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Borch & Crow Successfully Defend Gold Cup Titles

by Sarah Marshall, smarshall@usrowing.org | Oct 24, 2015
Single scullers Kjetil Borch of Norway and Miroslava “Mirka” Knapková of the Czech Republic won their respective Gold Cup titles and $10,000 each in prize money. The historic 750-meter race on the Schuylkill River took place Saturday, October 24, in conjunction with the 2015 Head of the Schuylkill regatta in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – This year's podium pictures will look awfully similar to last year's as single scullers Kjetil Borch of Norway and Kim Crow of Australia won their respective Gold Cup titles and $10,000 each in prize money. The historic 750-meter race on the Schuylkill River took place Saturday, October 24, in conjunction with the 2015 Head of the Schuylkill regatta in Philadelphia.

In the men’s race, Borch won in 2:16.09. New Zealand’s Mahe Drysdale finished 2.97 seconds back, earning $5,000 for second, while 2014 gold medal single sculler Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic was third for $2,500. The only new face to the Gold Cup this year and American single sculler Andrew Campbell took the fourth place prize of $1,000.

Campbell, first-time Gold Cup competitor and member of the U.S. lightweight doubleDSC_4641 sculls at the 2015 World Rowing Championship, was excited to experience the famed race after finishing third at the 51st Head of the Charles Regatta last week.

“I am honored to have been included in the Gold Cup this year. It is incredibly to race against athletes of this caliber.”

Men’s Results | Official
Norway (K. Borch)                           02:16.09                               
New Zealand (M. Drysdale)             02:19.06       
Czech Republic (O. Synek)             02:20.54       
United States (A. Campbell)            02:22.27       

In a tightly contested and highly anticipated race, reining female winner of the Gold Cup,DSC_4529 Kim Crow, was able to keep her title with a time of 2:35.68. Less than two-seconds behind, Canada’s Carling Zeeman took the $5,000 second-place prize while the first female Gold Cup champion Miroslava “Mirka” Knapková of Czech Republic rounded out the field of four in a time of 2:43.19.

After taking the top spot in the women’s champ single sculls last weekend in Boston,American single sculler Gevvie Stone repeated her performance from last year with a third place finish in a time of 2:41.39.

Women’s Results | Official 
Australia (K. Crow)                          02:35.68                                           
Canada (C. Zeeman)                       02:37.11       
United States (G. Stone)                  02:41.39       
Czech Republic (M. Knapkova)        02:43.19        

The Gold Cup began in 1920, during the heyday of Philadelphia rowing and pitted the best amateur male single scullers in the world against each other in a sprint race on the famed Schuylkill River. The contest, and the cup, disappeared in the early 1960s, only to reemerge in 2011 after a 50-year hiatus, with the expansion of the competition to women.

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