Lightweight men advance at World Rowing

rowingCanada’s two lightweight men’s crews advanced Tuesday (Aug. 27) at the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, Korea. The lightweight men’s pair of Eric Woelfl of St. Catharines, ON, and Brendan Hodge of Delta, BC, advanced to the A final after winning the repechage today.

Canada’s time was 6:50.59, followed by the Austrian pair in 6:54.28 – the top two go to the final. The U.S., Japan, and Korea are relegated to the B final.

“We told ourselves that as long as we stuck to our strengths, we’d be fine,” said Woelfl. “We were calm and collected throughout the race and we got the job done. We have to stay internal, but be aggressive, in the final.”

The lightweight men’s coach, Al Morrow, was pleased with their performance today: “The pair rowed in the upper end of what was expected of them to win the rep and go to the final. But they can look forward to a really tough race on Friday,” said Morrow.

In the lightweight men’s single, Nick Pratt of Kingston, ON, was third to advance to the semi-final. Denmark dominated the race to finish in 7:09.59, followed by Mexico 7:15.58 and then Canada in 7:18.62. This year’s lightweight single field is deep in quantity (28 entries) and quality.

Rowing conditions were good but that is expected to change. The World Rowing Federation has announced that torrential rain is forecasted for Thursday. More information is at

Racing continues until Sunday (Sept. 1).