Rowing: Lipa bows out

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ELISABETA LIPA, the Romanian Olympic Champion, was sensationally beaten at Henley Regatta - which is holding open women's sculling races the for the first time - when she stopped after three minutes of racing against Annelies Bredael from Belgium.

Lipa held her hand to her nose, wiped blood on to the sleeve of her tunic, and stopped after Bredael, a notably gutsy competitor, had gone about eight strokes into a determined push.

The other semi-final was uneventful with Maria Brandin of Sweden, now second in the FISA World Cup, beating Trine Hansen of Denmark. However even if she wins the final today she cannot pick up enough points to take the Cup from the leader Bredael who has won two of the earlier rounds.

Today's Grand Challenge Cup should go to the three times world champions from Hansa Dortmund in Germany over the promising British Student Games eight which will nevertheless get a useful taste of top class racing. The Stewards' Cup will be fought out between another Hansa crew and the British national squad boat with Steven Redgrave, triple Olympic champion, as a substitute for Tim Foster of the London University. Redgrave was put in for Henley to see whether he could tip the balance against the Germans who have narrowly won all their races this season.

Meanwhile Redgrave and his partner Matthew Pinsent will try to take the coxless pairs event, and the double sculls will, as for some years, be an all-British final.

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