Tõnu Endrekson was challenged in final heat by Finnish Joel Naukkarinen – a great future potential in Finnish rowing. Endrekson started 1000m distance as usual by a strong lead, but Naukkarinen closed in quite soon. Endrekson did not give in during final meters and won another gold. Naukkarinen became second with Finnish record time, Allar Raja took third place.
Latvian and Estonian were again competing for the gold at Alfa Race – Tõnu Endrekson took the lead from the beginning and managed to stay in front of Dairis Adamaitis until the end. Third place was won by Pavel Šurmei Belarus – after a few years’ break in competing at Alfa.
Tõnu Endrekson from Pärnu managed to defeat Latvian Dairis Adamaitis during a very dramatic final struggle: at couple of hundred meters before finish line the Latvian was behind Endrekson just by two meters. Allar Raja became third, Konstantin Zaitsev forth and Kaspar Taimsoo fifth.
Tõnu Endrekson won Alfa 2010 men’s race leaving Allar Raja and Andrei Jämsä behind. There was close to 40 competitors in men’s class that year. Patrick Goodfellow was the competitor who had travelled the longest distance to take part of Alfa Race – he was travelling to Siberia for work in forestry business and realized our rowing competition fits into his travel schedule on the way back home – eventually winning bronze in younger masters’ category.
Belarus rower Pavel Šurmei won Alfa Race again, he dominated the race already from the start. Other podium places were unknown until the final meters – Tõnu Endrekson came out of the rivalry as second and Alvar Räägel as third. Latvian Dairis Adamaitis, Vladimir Latin and Jüri Jaanson divided final positions 4 to 6.
Latvian rower Kristaps Bokums did not give Tõnu Endrekson any chances at Alfa Race 2008 – his strokes so powerful that his rowing machine had to be kept in place during the race. Allar Raja took third place. Teams’ race saw Olympic gold medallist Erki Nool in competition. Together with teammates Rainer Nõlvak, Ain-Alar Juhanson and Mihkel Mardna they won gold among teams.
Alfa Race winner was Tõnu Endrekson, who had strong competition by Adam Kreek - a Canadian top rower with Estonian heritage. Kreek made sharp start, Tõnu Endrekson managed to reach Kreek only by final quarter of the distance. The Canadian rower could not hold his high pace until the end and Endrekson won gold. Allar Raja finished third and never-tiring Jüri Jaanson forth.
Pavel Šurmei remained unbeatable again. Kristaps Bokums from Latvia took second place, Tõnu Endrekson stepped at third place on podium.
Same scenario repeated – Belarus rower Pavel Šurmei won in front of Tõnu Endrekson with strong final meters of the race. Legendary Czech Vaclav Chalupa finished at third place, Jüri Jaanson was forth. Alfa Race had a record number of participants – 550 indoor rowers tried their best.
Pavel Šurmei was the winner in men’s category for second year in a row leaving Tõnu Endrekson at second place. Alfa Race donated a Concept2 rowing machine to Harju County Rescue unit. Rowing machine has been extremely popular training tool among firefighters in several countries and rescuers have rowed good results even at top competitions. The world record owner of indoor rowing, German rower Matthias Siejkowski was a rescuer by occupation.
Kaisa Pajusalu started her winning streak of many years to come becoming first among B-class girls. Pavel Šurmei from Belarus won among men with time 2:39,8 – 1000m world record in indoor rowing. Second place went to Tõnu Endrekson, third to Matthias Siejkowski.
Legendary “Kalev” sports hall was the venue for Alfa Race that year and many years to come. Among participants was also German rower Matthias Siejkowski who was indoor rowing world champion. He had to make due as second best in short distance Alfa Race since Tõnu Endrekson took his first gold that year. Jüri Jaanson became third.
Year 2000 was significant since 125. anniversary of Estonian Rowing was celebrated. Alfa Race took place at Tallinn Sports hall. Jüri Jaanson took being faster than Iztok Cop and Tõnu Endrekson. Among juniors Andrei Jämsä won for the first time.
Alfa Race took place in Pirita TOP tennis hall. Team races started to get unusually high popularity – in addition to company teams there were even teams of political parties among competitors (Keskerakond, Mõõdukad, Isamaliit and Arengupartei). Also, a VIP race took place, the winner was Jürgen Ligi. Men’s best indoor rower of 1999 was Jüri Jaanson, Klaus Geiger became second and Tõnu Endrekson earned a place on podium outperforming top rowers Iztok Cop and Vaclav Chalupat.
First ever international indoor rowing race took place in “Kalev” sports hall. Klaus Geiger took the men’s victory to Finland by defeating Jüri Jaanson and Leonid Prokofjev. Competitors total count reached over 100 that year.
Priit Tasane became first in men’s category. Second place was taken by Silver Sonntak, third Hain Helde. Tõnu Endrekson opened his winning score being first among A-class juniors.
Indoor rowing competitions continued in Flora sports hall. Tõnu Endrekson – today the best Estonian indoor rower of all times – entered competition for the first time as a junior. Unfortunately, he did not manage to row into finals that time. Jüri Jaanson won men’s finals again, beating Toomas Vilpart and Priit Tasane.
First indoor rowing competition took place at Lootos sports society premises, event organised by Tallinn Rowing Club. There were 54 competitors. The winner among men was Jüri Jaanson, being by far the best with powerful 1000m time of 2.51,8.
28. january 2017, Tallinn Sports hall, Herne 30, Tallinn
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