Marsh, Murphy and Lightweight Women’s Double Scull make semi-finals
Women’s Eight into A-Final; Men’s Pair to race B-Final
Australia’s Bronwyn Cox and Giorgia Patten continued their winning ways today at the World Rowing U23 Championships when they won their semi-final in the U23 Women’s Pair to progress to tomorrow’s A-Final. Meanwhile, Sam Marsh and Sean Murphy have both booked semi-final berths in Poznan, Poland.
The U23 Lightweight Women’s Double Scull of Verayna Zilm and Georgina Masters won their repechage progressing to Saturday’s semi-finals, while the U23 Women’s Eight finished second in their repechage to book a place in Sunday’s A-Final. The Men’s Pair of Andrew Judge and Jack O’Brien finished fourth in their semi-final, narrowly missing an A-Final berth.
In Cox and Patten’s semi-final it was Belarus and Great Britain who set the pace early on, with the West Australians sittingback in fourth as the crews crossed the 500 metre barrier. In the middle thousand, the Australians muscled into third place, knowing they would need a top three finish to make the A-Finals.
As the crews crossed into the final 500 metres, Cox upped the stroke rate and the Australians sprinted past the British and the Belarussians to snap up victory and a place in tomorrow’s A-Finals.
In the Men’s Pair semi-final, Greece, Romania and South Africa were the early contenders, with the Australia duo of Judge and O’Brien in fourth at the 500 metre mark. The middle thousand saw the Australians now in third and within a shot of qualifying and as the crews hit the final 500 metres the Australians upped their rate, alongside the Greeks and Romanians, in a bid to qualify alongside the South Africans who were in the lead.
It wasn’t to be for the Sydney University Boat Club pair, with Greece nudging ahead of the Australians at the line to take the third qualification spot, alongside South Africa and Romania.
West Australian Marsh needed a top three finish in his quarterfinal to book a place in Saturday’s semi-finals on Lake Malta. Marsh sat back in third for the first half of the race, before upping his rate at the halfway mark and overtaking Italy’s Emanuele Giarri and chasing down race leader, Benjamin Davison of the USA.
Davison hadled the race from start to finish, and it was he who crossed the line first, but the Swan River Rowing Club member held off a fight back from the Italian to finish in second and take a place in the semi-finals.
Murphy’s race saw the 22-year-old in the lead the race for the first half. The Mosman Rowing Club member was overtaken at the halfway mark by the Dutch sculler, Obbe Durk Tibben, and despite a sprint for the finish line, the Dutchman took the win, with the Australian in second, and Switzerland’s Jan Schaeuble in third – all three progress to the semi-finals.
The U23 Lightweight Women’s Double Scull fired out of the start in their repechage. The duo, who are coached by Rhett Ayliffe, needed a top two finish to make Saturday’s semi-finals and were the crew to watch alongside an in form German double.
Zilm and Masters were in second at the 500 metre mark, but upping the stroke rate the duo passed the Germans to take the lead, a position they didn’t lose as they crossed the line in a time of 7 minutes 49 seconds.
The U23 Women’s Eight of Elise Franetic, Ellen Pozzi, Ellie Parker, Kate Rowan, Lucy Pearce, Dyone Bettega, Maddison Brown, Rafaela Stalph and Rebecca Harrisson, needed a top two finish in their repechage to make Sunday’s A-Final.
Taking on France, Russia, Germany and Romania, the Australians were in second at the halfway mark with Germany in the lead. The Australians continued to put pressure on the Germans who had the lead throughout, while Russia attempted to claw back the distance between it and the Australians.
With 250 metres to go, Germany were still leading, with Australia in second. Harrisson called on her crew to up their rating to 37, they responded, but as the crews crossed the line it was Germany in first and Australia in second, both crews progressing to the A-Final.
Tomorrow will see the first medals up for grabs in Poland, with Australia on the hunt for silverware in the U23 Men’s Coxed Four and U23 Women’s Pair.
Race times for Australian crews at World Rowing Under 23 Championships on Saturday 28 July 2018
Race times are subject to draw, so both times are listed when draw is unknown – this will be updated on 28 July morning (AEST)
U23 Lightweight Women’s Single Scull (Russell): Semi-final 18:55 AEST (10:55 local time)
U23 Lightweight Men’s Single Scull (Murphy): Semi-final 19:09 AEST (11:09 local time)
U23 Men’s Single Scull (Marsh): Semi-final 19:37 AEST (11:37 local time)
U23 Women’s Double Scull (Hudson and Thompson): Semi-final 19:58 AEST (11:58 local time)
U23 Lightweight Women’s Double Scull (Masters and Zilm): Semi-final 20:33 AEST (12:33 local time)
U23 Men’s Pair (Judge and O’Brien): B-Final 22:40 AEST (14:40 local time)
U23 Men’s Coxed Four (Pensini, Clarke, Grant, von Appen and Ben-David): A-Final 23:10 AEST (15:10 local time)
U23 Women’s Pair (Patten and Cox): A-Final 00:25 AEST (16:25 local time)