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Watts and Letcher miss out on semi-finals

Four crews set to take to the water tomorrow in Sarasota

The Men’s Double Scull of David Watts and Luke Letcher raced in a highly competitive repechage in a bid to make the A/B semi-finals at the 2017 World Rowing Championships. Drawn in Lane 1, the young Australian crew took on crews from Belarus, USA, Germany, Netherlands and Canada.

Requiring a top two finish, the Australians had changed up their seating, with Watts in the stroke seat for today’s repechage. A positive start saw the crew come out tussling with the group; however, it was the hometown favourites, USA, who surged into the lead.

As the Australians pushed into the second quarter of the race, they had muscled into fourth place, with the Netherlands and Canada battling it out for second and third behind the Americans. As the crews upped their rating in the final 500 metres, it was the Americans who crossed the line in first, followed by the Dutch, while the Australians were fifth after a late surge from the Belarussians.

The duo will now contest the C/D semi-finals tomorrow (28 September) at 9.45am local time.  In addition, racing tomorrow will be the Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Scull and Men’s Four in their respective semi-finals, while the Men’s Eight will contest the repechage in a bid to make the A-Final in their boat class.

Australian crews to race on 28 September at the 2017 World Rowing Championships
Semi-final C/D – Men’s Double Scull – 09:45am local time (23:45 AEST) Top three to C-Final, rest to D-Final.
Semi-final A/B – Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Scull – 10:51 local time (00:51 AEST – 29 September). Top three to A-Final, rest to B-Final.
Semi-final A/B – Men’s Four – 11:21 local time (01:21 AEST – 29 September). Top three to A-Final, rest to B-Final.
Repechage – Men’s Eight – 13:11 local time (02:11 AEST – 29 September). Top two to A-Final, rest to B-Final.