Rowers shine at World Championships

Greek rowers collected three medals at the World Championship held in Poland last weekend, confirming Greece’s status as an emerging force in global rowing. Alexandra Tsiavou and Christina Giazitzidou won the gold in the women’s lightweight double sculls on Sunday in Poznan. The Greek pair clocked 6 minutes 51.46 seconds, more than 5 seconds ahead of Poland’s Magdalena Kemnitz and Agnieszka Renc, who placed second, and Britian’s Hester Goodsell and Sophie Hosking, who placed third. «I cannot say we expected it. We did dream of it, though,» said Tsiavou. «When we came here, we realized that everything was possible,» she added. «I had never expected that to happen. We just wanted to reach the final and the gold medal came, so we are happy,» suggested Giazitzidou. Olympian Vassilis Polymeros won the silver at the men’s lightweight single sculls on the same day with a time of 6.52.33, behind New Zealand’s Duncan Grant. On Saturday, twins Nikos and Apostolis Goudoulas came in third at the coxless pairs event with a final performance of 6.23.01.