2015 international season kicked off in Bled
Lake Bled, Slovenia was full of rowing action over two days from 9 to 10 May with nearly 200 rowing athletes from 34 nations contesting the first World Rowing Cup of the 2015 season.
The regatta format saw a progression system from heats directly to semi-finals, thus bypassing the repechage stage.
Top of the medal tally for the first world cup of 2015 was Germany who came away with seven medals and four of those were gold. China were second with nine medals overall but only two of those were gold.
Germany won gold in the men's eight race as well as the men's double sculls and men's and women's quadruple sculls. The men's double sculls saw former single sculling champion Marcel Hacker team up with Stephan Krueger to create a potentially winning new 2015 combination.
The Chinese rowing team came to Bled with a large team that contested 16 boat classes and they won gold in the lightweight women's double sculls and the lightweight men's pair.
Belarus won two gold medals, one by Ekaterina Karsten in the women's single sculls and also in the men's four.
The Netherlands won gold medal in the women's pair and lightweight men's double sculls.
Poland picked up six medals overall including gold in the women's double sculls after entering 11 boat classes.
In Bled 20 nations earned World Cup points. The second World Rowing Cup regatta will be in Varese, Italy from 18 to 21 June 2015 where the New Zealand Rowing Team will compete in all fourteen Olympic classes as well as the international men’s and women’s lightweight single sculls.
This year, the three World Rowing Cup stages are Bled, Slovenia (9-10 May), Varese, Italy (18-21 June) and Lucerne, Switzerland (10-12 July).
Results, race reports, photos and videos from World Cup I are available on www.worldrowing.com.