Q1: Lituania, Croatia, New Zealand, Belgium, Poland, Chile.
The Polish and Lithuanian scullers go hard off the start and take half a length over the rest of the pack. Drysdale of New Zealand in third and moves just into second at 500m. Drysdale satrts to move into the lead and Tim Maeyens of Belgium is now coming through towards third as the scullers settle into their mid-pace. Drysdale, rowing long, takes the lead with the Lithuanian sculler half a length back in second. Maeyens inches behind in third. Croatia in fourth just under a length behind at 1000m.Drysdale can’t get away as he’s held to less than half a length by the Lithuanian. Maeyens lifts for the second half to counter an early push by the Lithuanian and moves level with him, fighting for second. These three have a length clear to fourth. Maeyens moves into second and, with Drysdale still leading, pulls a length clear of the Lithuanian. Drysdale doesn’t lift his rate towards the line and wins. Belgium second, Lithuania third and these three go to A/B semifinals. Croatia, Poland and Chile make up the numbers.
Q2: Brazil, Azerbaijan, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, Korea.
Big cheer as GB’s Campbell is announced over the commentary. Hacker of Germany and Campbell power away and take half a length over Azerbaijan. Campbell, with his usual fas start, has half a length over Hacker. The crowd cheer as they cross 500m. Azerbaijan and Mexico are close for third. Campbell pleases the crowd by moving out to clear water at 1000m. Campbell looks better connected at the catch than earlier in the season. He comes into the front end quickly but legs press out fully before the body drives through. Hacker is slipping back as the Azerbaijan sculler lifts through the second half. He responds and takes back half a length very quickly. Mexico threatening in fourth. He takes a look and starts to push at 1700m but Azerbaijan responds and pulls clear. GB’s Alan Campbell crosses with clear water over Hacker. Campbell eases over the line, raises his right arm to the crowds, applauds and bows to his supporters. Azerbaijan qualifies in third.
Q3: India, Egypt, Argentina, Sweden, China, USA.
The Indian sculler goes out hard and takes a foot. The field are all within a few feet at 250m. Karonen takes a third of a length and moves out to clear water in the first half. The Chinese sculler is in second with Argentina third. These crews have a few lengths of clear water and will qualify easily. Karonen of Sweden sitting comfortably a few lengths clear. The Argentinian sculler lifts for the line and takes second over the Chinese sculler.
Q4: Iran, Denmark, Norway, Czech Republic, Cuba, Monaco.
Synek vs Tufte. Tufte, defending champion, could be raced quite hard in this one. Synek starts fast and takes half a length with his orange decked boat and sleeved blades. Stephansen, the Danish lightweight, holds on at the start but could find it too tough into the second half. He is battling the Czech sculler for third as Tufte sits half a length ahead of them in second. Synek proving his speed has a length of clear water at half way. Stephansen and Rodriguez of Cuba challenge Tufte towards 1500m with the Cuban moving into second place. Tufte and Stephansen are level but Stephansen can really lift the rate. He’s currently at 36 with 300m to go. At 1800m Stephansen is rating in the 40’s. Tufte is strong and lifts his rate. Synek wins by half a length over Rodriguez. Tufte just behind only a foot ahead of Stephansen.