Wagner & Buchholz 4th in Semis; To Race in B Finals Sunday August 18, 2013

Plovdiv, Bulgaria/August 18:  Rhode Island’s Chase Buchholz (17) and Richard Wagner (17) earned the rights to represent the United States at the Jr. World Rowing Championships being held this week in Plovdic, Bulgaria.  They have steadily moved up the elimination ladder with first and third place in daily racing which is paring down 33 countries‘ athletes down to just 6 for the gold medal A finals event and six for the B finals tomorrow.

Buchholz and Wagner finished fourth today in a stiff field of competition which includes defending Jr. World Champion Germany.   The semi-final race delivered 12 country’s teams for the draw, and the USA was drawn in the same race as Germany, Estonia, and Latvia.  The US advances to the B final tomorrow with their fourth place finish today in the semi-final.   This was a hard fought fast race where the Germanswere strong and continued to dominate this racing series. Germany recorded the fastest qualifying time of all teams in yesterday’s quarterfinals.

Behind Germany, Estonia followed in second with Latvia in third
in very tight neck and neck racing. As the crews came into the last 300meters of the 2,000 meter race, Germany remained in the lead with Latvia in second place and third place Estonia pulling hard to hold off a fast finishing United States.  The margin of separation between the US and Estonia was only 1.4 seconds in the 6:32.7 race.   It was a neck and neck race to the finish with the US posting the fastest time in the final 500 meters but it was still not enough to get them by Estonia who captured the final qualifying third place spot for the Gold Medal match tomorrow that will feature Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, Germany, Latvia, and Estonia.  By comparison, their finishing time today would have placed them in second place and just thirty three hundredths of a second off first place if they had been drawn been to the A semi-final.  It is “the luck of the draw”.

Buchholz and Wagner will race against Sovenia, France, Norway, Serbia, and Lithuania in the B-final tomorrow.    Rhode Island salutes these young athletes for their achievements so far in this World level competition, and hopes to see them finish strongly as they have done so many times before with back to back US National Championships and gold medals from the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Result World_Rowing_Senior_Junior_Championships,_Plovdiv - Race 169: JM2x Semifinal A/B 1

boat progression: 1-3 to Final A, Remainder to Final B

Rank

Boat

500 m

1000 m

1500 m

Finish

Lane

1

SUI

1:32.28 (1)

3:11.94 (1)

4:53.30 (1)

06:32.4

2

2

BEL

1:35.15 (4)

3:16.54 (4)

4:58.27 (4)

06:33.6

4

3

POL

1:33.99 (2)

3:14.07 (2)

4:55.54 (2)

06:34.3

3

4

NOR

1:34.41 (3)

3:14.52 (3)

4:56.02 (3)

06:34.8

1

5

SRB

1:35.45 (5)

3:17.25 (5)

5:01.45 (5)

06:45.3

5

6

LTU

1:35.98 (6)

3:19.69 (6)

5:03.14 (6)

07:02.1

6

Result World_Rowing_Senior_Junior_Championships,_Plovdiv - Race 170: JM2x Semifinal A/B 2

boat progression: 1-3 to Final A, Remainder to Final B

Rank

Boat

500 m

1000 m

1500 m

Finish

Lane

1

GER

1:33.62 (1)

3:11.00 (1)

4:50.15 (1)

06:29.2

3

2

LAT

1:34.99 (4)

3:14.03 (3)

4:52.58 (2)

06:30.9

4

3

EST

1:34.17 (2)

3:13.72 (2)

4:52.89 (3)

06:31.3

2

4

USA

1:34.69 (3)

3:15.85 (4)

4:56.27 (4)

06:32.7

1

5

FRA

1:36.27 (5)

3:17.18 (5)

5:00.42 (5)

06:40.3

5

6

SLO

1:36.62 (6)

3:18.92 (6)

5:02.62 (6)

06:41.1

6

The is the report from World Rowing, 7:30 AM EST August 18, 2012

Junior Men’s Double Sculls (JM2x) – Semifinals
Semifinal One had a false start caused by Poland (which was later withdrawn) with the boats getting away smoothly the second time. Switzerland jumped out into the lead over Poland and the race was well and truly under way. Coming through the heats two days ago Poland had the best qualifying time with the duo also doing well in yesterday’s quarterfinals. But it was Switzerland, who also had a very fast quarterfinal time, who remained in the lead through the half-way point. Damien Tollardo and Barnabe Delarze of Switzerland raced to fourth last year at the World Rowing Junior Championships and they were having a great semifinal race.

Poland’s Dominik Czaja and Patryk Syposz then found themselves under threat in the final sprint by both Belgium and Norway. With the smooth Swiss crew crossing the line in first, the results announced Robin Vanparys and Pierre De Loof of Belgium in second and Poland had just held on to third to qualify for the A-final.

Semifinal Two had Germany shoot out at the start. The Germans are the reigning Junior Champions and Kai Fuhrmann remains in the boat to defend his title. Fuhrmann has been joined by Ole Daverkow and together they were dominating this race. Germany had recorded the fastest qualifying time by quite a margin in yesterday’s quarterfinals and they were demonstrating a strong, high rating style that was keeping them in the lead.

Behind Germany, Estonia followed in second with Latvia right in their tails in third. Latvia’s Kriss Kalnins and Gints Zunde had won their quarterfinal yesterday and recorded a very good time. As these crews came into the last 300m of the race Germany remained easily in the lead with Latvia remaining in second while Estoniaheld off a fast finishing United States [Breck Wagner and Chase Buchholz]  to take the third and final qualifying spot.
Qualifiers: SUI, BEL, POL, GER, LAT, EST

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