Men’s Champ Singles

Kjetil Borch Repeats in Course-Record Time

By Nigil Lee | Published on October 20, 2013

International scullers dominated the men’s championship singles at the Head Of The Charles, sweeping the top four places. For the second year in a row it was Norweigian world champion Kjetil Borch leading the way, winning the race in course record time of 17:12.31. On a speedy river in perfect conditions, Borch beat countryman and doubles partner Nils Jakob Hoff to the line by 10.69 seconds. Hoff’s time 17:23.00 also eclipsed the 31-year-old champ singles record, set in 1982 by former American Olympian John Biglow. London Olympic gold medalist Mahe Drysdale was third in Saturday’s race in 17:30. Dutchman Jozef Klaassen, a B.U. graduate, was fourth.

Borch, racing the Hortken Rk, rowed alone the entire stretch of the course, opening a wide margin over the rowers who started in bow positions two and three. But he never let himself get complacent, knowing he had won from bow position 27 a year ago, and that there were again many threats among the higher bow numbers, particularly his friend Hoff, who started in bow position four. “I can’t celebrate,” Kjetil said, of his mindset on the course, saying he believes he could have rowed even faster. Borch and Hoff won doubles gold at the world championships in South Korea just over a month ago. Though Kjetil took a one-week vacation after that win, he immediately went back to training and that training was apparent when he was in top form during the race on Saturday.

Though he arrived a few minutes late for his awards ceremony, he quickly charmed the crowd with his smile and excitement, posing for the cameras as he received his medal, trophy, and bright-yellow Head Of The Charles champion’s jacket.


Volunteer for HOCR

image description

Make this year’s Head Of The Charles® a success. There are many opportunities to get involved over race weekend and before.