Silver medal for Germany! It was a fascinating final at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas when the German Men’s Eight finished second behind the clearly dominating team from Great Britain. The final was a tough one until the very end: On the last 500 metres it was a neck-and-neck race between Germany and the Netherlands which the Germans finally won on the very last metres in a big fight. After already 1,000 metres, the British team gained the lead with almost one boat’s length in advance and none of the teams were able to catch up. So the Brits won clearly by half a boat’s length at the Finish line. “I’m happy that we won the silver medal. We were hoping for gold, but this is the result we expected. We came in second three times in the World Championship and Great Britain was the best boat in the race. Our congratulations to the deserved winner” said German coach Ralf Holtmeyer and added as an analysis: “The decision was taken on the second 500 metres.”
On Saturday, after winning the silver medal at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, the German team had a tight schedule: First, they went to the TV studio of ZDF, a German public-service television broadcaster, and then off to the Wilo Family and Friends Party in a nice beach bar directly on the Atlantic Ocean. The athletes enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere with their families and friends, listened to Brazilian live music and tried out some dancing moves. “This was a good opportunity to relax a little as we still needed to move on” said Maximilian Munski.
The athletes then went to a banquet of the German rowing association (DRV) where the official farewell took place, and then they were off to the German House. Here, the team was warmly welcomed and as surprise, a large group of young rowers from the German Youth team was there. “We had one or two cold drinks to see whether we still liked alcohol” joked Hannes Ocik on Sunday morning after a short night, in an interview with the Northern German radio station NDR.
We say “Thank You” to the whole German rowing team for a great season and this excellent result at the Olympic Games. We are proud of you!