Rowing: Pinsent turns up pressure

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BRITAIN STAYED top of the table in the Fisa World Cup at the end of the second round in Vienna, but will go to Lucerne in three weeks' time with Germany poised to beat them to the overall title. As ever it was the men's coxless four who won the only gold with Ed Coode rowing in the No 3 seat,as the comparative novice, between Matthew Pinsent and Steve Redgrave and with James Cracknell at bow.

It was another masterly performance with the British taking an immediate one length lead and the new Norwegian four, as the underbidder, setting the pace that Pinsent at stroke raced off. When the Norwegians were overlapping 20 strokes from the finish Pinsent upped the power and the British four broke clear to the line.

The men's eight finished second to Romania, as in Hazenwinkel, but this time the two crews were well clear of the rest of the field and locked in a private battle. The crew has had Tim Foster at seven and Richard Dunn at stroke for the past three weeks and looked sharper with a better change of pace.

The men's pair of Steve Williams and Simon Dennis also started badly but improved and broke clear with Canada. Morgan Crooks, who was one of Oxford's beaten crew in the boat race this year, teamed up with David Calder to win for Canada.

There was a disappointing bronze for the women's pair and an encouraging one for the women's quadruple scull. The pair, second in the world last year, were caught out by the Canadians and found themselves back in the pack. The new German line-up also got past them and, despite their trademark fastest last quarter, the British failed to catch up.

WORLD CUP (Vienna) MEN Single sculls: 1 R Waddell (NZ) 7 minutes 19.94 seconds; 2 X Mueller (Swit) 7:22.66; 3 V Chalupa (Cz Rep 1) 7:24.59. Coxless pairs: 1 Can 6:59.81; 2 GB (S Williams, S Dennis) 7:00.60; 3 US. Double sculls: 1 Sloven 6:43.78; 2 Nor 6:45.31; 3 Den 6:50.54. Coxless four: 1 GB1 (J Cracknell, S Redgrave, E Coode, M Pinsent) 6:20.73. 2 Nor 6:23.40. 3 Fr 6:26.83. Other: 5 GB2 (G Smith, S Trapmore, J Searle, J Singfield) 6:31.59. Quadruple sculls: 1 Ger 6:12.29; 2 Swit 6:15.36; 3 Bel 6:17.31. Eights: 1 Rom 5:53.12; 2 GB 5:54.98; 3 Fr 6:01.16. Lightweight double sculls: 1 Ger 6:55.08; 2 Gr 6:57.08; 3 Fr 6:58.50. Lightweight coxless four: 1 Den 6:24.79. 2 Aut 6:27.17; 3 Ger 6:27.21. Other: 5 GB1 (J Brown, J McNiven, D Lemon, J Warnock) 6:33.92.

WOMEN Single scull: 1 I Fedotova (Rus) 8:14.93; 2 K Rutschow (Ger1) 8:23.13; 3 M McBean (Can) 8:27.66. Other: 6 A Mowbray (GB) 8:36.05. Coxless pairs: 1 Can1 7:41.04; 2 Ger 7:45.42; 3 GB (D Blackie, C Bishop) 7:46.39. Double sculls: 1 Ger1 7:30.20; 2 Ger2 7:33.64; 3 China2 7:33.93. Other: 6 GB2 (F Houghton, D Flood) 7:48.66. Quadruple sculls: 1 Ger 6:45.37; 2 Bela 6:50.65; 3 GB (L Eyre, K Grainger, S Winckless, G Batten) 6:52.69. Eights: 1 Rom 6:31.74; 2 Bela 6:33.91; 3 Can 6:40.22. Other: 5 GB 6:45.53. Lightweight double sculls: 1 Rom 7:39.47; 2 Ger 7:43.68; 3 China 1 7:46.52.

Vienna standings: 1 Ger 60pts; 2 GB 41 3 Can 34 4 Rom 31; 5 France 27. Overall standings (after 2 regattas): 1 GB 91pts; 2 Ger 72; 3 Rom 57; 4 Den 54; 5 Fr 46.

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