Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Alan Campbell qualifies for single sculls final

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Alan Campbell of Great Britain looks on after the Men's Single Sculls semi final on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 1, 2012 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Coleraine's Alan Campbell, the world bronze medallist, qualified for the single sculls final in second place behind Ondrej Synek from the Czech Republic.

Campbell started well and he led the field for the first 1250 metres but Synek produced a strong finish to claim the race win by a length.

Mahe Drysdale, the five-time world champion, won the first semi-final comfortably and will be favourite to win his first Olympic gold medal.

But it promises to be a thrilling race for the podium with Campbell, Synek and Sweden's Lassi Karonen all in medal contention.

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