Dethlefs ’12 Wins Bronze at World Rowing Championships

Tom Dethlefs. (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Tom Dethlefs. (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Sat in Seven Seat of U.S. Men's Eight

CHUNGJU, South Korea—Building on a series of outstanding results in international competition, former Yale men's heavyweight crew captain Tom Dethlefs '12 won a Bronze medal on Sept. 1 at the 2013 World Rowing Championships. Dethlefs sat in the seven seat of the U.S. men's eight that finished third behind boats from Great Britain and Germany out on the waters of Chungju Tangeum Lake in Chungju, South Korea. 

Earlier in the summer Dethlefs, a native of Lawrenceville, N.J., clinched a gold medal with the U.S. men's eight at the third stage of the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland. That victory followed a silver-medal performance at the first stage of the World Cup in Penrith, Australia, and a bronze medal representing the U.S. in the open men's coxless four at the Sydney International Rowing Regatta, both in March.

With these results under his belt, Dethlefs headed to the World Rowing Championships, which took place in South Korea from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1.

In the final, the U.S. men's eight started slowly, clocking in at 1:22.47 and in sixth place at the 500m split. But the U.S. quickly pulled back into contention, closing the gap in the next 500 to record a third-place 2:46.64 at the halfway mark. In the final 1000, the U.S. was unable to catch up to reigning Olympic champion Germany and to the eventual champion, Great Britain, which finished in a time of 5:30.35. The U.S. finished in 5:33.92, ahead of boats from Poland, the Netherlands and France.

"It was a great race. We executed the race plan. We pretty much expected the British and Germany to lead," said Tom Peszek, who stroked the U.S. men's eight. "The race was really hard, everyone gave what they could and I'm proud that we stuck together."

The U.S. team finished in fourth on the medal table, with two gold medals, two silver medals and four bronze medals.

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