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World’s Best Time for Horrie in Bulgaria

Defending Champion clocks 9 mins 25 seconds in his heat to book a place in semi-finals

 Defending World Champion Erik Horrie kicked off his 2018 World Rowing Championships in style when he clocked a new World’s Best Time when winning his heat today (Tuesday) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The PR1 Men’s Single sculler crossed the line in a time of 9 minutes 25.11 seconds, some eight seconds faster than the previous record, and in turn reserved a place in Friday’s semi-finals.

Hannah Vermeersch and Addy Dunkley-Smith in the Women’s Pair (Copyright Rowing Australia)

In addition to Horrie’s win, Hamish Parry finished second in his repechage for the Lightweight Men’s Single Scull to qualify for the semi-finals on Thursday, and the Women’s Pair of Hannah Vermeersch and Addy Dunkley-Smith had a strong race to finish second in their repechage and book a place in their semi-final.

Hamish Parry (Copyright Rowing Australia)

Post-race, Horrie said, “We had a plan to go out there and have fun. I had to pull out of earlier races this year due to my father-in-law passing away so it was good actually get out there and race and think of him as I was coming down the course.”

Horrie was circumspect about recording a World’s Best Time on the opening day of the regatta.

“I think I was just very lucky today. The conditions were actually very tricky, especially in the middle thousand, it was very bumpy and you just had to hope that every stroke went in correctly. It was one of the more technical races that I have had to do, just trying to make sure that I got every single stroke connected correctly and just following the process.

Erik Horrie (Copyright Rowing Australia)

“Nothing changes between now and Sunday’s finals, it’s just following the routine. I’ll be back training today, exactly the same as we move through the regatta,” added Horrie.

With just three races on the third day of the regatta, tomorrow will see six Australian crews take to the waters of Plovdiv. The PR3 Men’s Pair of Jed Altschwager and James Talbot will have a preliminary race, while the Women’s and Men’s Eights will race their respective heats. The Women’s Single Scull, Maddie Edmunds will race in her repechage, while there will be two quarterfinals, one for the Men’s Pair and one for the Men’s Single Scull.

Race Times for Wednesday 12 September

PR3 Men’s Pair (Altschwager and Talbot): Preliminary Race – 10:46 local time (17:46 AEST)

Women’s Eight (Saunders, Gotch, Popa, Rowe, McIntyre, Wilson, J Edmunds, Fessey and Rook): Heat – 11:25 local time (18:25 AEST)

Men’s Eight (Donald, Black, Moore, Keenan, N Purnell, Masters, Booth, Widdicombe and Brodie): Heat – 11:33 local time (18:33 AEST)

Women’s Single Scull (M Edmunds): Repechage – 12:29 local time (19:29 AEST)

Men’s Pair (Judge and O’Brien): Quarterfinal – 16:06 local time (23:06 AEST)

Men’s Single Scull (Letcher): Quarterfinal – 16:38 local time (23:38 AEST)