KAZAN - The 12th World University Rowing Championship concluded in Kazan today, September 9th. Top rowers were awarded well-deserved medals at the solemn victory ceremony. Even the bad weather could not spoil the fun for rowers and fans on the last and most festive day of the tournament. Everyone from FISU representatives to coaches, athletes and judges was full of praise for the 12th WUC Rowing organisers and hailed the championship a success. Team Germany tops the overall team standings with three gold medals. The Italian national team took home two golds, two silvers and one bronze. Russia slipped into the third position with one bronze, two silvers and one bronze.
In the men’s Lightweight Single Sculls Peter Mihaly GALAMBOS (HUN) was leading the field during the major part of the race but had to face a tough challenge from Bartlomiej Szymon LESNIAK of Poland and both the athletes crossed the finish line almost simultaneously. But the Hungarian rower was just fractions of a second faster. Peter Mihaly GALAMBOS grabs gold (6:58.78), Bartlomiej Szymon LESNIAK takes silver (6:58.84) and Michael SCHMID of Switzerland is third (7:02.81).
Team Russia missed out on the spots on the podium in the men’s Pairs final and came home sixth. The Italian pair of Luca PARLATO and Davide BABBONI delivered their country the opening gold medal at the championship. They managed to finish the 2,000m race in a time of 6:37.35. Silver went to Leo DAVIS and Jozef MULLER of South Africa (6:38.51) with France's Benoit DEMEY and Julien ROBINET taking bronze (6:39.73).
The German crew (stroke Milan DZAMBASEVIC) in the coxless four was the one that came first in a time of 6:05.07. The team of the Netherlands (stroke Thomas DOCMBOS) came second in a time of 6:05.20. The Poles (stroke Michal Jan CHRUSTOWSKI, 6:07.91) took bronze.
Brits Charlotte BURGESS and Eleanor PIGGOTT immediately took the lead in the women's Lightweight Double Sculls and came first in a time of 7:16.04. The Russian crew of Elena SENYUKOVA and Anna YAZYKOVA (7:18.12) came second, and Charlotte CULTY and Camille LECLERK from France (7:21.69) got bronze.
The German athletes Matthias ARNOLD and Julius PESCHEL (6:28.49) won the men's Lightweight Double Sculls final. Italians Francesco PEGORARO and Francesco RIGON (6:32.27) won silver, and Daniel MATYASOVSZKI and Bence POZSAR of Hungary (6:34.19) got bronze. The Russian athletes Vassily STASHKOV and Evgeny IVANOV finished only fifth.
The French crew (Augustin MOUTERDE, Edouard JONVILLE, Guillaume CAS, Theophile ONFROY) excelled in the men's Lightweight Four finals. They came first in a time 6:06.66. Italians Marcello NICOLETTI, Corrado REGALBUTO, Luca MOTTA, Giorgio TUCCINARDI (6:09.91) came second. The Russian crew (Pavel ZEMSKOV, Maxim TELITSIN, Andrey KRYAZHEV and Vladimir VORONOV) got bronze with a time of 6:13.3.
The last race of the championship was the men’s Eight finals. The Polish crew held the lead throughout the race and came first in a time of 5:41.4. Britain’s second place (5:43.05) became a surprise for everyone. The crew from Belarus (5:45.86) came third. The Russian eight finished only fifth.
(Source: Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate)