RACICE, Czech Republic – Incoming heavyweight rower Connor Jones helped the United States men's eight boat to a gold medal at the 2010 World Rowing Junior Championships on August 8.

The U.S. crew was in third place off the start behind two-time defending champion Germany and last year’s silver medalist Great Britain. In the second 500 meters, the Americans took the lead and continued to hold off the competition in the second half of the course.

The U.S. crossed the line 0.65 seconds ahead of Germany for the gold medal in a 5:37.08. Germany won silver with a time of 5:37.73. Italy edged out Great Britain by 0.19 seconds for the bronze medal in a 5:41.04.

“We knew we had speed,” said men’s coach Colin Campbell. “We knew we could race anybody here, but we had to get it right on the right day. Today we got it right.”

Jones' crew finished second in both its heat and repechage en route to a spectacular upset in the final.

Reporting courtesy of USRowing.com