The world’s best rowers come together for the biggest regatta since the London 2012 Olympics when they compete in the 2013 FISA World Championships and BBC TV and British Eurosport will screen live coverage over the concluding weekend.
Great Britain have sent a 58-strong team to the South Korean city at Chungju for this year’s World Championships (August 25-September 1) and they have a lot to live up to.
Last year’s Olympic host nation won a record nine medals, including four golds, on the waters of Eton Dorney last summer.
Matching that haul in Korea may be a big ask considering several medallists have retired or are taking a break from the sport.
The last time the World Championships were held in Slovenia in 2011, Britain topped the medal table with 12 medals, includnig five golds.
But despite the absence of some of the biggest names in British rowing, this should provide an opportunity for Britain’s rising stars to test themselves in major competition, with a record 73 nations taking part across the eight-day regatta.
Britain have entered a boat in all 14 Olympic classes alongside two Paralympic boats and three non-Olympic events.
The televised stages of the regatta over the last three days feature all the main finals.
On Friday, it’s finals day for non-Olympic class events as Mark Aldred and Sam Scrimgeour, who won gold at the Eton Dorney and Lucerne World Cups earlier this season, could be in contention to win their maiden world title if they safely progress to the lightweight men’s pair final.
London 2012 bronze medallist Alan Campbell, competing in his ninth World Championships, will also hope to contest the men’s single semi-finals as he targets his first World gold.
Saturday’s action stars Helen Glover – who won gold at London 2012 with Heather Stanning – and Polly Swann.
The pair have been unbeatable all season, winning gold at all three World Cups and a fourth success of the year in the World final should be a formality.
Kathryn Twyman and Imogen Walsh will hope to win a medal in the women’s lightweight double, while the Chambers brothers – Peter and Richard, who only teamed up as a double midway through this year – will hope to do the same in the men’s equivalent.
Rounding off the regatta on Sunday will be the men’s eight, as Great Britain seek to pick up the last World Championship gold medal if they make the final of what is considered to be the highlight of the championships.
Jurgen Grobler’s men are likely to face stiff competition from Olympic champions Germany as well as the United States.
BBC Sport will screen live coverage and comprehensive highlights over the concluding weekend of the 2013 FISA World Rowing Championships from South Korea.
Both Saturday and Sunday’s finals will be shown live on BBC Red Button (all platforms) and online via the BBC Sport website.
BBC network TV will then screen highlights of both sessions on each afternoon, presented by John Inverdale, airing on Saturday (3pm, BBC One) and Sunday (2.30pm, BBC Two).
Commentary comes from Garry Herbert and Sir Matthew Pinsent, while 2012 Olympic champion Katherine Grainger provides expert analysis.
On Radio, BBC 5 live sports extra will carry live coverage of the three finals sessions from Friday to Sunday, with former Olympic champion James Cracknell part of the commentary team.
British Eurosport will also screen live coverage of the finals over the concluding weekend, including Friday’s action exclusively live.
.Friday 30th August FISA World Rowing Championships – Day 6 LIVE: 7.00am-9.00am British Eurosport Saturday 31st August FISA World Rowing Championships – Day 7 LIVE: 7.00am-8.45am BBC Red Button / British Eurosport Highlights: 3.00pm-4.30pm BBC One Sunday 1st September FISA World Rowing Championships – Highlights LIVE: 7.00am-8.45am BBC Red Button / British Eurosport Highlights: 2.30pm-4.00pm BBC Two . .