Greek rowers grab bronze
The Greek crew consisting of Eleftherios Konsolas, Panagiotis Magdanis, Spyridon Giannaros, and Ninos Nikolaidis captured the bronze medal at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida. This medal, in the men’s lightweight quadruple sculls event, was the only medal that Greece won at this year’s event. With this success, Greece has now won at least one medal at the World Rowing Championships every year since 2004!
The Greeks finished third in the final with a time of 5:53.64, behind France (5:51.85), and Great Britain (5:52.02). They repeated their success from last year, as they had also won bronze then with three of the same four in the boat. 19 year-old Ninos Nikolaidis, last year’s world and European junior champion, replaced Georgios Konsolas in this year’s squad. Konsolas competed in the lightweight single sculls this year, and was eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Greece also had two women’s crews competing in Sarasota, but both pairs were eliminated in the semifinals. In the women’s lightweight double sculls, Greece was represented by 19 year-olds Thomais Emmanouilidou and Maria Pergouli, who had won the bronze medal in that event in this year’s U23 World Championships.
The Greek team had hoped to add to their medal tally in the women’s double sculls, an event in which Greece had won silver in at the last World Championships, and subsequently placed 4th in at the Rio Olympics. Aikaterini Nikolaidou teamed up with 18 year-old Anneta Kyridou, who replaced Sofia Asoumanaki from last season. Kyridou, who won bronze at this year’s U23 World Championships and silver last year in both the World and European Championships, seemed to be a worthy partner for Nikolaidou. Nikolaidou herself, being an experienced athlete with a plethora of World Championship medals to her name despite being just 24, had aimed to add another in Sarasota. However, this young duo was ultimately eliminated in the semifinals.