Oar-some! Poland takes hattrick with gold, silver AND bronze in world cup rowing glory

Champions Dominik Czaja, Szymon Pośnik, Wiktor Chabel and Fabian Barański past the winning post in style at the world cup event in Poznań. Jakub Kaczmarczyk/PAP

Poland’s men’s quadruple scull team took gold in the World Rowing Cup in Poznań on Sunday while two other teams – the women’s quad sculls and the men’s coxless four – also won podium places.

Teammates Wiktor Chabel, Dominik Czaja, Szymon Pośnik and Fabian Barański powered their way to victory after beating Australia and New Zealand in the final race. 

Following the win Chabel said: “Frankly speaking I didn’t expect it to be so easy, because we led from the start right up to the line.

The boys said they didn’t think the win over Australia and New Zealand would be so easy. Jakub Kaczmarczyk/PAP

“In the middle of the distance we rowed phenomenally, we left our rivals behind and we knew that we wouldn’t give up that lead. I’m also pleased that as a Poznanian I won on my home course.”

Teammate Dominik Czaja added: “Maybe one mistake we made was a slight hesitation at the start, but we quickly got over it and I can say we had an ideal run. 

Silver medal winners Katarzyna Zillmann, Maria Springwald, Marta Wieliczko and Agnieszka Kobus-Zawojska go wild after the final race during the World Cup competition which saw more than 850 competitors from 45 countries take part.Jakub Kaczmarczyk/PAP

“For sure it will be a good stimulus for further work but we have to remember that in Poznan two of the best crews from the European Championships were absent. Maybe we’ll test ourselves at the next World Cup in Rotterdam.”

Following Sunday’s performance, expectations are now high for the upcoming World Championships, to be held in two months’ time in Linz, Austria. 

Coxless four Michał Szpakowski, Marcin Brzezinski, Mateusz Wilangowski and Mikołaj Burda took bronze.Jakub Kaczmarczyk/PAP

The other medalists on Sunday were the women’s quad sculls, who lost only to China in the final, and the men’s coxless four, who took bronze, beaten by the tournament-leading Australians and Italy.