Edged: France’s Germain Chardin Holds On For Rowing Pairs Second in London


Germain Chardin (and his partner Dorian Mortelette) was on pace for a chance at victory in London’s Rowing Pairs contest.

But a pair of Kiwis (New Zealand) smashed past the French duo, leaving Germain with a solid second place finish in Windsor.

“It’s delightful, we wanted to live the final as if it was one of the finest sporting moments in our careers,” Chardin said. “That is, it is something good. It was fabulous, a sick trick.”

As the first French boat to qualify for the Final, there was no shame in a runner-up result. Especially as the pair came out swinging to hold the lead up until 500 meters.

“It was a good start, as usual, like we always used to do,” he continued. "In the last 500 meters, it was good enough to finish in front of the English and Italians.”

It was even better for the French to have held off the host team – who made their valient charge at the French to no avail.

“It was crazy,” he continued – visibly exhilerated at sealing France’s first medal in Rowing. “The crowd was so loud. We just closed our eyes, we just put our foot on the gas to finish solidly."


Andrew De Lara


August 03, 2012