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Once again Andrew Campbell has won a bronze medal for the United States at the Junior World Championship. Note: Graham Mink made it to quarterfinals and finished fifth in the “C’ finals; Alex Buck and the men’s quad finished fourth in the quarterfinal and second in the ‘C’ final. Congratulations to all! Full results available at World Rowing.

Here’s a great interview with Andrew from US Rowing:
August 19, 2012

PLOVDIV, Bulgaria – Andrew Campbell had a message he wanted to send.

And he took the opportunity of winning a bronze medal in the lightweight senior single at the 2012 World Rowing Senior and Junior Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria today to make his point.

“There’s a lot of people out there who think American’s can’t scull, but I’m happy to be showing the world that we can scull and we’re coming to get you. It’s great to make the podium. This is definitely a deeper crowd than last year and I’m very proud of what I did.”

Call it youthful enthusiasm, or maybe confidence, but Campbell had the right to make that statement. He has already medaled in both the junior and under 23 world championships in the single. He finished fourth in Slovenia at last year’s world’s and this year he made both two-time world champion Henrik Stephansen and Hungary’s Peter Galambos work extra hard for the gold and silver medals they won.

Campbell, who had gotten progressively faster throughout the six day regatta as he worked his way through the field of 27 entries, led Stephansen through the first 500-meters and Galambous right into the final 300-meters.

The 20-year-old from New Canaan, Conn., finished third in 6:57.88. Stephansen, who won last year in Bled, finished in 6:56.41 and Galambos was second in 6:57.50.

“The race was paced better than last year,” Campbell said. “I hung with the pack for the first part and when I got to one-thousand meters, I knew I was going to be in it for a medal because I wasn’t as deep into the pain cave as I was in the past.

“I was very pleased to be able to raise the intensity in the last two-fifty and I think it’s just key that I got better in every race of this regatta, that’s what it’s all about. It’s just improving, improving, improving throughout the regatta and I think it really showed.”

For complete event coverage, schedules and results, visit http://www.usrowing.org/Pressbox/12SrJrWorldsChampions.aspx.