Yekaterina Karsten wins World Cup stage
Twice Olympic champion and six-time world champion claims victory at 3rd stage of World Rowing Cup, held in Munich, Germany
In the final heats of the women’s single sculls, the Belarusian covered 2,000m in 7 minutes 52.74 seconds, ahead of New Zealander Emma Twigg by over 3.5 seconds, who took second place. Donata Vistartaite (Lithuania) came third. Ms. Karsten found herself in second place after the first half of the distance but took the lead at 1,500m, then began pulling ahead of her competitors. She also took first place in the preliminary and semi-final heats.
Another World Cup stage medal in Munich went to the Belarusian four scull (Vadim Lyalin, Denis Migal, Stanislav Shcherbachenya and Alexander Kozubovsky), who took bronze in the 2,000m (6 minutes 13.76 seconds).
Yekaterina Karsten took fifth place overall at the World Cup, participating in one of three stages. The men’s four scull claimed bronze in two of three stages (14 points) to take third place overall. Only Great Britain (22 points) and Australia (14 points) were ahead.
Yekaterina Karsten and the men four scull will represent Belarus at the coming Olympic Games 2012 in London. Other Belarusian teams didn’t manage to get there.