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SARAHCOOK’S 2019WORLD CHAMPSPREDICTIONS

The Australian Olympian, Henley steward and World Rowing commentator Sarah Cook provides her top tips on who to watch in Linz at the 2019 World Rowing Championships

With the 2019 World Rowing Championships being the primary Olympic qualification event, the decisions made by rowing nations as to which boats to target for qualification will be very interesting. The world cups this year were used to trial different crews, combinations and boat classes, but it seems as though the focus will shift from potentially winning world championship medals to ensuring qualification for Tokyo. With only five positions available in the men’s and women’s eights, these are going to be two of the most hotly contested and exciting events to watch at the world championships in Linz.

PHOTOGRAPHY BENEDICT TUFNELL

M1x MEN'S SINGLE

Based on his form at the world cups, all signs point to Sverri Nielsen of Denmark being the favourite for the men’s single scull. However, there have been flashes of brilliance over the past two seasons from the “new kid on the block” and European champion, the German sculler Olli Zeidler. The reigning world champion is Kjetil Borch of Norway, and after a slow return from injury earlier this season he could return to previous form by the time of the world championships.

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