27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

12th WUC Rowing: Day of A Finals!

The great day has come, the day of A Finals at the 12th World University Rowing Championship.

First to hit the water in Final A were women's Lightweight Single Sculls. The tail-side wind didn't create serious problems for the rowers and the sunny weather only filled hearts with delight. The event's main favourites - Kirsten MCCANN (RSA) and Claire LAMBE (IRL) - took control of the race from the outset. MCCANN was persistent and came home first (7:38.47) followed over the line by LAMBE (7:43.19). Nielke Elise VAN HOOGENHUIJZE of the Netherlands finished third and got bronze (7:53.39). 

The second women's A Final was successful for the Russian national team as it brought the first gold medal for the host nation. The women's four of Tatiana AFINOGENOVA, Anastasia TIKHANOVA, Elizaveta TIKHANOVA and Anastasia ZHUKOVA (stroke Anastasia ZHUKOVA) unleashed a powerful sprint for the line and left no chance to their rivals. As a result they came home more than a length ahead of the nearest pursuer in a time of 6:45.22. The crew of the Netherlands (stroke Mariette Sophie NIJHOFF) is second with a time of 6:55.02. Poland's four (stroke Ewelina SLAWINSKA) took bronze (6:56.92).

Hungary's pair of Krisztina GYIMES and Katalin SZABO controlled the first half of the race in the women's Double Sculls final but was outpaced by the German crew in the homestrech. Sophie PAUL and Nina WENGE grabbed gold (7:06.51), the Hungarian duo was edged out into silver-medal position (7:06.95) and bronze went to Lenka ANTOSOVA and Libuse BRUNCVIKOVA of the Czech Republic (7:11.59). 

The Italian duo of Federico USTOLIN and Francesco CARDAIOLI set an early pace in the men's Lightweight Double Sculls final but had to hold off a strong challenge from Russia's pair of Maxim ZHEMALDINOV and Mikael BIKUA MFANTSE who tailed them until the finish line and placed second (6:23.90). The champions crossed the line in a time of 6:21.27. Fabien CORNIER and Sigmund VERSTRAETE came third (6:27.17). 

A titanic tussle unfolded in the women's Single Sculls final. The competition was tough and leaders swapped places a number of times. Jitka ANTOSOVA (CZE) managed to take control of the field at the last metres and came first to take the title (7:40.28). Lisa Ingeborg SCHEENAARD is second (7:44.06) with Laura SCHIAVONE claiming bronze (7:47.20). 

Artem KOSOV, a rower from Kazan and participant in the London 2012 Olympiс Games, shattered Russia's main medal expectations in the men's Single Sculls. Sergii GUMENNYI of Ukraine came first (7:00.06) as he produced a strong push at the end of the race to outpace the Mexican rower Parick LOLIGER (7:00.24). Bronze went to Matthew GLENN of New Zealand (7:04.66). Artem KOSOV finished a disappointing fourth place. 


Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate