Heartache, Triumph and New World Best Times at the World Rowing Champs
Stojic was focusing on the men's pair event but jumping into the coxed pair with Jovan Popovic and coxswain Ivan Ninkovic proved fortuitous when they became the first rowing World Champions for Serbia. The Serbians beat Italy and Canada to win gold.
New Zealand experienced triumph and heartache when they went out to defend their four 2005 gold medals. Mahe Drysdale created double history by defending his title in the men's single and in a dramatic closing sprint which had him in second until two strokes before the line, Drysdale set a new World Best Time.
Disappointment for rowing's most consistent duo. World and Olympic Champions, the Evers-Swindell sisters of New Zealand found themselves in the unusual bronze position after struggling in the tail wind conditions finishing behind gold medal Australians (Liz Kell and Brooke Pratley) as well as Germany.
Australia also won gold in the women's four when they defended their World Champion title by outracing a new Chinese line up. In the process the Australians set a new World Best Time, of 6:25.35, taking away Canada's 1991 time of 6:25.47.
The home crowd saluted local rower Zac Purchase of Great Britain who rowed through to a new World Best Time in the lightweight men's single. Purchase, 20, held off a strong challenge from Spain to become the World Champion. Great Britain also gained gold in the men's four when their flagship crew of Steve Williams, Peter Reed, Alex Partridge and Andy Triggs Hodge continued their unbroken winning record to defend their World Champion title.
Finals continue tomorrow, Sunday 27 August. A Finals will be broadcast live on several national and international TV stations. See TV times for details.
Go to http://www.worldrowing.com/ for a full report of today's racing.
The 2006 World Rowing Championships started on Sunday 20 August on Dorney Lake in Eton, Great Britain with 59 countries participating. Racing continues through until Sunday 27 August with all A Finals taking place on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August.
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