SEVILLE, Spain – Lisa Schlenker won her semifinal race in the women’s lightweight single sculls and Steve Tucker finished second in his semifinal of the men’s lightweight single sculls on Thursday to highlight the fifth day of competition for the United States at the 2002 FISA World Rowing Championships on the Guadalquivir River in Seville, Spain. The scullers now will race in the finals on Saturday.
Schlenker, a Lake Oswego, Ore. native, won the second of two semifinals to advance to Saturday’s final. Schlenker clocked a 7:53.81 to finish 2.06 seconds ahead of Croatia’s Mirna Rajle. Schlenker got off the line in third position and sat in second place at the 1,000-meter mark, trailing the race leader from Canada by 1.10 seconds at the midway point. That’s when Schlenker, the 1999 world championships’ silver medalist in the event, made her move. The American took control of the race in the third 500 meters and pulled away from the field. Rajle made a strong push to move into second place over the final 500 meters, while the Netherlands’ Kirsten Van Der Kolk held on to third place and the last qualifying spot for the final. In the other semifinal, Bulgaria’s Viktoriya Dimitrova stroked a 7:45.06 to defeat Spain’s Maria Mas De Xaxars Rivero by 3.39 seconds. The Czech Republic’s Daniela Nachazelova finished third in a 7:53.10.
Tucker (Mooresville, Ind.) finished second in the first of two semifinals of the men’s lightweight single sculls on Thursday, advancing to Saturday’s final. Tucker, who finished fourth at last year’s world championships, drew an extremely tough semi that included all three medalists from the 2001 World Championships – Ireland’s Sam Lynch (gold), Italy’s Stefano Basalini (silver) and the Czech Republic’s Michal Vabrousek (bronze). However, Tucker was up to the challenge as he clocked a 7:06.03 to finish 1.92 seconds behind Lynch. In typical Tucker fashion, the American sculler sat in the middle of the pack at the 500-meter mark, 2.34 seconds behind race-leader Lynch. Tucker then slowly made his way through the field, passing Vabrousek for third place by the 1,000-meter mark and Basalini just before the 1,500-meter mark. Tucker then pulled away from the Italian to claim second place. Basalini finished third, while Vabrousek was left to race in the “B” final for places 7-12. In the second semifinal, Germany’s Ingo Euler earned the victory in a time of 7:15.15, almost three seconds slower than Vabrousek’s fourth-place time in the first heat. With three scullers advancing to the final, Australia’s Anthony Edwards finished second, 1.04 seconds behind Euler, and Japan’s Hitoshi Hase finished third.
In the men’s single sculls, Aquil Abdullah (Washington, D.C.) finished fourth in his semifinal and will now race in Saturday’s “B” final, which determines places 7-12. Racing in the second of two semifinals, Abdullah made a strong run at a top three position and a place in the final, clocking a 7:28.82 to finish 4.80 seconds behind third-place finisher Dirk Lippits from the Netherlands. After sitting in fifth position off the line, Abdullah took over fourth place in the second quarter of the race and challenged Lippits for third place through much of the middle 1,000 meters. However, Lippits began pulling away just before the 1,500-meter mark to take control of the final qualifying spot. Norway’s Olaf Tufte won the heat in a time of 7:10.47, with the Czech Republic’s Vaclav Chalupa finishing second in a time of 7:15.07. Germany’s Marcel Hacker won the first semifinal in a time of 7:13.44, with Slovenia’s Iztok Cop and Austria’s Ralph Kreibich finishing second and third, respectively, to earn the other two qualifying spots.
The women’s pair of Megan Dirkmaat (San Jose, Calif.) and Portia Johnson (Seattle, Wash.) also finished fourth in its repechage, just missing a spot in the final. The duo will now race in Saturday’s “B” final, which determines places 7-12. Racing in the second of two semifinals, the U.S. boat got off the line in fourth place and could never manage to overtake the third-place crew from Australia for the final qualifying position. The Australians were able to maintain about a 1.5-second lead on Dirkmaat and Johnson throughout the middle 1,000 meters of the race. The U.S. crew cut the margin in half during the final 500 meters, but the Australians held on to their position. Dirkmaat and Johnson stroked a 7:40.28 to finish 0.66 seconds behind Australia. Belarus led the race from start to finish, clocking a 7:31.16, while Canada controlled second place after a slow start. In the other semifinal, Romania, South Africa and the Ukraine claimed the three qualifying spots for the final.
In the men’s four, Jason Read (Ringoes, N.J.), Beau Hoopman (Plymouth, Wis.), Luke McGee (Brant Lake, N.Y.) and Mark Flickinger (Corning, N.Y.) finished fifth in their semifinal and will now race in the “B” final on Saturday. The crew clocked a 6:26.37 to finish 13.77 seconds behind the heat winners from Germany. The U.S. quartet sat in fifth place at the 500-meter mark and could never mount a challenge on the top three crews. Germany won the first semifinal in a time of 6:12.60, with the crews from the Netherlands and Slovenia taking second and third, respectively, to capture the other two qualifying spots. In the second semifinal, Great Britain, Italy, and France qualified for the final.
A total of 328 boats and 932 rowers representing 53 nations are competing in 24 events in Seville. The U.S. has 81 rowers competing in 23 of the 24 events. The U.S. roster includes 14 Olympians and 23 first-time senior national team members. Thirty-two team members have won a total of 58 medals at past world championships. Last year, U.S. crews won four medals and had six, fourth-place finishes in the 24 events.
