As I wrote three days ago, lineup changes were expected in the Polish men’s quadruple scull that had dominated this boat category since 2005 but stayed behind its standard in this year’s World Cup races. Now, with the World Cup finals in Lucerne, Switzerland, the 24-year-old Piotr Licznerski entered the golden crew as some Polish media had predicted. But the man replaced by Licznerski was the least expected one: the 36-year-old stroke Adam Korol. Yet there is no reason for sensation: Korol is temporarily out due to surgery.
The Sports.pl website quoted on 8 July the quad coach Aleksander Wojciechowski as saying about the surgery that Korol had undergone: “It was a separation of a subcutaneous nerve. He will probably resume activities next week. But it must get fully healed first. This is actually a forced change in the crew although Licznerski was already tested earlier in this crew.”