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The 1997 Races

Men's race

LaneNameNationalityWeight
Lane 1Giovanni CalabreseItaly91.8kg
Lane 2Greg SearleBritain96.8kg
Lane 3Merlin VervoornNetherlands90kg
Lane 4Karsten NielsenDenmark77.2kg
Lane 5Martin KettleBritain82.6kg

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Final positionNameFinish timeThames RCMilepostHammersmith BridgeChiswick StepsBarnes Bridge
1stGreg Searle23.171st4.448.1913.4919.09
2ndKarsten Nielsen23.233rd4.44 3rd&nbps;
3rdMartin Kettle23.254th4.44 4th 
4thMerlin Vervoorn23.362nd 2nd 
5thGiovanni Calabrese (did not finish)

After winning his bronze medal at the last World Championships Greg Searle overcame the Thames World Sculling Challenge titleholder Merlin Vervoorn from Holland, in the process beating 2 World champions. From Putney the scullers were in close contention, with Vervoorn having a slight lead off the start. At Crabtree Searle was in a clear lead. At Hammersmith Nielsen was stopped by Kettle hitting his stern. At Chiswick steps Nielsen was back in third. Calabrese stopped sculling at Chiswick Eyot. At Barnes Bridge Nielsen was only four lengths behind Searle, who won by six seconds.

Women's race

PositionNameFinish time
1stGuin Batten(GB) 22.13*
2nd Alison Sanders GB) 22.45
3rdRowan Carroll (GB)NTT

*new course and TWSC record

Guin Batten, undefeated in this country since 1995, when her sister beat her in the Scullers Head, showed strongly, and had never any trouble holding off her opposition, in the process setting a new course and TWSC record.