Navy's Nuzum Places Sixth in Double Sculls Rowing
By Tim Hipps
Special to American Forces Press Service
SCHINIAS, Greece, Aug. 23, 2004 Navy Lt. j.g. Henry Nuzum teamed with Aquil Abdullah to finish sixth in the men's double sculls rowing "A" final Aug. 21 in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.
France's Sebastien Vielledent and Adrien Hardy won the gold medal in the 2,000- meter event at Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre. Slovenia's Luke Spik and Iztok Cop won the silver medal. Estonia's Rossano Galtarossa and Alessio Sartori took the bronze medal.
Two-time Olympian Nuzum, 27, of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Abdullah, 31, of Washington, D.C., were clocked in 6:36.86.
"It was a good race, probably a notch up on the semi," said Nuzum, attached to the Navy Recruiting District in Philadelphia. "This was probably our best race of the year. It wasn't perfect, but not many crews race perfect.
"We thought a very challenging but attainable goal would be to make the Olympic final. When we did that (Aug. 18), we kind of shifted our gears and said we wanted to be in the middle of the pack and maybe pick off somebody for bronze, but it didn't work out that way."
Nuzum, a graduate of Yale University and Surface Warfare Officer School, tipped his hat to Navy Sports Director John Hickock at Millington, Tenn., crediting his chance to compete in the Olympics to the Navy's "100 percent" support.
(Tim Hipps is assigned to the Army Community and Family Support Center Public Affairs Office.)