World championship gold for Swiss rowers Lucas Tramèr and Simon Niepmann, world championship silver for Mario Gyr and Simon Schürch
First the best in Europe, and now the best in the world – following their success at the European Championships in Sevilla, Lucas Tramèr and Simon Niepmann have now also brought home gold medals from Chungju, South Korea, in the lightweight men's coxless pair category.
Based on the first quarter of the race, it was difficult to expect anything sensational; the two Swiss headed out of the start somewhat cautious, and after 500 meters they were behind in fourth place. Even with this position, however, Tramèr and Niepmann remained calm. Stroke for stroke, they worked their way ahead and shortly before the 1500 meter mark they even managed to pass the Italian boat, which at that point was in the lead. At the finish line, there was only a half boat length between the first two teams, and the third-place boat was an entire boat length behind.
This latest triumph points to a promising future for this two-man team. After their fifth place finish in the London Olympic Games, the lightweight 4-man team was dissolved for the time being and at the instructions of the national team's coach they were instead divided into two 2-man teams. Tramèr and Niepmann had to concede the spots in the Olympic-class double sculls competition to the faster duo of Gyr and Schürch, and instead they participated in the less prestigious non-Olympic coxless pair. Looking back, the successes achieved at the European Championships and now at the World Championships show extreme promise for the Olympic Summer Games in 2016.
Gyr and Schürch were also able to celebrate a major success at the Rowing World Championships. The day after Tramèr's and Niepmann's triumph, this second duo won the silver medal in the lightweight double sculls category. This is an exceptional achievement, in particular because just a few weeks earlier Gyr had to contend with some rib injuries.
The remarkable results of the Swiss athletes made the Chungju World Championships Switzerland's most successful world championships since 1999. SCHURTER AG extends its congratulations to the athletes and is delighted to continue supporting Swiss rowing in the future.