The finals of the World Rowing Championships were held on the Henley Course, St Catherines....Ontario,?
The finals of the World Rowing Championships were held on the Henley Course, St Catherines....Ontario, on Sunday (6 Sept).
Canada's Prime Minister, M. Pierre Trudeau, was one of the distinguished guests among the crowd when the finals began. The Coxed Fours came early in the programme with crews from East and West Germany, and Norway, Russia, Argentina and New Zealand battling for the little. West Germany proved too strong in this event and crossed the finish line ahead of East Germany and then Norway.
In the Coxless Pairs East Germans Werner Klatt and Peter Gorny forged ahead to beat Alfons Slusarski and Broniec of Poland. A west German crew took third place, with Russia fourth. The two Dutch competitors were exhausted after an unsuccessful attempt to catch the leaders.
In one of the glamour Finals...the single Sculls...26-year-old bank clerk Alberot Demiddi of Argentina came home first in a surprise win, beating Gotz Fraeger of East Germany, and Czech rower Jaroslav Hellebrand.
Another highlight of the World Championship programme was the Final of the Coxed Pairs. In an exciting race the Rumanian crew held off strong challenges from East Germany and Russia to win the title. The Rumanians...Hartmut Schreiber, Manfred Schmorde, and Klaus-Dieter Ludwig... were warmly applauded by the crowd when they returned to receive their medals.