Watertown Native Competing at World Rowing Championships

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Watertown-native Alexander Richards will be competing for the U.S. at the World Rowing Championships in August.

A Watertown resident has been named to represent the United States at the 2019 World Rowing World Championships.

Watertown’ s Alexander Richards will be part of the men’s eight boat going to the rowing competition being held Aug. 25-Sept. 1 in Linz, Austria, according to an announcement from USRowing.

Richards, who attended Harvard University and Belmont Hill, has previous experience in international competitions. He was on the 4-man boat at the 2018 World Rowing Championships which finished in 13th place, and in 2017 he was on the 4-man boat that finished fourth. He was also in the pairs boat that placed fourth in the pair at the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships, and finished sixth in the 4-man boat at the 2013 World Rowing Junior Championships.

The World Rowing Championships is the biggest international rowing competition before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. It is also the first opportunity for countries to qualify boats (but not athletes) for the 2020 Olympics.

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