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Norway wins men’s double sculls at rowing worlds

September 1, 2013

CHUNGJU, South Korea (AP) — Nils Jakob Hoff and Kjetil Borch of Norway won the men’s double sculls on Sunday, the final day of the rowing world championships.

Hoff and Borch took the lead at the midway point of the race and held off a late challenge from Rolandas Mascinskas and Saulius Ritter of Lithuania to claim their first world title.

The Lithuanians were second followed by Francesco Fossi and Romano Battisti of Italy.

Donata Vistartaite and Milda Valciukaite of Lithuania won the women’s double sculls event, beating Fiona Bourke and Zoe Stevenson of New Zealand. Ekaterina Karsten and Yuliya Bichyk of Belarus were third.

Denmark won the men’s lightweight double four, finishing ahead of New Zealand and Britain. The United States defended its title in the women’s eight, overpowering Romania and Canada.

Britain prevailed in the men’s eight, edging Germany at the finish line. The United States placed third.

Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic took the men’s single sculls, finishing ahead of Angel Fournier Rodriguez of Cuba and Marcel Hacker of Germany. Australia’s Kim Crow took top honors in the women’s single sculls beating New Zealand’s Emma Twigg and Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic.

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