Minerva masters on top form
ROWING Klaus Riekemann and Arnold Cooke won all five of the races they entered at the World Masters in Duisberg last week.
After defeat at last year's Masters, the Minerva Bath veterans stormed to victory in their first race, the G pairs. The 65-70 age group was below their own and they raced with no handicap.
They followed it up with a win in the H coxless four against last year's winners, an Occaquan combination made up of ex-internationals from the United States and Europe.
Riekemann only returned to rowing in April after a 50-year absence from the sport in which he won an Olympic gold medal in Rome in 1960. He joined Minerva Bath and teamed up with Cooke, who rowed for GB in the Tokyo 1964 Olympics.
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They joined forces with Tim Lincoln and Tony Stokes from Henley RC for the coxed and coxless fours, racing as a composite crew, while rowing together in the pairs.
Their achievements in Germany were a fantastic end to a disappointing sprint season which has been hugely affected by bad weather.