CA Lyon, France and Rotbet Rowing Club, Ukraine win ROWING Champions League Final 2017

Rotbet Rowing Club, Ukraine won the Women’s Final of the fourth ROWING Champions League sprint regatta ahead of the German crew from Hanau “Main-Kriegerinnen Hanau RC Hassia”. Third Place went to the German Sprint Champions “Melitta-Achter Team Red” from Minden.

In the Men’s Final the French crew CA Lyon this year – following their DEAD-HEAT last year with Crefeld –  beat the Ukrainian “Kossacks Ottamans Club” by almost 3 seconds!

In beautiful weather and perfect water conditions ROWING Champions League 2017 took place on the River Main right in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. Once the races were finished the heavens opened and the River Main rose a few millimetres more…

In the women´s race Rotbet Ukraine were able to show their strength and won the final race in a time of 1:00.46 minutes. Main-Kriegerinnen Hanau won silver in a time of 1:00.90 minutes. Bronze went to the Melitta-Achter Team Red” from Minden.

In the men´s race AC Lyon won the final in a time of 0:52.84 minutes ahead of the Ukrainian crew Kossacks Ottamans Club who finished in 0:55.81. The second Ukrainian men’s crew from Kiev Rowing Club beat the 2014 RCL winners and local favourites FRG Germania from Frankfurt to take the Bronze medal in a time of 0:55.4.

The European Central Bank and the Frankfurt skyline of “Mainhattan” formed the perfect frame for the sprint rowing event over 350 meters. Spectators were able to watch the races and were also able to get to know the sport of rowing from a different perspective.

CEO Rolf Ziemdorf was very impressed: „This year’s racing topped even last year’s performances. The quality of the visiting Ukrainian crews was outstanding but the star performance came from the top team from Lyon. “

World Record Holder from the Ukraine Olena Buryak was excited by the sprint racing format: “I’m looking for Ukrainian rowing to wake up again. Lot of years ago we took part in Henley regattas, Essen, Head of Charles, we went to all World Cups and much more. But now we have a difficult situation in a country, our sport dies now and I think if we will start again to compete in any regattas, sometimes seriously, sometimes „just for fun” it can help us. That is my vision.”

World Games Winner Anton Bondarenko rowed in the silver medal winning men’s crew.