Records Set at World Rowing Races
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SEVILLE, Spain (AP) _ James Cracknell and Matthew Pinsent broke the world record Saturday and won the heavyweight coxless pair title for the second consecutive year at the World Rowing Championships.
The British duo covered the 2,000 meters in 6 minutes, 14.27 seconds. Ramon Di Clemente and Donovan Cech of South Africa were second, followed by brothers Sinisa and Niksa Skelin of Croatia.
Cracknell and Pinsent were almost four seconds faster than the old record, set by Pinsent and five-time Olympic gold medalist Steve Redgrave at the 1994 worlds.
In other events, Lisa Schlenker of Lake Oswego, Oregon, held off Maria Mas De Xaxars Rivero of Spain to claim silver in the women’s lightweight single sculls. Viktoriya Dimitrova of Bulgaria won in 7:28.89.
Other U.S. medalists included Joe Manion of Upper Darby, Pa., Dana Schmunk of Chelsea, Mich., and Daniel Beery of Oaktown, Ind., who won silver in the coxed pair. Steve Tucker of Mooresville, Ind., won bronze in the lightweight single.
The United States earned bronze for the second year in a row in the lightweight men’s eight. Italy won in 5:35.05, with Germany second.
Records were set in a number of races as a strong tailwind gave crews an extra boost along the Guadalquivir River.
In the women’s coxless pairs, Romanians Viorica Susanu and Georgeta Andrunache won in 6:53.80, more than three seconds ahead of Canadians Jacqueline Cook and Karen Clark.
Women’s single sculler Rumyana Neykova of Bulgaria clocked a world-record 7:07.71 to finish 4.03 seconds ahead of Ekaterina Karsten of Belarus.
Germany’s Marcel Hacker won the men’s single sculls in a record 6:36.33, more than a boat length ahead of Slovenia’s Itzok Cop and Norway’s Olaf Tufte.