The US Men won a silver medal in their priority sweep boat: after charging through the regatta with wins in the heat and semi, they had the boat speed to make GB actually earn their repeat gold. The Us finished with overlap on the Brits, and the two leaders had touch of open water on the field by the end.
The medal for the four Tokyo Olympians--Liam Corrigan, Michael Grady, Nick Mead, and Justin Best--was the first US sweep medal of any kind at Worlds since 2017, and the USA's last podium in this event was in 2014 (also a silver).
The crew had already earned the US a place in Paris--the top seven places here earned Olympic spots--but now the US will enter the run-up to the Olympics as one of the crews to watch.
You can watch the video replay of the race here
Michael Grady, 3 seat: We raced a pretty good race and can't be disappointed with that result. It's a good stepping-stone into next year.
Liam Corrigan, stroke seat: All those crews are very good. You have the Olympic champion, you have Olympic gold medalists in the New Zealand four, some great rowers. We've worked hard for a while now, and it's good to have a better result for the U.S. Keep working. Obviously, Paris is the final goal, but it's a good start.
Michael Grady: We thought we could be pretty close to the British, and I think we stuck to them mostly and then they started to slip away a bit. They are a really high-quality crew and hats off to them.
If you look at the boat, we've all been around for a bit of time now. We went to Tokyo together and were first and second in the pair [this year]. I think it's a good position for us Americans to be in, having a four with four veterans.
Liam Corrigan: All the guys in this boat have pretty good boat feel and technical skill. They know how to talk about what's going on the boat and how to improve it. In terms of preparing for the regatta in the four, mentally, you don't have a coxswain, so you're a little bit more on your own. It's also different from a pair, where it's only two people.
Michael Grady, on winning the heat and semi ahead of the final: It really helps because it means when you're 750 meters into the race, no other crew can think, hey, these guys just going to blow up or they're just throwing something against the wall to see if it sticks. They have to treat it some respect. I think that helped us and that it's a real reflection of where we are now, that we have that, and it's just easier to race that way.
Read about the other US medal winners here.