Silver for Canada’s Zeeman

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Jackie Skender

July 28, 2013, Linz-Ottensheim (ISN) – Canada’s Carling Zeeman beat the Austrian heat today, to pick up a silver medal in the women’s single at the 2013 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Linz-Ottensheim.

“It was a really good race; the fastest I’ve gone on the water. The conditions were really hot, so it called for a few adjustments in race prep and the race plan,” Zeeman said.

Lisa Schmidla of Germany won in 7:30.84 (just approx three seconds off a U23 World Best time), followed by Zeeman in 7:33.70 and then Elza Gulbe of Latvia in 7:33.79 in bronze medal position. Zeeman overtook Gulbe and Ukrainian sculler Nataliya Dovgodko, who ended up in fourth, in dramatic fashion to improve her 2012 bronze-medal placing.

“I pulled out a good finish. Second is obviously a step up from last year. The girl who won first was just a fantastic racer. I raced my best race and she raced her best race. I’m happy with it,” she said today. Zeeman is a product of Laurentian University and Canada’s development system, and is coached by Volker Nolte this year.

Zeeman told after the race: “It becomes a different race when the temperature is that high but it’s part of the sport. I was behind at 1000 metres so I had to start my sprint from 750 metres. It was a huge push to catch these guys.”

In other finals, the Canadian women’s eight finished fifth overall today in 6:30.56. The U.S. won the event in 6:16.81, followed by Great Britain (6:19.15) and Germany (6:21.61).

“The eight had a solid race,” said Rowing Canada Aviron women’s development coach, Michelle Darvill. “They are relatively young and some are quite new to the sport. There is a lot of hard work ahead and they are excited to take on the challenge.”

In other Canadian results today, Erin Snelgrove of Jordan, ON, was fourth in her B final in 8:01.11, or 10th overall in the lightweight women’s single.

Men’s single Ben Murphy (Markham, ON) was fifth in the B final in 7:21.93, or 11th overall.

The men’s double was sixth in the B final in 6:36.85, and places 12th overall. This crew is Pascal Lussier of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Paul Thiessen of Mitchell, MB.

At this year’s U23 Worlds, medals were spread across many nations, but Germany had three gold medals, the most for any one country. More info and complete results at