Today, Canada came away with a silver and a bronze to bring their medal count up to three at the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The men’s coxed pair finished second in a tight final, with Kate Sauks in the lightweight women’s single sculls grabbing the bronze. This adds to the gold medal won by the women’s pair of Nicole Hare and Hillary Janssens at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships.
The men’s coxed pair of Ben de Wit, Andrew Stewart-Jones and Kevin Chung traded leads with the British, reigning World Champions, through the second 500m. Ultimately finishing in second, only 0.17 seconds ahead of the Italians in an incredible race for a podium spot.
"It was great to have the opportunity to come to Europe for our training camp and then compete at the World Championships,” said Stewart-Jones. “Throughout the training camp, our times kept getting better and better so we had some confidence coming into this regatta. It was nice that even though I personally didn't have my best race today, we were still able to get on to the podium. Our coaches were a big help in getting us here."
Throughout the lightweight women’s single sculls final, Kate Sauks was in a battle for third, with World Champion Zoe McBride holding onto first place throughout the race. Sauks broke away from the pack holding onto the bronze medal even with a late charge by the American.
"I felt really calm and controlled, especially with all the wind,” said Sauks. “I just stayed in my boat and focused on moving away from the Greek. Now I just have to close the gap to these two girls (Emma Fredh and Zoe McBride).”
Also on Saturday, the lightweight women’s quadruple sculls of Jenna Pelham, Sydney Boyes, Jill Moffatt and Kathryn Twyman finished just off the podium in fourth in their A-Final. Michelle Truax, Sarah Black, Kristin Bauder and Kerry Shaffer placed sixth in the women’s four A-Final. The lightweight men’s four of Taylor Hardy, Mark Henry, Josh King and Jordan Rendall finished third in their B-Final.
The World Rowing Championships started on August 21 and runs to August 28. During an Olympic year, Junior, Under-23 and Senior team athletes all compete at a combined regatta.
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