CHUNGJU, South Korea — Eleanor Logan of Boothbay Harbor cruised to a semifinal berth in the women’s single sculls at the World Rowing Championships conducted on the Tangeum International Regatta Course.
Logan, an Olympic gold medalist in the women’s eight at both the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing and the 2012 Summer Games in London, raced to a comfortable second-place finish Monday in the third of three opening-round heats at the worlds.
Racing in lane two in the six-competitor field, Logan left the starting line in second place, just behind Magdalena Lobnig of Austria, who was in lane one.
By the middle of the race Logan and Lobnig remained locked together and this remained the case into the final sprint, according to the World Rowing Championships website.
Logan, rating 28 strokes per minute, appeared to back off and Lobnig, at 32 strokes per minute, crossed the finish line first in a time of 7 minutes, 39.90 seconds.
Logan was second in 7:43.40, with the top two finishers advancing directly to Friday’s A-B semifinal while other finishers in the heat faced repechage, or second-chance, races at midweek.
The 25-year-old Logan is seeking to become the first American to medal in the boat class at the worlds or Olympics since Michelle Guerette won silver at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Logan, in her first full season of focusing on single sculls, came into the world championships after three podium finishes in World Rowing Cup events earlier this year.
The 2011 graduate of Stanford University earned the bronze medal in single sculls and a silver in quadruple sculls at World Rowing Cup #1 at Sydney, Australia, in March. She then won the women’s single sculls at the U.S. National Selection Regatta in Princeton, N.J., in April to qualify for the next two World Rowing Cup events.
In June, she added a bronze-medal finish at World Rowing Cup #2 in Eton Dorney, Great Britain, and with that finish earned the right to represent the United States at the world championships.
Logan then scored her third podium finish in as many attempts in single sculls at World Rowing Cup #3, winning the silver medal in Lucerne, Switzerland, where she finished 1.73 seconds behind 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Kim Crow of Australia but defeated reigning Olympic and world champion Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic by 0.36 seconds.
Lobnig had placed sixth at Lucerne.