Frandsen Wins Silver for Canada in Men's Pair
Aug. 16, 2008
BEIJING - Former California rower Scott Frandsen partnered with David Calder to take the silver medal for Canada in the men's pair final at the Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park. The Canadians posted a time of 6:39.55 to finish behind the gold-winning pair of Drew Ginn and Duncan Free of Australia, which won in 6:37.44. New Zealand's Nathan Twaddle and George Bridgewater took bronze in 6:44.19.
Frandsen and Calder led through the first 1,000 meters, with a time of 3:15.80. Australia was in second place through 1000 meters in 3:16.02. Calder and Frandsen had brought the top time (6:34.02) from their semifinal into the final, after posting the third-best time in their heat (6:54.88) of the men's pair.
A two-time Olympian and three-time national champion with Cal's varsity eight at the IRA regatta (2000-02), Frandsen has excelled for Canada as part of the eight, coxless pair and coxless four. He took home gold in the pair from the 2008 Lucerne World Cup. He and Canada won in the eight at the 2001 Nations Cup Regatta in Austria, placed fifth in the eight at the 2004 Athens Olympics and claimed seventh in the 2005 World Championships in Japan. In the coxless pair, he took seventh in the 2002 World Championships and sixth in the 2003 Worlds. In 2006, as part of the coxless four, Frandsen was part of Canada's eighth-place finish at Worlds.