Monday, July 8, 2013
2013 Henley Finals: A Grand Day Out
I am running a 'Sunday Service' for my piece on the last day of Henley 2013. A fuller report and many more pictures will follow over the next few days but here is a taster and links to the results and to the official summery of the twenty finals that took place on Sunday, 7 July.
In very hot but otherwise near perfect conditions, eight course records fell including the one for the fastest time over the 2112m course. This was set in the Grand when the GB Eight beat the University of Washington. The previously undefeated Huskies should be proud that it took a national team to beat a college crew and the Brits only managed this by setting a previously unachieved time.
It was a spectacular regatta for Abingdon School who won the Princess Elizabeth (Junior M8+) for the third year running, something not done since 1948, while their old boys, Griffen Boat Club, won the Thames Cup (Club M8+).
In the Diamond Sculls there was an unexpected win for Aleksandar Aleksandrov from Azerbaijan who defeated two formidable opponents, Drysdale and Campbell. We will see much more of him in the future.
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© Photographs Tim Koch