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Osaka University Rowing Club speaks with President Nishio on their Championship Results

2017-11-28(Tue)

On Monday, November 27, the coach and members of the Osaka University Rowing Club visited President Nishio to report their results in the Kansai Championship and the National Championship.

[1st Place at the Kansai Championship]

The Kansai Championship took place from July 1~2 at Hamadera Rowing Center in Osaka Prefecture, with some 30 groups competing from universities, corporations, and rowing teams from the Kansai, Tokai, and Hokuriku regions, as well as the rest of western Japan. OU Rowing Club won in "men's eight," one of the classes of boat rowing and the most popular event.

Teams of 8 rowers and one coxswain, or steersman, competed to see which team will be the fastest to row the 2000m course. There are currently about 30 male rowers (2nd ~ 4th year students) in the club, and the crew that appeared in the championship consisted of 8 rowers who competed within the club to earn their starting spot.

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[3rd place finish at the National Rowing Championship]

The National Rowing Championship, which took place from October 26~29 at Toda Boat Course in Saitama Prefecture, was the 95th for the highest level of its kind in Japan. Sixty-six teams entered the championship from all across Japan, including corporate teams, club teams, university teams, and even high school team.

The entrants from Osaka University were a coxed pair, which consists of 2 rowers and one coxswain, and the coxed pair event has both the longest total rowing time and the most burden per rower, requiring both high power and endurance.

Each rower must also have high technical skill, which makes it the toughest event in rowing. The OU men's coxing pair entered the competition and won the club's first 3rd place finish, earning them a bronze medal.

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President Nishio congratulated the team on its outstanding performances, with the athletes humbly thanking President Nishio for his words of praise. President Nishio then had a conversation with the athletes about the activities and recent events of the Rowing Club, making for a pleasant gathering from start to finish.

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