Dorney Lake (Eton, Great Britain) will be the venue for the 2006 World Rowing Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games. / Le lac Dorney (Eton, Grande Bretagne) va accueillir
les Championnats du monde 2006 et les Jeux Olympiques de 2012.
and left the rest of the field in their wake,
relegating Munich winners Christian
Schreiber and Rene Burmeister to second.
An intense German - Italian rivalry grew
throughout the season in the men's eight.
Germany started with the edge by winning at Eton. But Italy came to Munich
with renewed vigour, finishing first over
Germany. Tied at one-all, the two crews
raced their closest race in the Lucerne
final. The Germans took the title with
Italy crossing the line just half a second
The season also saw countries using the
Rowing World Cup races to help select
national team boats. Italy lined up their
two top lightweight men's doubles at
Munich with former World Champion
and Olympic partners, Leonardo
Pettinari and Elia Luini racing against
each other. Pettinari with new partner,
2003 single Champion Stefano Basalini,
came out ahead by winning gold, earning
them Italian selection. But the duo then
floundered on the edge of the medals at
Lucerne, 10 seconds off the pace.
Cup races to
Leading the overall World Cup points
after Eton, Great Britain then surrendered
their lead to Germany following Munich.
Germany has won the overall World Cup
standing every year but this year their
usual large winning margin was significantly reduced as Great Britain and Italy
closed the gap.
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Kathrin Boron of Germany did not obtain the results she expected in the single. / L’Allemande Kathrin Boron n’a pas
atteint les résultats escomptés en skiff.