Jack Cleary Earns Bronze Medal
TOKYO, Japan – Jack Cleary helped the Australians take third place and earn a bronze medal in the men's quadruple sculls A final on Wednesday morning in Tokyo.
Cleary sat in the bow position as Australia crossed the line in 5:33.97. The Dutch won gold in 5:32.03, but the race for the other medal positions were very tightly contested. Great Britain finished in 5:33.75 to take second, while Poland finished in 5:34.27 and took fourth, meaning .52 seconds separated second and fourth.
Joachim Sutton advanced to the A Final of the men's pair as he and teammate Frederic Vystavel recorded a time of 6:14.88. The Danish duo took second place in the first semifinal. Martin Mackovic and Serbia took second in the second semifinal to also advance to the A final. They crossed the line in 6:17.47 to easily qualify for the final. Sutton and Mackovic will go for medals tomorrow afternoon with the final scheduled for 5:18 p.m. PT.
Niki Van Sprang was in the same semifinal as Mackovic, but he finished in fourth place with a time of 6:19.57. Van Sprang and his Dutch team were edged at the finish line as Canada was able to come from behind and finish in 6:19.15. The Dutch missed qualifying for the A final by .42 seconds and will now compete in the B final, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. PT tomorrow.
Angus Dawson and Julian Venonsky both secured berths in the men's eight final. Venonsky, the coxswain for Team USA, helped lead the Americans to a third place finish with a time of 5:23.43. Dawson, sitting in the seventh seat for team Australia, took fourth place with a time of 5:25.06 as the top four teams in the repechage advanced to the final. Dawson and Venonsky will be back in action for the men's eight final on Thursday at 6:25 p.m. PT.