July 16, 2012
TRAKAI, Lithuania - Stanford's Austin Hack partnered up with Dariush Aghai to finish fourth in the men's pair A Final at the World Rowing Under-23 Championship Sunday.
Hack and Aghai's U.S. boat finished in a time of 6:50.51, just under six seconds behind gold medal-winning Great Britain and only 1.70 seconds behind Germany, which captured bronze.
Both U.S. rowers were part of the U.S. eight that captured gold at last year's Under-23 Championships.
The U.S. pair opened the race at the back of the six-boat lineup after 500 meters but made up ground over the middle 1,000. With 500 meters to go, Hack and Aghai sat in second position, two seconds behind Great Britain and just fractions of a second ahead of Germany.
The Germans and Russians, though, would make a final charge, overcoming the U.S. boat by the finish line.
"Austin and Daruish chose the toughest event at the World U23's," said Stanford men's rowing head coach Craig Amerkhanian. "With 18 entries, compared to only 10 in the men's eight for example, consisting of each nation's top rowers, finishing fourth is not what the men wanted but is very respectable. I am proud that these two 2011 U23 gold medalists took on the most extreme challenge and represented well."