World Championship gold for the Swiss rowers Lucas Tramer and Simon Niepmann, bronze for Michael Schmid and 9th place for Mario Gyr and Simon Schürch.
Michael Schmid also placed on the podium in the lightweight single sculls, winning a bronze medal. Mario Gyr and Simon Schürch, who started in the lightweight double sculls, barely missed qualifying for the A Finals but nonetheless rowed well to achieve a very respectable ninth place in the overall rankings. The main sponsor SCHURTER joins the athletes in celebrating their achievements and congratulates them on their significant success.
After these two were already able to defend their European Championship title in Belgrade last spring, Lucas Trameèr and Simon Niepmann have now also successfully defended their World Championship title in Amsterdam.
After the first quarter of the race, things did not look terribly promising for a title defense. After a hesitant start, their boat was the fifth to pass the 500 meter line. Even so, the two of them remained calm and moved ahead, stroke by stroke, and after 1000 meters they had already passed the British team who had been leading until then. From then on, they continued to increase their lead. Crossing the finish line with a considerable lead and a new world's record, they took the title of World Champions for the second time in two years.
The next highlight came shortly thereafter in the following race involving the lightweight single sculls. Michael Schmid, who this year won the World Cup finals on the Rotsee near Lucerne, had won every race leading up to the semifinals. Already halfway through the course, a trio of rowers – including Schmid, the Italian Miani and the German Hartig – split off and moved ahead of the main group. Schmid fought until the very end but then had to admit defeat to the superior Italian, who likewise set a new world's record, and the somewhat better German.
This year, Mario Gyr and Simon Schmid did not do well enough to defend their title as vice world champions from the year before. Both rowers were just short of qualifying for the A Finals and were put into the race to determine the runners-up. There they saved a third-place finish, which is considered a very respectable result given that lane 5 is difficult to row in.
We are excited to see what the future holds for these three teams because the current projects will be disbanded after the World Championships and new teams will be formed. Qualifying races for the Olympic Games will take place as early as next year, and there the lightweight coxless pairs and lightweight single sculls are not official classes of boats.
SCHURTER AG extends its congratulations to the athletes and is delighted to continue supporting Swiss rowing in the future.
Simon Niepmann (left) and Lucas Tramer (right) immediately after winning the World Championship title