By Dan Rankin
Sadly, not too many residents of St. Marys and area will be able to cheer on DCVI grad Cody Bailey from the stands of the Willem Alexander Baan Rowing Venue in Rotterdam this morning. But, at the very least, they will be able to tune in on WorldRowing.com this morning at 9:45 am to watch him and his teammate Trevor Jones row for Canada in the Men’s Double Sculls 2,000 m A Final at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships.
Bailey, 21, who the Independent last profiled in June, qualified to join Team Canada at the World Rowing U-23 Championships for the first time earlier this summer. He and Jones, who hails from Peterborough, have excelled in both of their races leading up to the finals today, placing second in their initial heat on Aug. 21, and second in their semi-final to advance to the ‘A’ Final this morning where they’ll aim to make it onto the podium.
In their heat Sunday, Cody and Trevor had pulled into the lead through the first quarter of the race, but were overpowered by the Dutch team around the halfway mark, finishing with a time of 6:29.38, just 2.78 seconds behind the Netherlands boat.
They improved their time in their semi-final on Tuesday, finishing in 6:24.93 – a mere 1.61 seconds behind the leading German boat of Max Appel and Philipp Syring, who were in first place for the entire 2,000 m, but were closely pursued by Canada.
Canada was the fourth-fastest boat among the six teams qualifying for today’s final. The Dutch boat of Amos Keijset and Abe Weirsma, who bested Bailey and Jones in their heat, had the fastest semi-final time of 6:21.53. Behind them, in order, was Norway and Germany. Bailey and Jones outpaced the South African and Belgian teams.