World Rowing Championships 2013: Day 1 Results Recap, Rowers to Watch in Korea

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2013

CHUNGJU, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 25:  Crews remove their boats from the water after a training session day one of the 2013 World Rowing Championships on August 25, 2013 in Chungju, South Korea.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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The 2013 World Rowing Championships have kicked off in Chungju, South Korea. Day 1's extensive run of heats provided plenty of interesting results for rowers who are looking to score a major victory in Asia.

Onlookers were treated to races in 10 boat classes in comfortable conditions on the Tangeum Lake International Rowing Regatta course. As we recap the opening day of action, let's also take at the rowers to watch across the rest of the event's duration.

Day 1 Results Recap

Here's each of the results from the elite class races.

It's worth noting that in the Lightweight Men's Single Sculls, the top four from each of the five heats qualified for the quarterfinal clashes. In the Men's Single Sculls, only the top three qualified across six heats.

Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls—Heats

 WinnerRunner-upThirdFourth
Heat 1Henrik StephansenJeremie AzouRajko HrvatAymen Mejri
Heat 2Michael SchmidNicholas PrattNedelcho VasilevJose Casiraghi
Heat 3Andrew CampbellJonathan KochNikolaos AfentoulisWong
Heat 4Peter GalambosJamie KirkwoodHakbeom LeeBenjamin Tolention
Heat 5Pedro FragaAlan Eber Armenta VegaDuncan GrantCatalan Flores

 

Lightweight Women’s Single ScullsHeats

Qualifiers: GRE, USA, AUT, GBR, RSA, BLR, BRA, NZL

Women’s PairHeats

Qualifiers: GBR, ROU, SRB, NED, NZL, UKR, USA, RSA, GER

Men’s PairHeats

Qualifiers: ITA, NZL, ESP, FRA

Lightweight Men’s Double ScullsHeats

Qualifiers: ITA, GBR, SUI, NED

Lightweight Women’s Double ScullsHeats

Qualifiers: ITA, GER, USA, NED, GBR, NZL

Men’s FourHeats

Qualifiers: NED, ITA, USA, GBR, AUS, BLR

Women’s Quadruple ScullsHeats

Qualifiers: GER, CAN

Men’s Quadruple ScullsHeats

Qualifiers: GER, UKR, CRO, SUI, GBR, EST

 

Men’s Single ScullsHeats

 WinnerRunner-upThird
Heat 1Mahe DrysdalePetru CodauDomonkos Szell
Heat 2Mindaugas GriskonisRoel BraasRoman Roeoesli
Heat 3Ondrej SynekSawarn SinghDani Fridman
Heat 4Alan CampbellNicholas PurnellGeorgi Bozhilov
Heat 5Angel FournierAleksandar Aleksandrov Vladislav Yakovlev
Heat 6Marcel HackerLuka SpikArtem Kosov

Rowers to Watch in South Korea

Sunday's showing has outlined a number of favourites to watch during the rest of the competition. While many of the heats finished in close contention, who destroyed the rest of the field with an easy victory? Let's take a look.

 

Henrik Stephansen

Stephansen was tasked with an immensely difficult opening race in the Lightweight Men's Single Sculls. The 25-year-old Dane was pitted up against Jeremie Azou, beating the Frenchman by just 0.14 seconds. This race quite literally went down to the last stroke as both rowers strived to assert dominance in the first clash.

Such a win gives Stephansen the edge as the competition progresses. His fast-finishing prowess is a potent weapon on his quest for glory and has already proven vital in South Korea.

He also set the fastest qualifying time at 6:56.61, as reported by World Rowing.

Helen Glover and Polly Swann

British hopefuls performed extremely well during Day 1. Glover and Swann's new partnership may have only started at the beginning of the season, but since hitting the water together, the pair have won every single race.

An intense battle with Romania's Roxana Cogianu and Nicoleta Albu saw the British duo pushed to the limit. Glover and Swann started slowly and had work to do in the latter half of the race to ensure victory. Encouragingly, even with the trundling start, they set the fastest qualifying time across all of the Women's Pair heats.

Alan Campbell

Campbell will be pleased for his fellow Brits, but the 30-year-old had his own reasons to celebrate in the cloudy South Korean conditions.

The 2012 Olympic bronze medallist hasn't enjoyed the best of spells in recent times. A misfired start in the Men's Single Sculls would have dented the confidence of a man who has struggled for rhythm all season. Luckily, a comfortable 31 strokes per minute was enough to safely qualify from his heat in first.

This win will do wonders for Campbell's confidence. Although it means nothing yet, the British rower will head into the quarterfinal with a rejuvenated morale and increased focus.