D.he double foursome of the women clearly missed the hoped-for first rowing medal for Germany after a severe drop in performance in the last part of the race. At the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the boat around the three Olympic newbies Frieda Hämmerling (Kiel), Franziska Kampmann (Waltrop) and Carlotta Nwajide (Hanover) as well as Daniela Schultze (Potsdam) had to be content with fifth place on Wednesday. Five years ago there was still gold for Germany in the boat class, but none of the current line-up was there in Rio de Janeiro.
China secured the Olympic gold medal ahead of Poland and Australia. In the last few meters, Italy was just ahead of the Germans, who were 8.28 seconds behind the Chinese. Little had hinted at this result, because the quartet had not been at all nervous about the Olympics before. In the run-up, there was a sovereign victory and the direct entry into the final for the four women, of whom only Schultze was a member of the eighth in 2012 in London at the Olympic Games. In April the boat won bronze at the European Championship, now the disappointment followed.
Long held in second position
Behind the strong Chinese women, who showed no weakness on the two-kilometer route and set an Olympic record, the German boat was in a good position in second place for a long time. The last 500 meters, however, were torture. The other favorites lost meter by meter and were ultimately unable to defend themselves against the competition. Afterwards, Nwajide was the only one in the boat, the disappointment could be seen in the athletes.