LAKE KARAPIRO, New Zealand – The U.S. men's eight took sixth in the A final of the World Rowing Championships last Sunday, bringing the 2010 racing season to a close. Charlie Cole '07 sat in six seat of the U.S. crew, and this event marks his first international appearance in the eight at the senior level.
After chasing down the Dutch in last 500 meters of their heat on Nov. 2, the U.S. finished in third place behind Great Britain and second-place Australia. Only the top boat in each of the two heats went straight through to the final, so next up for Cole was a five-boat repechage two days later.
The U.S. had another strong sprint in the rep. Canada, gold medalists from the Beijing Olympics, led for the first 1500 meters, but in the final stretch the U.S. and New Zealand walked through them to earn spots in Sunday's A final. The U.S. finished first here in a time of 5:38.48.
The last race of day on Sunday was the A final of the men's eight. The U.S. finished in sixth place behind New Zealand in a time of 5:40.55. With a time of 5:33.84, Germany is this year's world champion crew, followed by Great Britain in second position and Australia in third.
Germany dominated the race from the start. The 2008 Beijing games was the country's worst Olympic appearance in decades, and indeed the men's team came back without a single medal. In the two years since, the German Rowing Federation has been undergoing serious restructuring in hopes of walking away from the 2012 London games with at least four gold medals.
The World Rowing Championships wraps up the 2010 rowing season for Cole and the U.S. national team. Racing will resume next May at the first Rowing World Cup in Munich, Germany.
Watch video of the race here.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity