May 8, 2012
Belgrade World Cup Results
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Boston University will have a third representative at the 2012 London Olympics after former men's crew member Meindert Klem ('10) earned a spot on the Dutch coxless pairs boat with his performance this past weekend at the Belgrade World Cup.
He will make his second appearance at the Olympics after helping the Dutch 8 boat alongside Jozef Klaassen ('07) finish fourth in Beijing. Klaassen and Florian Mennigen ('06) were previously appointed to the Dutch 8 and German 8 boats, respectively, for the London Games.
To earn a spot for the Olympics, Klem and his partner Nanne Sluis needed to finish ahead of another Dutch pair (Derek Noordhuis, David Kuiper) at the World Cup to make an impression on head coach Dave McGowan, who would make the final decision on which pair would represent the Netherlands at the Olympics.
After winning Friday's heat, Klem's boat finished ahead of the other crew by 10 seconds during the semifinals on Saturday to earn a spot in Sunday's finals. Klem and Sluis took fourth in the 'A' final, missing out on a bronze by eight seconds and a gold by 10. The other crew ended up finishing fifth in the 'B' final for 11th place overall.
On Monday, McGowan officially announced that Klem would be competing in his second Olympics, leaving one other Terrier in the running for an Olympic bid.
A member of the United States lightweight four boat in Beijing, Will Daly ('06) recently won the lightweight doubles event at the USRowing Non-Qualified Olympic Trials and will now need to finish in the top two at the Final Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland on May 20-23.
Besides providing a forum for crews to earn a spot on their respective national teams, the Belgrade World Cup also provided a preview of the 2012 Olympics.
Winners of the last three World Championships, Mennigen and the German 8 boat trailed Great Britain by 0.3 seconds at the 1,000-meter mark but pulled ahead to claim gold by three seconds. Klaassen and the Dutch 8 boat had a strong performance as well with the bronze, missing out on the silver by just 0.3 seconds after trailing the British by nearly four seconds with 500 meters left.
While many former Terriers have raced in the Olympics, Ted Nash ('54) and Thomas Moellenkamp ('86) are the only two to have captured a gold medal. A winner in 1960, Nash also rowed at the 1964 Olympics for the United States and would later join the U.S. National Team as a coach. Moellenkamp competed in 1984 and 1988 for Germany and finished first on the second attempt.