Houghton misses out on medal at World Rowing Championships
Andy Houghton narrowly missed out on a World Rowing Championships medal after his fourth-place finish in the PR1 single sculls, in Florida.
Houghton came up against a fearsome field, spearheaded by Australian Erik Horrie, whom the Brit finished second behind in Friday’s semi-final and whose late burst saw him win Sunday’s final in 9:39.08 – a new world’s best time.
Ukrainian Roman Polianskyi flew out of the blocks and led for much of the race, but was visibly fatigued as the contest entered its closing stages, struggling to maintain his line.
Horrie, who was on the shoulder of Polianskyi throughout, timed his surge superbly and breezed past the Ukranian in the final 250m to win comfortably.
Polianskyi had to settle for silver, while Russian Alexey Chuvashev claimed bronze.
Houghton came home 22.73 seconds off the lead, and ten outside a podium finish.
It was a terrific effort by the 36-year-old, who was competing in his first World Rowing competition since the World Rowing Cup in 2013.
Rene Pereira of Brazil came fifth, 11 seconds behind Houghton, while American Blake Haxton completed the field.
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