France and Greece Secure Olympic Spots in Thrilling Lightweight Men’s Double Final at Lucerne

France and Greece Secure Olympic Spots in Thrilling Lightweight Men’s Double Final at Lucerne

In a nail-biting finish at the final Olympic qualification regatta in Lucerne, the lightweight men’s double event saw France and Greece clinch the last two coveted spots for Paris 2024. The race, filled with intense competition and dramatic turns, highlighted the exceptional skill and determination of all the participating crews.

France's Dynamic Pair: Redemption Achieved

France's Hugo Beurey and Ferdinand Ludwig, determined to make up for a medical withdrawal that dashed their hopes at last year’s world championships, showcased their strength and resilience. With a strong track record and multiple World Cup medals, the French duo was poised to dominate from the start. Their powerful strokes and impeccable coordination saw them edge out Greece in the final sprint, finishing with a time of 06:26.10. This victory not only secured their Olympic ticket but also marked a significant moment of redemption for the pair.

Greece's Young Guns: A Fierce Competitors

The Greek duo, Antonios Papakonstantinou and Petros Gkaidatzis, demonstrated why they are considered rising stars in the lightweight men’s double sculls. Matching France stroke for stroke, Greece finished a mere 0.19 seconds behind with a time of 06:26.29. Their tenacity and skill were evident throughout the race, particularly in the final 500 meters where they mounted a formidable challenge. Their second-place finish guarantees their place in Paris, marking a significant achievement for the young team.

Germany's Desperate Push

Germany’s Jonathan Rommelmann and Paul Leerkamp, who brought Olympic experience to the race, aimed to secure their spot among the top contenders. Despite their determination and a strong finish, they clocked in at 06:28.46, over two seconds behind Greece. Their efforts to catch up in the final sprint were commendable, but ultimately, they fell short of qualifying for Paris.

Poland's Steady Effort

Poland’s Jerzy Kowalski and Daniel Galeza, who narrowly missed out on qualification at the European Regatta, returned with renewed determination. Finishing with a time of 06:34.47, the Polish team showed their capability but couldn't keep up with the leading crews. Their performance, while strong, wasn’t enough to secure an Olympic spot.

Portugal's Tenacious Brothers

The Duarte Costa brothers, Afonso and Dinis, from Portugal, brought their seasoned experience to the race. Their gritty and tenacious effort saw them finish close behind Poland with a time of 06:34.66. Despite their strong start to the season, they couldn’t break into the top two to qualify for the Olympics.

Austria's Mid-Race Push

Austria’s Julian Schoeberl and Lukas Reim, after a solid performance in Varese, aimed to carry their momentum into Lucerne. They made a notable push at the 1000-meter mark, but unfortunately, they couldn't maintain the pace, finishing with a time of 06:37.11. Their mid-race surge was impressive, but it wasn’t enough to keep them in contention for the top spots.

Final Standings

  1. France: 06:26.10 - Clinched the win with a final sprint, securing Olympic qualification.
  2. Greece: 06:26.29 - Finished a close second, earning their spot in Paris.
  3. Germany: 06:28.46 - A strong effort but fell short in the final stretch.
  4. Poland: 06:34.47 - Demonstrated determination but couldn’t catch the leaders.
  5. Portugal: 06:34.66 - The Duarte Costa brothers put up a valiant fight.
  6. Austria: 06:37.11 - A strong mid-race push but couldn't maintain the pace.


The lightweight men’s double final at Lucerne was a testament to the high level of competition and the fierce determination of all the crews involved. France and Greece’s exceptional performances secured their places at Paris 2024, capping off a thrilling regatta. As these teams prepare for the Olympics, their success in Lucerne will undoubtedly serve as a source of inspiration and motivation.

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