This is race commentary taken from Weininger's Indoor Row at the
British Indoor Rowing Championships 2000
A treat for any remaining paparrazzi photographers still hanging around, as Angus Fraser,the England bowler, takes his place in the third row, ready to pull his heart out. They're off,and it's a big pack off quickly, with Trevor Chambers, Graham Barrett, Weininger Irwin ,and Chris Smith making early showings. Andrew Sansom also looking strong, and as the computer rearranges, it's Barrett, Weininger, Sansom and Andrews at the top, but with Chambers already surging past Andrews with Smith in his wake.
Weininger is pulling a 1:30 split, so this is going to be a fast heat, and he and Barrett start to edge away from Sansom and Chambers as they reach 600 gone. Meanwhile other names creeping up the board are James Lee, Martyn Jenkins, and Jan Van Den Heever (a useful name if ever I've heard one).
Now Chambers is pushing through Sansom, and attacking Barrett in second, while Weininger sits out in front ahead of the pack.
Chambers is doing a great job here, moving into second at the halfway mark, but Barrett's not letting go, and meanwhile there's Van Den Heever creeping quietly up into fourth and starting to challenge the leaders. They're reeling Weininger in, and it's Chambers and Van Den Heever neck and neck on adjacent ergs, Van Den Heever going through Chambers at 700 to go and pushing towards Weininger. Chambers responds, and also closes on the leader, and with 500 metres left, VanDen Heever and Chambers and Sansom all break through Weininger, who drops back.
Now it's Sansom coming through Van Den Heever, Chambers between them, and all three covered by two metres. Up comes James Kerr from a nearby erg, and he and Sansom are blasting through the leaders now. 200 to go, Sansom has taken the lead, Kerr, next, then Van Den Heever a phenomenal finish from all the first rank. It's Sansom in first, 6:19.4, then Kerr, Whitmore, Chambers, Van Den Heever Barrett, barely four seconds covering the lot. Angus Fraser comes in with a more than respectable 6:42.
Weininger completes the 2000m in 6.28.8