Men’s Champ Singles

Kjetil Borch of Norway Win his 3rd Title

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By Rich Petrilli – Posted on October 23, 2016

In a moment of calm after the heavy rains had ended and before blustery winds began to buffet the course, Kjetil Borch of Norway ran away from the field in the closing half-mile to win the men’s championship singles for the third time.

Rowing against New England favorite John Graves as well as fellow Olympians Damir Martin of Croatia and Juan Carlos Cabrera of Mexico, Borch added the 2016 title to his wins in 2012-2013.

The 26-year-old Norwegian became the seventh male rower to win the singles championship at least three times, and only the second to do so since the turn of the century, joining Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand.

Borch was second the first checkpoint at the Riverside Boat Club, still second at Weld, behind Damir Martin’s blistering 10:12.

The race really got heated as the rowers made their way past the Cambridge Boat Club, with Martin, Graves, and Borch all separated by roughly four seconds. Martin continued to lead after the third split, with a time of 15:26. though Graves and Borch had both shaved four seconds off his lead since Weld.

Between the CBC and the race finish, Borch turned a four second deficit into a five second margin of victory over runner-up John Graves. A buoy-violation penalty assessed to Graves made the final margin ten seconds. Martin faded over the race’s final half-mile and finished dropping to third place with a time of 18:37.

Borch’s final time of 18:26 in freshening breezes was well off his former course record of 17:12, set in winning the 2013 race.

Cabrera, who announced his presence in the ranks of the world’s elite scullers with an impressive eight-place finish in Rio, finished a disappointing 22nd in 20:09.

 

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