Chris Yeager of Westerville helped the U.S. men's eight set a world record time of 5 minutes, 24.31 seconds while winning the 2,000 meters in the U23 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on July 24.

Chris Yeager of Westerville helped the U.S. men's eight set a world record time of 5 minutes, 24.31 seconds while winning the 2,000 meters in the U23 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on July 24.

Yeager was rowing in the second seat as the U.S. defeated the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands in the grand final event of the four-day championships.

The previous world record in the 2,000 was set by Canada (5:30.72) in 2006. The best previous American time was 5:35 in 2007.

Yeager rowed for Westerville Crew during high school and graduated from Westerville North in 2008. He now rows at the University of California at Berkeley.