Rowing: Campbell's unbeaten run ended

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The Independent Online

Alan Campbell lost his unbeaten record but set a personal best when finishing second to Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand by half a second in yesterday's semi-final of the world cup single sculls, lowering the British record held by Ian Lawson by six seconds.

"My plan was to win," the Ulsterman said, "but Mahe got the measure of me right at the beginning."

Drysdale's time of 6min 40.12sec was only four seconds short of the world's best time held by Marcel Hacker of Germany. "It was a frantic first 500 metres," Drysdale said. "I had to be far enough ahead so that he couldn't catch me at the end."

The British men's eights were disqualified for a lane infringement after their rudder string broke. An appeal has been launched.

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