The Hungarian boat took the world title at Sarasota/Bradenton (USA). A success which for many may have been unexpected, but not for the Moto Guzzi Rowing Club, who have been able to follow the progress of the crew as they trained for around a month at Mandello, under the watchful eye of their coach, and with a few blessings along the way from the great, indestructible Giuseppe Moioli. Indeed, at the end of a training session, it was Moioli himself who declared that the team would go on to astonish the world. And so it was - evidence of the fact that his gut feelings are always well justified.
This success also bears testament to the technical skills of our Vice President and coach, Eros Goretti, as well to the sheer excellence of his programme, the fruit of a host of studies and comparisons which subject to constantly updates and adjustments - the value of which has been proven by the way in which his wards raced.
In the final, the Hungarian crew (consisting of Adrian Juhasz, Simon Bela Jr and Andrea Vanda Kollath) passed the first 500 metre mark in third place, and were fourth at 1000 metres, a way back from Australia and Great Britain who occupied the first two positions, suggesting that success was in the bag for one of these crews. By 1,500 metres, the team had crept back up to third place, but from this moment on, the Hungarian boat switched up a gear, and having chased down both Britain and Australia, crossed the finishing line more than half a boat ahead of the second team.
The win also represents a great success for the Moto Guzzi Rowing club - in addition to the fact that the Hungarian coxless pair's main coach is the club's Vice President, the athletes are also registered members of the club. We send them our most sincere and heartfelt congratulations.
An interesting observation to conclude: the Hungarian crew who were crowned World Champions today trained at Mandello at the historic Moto Guzzi Rowing Team facility, without access to the traditional jetty, using an emergency jetty instead. Testament to the fact that luxuries are all well and good, but they are not what makes Champions.