SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2012
Gomez-Feria Instrumental in Spain’s Silver-Medal Finish
TRAKAI, Lithuania (Men’s Rowing) – Florida Tech newcomer Jose Gomez-Feria helped Spain’s lightweight men’s four without coxswain win the silver medal in the A Final at the U23 World Rowing Championships Sunday on Lake Galve.
Italy led the entire race and secured the event’s gold medal at 6:15.48. Spain pushed its counterpart the entire duration, finishing at 6:18.04. France, Poland, Germany and Australia rounded out the field.
Due to an injury involving a rower in Lithuania’s men’s eight, Ernestas Zarskis was named the replacement for the B Final. For the first time at this year’s world championships, he would race with FIT teammates and fellow countrymen Mindaugas Beliauskas and Jonas Karalius. Up against Belarus, Romania and Russia, Lithuania came in fourth at 6:06.55. Belarus proved to be the fastest boat with a time of 5:57.82.
The United States won gold in both the men’s and women’s eight. The men held off Germany by just over a half-second, while the women beat Germany by more than four-and-a-half seconds.