“This result is the ideal basis for preparing for next season,” smiles Johan Blondelle, coach of Lemmelijn. Curious if Ward will also be on the water in his skiff tomorrow (A race of six kilometers will take place on the Netekanaal, ed.) will also be able to open such perspectives.” On the rowing machine, Ward Lemmelijn turned out to be just under ten seconds stronger than Tristan Vandenbussche (Bruges TR). This 20-year-old Bruggeling, former vice world champion in the juniors, took silver with a much improved personal best time. Ex-lightweight Tim Brys, 5th at the Tokyo Games, made his debut in the open heavy category with a fifth place.
In the juniors, brand new European champion Aaron Andries (Gentse RS) had to pull out all the stops to refer a surprisingly strong Dean Laureyns (KR Club Gent) to silver with just half a second.
1. Ward Lemmelijn (Schulensmeer)
2. Tristan Vandenbussche (Bruges TR)
3. Gaston Mercier