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Boorman and Bakker claim bronze in Junior Men’s Double Scull

Junior Women’s Coxed Eight finish fifth in A-Final at 2014 World Rowing Junior Championships

Australia’s Tyron Boorman and Adam Bakker rounded off a strong week of racing in the Junior Men’s Double Scull when the duo walked away with a bronze medal from the 2014 World Rowing Junior Championships.

Competing in an A-Final with the reigning Junior World Champions, Germany, it was going to be a tough race for the crew and by the 250m mark Philipp Syring and Max Appel already had clear water over Lithuania’s Dovydas Nemeravicius and Armandas Kelmelis who were in second.

In bumpy conditions, Syring and Appel remained firmly out in front as the race turned into a procession with Nemeravicius and Kelmelis in second and Australia’s Boorman and Bakker firmly in third. By the close of the race it meant that Syring had retained his 2013 title, Lithuania had moved from fourth last year into the medals and Australia had gone from a sixth in 2013 to the bronze medal spot.

Post-race, Bakker, who is the first Queenslander to win a Junior medal since 2010, said: “It was a great race and it’s been a fantastic learning experience in Germany. Next year I would like to race in the Junior Single Scull, as Tyron will be under-23 so no eligible for the Juniors!”

Boorman echoed Bakker’s sentiments, with the Victorian saying: “It’s fantastic to have medalled this year at the event, having competed last year in the same event, with Jack Cleary, where we finished in sixth in the A-Final. I’m looking forward to what the future holds and stepping up to the next level from Juniors.”

The Junior Women’s Coxed Eight also competed in an A-Final yesterday, where the crew finished fifth in a race that was won by the home favourites, Germany. Australia was an outside chance to medal for the race, when the race featured fast qualifiers Russia and Germany and reigning European Junior Champions, Romania.

It turned into a battle for second and third after Germany took the lead, and it was Russia who claimed second, while Romania were third and the all-Victorian crew from Australia finished in fifth overall.

Four Australian crews competed in B-Finals at the event, with New South Wales’ Tom Schramko competing in the B-Final of the Junior Men’s Single Scull.

Schramko led the race at first but France’s Maxime Ducret edged ahead of Schramko who was also trying to hold off Bulgraia. The Sydney-based athlete finished the race in third, and ultimately ninth best in the world out of the 33 athletes competing, in what is arguably one of the toughest boat classes to compete.

In adverse weather conditions, three crews also featured in B-Finals, the Junior Women’s Coxless Four finished in fourth place in their race, the Junior Women’s Double Scull finished fifth in their B-Final, while the Junior Men’s Coxed Four finished fourth in their B-Final in Hamburg.

Three crews competed in C-Finals on Saturday with the Junior Men’s Coxless Pair, Jex Fatin and Sam Marsh finished in third with a time of 6:52:30, behind Chile and Italy, placing them 15th overall in the world now for the event. Also competing in a C-Final on Saturday, the Junior Men’s Coxless Four finished first in their race, placing them 13th in the world with a time of 6:11:97.

Amanda Bateman, competing in the C-Final of the Junior Women’s Single Scull, finished in fourth in her race with a time of 8:00:35, in a race that was eventually won by Denmark’s Astrid Steensberg.

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