We introduce: Clark Dean – the Rising Star

At the age of sixteen he represented the United States at the World Championships in Rotterdam. He brought home to Sarasota, where he lives, the bronze medal from the quadruple sculls race. In the first year as a junior he became the world champion! Clark Dean – American sculler:  6´4“ of height and 205 lbs of weight. He achieved 5:54,1 „erg score“ this year. Clark will probably compete in more disciplines at this years´s Worlds in Račice – likewise last year, when he reinforced American coxed four. 

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Jakub Podrazil: I like to race to the end!

Right at the start of the World Cup the pair stroked by Jakub Podrazil surprised the World rowing elite by winning second place – behind the brothers Sinkovic. In Linz they had been defeated by the brothers but here after two rounds Podrazil and Helešic shared the leading position in the serial of World Cup with this extraordinary pair. Their coach Milan Doleček stated: “Not just the result pleased me, but especially how the race went. I had been hearing from many sides the criticism that Jakub is not a real stroke. And that Doleček can train only Synek.”

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Lukáš Helešic managed the transition from Juniors excellently

The World Rowing Junior Champion 2014 Lukáš Helešic is a rower who successfully managed the transition to senior elite without any problems. When he was just 20 years old he represented the Czech Republic in the coxless pair with Jakub Podrazil at the Olympic Games in Rio. They confirmed their position among the world’s elite by winning in the B final. Early this season they changed positions in the boat. Lukáš moved to bow seat and Jakub took the role of the stroke. And the result? A fantastic entry into the World Cup! After placing second in Belgrade Podrazil and Helešic dominated the second part of the World Cup in Linz when they defeated the legendary brothers Sinkovic too.

The most important thing is determination, says Ondrej Synek

He has started the World Cup very successfully this year, winning in the first round of the World Cup in Belgrade. Ondřej Synek – five times World Rowing Champion and three times Olympic medallist – and an idol for this generation of young rowers. We met for this interview at the Měřín training centre where Ondra usually prepares for the highpoints of the season – the final of the World Cup in Luzern and the World Rowing Championships, taking place this year in Plovdiv.
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„I remember feeling bad for the crews we rowed against. I knew how hard we had trained. I knew before they did, they would lose this race.“
Bob Valerian

Venue Features

Technical Parameters of Regatta Course
  • Total length of the artificial water course is 2,350 m
  • Total width is 130 m
  • Depth of the course is about 3.5 m
  • The return lane – 30 m width
  • 8 lanes of 12.5 m width
  • Total area of regatta course is 73 hectares
  • Asphalt road circling the channel
  • Constant water level kept by water filling if necessary
  • 6 pontoons
Finish Tower
  • Provides the perfect conditions for all activities connected with race operations
  • Total area of 600 m2
  • Operations Centre
  • Jury
  • Judges
  • VIP meeting room with observation deck on the top floor
Spectator’s Area
  • Grandstands for 5,000 spectators
  • Parking area for several thousand cars
  • Food and beverage sales points
  • Information services (including a souvenir programme and daily results and start list summaries, giant TV monitor)
  • Merchandising and marketplace
  • Medical services
  • Banking services
  • Grandstand with wheelchair access
  • Ceremonies in front of grandstands

2018 World Rowing Junior Championships

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