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The Year 2000 Race

East meets West in Essential British Kit
This year the race was officially called the 'Hackett Thames World Sculling Challenge', as our relationship with our sponsor Hackett developed into a solid partnership - in the typical tradition of Hackett's support given to British sporting events and its participants. Since the 1999 race Ekatarina Karsten had added another world gold medal and a world record to her name, and she won in 2000 after coming fourth in 1999. The threat to Iztok Cop (1999 winner) came from the East rather than the West, and proved too strong for him as he was beaten by Vaclav Chalupa. The 2000 Millennium prize fund marked the first prize money offered in the sport since the 1950's. The race day was again a great success, with exciting racing and the BBC broadcasting the race on Saturday the 25th March.

Men's Race: 24th March, 15:45. Umpire: Greg Searle
LaneNameNationalityWeightRowing record
1 (Surrey)Vaclav ChalupaCzech Republic98.6kg1999 World Cup Winner
2Michal VabrousekCzech Republic78.6kg1999 Ltwt World Cup Winner
3Aquil AbdullahUSA85.9kgPan Am Games silver medallist
4 (Middlesex)Iztok CopSlovenia93.5kg1999 World Champion

Final positionNameFinish timeMilepostH'smith BridgeChiswick StepsBarnes Bridge
1Vaclav Chalupa21:444:257:5012:4317:48
2Iztok Cop22:034:25.57:5112:5018:00
3Aquil Abdullah22:124:277:5613:0918:10
4Michal Vabrousek22:334:358:0313:1718:36

Women's Race, 24th March, 15:15. Umpire: Martin Levy
LaneNameNationalityWeightRowing record
1Sarah GarnerUSA66.7kg1998 World Champion
2Katrin RutchowGermany81.0kg1996 Olympic Champion
3Ekatarina KarstenBelarus80.4kg1998 World Champion
Christine Smith-Collins (USA) fell ill one day before the race.

Final positionNameFinish timeMilepostH'smith BridgeChiswick StepsBarnes Bridge
1Ekatarina Karsten22:494:338:19.513:2718:52
2Katrin Rutchow22:544:378:2313:3219:00
3Sarah Garner22:284:458:3513:5819:24