Cracknell, Pinsent Set Rowing Record
LUCERNE, Switzerland (AP) _ Britain’s Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell won an unprecedented double in the coxed and coxless pairs Saturday at the Rowing World Championships.
Racing twice within 90 minutes, the British duo clinched the coxed pairs with coxswain Neil Chugani, then sped back up Rotsee Lake to prepare for the coxless event. After beating an Italian boat in the first race, Pinsent and Cracknell won in a dramatic photo finish over a powerful Yugoslav entry.
It was the first time a pair has swept the events at a major international regatta.
Norway’s Olaf Tufte, who won the World Cup title this year in his first season in the single sculls, edged Iztok Cop of Slovenia. Favored Xeno Mueller, the Olympic silver medalist from Switzerland, faded halfway through the event.
Olympic bronze medalist Kathrin Rutschow-Stomporowski of Germany won the women’s single sculls by a boat-length over World Cup runner-up Joulia Levina of Russia.