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Canadian men’s 8 wins silver at rowing worlds

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Photo courtesy of Jackie Skender, Rowing Canada
Photo courtesy of Jackie Skender, Rowing Canada

30/08/09
CBC Sports

Canada’s men’s eight won silver on the final day of competition at the world rowing championships in Poland on Sunday, as two other boats just missed the podium.

The men’s eight finished in a time of five minutes 27.15 seconds, well back of the German boat that won with a time of 5:24.13. The Netherlands took bronze (5:28.32).

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Canada qualifies eight boats for World Rowing finals

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Canada sends two more crews to finals at world rowing championships
(CP) – 30 minutes ago

POZNAN, Poland — Two more Canadian crews qualified for their respective finals Friday at the world rowing championships.

Lindsay Jennerich of Victoria and Sheryl Preston of North Delta, B.C., finished second in their semifinal in the lightweight women’s double to advance to Sunday’s final. Greece won in seven minutes 29.50 seconds, followed by Canada in 7:31.57 and Australia in 7:32.13.

The Canadians sat in fourth place for the first part of the race, but made a move at the right time to secure a spot in the medal round.

“We knew we had a strong middle 1,000 (metres) in our back pocket,” said Jennerich.

Preston agreed.

“We have a lot of trust in each other,” said Preston. “I have trust in Lindsay’s (race) calls … we’ve done a lot of racing and training together this year and that really showed in (Friday’s) semi.”

The Canadian lightweight men’s double also qualified for the final. Doug Vandor of Dewittville, Que. and Cam Sylvester of Caledon, Ont., finished third in their semifinal to advance.

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Canadian crews rowing their way into medal contention

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Great news from the World Rowing Championships for Canada.

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Getty Images
Several crews have moved on to either the finals or semis. Not mentioned in this article is that the lightweight men’s four and the Women’s Eight both moved on. The Women’s Eight and the coxed men’s pairs team are into the final and the men’s four has advanced to the semi-finals. The News is a lot more scarce than it was about the world athletics championships a week ago but still, good reports out of Poznan.

Canadian crews rowing their way into medal contention
Canwest News Service
Published: Monday, August 24, 2009

Canadian boats have taken the next step toward the finals at the world rowing championships in Poznan, Poland.

The Canadian men’s eights crew, which captured the gold medal at the Olympic Games last summer in Beijing, has moved onto the finals, while the lightweight men’s and women’s doubles advanced to the semifinals. Another three Canadian boats will have to qualify through the repechage.

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Berlino the mascot crashes

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Berlino drops Melaine Walker of Jamaica during a celebratory piggy back ride after she won gold in the women’s 400m hurdles. Owww!

Here’s another clip where Walker is interviewed after the fall. Didn’t seem to upset her too much.

Bolt given 3-ton piece of Berlin Wall

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Associated Press

BERLIN — Usain Bolt was honored by the city of Berlin by receiving an original segment of the Berlin Wall — nearly three tons of it.

bolt with the mayorThe Jamaican sprinter, who broke world records in winning gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters, was presented with the piece of wall at a small ceremony Sunday, the final day of the world championships.

The 12-foot high section will be delivered to Bolt’s training camp in Jamaica.

The piece of the wall, which divided communist East Berlin from West Berlin between 1961 and 1989, is decorated with a life-size painting of Bolt running on the blue track of the Olympic stadium and the words “NEW WR” — new world record. Bolt set a world record in the 100 at 9.58 seconds and 19.19 in the 200.

berlin wall“I will never forget Berlin,” Bolt said at the ceremony. “Ich bin ein Berlino.”

The bear mascot of the championships is called Berlino, while the phrase “ich bin ein Berliner” was used by former President John F. Kennedy during a visit to West Berlin.

Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit said Bolt had shown that “one can tear down walls that had been considered as insurmountable.”

The Berlin Wall came down in 1989, as communism was collapsing in Eastern Europe.

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Kai Long sets record straight on Owens legend

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Long’s sportsmanship was not case of race, says son
By Pirate Irwin (AFP) – 1 hour ago

BERLIN — A world famous legend recalling how German Luz Long crossed racial barriers to help American rival Jesse Owens qualify for the long jump final at the 1936 Olympics has been downplayed by Long’s son Kai.

photo courtesy of AFP
photo courtesy of AFP
Kai Long said his father, whose actions helped Owens win the gold, prompting a furious Adolf Hitler to leave the stadium early, had simply acted within the old tradition of amateur sportsmanship.

“It was not a question of race, of being black and white,” said Long, who is attending the world athletics to watch the long jump final.

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Upsets in the 800m

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Phil Noble/Reuters
Phil Noble/Reuters

Canada’s reigning world silver medallist Gary Reed and Sudan’s reigning Olympic silver medallist Ismail Ismail both failed to qualify for the [800m] final, scheduled for 1525 GMT on Sunday.

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And in other results, Mens 400m final BerlinLaShawm Merritt once again beat Jeremy Wariner to lead a 1-2 US rush to the 400m podium.



1 4 1206 LaShawn Merritt USA 44.06
2 6 1242 Jeremy Wariner USA 44.60
3 3 1113 Renny Quow TRI 45.02


Germany Athletics WorldsVeronica Campbell-Brown also finished second, again to her nemesis, Alyson Felix. Felix has now won her third consecutive world championships 200m title.


21 August 2009
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark
1 6 986 Allyson Felix USA 22.02
2 5 522 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 22.35
3 4 126 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie BAH 22.41

All results from IAAF site