Poland’s Konrad Wasielewski (r), Marek Kolbowicz, Michal Jelinski
and Adam Korol (l) had won the World Rowing Championships
every year since 2005 and set a new World Best Time in 2006. In
Beijing they confirmed their supremacy and won gold ahead of
Italy and France.
The women’s quadruple
sculls was a face-off
between three-time World
Champions Great Britain and
China who won the 2008
Rowing World Cup in Lucerne.
In the Olympic Final, China
impressively moved up from
third to overtake the British crew.
Bin Tang (b), Ziwei Jin, Aihua Xi
and Yangyang Zhang (s) won their
nation’s first-ever Olympic gold
Eskild Ebbesen retired in 2004 after winning Olympic gold
number two in Denmark’s legendary Guldfireren. In 2007,
at age 35, he came back to the rowing scene with his eyes
set on Beijing. We’re sure he had no regrets when he and
crewmates Thomas Ebert, Morten Joergensen and
Mads Kruse Andersen crossed the line first.
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Olaf Tufte of Norway knows how
to perform when it counts. With
Olympic silver and gold already in his
medal collection, would he manage
to challenge triple World Champion
Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand and
claim the title of Olympic Champion
yet again? The answer was yes.