New Canaan's Charlie Cole competed in the U.S. Men's 4 at the Lucerne World Cup on Sunday and came home with a bronze medal in an exciting finish.

Cole, an alum of New Canaan crew and Yale Men's rowing, teamed up with Scott Gault (Piedmont, Calif.), Brett Newlin (Riverton, Wyo.) and Giuseppe Lanzone (Annandale, Va.) and was among the leaders throughout the race.

With Great Britain leading the entire race, U.S., Greece and Germany battled it out for the medals. Greece took silver and U.S. held off a hard-charging Germany team, which crossed the line a mere 0.16 seconds behind the U.S. Serbia took fifth and New Zealand placed sixth. Great Britain won the gold medal with a time of 5:53.84, followed by Greece at 5:56.35 for silver.

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"We had a great race through the 1,500 and then got a little complacent," said Cole, 3-man in the four. "All credit to the Germans, who are a great crew, but we gave away a chance to push even further up. It was still a solid race. Halfway through the regatta, if you would have said, `you'll win the bronze medal,' we would have taken it, no questions asked. We had a very tough semifinal yesterday and raced some very tough crews today, so we're pleased with the result."

Cole's boat was one of four U.S. boats to medal on the final day of racing on the gorgeous glacial waters of the Rotsee.

The Women's 8+ held off Canada to win the gold medal and the women's pair and lightweight double each won bronze. These results, along with three fourth-place finishes, bode well for the upcoming 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia next month. For more information, visit www.usrowing.org.