October 31, 2010

On the first day of racing at the 2010 World Rowing Championships, the weather became the bigger story. After only two events and five heats, racing was called off for the morning after the start of the first heat of the lightweight men’s double sculls.

One of the two events that got through the morning was the lightweight men’s pair. The U.S. duo of Oklahoma City athletes, Mike Nucci (Blue Bell, Pa.) and Evan Tsourtsoulas (Kastoria, Greece), who were facing New Zealand, France, Denmark, China and Switzerland, finished third.

Nucci and Tsourtsoulas moved into third at the start and stayed there for the length of the course. New Zealand won in a time of 6:33.25, followed by France in 6:36.48 and then the U.S. in 6:41.73. They will race again on Tuesday in the repechage, or second-chance race.

When racing resumed today, more OKC athletes were in action. Ryan Fox and the USA Lightweight Men's Four placed 2nd in Heat 3, successfully advancing the crew to Semi- Final A. Switzerland finished first in 5:57.31.

OKC's Ryan Monaghan and Deaglan McEachern also advanced to Semi-Final A of the Men's Pair event by placing 3rd in Heat 2 with a time of 6:37.20. New Zealand was first in 6:25.12, followed by Serbia in 6:35.32.

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