Right at the start of the World Cup the pair stroked by Jakub Podrazil surprised the World rowing elite by winning second place – behind the brothers Sinkovic. In Linz they had been defeated by the brothers but here after two rounds Podrazil and Helešic shared the leading position in the serial of World Cup with this extraordinary pair. Their coach Milan Doleček stated: “Not just the result pleased me, but especially how the race went. I had been hearing from many sides the criticism that Jakub is not a real stroke. And that Doleček can train only Synek.”
The World Rowing Junior Champion 2014 Lukáš Helešic is a rower who successfully managed the transition to senior elite without any problems. When he was just 20 years old he represented the Czech Republic in the coxless pair with Jakub Podrazil at the Olympic Games in Rio. They confirmed their position among the world’s elite by winning in the B final. Early this season they changed positions in the boat. Lukáš moved to bow seat and Jakub took the role of the stroke. And the result? A fantastic entry into the World Cup! After placing second in Belgrade Podrazil and Helešic dominated the second part of the World Cup in Linz when they defeated the legendary brothers Sinkovic too.
He has started the World Cup very successfully this year, winning in the first round of the World Cup in Belgrade. Ondřej Synek – five times World Rowing Champion and three times Olympic medallist – and an idol for this generation of young rowers. We met for this interview at the Měřín training centre where Ondra usually prepares for the highpoints of the season – the final of the World Cup in Luzern and the World Rowing Championships, taking place this year in Plovdiv.