The Aussies weren’t quite there in regards to challenging seriously for the overall win – but the squad was formidable nonetheless, grabbing third with a 5:45:22 finish.

The result was considered a success – as Dan Noonan missed a sizeable amount of time training leading up to London due to injury.

“Three of us raced in 2008; we were tipped for a podium finish and then we came fourth, so we’re very happy just to be on the podium,” Noonan said. "A couple of us will probably retire – who knows?

Author

Andrew De Lara

Date

August 03, 2012