SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2012
Two First-Place Finishes Highlight Day Four of World Championships
TRAKAI, Lithuania (Men’s Rowing) – Florida Tech rowers had their most successful day yet at the U23 World Rowing Championships on Saturday as Jose Gomez-Feria and Ernestas Zarskis won their respective races on Lake Galve.
Gomez-Feria, a member of Spain’s lightweight men’s four without coxswain, will compete for the world title in his event Sunday at 6:43 a.m. EDT (13:43 EEST). In the semifinal, Spain was victorious against a field of Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Hungry and Japan by more than four seconds at 6:42.69. With the championship on the line Sunday, Spain will once again race against Germany, Australia and the top three finishers from the first semifinal, Italy, Poland and France.
Zarskis and his teammate Kestutis Juozenas powered Lithuania to a first-place finish in the C Final of the men’s pair. They held off Egypt by 1.88 seconds at a time of 7:29.00 to secure the win. Ukraine, Latvia, Brazil and Moldova placed third through sixth, in order.
Mindaugas Beliauskas and Jonas Karalius will also race for Lithuania in the men’s eight B Final Sunday at 3:47 a.m. EDT (10:47 EEST). The boat, which did not compete Saturday, will line up against Belarus, Romania and Russia in the final.
Audio commentary and live results will be available for the final day of the U23 World Rowing Championships at the top link below the picture for this article.