Algeria’s Fastest Rower Must Adapt to Unconventional Training Environment | Generation Rise

Algeria’s Fastest Rower Must Adapt to Unconventional Training Environment | Generation Rise

Sid Ali Boudina is Algeria’s
fastest ever rower. 26 years old,
he’s ranked amongst the best in the world
in the men’s single sculls. I see lots of positive
things in this sport I see the challenge. I think
that it’s a beautiful sport. It’s obviously very disciplined,
it gives you endurance. My ultimate dream now is to
see Algeria reach the highest level and win a medal at
the Olympics in Rio. The tenth largest country
on the planet, Algeria is the biggest territory
in Africa and the Arab world. In preparation for the games,
Sid Ali wants to race in a full speed time-trial
across 2km that replicates the Olympic event. But a time-trial requires
people and equipment, so Sid Ali needs Algeria’s Rowing
Federation to help him out. We’re going to the
Federation’s central offices to see the DTN – National
Direction of the National Squad. You always have to ask them
for authorisation to train. Sid Ali has co-ordinated his own
training regime throughout his career. The technical director can’t arrange for any additional staff
at short notice, but she’s happy for Sid Ali
to proceed. He is a serious person
in all aspects – work, education, we’ve got lots
of respect for him. He works hard. Determined to achieve gold, Sid Ali leaves to get his
training plan underway. What helped me to improve
in such a short time is that I don’t just want to be
African or Arab champion. My dream is to be
the world champion. Olympic Rowing has been much-loved
by spectators for more than 100 years, for its stroke-by-stroke drama
and nail-biting finishes. Contested across
14 different events, each race takes place over
a straight 2,000-metre course, with the first boat to cross
the finishing line winning. Of all the events,
the men’s single sculls is considered to be
the most challenging, because rowers must have
supreme balance to keep their super-light boats stable
and propel them to victory. Without a technical team, Sid Ali has arranged for his friends
to help him contest his time-trial. He wants to get started
before the wind rises, but they haven’t shown up on time. Hi, how are you? Look, I need you to come here
urgently for a couple of hours. I want you to follow me,
I’m going to test the 2,000 metres. You have to! You have to postpone
your work and come here. Please? Thank you. I want to improve my personal best, which is currently 7:08 minutes
and I want to make it 7:03. 7:03 might get me
onto the winners’ podium. One hour later,
Sid Ali’s friends arrive and the time-trial
can get started. The official timekeeper is
dropped off at the finish line to record Sid Ali’s speed
using the stopwatch on his phone. I’m going to start following
Sid Ali to give him a good push so he can be technically
as perfect as possible. At the same time, hopefully
he will reach his timing objectives. That’s the most important thing. We are here to help. Sid Ali, concentrate, OK? Relax! OK, start position. Go! Push back! Faster! Attack! Pushing through the water
at 4.5 metres every second, Sid Ali needs to maintain this speed
to set his personal best time. Keep your pace until the finish. Yes – like that! This is good, Sid Ali,
relax your shoulders. Focus on the other oar. There is some wind, but don’t worry. More effort! Give it everything! More, more! Stop! Tell me, what time did I make it in? Tell me what I got. 07.03.56. Thanks. Well done, Sid Ali! Congratulations, you deserve it. Sid Ali was top class,
he gave his best in this race. He was clearly ready for this test
to achieve his objectives. My friends’ help was great, especially their support
towards the end when tiredness takes its toll. Because of their support,
I have broken my personal best Nothing is impossible,
nothing is impossible! As long as you’re serious
at work, everything is possible.

22 thoughts on “Algeria’s Fastest Rower Must Adapt to Unconventional Training Environment | Generation Rise

  • January 18, 2017 at 9:20 am

    سيد علي ربي معاك.

  • January 18, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I feel pretty bad for Sid Ali, such a shame that people from countries like these don't have the support from the government unlike people from the US or GB D:

  • January 18, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Aiming for podium might have been a bit ambitious but tremendous respect for the man! It must not be easy training at that level without governmental support.

  • January 18, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    good luck bro :::keep up ..we Algerians will always support you no matter what

  • January 20, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Legislation thereby suffering identification doctor real rapidly

  • February 2, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Why is he going at 20 s/m?

  • March 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    if he would go like on a stroke rate of 33 it would maybe be enough to go under 6:55

  • March 30, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Good luck to you sid ali , we know that there is no govermentale support in all the sports here in algeria except football (soccer ) just keep going , have faith in allah , and remember that all the algerians people are here for you ,just keep pushing forward…… rabi m3ak inshallah

  • April 16, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    why is algerien essentially french mixed with arabic? (oversimplification)

    is there anyone who can tell me the history?

  • July 10, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    How does he start in that position and he is like doing 22 tempo.If he started like every other rower he could make it under 7 minutes.

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  • July 25, 2017 at 12:32 am

    wow that start was so slow..
    he shouldn't aim for a specific number he should just go as hard as possible..

  • August 2, 2017 at 10:42 am


  • January 12, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    nchalh 5oya سيد علي بودينة rani kifk

  • February 17, 2018 at 4:08 am

    it might be a little helpful if you translated the language they are speaking to english

  • April 3, 2018 at 11:38 am

    se ta dire yakhedme hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yaewe rané tayre me3a youtiba

  • April 3, 2018 at 11:39 am

    al hota li rabitha mechete 3eliya khosené najbrha fi wade 3alii hadike hiya .

  • April 3, 2018 at 11:40 am

    jibohlii netyrehe be 7.3 we 2.1 hhhhhhhhhh

  • April 3, 2018 at 11:41 am

    sid3li topa hhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • July 9, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Why is he rowing so slow ?

  • November 5, 2018 at 9:38 pm



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