DERBY, Conn. - The U23 World Championships are set to begin in Linz, Austria, on Wednesday. The regatta-- an annual display of the world's finest young rowing talent-- promises five days of high performance and close racing.
Joseph Hanlon and Matthew O'Donoghue, two rising seniors on the Yale Lightweight Crew team, will represent the United States in the men's lightweight four (4-). Along with Joshua Konieczny (Dartmouth '13) and Michael Lindberg (Wisconsin '14), the pair look to bring home the first-ever gold medal for the US in the event. The best American finish in the men's lightweight four to date was a bronze medal at the 2010 championships in Brest, Belarus.
Hanlon and O'Donoghue will begin their quest on Thursday, July 25 in one of two heats, scheduled for 11:50 and 11:57 local time (5:50/5:57 EST). The top two finishers from each heat will advance to the final; others will advance to one of two repechage heats, to be held on Friday, July 26 at 11:08 or 11:15 local time (5:08/5:15 EST). The petite final for the men's lightweight four will take place at 10:19 local time (4:19 EST) on Sunday, July 28. The grand final will be contested later that afternoon, at 12:05 local time (6:05 EST).
More information, including a complete schedule, can be found on the FISA website.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity