Karwoski, US row to 4th in men’s 8

>Britain claims gold at Summer Games

The United States men’s eight rowing team – featuring Hollis native Alex Karwoski – finished fourth in the Olympic fi­nal on Saturday at the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games.

Britain claimed the gold medal with a time of five minutes and 29.63 sec­onds. Germany took silver at 5:30.96, while the Neth­erlands crossed the finish line at 5:31.59 to pick up bronze.

Karwoski and the rest of the Americans followed at 5:34.23, beating out fifth-place Poland (5:34.62) and sixth-place New Zealand (5:36.64).

The 25-year-old Karwos­ki, born in Nashua and a graduate of Groton School (Mass.), made his Olympic debut on Monday when the United States placed second behind Germany in the men’s eight Heat 2 with a time of 5:40.16. The Americans topped the five-boat field to win the men’s eight repechage (5:51.13), where the top four boats joined heat winners Britain and Ger­many in the final.

Rowing was among the early events of the 2016 Games, so to conserve en­ergy Karwoski and his teammates didn’t partici­pate in the opening cer­emonies. Prior to depart­ing for the Summer Games, he expressed that he was looking forward to the post-competition experi­ence.

"Since we’re done at the end of that first week," Karwoski said, "then we really get to take every­thing in during that sec­ond week and then enjoy the closing ceremonies."