Lightweight Men's Single Sculls (LM1x) - Final
Under-23 World Champion, Andrew Campbell of the United States has gone unbeaten through the early rounds of this boat class and it was hard to look past the sculler from Harvard University. With that Campbell took off in the lead being chased heartily by Belguim's Tim Brys. Brys had finished second to Campbell in the heats showing that he had the necessary boat speed.
Coming through the middle of the race Campbell had built up a three second lead over Enes Kusku of Turkey with Ireland, Italy and Hungary practically on top of each other. This was turning into an incredible race for silver and bronze. With Campbell now in a race of his own, Kusku and Francesco Pegoraro of Italy charged home to the lesser medals. The crowd was deafening - urging on Pegoraro.
As Campbell crossed the line in an upright, 36 stroke rate styling smoothness, Kusku and Pegoraro gave it their all, both rating in the low 40s. Kusku got there just ahead of Pegoraro. Medals in rowing don't come Turkey's way very often. Turkey will be celebrating tonight. Campbell's time of 6:54 was the only boat that went under 7 minutes.
Results: USA, TUR, ITA, IRL, HUN, BEL
Gold - CAMPBELL, Jr Andrew (USA)
It is amazing to be part of this. I’m thrilled.
Silver - KUSKU, Enes (TUR)
It was a very hard race, but this is normal. If you want something you have to get tired. It was special for me. It was the first time I get a medal at this level, so I’m happy.
Bronze - PEGORARO, Francesco (ITA)
I’m extremely happy. Having earned this medal is a great satisfaction.
Greece took the lead at the start, but was surrounded by very close margins. Then Luka Radonic of Croatia picked up the pace and held the lead with Germany' s Jonathan Rommelmann now putting the pressure on. Rommelmann and Radonic then battled it out from different sides of the course to the end. Radonic's higher rating, however, did not manage to hold off Rommelmann who can call himself seventh in the world.
Results: GER, CRO, GBR, NED, BRA, GRE