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Daly, U.S. win at rowing worlds

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Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyVail's Will Daly, second from the left in the top row, and the U.S. lightweight men's eight rowing team celebrate their win at the 2008 FISA World Rowing Senior and Junior Championships in Austria last weekend. Next up for Daly are the Olympics in Beijing where he'll be competing in the men's lightweight four.

In this hemisphere, Vail’s Will Daly’s birthday is today. But by the time this paper hits the street, Daly’s 25th birthday will have passed because he’s already in Beijing, getting ready for the Olympics in rowing.

The good news is that Daly celebrated the quarter-century mark earlier this week in Austria as the U.S. lightweight men’s eight won gold at the 2008 FISA World Rowing Senior and Junior Championships.

Coxswain Ned DelGuercio (Media, Pa.), Matt Muffelman (Mathews, Va.), Tom Paradiso (Blue Bell, Pa.), Daly, Patrick Todd (Cincinnati), Mike Altman (Marin County, Calif.), Colin Farrell (Oaklyn, N.J.), Andrew Bolton (Old Lyme, Conn.) and Simon Carcagno (Pennington, N.J.) made a move at the halfway point to move up from the third-place position, overtaking the defending world champion crew from The Netherlands.

The U.S. finished in a strong sprint to finish first in a 5 minutes, 50.29 seconds, followed by Germany in a 5:51.69. The Netherlands fell to third place for the bronze medal, clocking a 5:52.37, with Italy crossing fourth in a 5:53.46. Poland finished fifth in a 5:55.11 and Canada crossed sixth in a 5:56.55.

“It was awesome,” said Muffelman. “We owe a lot of thanks to our coach John Parker for believing in us.”

DelGuercio, Bolton, Carcagno, Daly, Farrell, Paradiso and Todd were members of the 2007 World Championships Team. Paradiso, Daly, Todd and Altman will compete in the 2008 Olympic lightweight four in Beijing Aug. 11, while Carcagno and Bolton will serve as alternates to the team.

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