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Trzybinski Wins Gold at U23 World Championships

Hubert Trzybinski
Hubert Trzybinski

Second U23 Championship Victory for German Sophomore

LINZ, Austria—Sophomore Hubert Trzybinski of the Yale men's heavyweight crew team claimed gold for Germany on Sunday at the 2013 World Rowing U23 Championships in Linz, Austria. He was one of three Elis—the other two were junior Simon Keenan, representing Australia, and incoming freshman Stephan Riemekasten, representing Germany—to represent their countries at the competition, which took place July 24-28.

The three Bulldogs were among the 811 athletes from 52 nations that descended on the Ottensheim international regatta course for the championships.

In his third year rowing in the single at the U23 championships, Trzybinski brought his substantial international experience to bear to take home the championship. He finished in 6:49.17, more than a second out in front of the second-place rower from Belgium. The victory adds to past success: in 2011 at Amsterdam, Netherlands, he won the championship, while in 2012 at Trakai, Lithuania, he finished second.

Fellow German Riemekasten, a two-time gold medalist at the Junior World Championships in 2010 and 2011, finished in fifth in the double at this year's U23 championship. At last year's U23 World Championship, he finished second in the double.

Meanwhile, Keenan, competing for his first time at the U23 World Championship, finished in fourth place with Australia's coxed four.

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.