June 21, 2024

World Rowing Championships in Czech Republic - Schäuble / Ahumada misses podium in double leather paddle

World Rowing Championships in Czech Republic – Schäuble / Ahumada misses podium in double leather paddle


Jan Schäuble and Rafael Ahumada finished fourth at the World Horseracing Championships. Other Swiss boats have no chance.

Jan Schäuble and Rafael Ahumada sniffed their World Championship medal in the lightweight double paddle for a long time. Over three-quarters of the race, 22-year-old Schauble from Nidwalden and 21-year-old Ahomada from Vaud were still in second, but the duo had to let the Italian and Ukrainian boats pass between them in the last 500 metres.

In the end, Schauble/Ahumada was just 1.57 seconds off the podium. The gold medal went to the Olympic champions and defending champion Ireland. Fourth place is ultimately ungrateful, but we must not forget that Ahumada/Schäuble have only been a team since this season and are still pretty young at the age of 21 and 22.

Great performance of women rowing boats

Salome Ulrich, Lisa Loescher, Pascal Walker and Celia Dupree have already made Swiss history by reaching the final. For the first time ever in rowing, a large women’s boat qualified for the final of the World Championships. The quartet bravely started the final race, but quickly reached its limits. In the end, the Swiss woman is still happy with an impressive fifth place. China took the gold, silver went to the Netherlands, and Great Britain took the bronze.

Merz / Roll without a chance

Patricia Merz and Frederic Rolle didn’t stand a chance in the women’s lightweight twin paddle boats. The Swiss couldn’t keep up with the pace from the start and had to bid farewell to the medals early on. Merz/Rol reached the finish line well 10secs late and finished fifth, ahead of Greece. Gold went to the UK before the US and Ireland.

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The Swiss men’s quartet with Roman Rosley, Joel Schurch, Andreen Gulich and Tim Roth had no chance in the fight for medals. In the middle of the race, the quartet was far behind the leader in fifth, who they also finished after 2,000m at the finish line. Only the Ukrainians came behind the Swiss. Victory also went to Great Britain. Australia and the Netherlands occupied other podiums.