July 23, 2008
BRANDENBURG, Germany - Recent graduate Charlie Cole '07, coming off an impressive win for Oxford in the 2008 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, added another notch to his belt: a gold medal at U-23 Worlds. After a fourth-place finish in the men's eight in 2007, Cole returned with two others to post a 3.88-second victory over second-place Canada in this year's championship eight.
The U.S. crew, with Cole in two-seat, was in control of the race by the 500-meter mark, with Canada following just a few seats behind. They remained dominant throughout the race. At 1750 meters, the US coxswain made a call that made the U.S. boat gain two more seats, and finish with a time of 5:49.42 for the win. Canada won silver in a 5:53.30, with Poland in third with a 5:54.57. Germany followed in a 5:56.64, with Great Britain and defending champion Estonia in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Cole is, undoubtedly, not new to international rowing. His other career highlights include a fourteenth-place finish in the quadruple sculls at the 2006 FISA Under-23 World Championships, a fifth-place finish in the eight at the 2004 FISA Junior World Championships and a silver medal in the eight at the 2003 FISA Junior World Championships.
At Yale, Cole went undefeated in dual racing his senior year with win at the Yale-Harvard Regatta. That year, his boat won silver in the varsity eight at the 2007 Eastern Sprints. He placed sixth in the varsity eight at the 2006 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships and third in the freshman eight at the 2004 IRA Championships. He also finished third in the quadruple sculls at the 2003 USRowing Youth Invitational.
Cole is a Connecticut native who graduated from New Canaan High School in 2003 before studying at Yale. Cole currently attends graduate school at Oxford.
Report filed by Dominique Fenton '10, Yale Sports Publicity