Buckland, a 2002 Capital High School graduate who became an Australian citizen earlier this year, and his partner James Marburg, had a third-place time of 7 minutes, 2.12 seconds in the second of two semifinal heats at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre outside of London. Great Britain won the second semifinal heat in 6:58.46. The New Zealand pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, who set a world-best time during last Saturday's preliminaries, had the day's best time of 6:48.11.
Buckland and Marburg will row in lane 1 of Friday's A Final. The men's pair finals are scheduled for 2:20 a.m. PST Friday.