Yale Finishes Second, Defeats Harvard in 2009 Yuxi Fuxian Lake World Top University Rowing Challenge
Yunnan Province, China - Battling strong headwind conditions Yale finished second in the Grand Final as the strongest representative of the four western crews, including Harvard, invited to row head-to-head with the top university crews in China. Three China crews jumped out to early leads over Yale, but the Bulldogs pushed back into contention and only came up short of catching Peking University (Beijing) in the last 500 meters.
As the Yale crew stood on the awards platform with the oarsmen from Peking and Tsinghua, a few thousand spectators cheered the medalists. An overarching theme of the event, sportsmanship and friendship were in abundance as the top three crews exchanged hearty, Obama-style handshakes. The Yale oarsmen received a beautiful trophy for their efforts, a replica of a giant, 2,000-year-old statue of a bull and tiger unearthed in the region in the 1960's.
1st Beijing University 7:16.86
2nd Yale 7:20.70
3rd Tsinghua U. 7:24.69
4th Huanan Normal U. 7:25.36
5th Shanghai Jiaotong U. 7:27.64
6th U. of London 7:28.80
7th Harvard 7:54.99
8th Cambridge U. DNF