|Lane 1||Giovanni Calabrese||Italy||World Champion '97 (4x)|
|Lane 2||Jamie Koven||USA||Henley Royal (Diamonds) winner (1x)|
|Lane 3||Iztok Cop||Slovenia||World Cup Winner '97 (1x)|
|Lane 4||Derek Porter||Canada||Atlanta Olympics '96 silver (1x)|
|Lane 5||Stefano Basalini||Italy||World Champion '98 (ltw1x)|
|Final position||Name||Finish time||Thames RC||Milepost||Hammersmith Bridge||Chiswick Steps||Barnes Bridge|
Calabrese led from the start, with Porter soon taking over. Cop led Koven and Porter at Chiswick Eyot, the three narrowly missing the Eyot, where the water was extremely rough. This made Porter capsize at Duke's Meadows, but he managed to climb back in to finish the race. Koven was trying to catch Cop by taking the inside arch of Barnes Bridge. This illegal advantage brought him within two seconds of beating Cop. If he had, he would have been disqualified.
|Lane 1||Miriam Batten||Britain||67.9kg||World Champion '98 (2x)|
|Lane 2||Ekatharina Karsten||Belarus||76.5kg||Olympic Champion '96 (1x)|
|Lane 3||Pieta van Dishoeck||Netherlands||76.5kgvWorld Cup Champion '98 (1x)|
|Lane 4||Sarah Garner||USA||66.1kg||World Champion '98 (2x)|
|Lane 5||Guin Batten||Britain||73.8kg||HTWSC Trophy holder (1x)|
|Final position||Name||Finish time||Thames RC||Milepost||Hammersmith Bridge|
|3rd||Pieta van Dishoeck||23.18||2nd||3rd||3rd|
|5th||Sarah Garner||23.45 3rd||5th||5th||5th|
Miriam soon snatched the lead from Garner. Guin immediately started a chase, always keeping close on Miriam's heels, but her sister never left an inch for Guin to get through. Karsten had trouble with the choppy water all the way, but kept ahead of the lightweight Garner.
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