Day Five: World Rowing Champs Racing Continues Despite Stormy Weather

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Racing continued, but under wet conditions today at the 2013 World Rowing Championships (Aug. 25 to Sept. 01), as a storm approached the Tangeum International Rowing centre in Chungju, Korea.

Canadian boats were able to get their scheduled races completed, but unfortunately not advancing any additional crews to medal finals.

2012 Olympian and Victoria-native Patricia Obee finished fourth in her semi, and now goes to the B final. Austria won the semi in 7:44.17, followed by Greece in 7:46.33, and then Belarus 7:48.40 - with top three moving to A final. Canada crossed the line in 7:50.31, followed by New Zealand (7:51.25 ) and Hong Kong (8:11.95) also missing out on advancing.

Kingston, Ontario’s Nick Pratt, in the lightweight men’s single event, also does not advance to the A final. He finished fifth in 7:14.46 - well off the pace of the French sculler who won this semi in 7:01.77. Denmark and Hungary also advanced.

The Canadian men’s quad finished sixth in its semi in 5:51.42. This crew is Matt Buie (Duntroon, ON), Kevin Kowalyk (Winnipeg, MB), David Wakulich (St. Catharines, ON) and Mike Braithwaite (Duncan, BC). Croatia won this race in 5:41.56, and Estonia (5:43.56) and Ukraine (5:43.79) were a close second and third to also go to the A final.

Spencer Crowley (Lantzville, BC) and Steve Van Knotsenburg (Beamsville, ON) had a tight race with Australia (6:33.45) to finish second in their semi C/D race in 6:33.70. The Canadian pair goes to the C final for places 13 and on.

“We didn’t really see the speed that we need to compete at the highest level today,” said Rowing Canada Aviron High Performance Director, Peter Cookson. “But what we did see is that our crews battled the whole way in each race. We need to battle with a lot more speed, and that’s what we will work on as we moved forward into winter training.”

The schedule was modified today due to the storms in the area.

Racing continues through to Sunday, with three of Canada’s women’s crews (eight, quad and four) in finals, as well as the lightweight men’s pair that will also have a shot at the medal podium.

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