Sitting in the middle lane was Trevor Jones of Canada, the reigning under-23 champion. Next to Jones was Benjamin Davison of the United States who recorded the fastest time in the semifinals yesterday. Davison won bronze last year in the coxed four. At the start Weber of Germany got out quickly, but Davison went off at 53 and settled to 40 while Jones was at 41. Jones got to the 500m mark just ahead of Weber who was having an amazing race against this tough field. Davison was right on the pace with Ireland just a bit back.

Jones went through the middle of the race in the lead with Davison now getting the better of Weber and moving up on Jones. But Jones had now worked out a handy lead and Davison would have to work very hard. Weber went to 35 to come back on the American and managed to overtake him. The all-important third 500 had begun and Canada continued to extend his lead despite the best efforts by Weber who came into the sprint at a 38 stroke rate. In the close Davison took a bad stroke, Yotov of Bulgaria made the most of it and went to 38 with Jones out the front looking rather comfortable at a 33. Jones finished just two seconds outside of the under-23 World Best Time. Weber held on to second.


Marc Weber, Germany, silver
“The race was good. I wanted to start fast and try and get away from the field but I had to fight and really defend my medal at the end. It was one of my best races still. It’s been great considering I’ve got a fracture in my foot and I’ve only been in the boat for three weeks.”

Boris Yotov, Bulgaria, bronze
“There was no plan today but I’m still happy with the result.”


Italy’s Emanuele Giarri had the fastest time from yesterday’s semifinals, but he was led out at the start by Latvia with Russia’s Andrey Potapkin then taking over in the lead. Once in the lead Potapkin built up a handy lead. But in the final sprint Australia’s Sam Marsh came back. Potapkin only just held him off.