ETON DORNEY, England – Yale heavyweight crew alum Charlie Cole '07 and the U.S. men's coxless four made their long-awaited debut at the 2012 London Olympics on Dorney Lake this morning. Racing in the third of three heats, the U.S. looked long and strong as they took an early lead and kept their bow in front all the way down the course. With a win this morning Cole and his mates have earned an extra day of rest, skipping tomorrow's repechage and will now race in Thursday's semifinals.
The U.S. crew of Cole (New Canaan, Conn.), Scott Gault (Piedmont, Calif.), Glenn Ochal (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Henrik Rummel (Pittsford, N.Y.)., led the entire way, coming through the 500-meter mark in a time of 1:25.97. By the 1000 the U.S. had edged out to nearly a boat length ahead of Greece, who were 2.34 seconds behind in second place. The Americans broke open in the third 500, stretching their lead to 2.87 seconds over the Greeks by the 1500-meter mark.
Coming through the grandstands the Dutch crew in Lane 1 delivered a solid sprint but the U.S. rowed comfortably to the line in first place with a time of 5:54.88. The Netherlands took second and Greece finished third to pick up the last semifinal spot. The Italians came fourth and will race in the rep.
Australia won the first heat of the men's coxless four, setting a new Olympic Best Time of 5:47.06. Great Britain won the second heat in front of their home crowd with a time of 5:50.27.
The U.S. will now race in one of the two semifinals on Thursday at either 10:10 a.m. or 10:20 a.m. London time. From there the top three in each race will earn a spot in the A final on Saturday.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity