The most important thing is determination, says Ondrej Synek

He has started the World Cup very successfully this year, winning in the first round of the World Cup in Belgrade. Ondřej Synek – five times World Rowing Champion and three times Olympic medallist – and an idol for this generation of young rowers. We met for this interview at the Měřín training centre where Ondra usually prepares for the highpoints of the season – the final of the World Cup in Luzern and the World Rowing Championships, taking place this year in Plovdiv.
Synek Barandak
„I remember feeling bad for the crews we rowed against. I knew how hard we had trained. I knew before they did, they would lose this race.“
Bob Valerian

Venue Features

Technical Parameters of Regatta Course
  • Total length of the artificial water course is 2,350 m
  • Total width is 130 m
  • Depth of the course is about 3.5 m
  • The return lane – 30 m width
  • 8 lanes of 12.5 m width
  • Total area of regatta course is 73 hectares
  • Asphalt road circling the channel
  • Constant water level kept by water filling if necessary
  • 6 pontoons
Finish Tower
  • Provides the perfect conditions for all activities connected with race operations
  • Total area of 600 m2
  • Operations Centre
  • Jury
  • Judges
  • VIP meeting room with observation deck on the top floor
Spectator’s Area
  • Grandstands for 5,000 spectators
  • Parking area for several thousand cars
  • Food and beverage sales points
  • Information services (including a souvenir programme and daily results and start list summaries, giant TV monitor)
  • Merchandising and marketplace
  • Medical services
  • Banking services
  • Grandstand with wheelchair access
  • Ceremonies in front of grandstands

2018 World Rowing Junior Championships

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