August 14, 2008

Red Rower's Run Stops Short of Podium

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A former Cornell rower’s run at an Olympic medal came to an end this morning as Ken Jurkowski ’03 finished fifth in his men’s single sculls semifinal heat at Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park with a time of 7:11.52. There is, however, still one more chance for a former Cornell athlete to take the podium in Beijing.
Jen Kaido ’03 — the last Cornell representative at these Summer Games — will race in Sunday’s women’s quadruple sculling final at 6:30 a.m. EST. The other elite crews competing against the U.S. will be Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Ukraine and host country China. In the Kaido’s semifinal yesterday, the American women finished second to a German squad that led for the entire race.
Jurkowski isn’t done yet, though. The three-year U.S. national team member will race in the B final tomorrow at 5 a.m. EST to determine his final ranking within the top-12 of the field.