Racing continues on Friday with a second day of semifinals. Finals will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22.
USRowing is the non-profit membership organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of rowing in the U.S. USRowing’s Official Patron is Concept2, its Official Electronics Outfitter is Nielsen Kellerman, its Preferred Printer is Sport Graphics Printing, and its Official Supplier is BOC Advertising.
2002 FISA World Rowing Championships Results
Thursday, September 19, 2002
Women’s Lightweight Single Sculls (Semifinal A/B: Top Three to Final, Rest to Final B for places 7-12)
Semifinal A/B One: 1. Bulgaria, 7:45.06; 2. Spain, 7:48.45; 3. Czech Republic, 7:53.10; 4. Romania, 7:54.25; 5. Germany, 7:57.59; 6. Great Britain, 8:00.62. Semifinal A/B Two: 1. United States (Schlenker), 7:53.81; 2. Croatia, 7:55.87; 3. Netherlands, 7:56.76; 4. Greece, 7:58.80; 5. Canada, 7:59.16; 6. Switzerland, 8:10.18.
Semifinal C/D One (Top three to Final C for places 13-17): 1. Sweden, 8:10.87; 2. Austria, 8:10.93; 3. Paraguay, 8:15.99; 4. Mexico, 8:24.97. Semifinal C/D Two (Top two to Final C for places 13-17): 1. Tunisia, 8:07.64; 2. Italy, 8:14.40; 3. Norway, 8:18.55.
Men’s Lightweight Single Sculls (Top Three to Final, Rest to Final B for places 7-12)
Semifinal One: 1. Ireland, 7:04.11; 2. United States (Tucker), 7:06.03; 3. Italy, 7:08.88; 4. Czech Republic, 7:12.51; 5. Slovakia, 7:13.34; 6. Guatemala, 7:30.42. Semifinal Two: 1. Germany, 7:15.15; 2. Australia, 7:16.19; 3. Japan, 7:18.76; 4. South Africa, 7:21.08; 5. Mexico, 7:21.90; 6. Spain, 7:23.68.
Women’s Single Sculls (Top Three to Final, Rest to Final B for places 7-12)
Semifinal One: 1. Bulgaria, 7:45.95; 2. Germany, 7:47.69; 3. Italy, 7:50.23; 4. Cuba, 7:55.39; 5. Netherlands, 7:56.21; 6. New Zealand, 7:58.10. Semifinal Two: 1. China, 7:57.55; 2. Belarus, 8:01.95; 3. Russia, 8:03.23; 4. Spain, 8:06.52; 5. Great Britain, 8:11.37; 6. Hungary, 8:15.63.
Men’s Single Sculls (Top Three to Final, Rest to Final B for places 7-12)
Semifinal One: 1. Germany, 7:13.44; 2. Slovenia, 7:16.74; 3. Austria, 7:21.39; 4. Argentina, 7:25.89; 5. Italy, 7:36.46; 6. Slovakia, 7:43.51. Semifinal Two: 1. Norway, 7:10.47; 2. Czech Republic, 7:15.07; 3. Netherlands, 7:24.02; 4. United States (Abdullah), 7:28.82; 5. Finland, 7:36.59; 6. Bulgaria, 7:44.88.
Women’s Pair (Top Three to Final, Rest to Final B for places 7-12)
Semifinal One: 1. Romania, 7:33.44; 2. South Africa, 7:38.37; 3. Ukraine, 7:38.70; 4. Russia, 7:40.29; 5. New Zealand, 7:51.11; 6. Bulgaria, 7:54.51. Semifinal Two: 1. Belarus, 7:31.16; 2. Canada, 7:34.13; 3. Australia, 7:39.62; 4. United States (Dirkmaat, Johnson), 7:40.28; 5. Germany, 7:41.56; 6. France, 7:47.69.
Men’s Pair (Top Three to Final, Rest to Final B for places 7-12)
Semifinal One: 1. Great Britain, 6:47.17; 2. Croatia, 6:50.51; 3. Czech Republic, 6:52.96; 4. Canada, 6:58.02; 5. Italy, 7:09.98; 6. Brazil, 7:28.98. Semifinal Two: 1. Australia, 6:55.51; 2. South Africa, 6:56.94; 3. Yugoslavia, 6:59.09; 4. Lithuania, 6:59.81; 5. Argentina, 7:07.21; 6. Egypt, 7:12.71.
Men’s Double Sculls (Top Three to Final, Rest to Final B for places 7-12)
Semifinal One: 1. Australia, 6:36.40; 2. Great Britain, 6:38.44; 3. Hungary, 6:38.53; 4. France, 6:40.86; 5. Cuba, 6:44.25; 6. Lithuania, 6:58.55. Semifinal Two: 1. Italy, 6:36.86; 2. Czech Republic, 6:38.78; 3. Germany, 6:41.38; 4. Brazil, 6:46.29; 5. Ukraine, 6:46.78; 6. Austria, 6:51.55.
Men’s Four (Top Three to Final, Rest to Final B for places 7-12)
Semifinal One: 1. Germany, 6:12.60; 2. Netherlands, 6:13.90; 3. Slovenia, 6:19.48; 4. New Zealand, 6:22.60; 5. United States (Read, Hoopman, McGee, Flickinger), 6:26.37; 6. Bulgaria, 6:49.22. Semifinal Two: 1. Great Britain, 6:12.22; 2. Italy, 6:17.45; 3. France, 6:19.84; 4. Poland, 6:22.29; 5. Denmark, 6:25.57; 6. Czech Republic, 6:41.87.