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Byrnes '05, Canadian eight win world rowing title

The gold medal-winning Canadian men's eight following their victory in Munich on Sunday (rowingcanada.org photo).

MUNICH, Germany -- Andrew Byrnes '05 and the rest of the Canadian men's eight won the gold medal at the FISA World Championships on Sunday, in Byrnes' first year as a member of the country's top boat.

Canada jumped out to a substantial lead and made it a race for second, timing in at 5:34.92, ahead of Germany (5:37.19), Great Britain (5:37.95), the United States (5:41.26), Russia (5:41.60) and Poland (5:43.63).

"We wanted to go out there and not just win by a bowball, but to prove that we are the best in the world," Byrnes' teammate Kyle Hamilton told rowingcanada.org. "We established a lead and then just cruised to the finish."

While the Canada men's eight has six members with previous World Cup, World Championship or Olympic Games experience, Byrnes is a newcomer to his country's top boat. The eight's members are Hamilton of Richmond, B.C., Adam Kreek of London, Ont., Dominic Seiterle of Victoria, B.C., Malcolm Howard of Victoria, B.C., Jake Wetzel of Saskatoon, Sask., Byrnes of Toronto, Ont., Ben Rutledge of Cranbrook, B.C., Kevin Light of Sidney, B.C., and (coxswain) Brian Price of Belleville, Ont.