Germany's Johannes Schmidt won the B final of the Arms and Shoulders (AS) men's single sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam today.
In sunny conditions which contrasted with the blustery winds of the previous day, the 32-year-old from Offensach completed the 1000m course on Bosbaan Lake in 5min 31.35sec, finishing just over two seconds clear of silver medallist Juan Barcia Alonso of Spain in 5:33.75, who had led to the halfway point, and bronze medallist Dzmitry Ryshkevich, who clocked 5:36.82.
Earlier this season, Schmidt made the A final in the second World Rowing Cup of the series at Aiguebelette in France, finishing fifth.
Claudia Santos of Brazil won the women's AS single sculls B final by an eight-second margin from Katelynne Steinke of the United States, 6:09.20 to 6:17.59.
Italy's Eleonora De Paolis was third in 6:35.74.
Poland's Michal Gadowski and Jolanta Pawlak won the B final in the Trunk and Arms (TA) mixed double sculls, recording a time of 4:35.35 to finish clear of the Russian pairing of Svetlana Nuzhdina and Vasily Feoktistov, who clocked 4:43.68, and Germany;s Sylvia Pille-Steppart and Marcus Klemp 4:52.00.
Tomorrow will see Great Britain's 2008 Beijing Paralympic AS men's single sculls champion Tom Aggar take on Australia's defending champion Erik Horrie in what will be one of five Para-rowing A finals.
Britain's hopes are also riding high in the AS women's single sculls with Rachel Morris, who transitioned from hand-cycling to Para-rowing last year.
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