The Netherlands leads the 2024 World Rowing Cup with England closely behind. GETTY IMAGES

The 2024 World Rowing Cup series finals will be taking place in Poznan, Poland, from 14-16 June and will determine the overall winner with only 10 points separating the Netherlands and Great Britain. The event will be the last international racing opportunity before the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and some nations —such as Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Romania— are using the regatta to test their LA 2028 hopefuls at the international level, according to World Rowing in a press release. 

Entries from crews that recently qualified at the 2024 World Rowing Final Olympic & Paralympic Qualification Regatta —France’s lightweight doubles, Switzerland's men's four and women's single sculls, Italy's PR3 mixed coxed four, Denmark's women's pair— will also compete at the event.

The largest boat class is the women's single sculls with 23 entries. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver and bronze medallists —Russian rower Anna Prakaten, now representing Uzbekistan, and Magdalena Lobnig of Austria— will both be looking for the podium as a boost of confidence before the Games. A standout surprise is perhaps Anneta Kyridou of Greece, who will be racing for the USA in this boat class.

In the PR3 Mix2x, we will see the first appearance of the reigning World Rowing Champions, World Best Time holders, and 2023 World Rowing Para Crew of the Year, Nikki Ayers and Jed Altschwager of Australia, as they take on the newly crowned European Champions from Great Britain - Annabel Caddick and Sam Murray.

The PR3 Mix4+ has not been contested at the World Rowing Cups yet this season. Undoubtedly the World silver medallists from the USA will be eager to test themselves against the European crews, who had the chance to race at the 2024 European Rowing Championships earlier this season.

The Netherlands are currently in the lead of the 2024 World Rowing Cup points, with 128. They are followed by Great Britain with 118, and Italy with 77.