Team USA’s almost All-Ivy men’s four boat of Henrik Rummel (Harvard ’09), Glenn Ochal (Princeton ’08) and Charlie Cole (Yale ’07), along with teammate Scott Gault, took Bronze on the final day of Olympic rowing at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre. It marks the first Bronzes of the League’s 2012 rowing medal count (five Gold, four Silver, three Bronze).
Great Britain won the race in 6:03.97, followed by Australia (6:05.19) and USA (6:07.20). The fourth-place boat, Greece, finished more than four seconds behind the Americans.
The Americans started in lane five after the lanes were redrawn due to winds. After 500 meters, Great Britain held a slight lead on Australia with the rest of the field level at about a boat length back. But from there, the three eventual medalists separated themselves from the pack.
At the halfway point, to the delight of the home crowd, Great Britain led by a deck over Australia, with the US about a length back of the Aussies. The Americans made a move heading into the final 500m, but were unable to overtake Australia, which in turn was unable to catch up to Great Britain.
Rummel, Ochal and Cole become the first Ivies to earn an Olympic medal in the men’s fours since Doug Burden (Princeton ’88) won Silver in the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Ending the 2012 Games with 12 rowing medals (five Gold, four Silver, three Bronze), the Ivies have the highest combined rowing medal total (men’s and women’s) amongst Ivy rowers since the 1984 Los Angeles Games when they combined for 14 (1 Gold, 12 Silver, 1 Bronze).
Complete men’s four results are here.
In other rowing action on Saturday, Princeton’s Gevvie Stone won the women’s single sculls B final to place seventh overall. Stone started fast and was neck-and-neck with the Lithuanian Donata Vistartaite after 500m, then took the lead into the 1,000m mark. She led by a deck after 1,500m and increased that lead to cross the line in 7:45, more than two seconds ahead of Vistartaite.