Justin Stangel did his part to earn the U.S. a berth in the men's pair rowing competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Now, the Madison West graduate and Mendota Rowing Club product must wait to see if he gets the call to participate in London.

Stangel and partner Tom Peszek claimed third place in the B final at the World Rowing Championships on Saturday on Lake Bled in Slovenia, securing a Top 11 overall finish that guarantees an Olympic berth for the U.S. in that event.

Specific athletes won't be chosen to man the boat until next spring, but Stangel, 26, made his case with a strong performance this week.

"It felt great to get the job done," Stangel, who rowed collegiately at Syracuse, told USRowing.com. "We raced a hard semi(final) yesterday; we maybe pushed a little bit harder than we needed to, but today, we were just confident in what we needed to get done.

"Our coaches, Bryan (Volpenhein) and (head men's coach Tim McLaren), have really helped us out this year, helping us find this late-end speed and helping us find our confidence.

"Today we executed the best we have. That was probably our best last 500 (meters). We're really happy. We had to fight right to the end; there were two really fast crews ahead of us, but it was a really good regatta overall for the pair."

Australia won the B final, completing the 2,000-meter course in 6 minutes, 32.73 seconds, followed by The Netherlands in 6:34.27 and the U.S. in 6:34.60 to finish ninth among the 11 Olympic qualifiers.

Bucky!

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