3 August 13:26 (BST)

Dutch hopes high for first day of rowing medals

GLASGOW - The Netherlands could emerge as the big winners on the first day of rowing finals at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, with crews featuring in eight of the nine medal events on Saturday.

The Dutch are serious contenders in several events, particularly the men's four, women's and men's quadruple sculls and women's double sculls.

"It's going to be a really close battle with Ukraine, Romania and our friendly rivals, Poland," Sophie SOUWER (NED) predicted for the women's quad final.

The Netherlands are guaranteed a medal in the women's eight, along with Romania and Great Britain - the only three countries racing for podium places. Romania were first over the line in Friday's preliminary race, but with more at stake all that could change.

Italy and Great Britain also have several good opportunities to take a medal. The Italian women's pair and men's quadruple sculls crews are looking strong, while the British men's four and men's quadruple sculls will be in contention.

Saturday's racing also includes the semifinals for the men's single and double sculls and the lightweight men's single and double sculls, with the top three crews in each race set to contest the finals on Sunday.

Saturday's racing at Strathclyde Country Park begins at 09:30 with the women's pair B final.

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