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Australians progress on Day Two of World U23 Championships

Women’s Double Scull; Lightweight Women’s Single Scull into semi-finals; Men’s Coxed Four sprint to line in repechage to secure A-Final

The second day of the 2018 World Rowing Under 23 Championships saw three Australian crews progress to semi-finals and an A-Final. The U23 Women’s Double Scull and U23 Lightweight Women’s Single Scull progress to Saturday’s semi-finals, while the U23 Men’s Coxed Four finished second in their repechage to book a place in the A-Final on Sunday.

Third place finishes for the U23 Lightweight Women’s Double Scull of Georgie Masters and Verayna Zilm and also the U23 Women’s Eight means these two crews will contest repechages on Friday morning in

The first Australian crew on the water today was the U23 Women’s Double Scull of Harriet Hudson and Ria Thompson. The New South Wales and Victoria combination came out fast in their heat taking on Italy from the start. With the Italians leading by half a boat length, Hudson and Thompson responded and moved up on the Italians.

The Italians responded and cemented the lead but the Australians held off competition from Russia who were sat back in third and crossed the line in second to book a place in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Wallis Russell flew out of the start in her heat of the U23 Lightweight Women’s Single Scull. Needing a top two finish to make the semi-finals, the Sydney University Boat Club member took the lead and moved out to nearly a boat length going into the middle of the race, leaving a tussle to go on behind her between Romania and Italy.

Coming through to the close of the race, the Queenslander, who finished fifth at World Rowing Cup 3 earlier this month, was easily in the lead with Italy’s Clara Guerra finishing in second and joining Russell in the semi-finals on Saturday.

The U23 Men’s Coxed Four of Fraser Pensini, Alexander Clarke, Kane Grant, Zac Von Appen and coxswain, Sarah Ben-David, needed a top two finish in their repechage today to ensure they made Saturday’s A-Final. Taking on crews from New Zealand, Ukraine, Russia, Romania and Denmark, the crewsat back in third for the majority of the race, with New Zealand the Ukraine taking the early lead.

However, as the crew moved into the final 500 metres, Ben-David called on her crew to up their rating and sprint for the line, rowing over the top of Ukraine to secure second place, behind New Zealand, and a place in Sunday’s A-Final.

The U23 Lightweight Women’s Double Scull of Georgie Masters and Verayna Zilm needed a top two finish in their heat to avoid the repechage of their boat class. Racing against an in form Italy and Spain, the Australians, who made the B-Final of this boat class at World Rowing Cup 3 earlier this month, crossed the line in third.

The U23 Women’s Eight featured in a tight heat with The Netherlands taking an early lead and Australia in second. However, Great Britain pushed ahead of both the Australians and the Dutch and motored into the lead as the crews crossed the halfway mark. As the crews sprinted for the line it was Great Britain who took the win, with the Netherlands and Australia battling it out for the second automatic qualification sport.

Despite a valiant push for the line, the Dutch took second with the Australians in third. The crew will now contest a repechage today. (Friday).

Race times for Australian crews at 2018 World Rowing U23 Championships on Friday 27 July

U23 Men’s Single Scull (Marsh): Quarter-Final 16:45 AEST (08:45 local time)
U23 Lightweight Men’s Single Scull (Murphy): Quarter-Final 17:45 AEST (09:45 local time)
U23 Lightweight Women’s Double Scull (Masters and Zilm): Repechage 18:10 AEST (10:10 local time)
U23 Women’s Eight (Franetic, Pozzi, Parker, Rowan, Pearce, Bettega, Brown, Stalph and Harrisson): Repechage 18:50 AEST (10:50 local time)
U23 Women’s Pair (Patten and Cox): Semi-final 19:05 AEST (11:05 local time)
U23 Men’s Pair (Judge and O’Brien): Semi-Final 19:20 AEST (11:20 local time)