Czechs, Poles Head for Karapiro

The teams of the Czech Republic and Poland set for Karapiro, New Zealand, the scene of this year's World Rowing Championships. Four Czech and three Polish boats are going to fight for medals.

Czech rowing will be represented in men's and women's categories by singles and doubles. The Poles are sending women's doubles (standard and lightweight) and men's eight. The nominations have been announced on the websites of the national rowing bodies of both countries.

The Polish team left Warsaw on 14 October as confirmed on the personal website of Magdalena Kemnitz who rows in the bow seat of lightweight women's double.

According to the Czech Rowing Association website, the Czech rowers will fly from Prague on 16 October evening. They will join their team fellow Mirka Knapková, the women's single sculler who has already been in New Zealand since late September. Knapková was the first athlete to arrive at the World Championships venue, the websites of the FISA and the Czech Rowing Association have reported.

The Czech team selection was largely decided in July at the World Cup finals in Lucerne, Switzerland. The Czech rowers who qualified to A finals in Lucerne had earned a ticket to Karapiro. Besides the single scullers (men's Ondřej Synek and women's Mirka Knapková), the Antošová sisters (Lenka and Jitka) in double had made it but their participation in the World Championships remained unsure for some time as they expected they would be busy with school in autumn. The last Czech qualifiers, and a little surprising ones, are Petr Vitásek and David Jirka, former fellows in men's quad competing now in double. Another Czech surprise was the otherwise excelently performing men's four stroked by Michal Horváth – they stayed out of the A finals in Lucerne and consequently will not appear in Karapiro either.

According to the website of the Polish Rowing Association, the country's team members for the World Rowing Championships are women's double (Julia Michalska and Magdalena Fularczyk), lightweight women's double (Magdalena Kemnitz with Agnieszka Renc), and men's eight (stroked in the World Cup events by Mikolaj Burda). All spent the first days of October at a training camp in Seville, Spain, the websites of the Polish Rowing Association and Magdalena Kemnitz have informed. The flagship of the Polish rowing, the men's quad stroked by Adam Korol, announced earlier this year that the World Championships in New Zealand are “simply too late” for them so they had decided not to go.

UPDATE 1: The national rowing teams of Poland and the Czech Republic have arrived in New Zealand as confirmed on the websites of Polish sculler Magdalena Kemnitz (16 October) and the Czech Rowing Association (18 October).

UPDATE 2: As obvious from the list of entries for Karapiro (page 44), Poland has also delegated two adaptive crews.However, there has not been any mention of them on the Polish Rowing Association website.

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