Neuss Four victories and numerous top performances by the Neusser RV at the 63rd Ratzeburg Rowing Regatta on the Küchensee. Strong comeback of Cosima Clotten.
Cosima Clotten used the international regatta on the Küchensee in Ratzeburg for a comeback. After a long injury break, the rower from Neusser RV has two goals: on the one hand, she fights for her place as world champion in the easy one-up, on the other hand, she wants to do well in the doubles sculling with Vera Spanke, who now has more time to train after completing her studies, is coming forward to be allowed to enter the “Henley Royal Regatta” at the end of June. This time in a difficult double, the strong Neussiennes immediately harmonized and took second place in the preliminary round despite a headwind. In the final they took third place behind RG Kettwiger RG/RG Hansa Hamburg and RG SC Magdeburg/Frankfurter RG Germania. Clotten topped the pack in lightweight singles and came to the dock as the winner on both days of competition.
Meanwhile, his sister Olivia Clotten, who had just returned from the United States, where she was rowing on a scholarship for the Ohio State University, had traveled to Hamburg Allermöhe with a slight time difference in order to classify all the boats at oars. In the spontaneously formed team with Klara Thiele (Mülheim), she was able to achieve a respectable ninth place. In Ratzeburg, too, she entered the RG Mülheim/RV Ingelheim quartet without any preparation and had to stand up to teams that had already gotten used to it. If fourth place was still not satisfactory, Olivia Clotten & Co. convinced on the second attempt: The track reporter, who was stationed at the 1000 meter mark, saw the four leading by almost a length. Although the team registered as “DRV Boot 2” went through an arc box length in the final sprint, “with the outstanding ergometer performance they showed in the United States, Olli should have a good chance of participating in the U23 World Championships”, is Benno Spanke, responsible for press work at Neusser RV, is convincing.
His prognosis for another boat from Neuss is not quite so optimistic: “It will be difficult for our two-light world championship finalists without going back to the U23 world championship this year. There are likely still training deficits here due to infections, which took the team out of training twice for two weeks each. At the start, everything seemed to be going normally for Benjamin Nelles and Johannes Neubauer: victory in the two rounds without. But in the final, a group of three got away from the field from the start, and the Neuss duo couldn’t catch up. Spanke: “And like at the World Championships in the rowing boat categories for lightweights, only the two sans are announced, now we have to hope for a good run at the German Championships, because the German champion is nominated for the Championships of the world.”
According to Spanke, the best prospects exist for the German Championships from June 23-26 in Cologne “but for our lightweights both in the four without and in the eight. » Neubauer with Jurek Sauter and Alexander Gross (Nürtingen/Lübeck). In eight, rowers from Cologne, Hürth and Düsseldorf joined them. Another highlight for Spanke was the lively atmosphere in Ratzeburg: “Finally racing again, finally having fun together again!”