Junior Men’s Double win heat to progress in Tokyo
Hamish Henriques and Harrison Fox opened up Australia’s 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships campaign today with a win in Tokyo. The Junior Men’s Double Scull, coached by Jamie Hewlett, had a strong start to their international campaign, with the duo leading their race from start to finish to qualify for Saturday’s semi-finals.
At the halfway mark, the Australians had a clear water advantage, with their closest competition coming from the crew from Zimbabwe. However, by the 1500 metre mark, the Australians had pulled further into the lead, rating 37, and as the fastest boat on the course crossed the line in a time of 6 minutes 27 seconds. Their victory secured them the only semi-final berth available from their heat, it was also the fastest finishing time of all the Junior Men’s Double Scull heats.
In the Junior Women’s Double Scull, Sophie Houston and Clare Netherway were drawn in Lane 3 and also needed a top place finish to secure the only semi-final berth on offer. The Australians, coached by Stefano Balosso, came out fast and were second to the halfway mark, with China in the lead. The Australians slipped back into third, at the 1500m mark, and ulimtately crossed the line in a time of 7 minutes 18 seconds and third place.
The Australians will contest Thursday’s repechage in a bid to make the semi-finals, with the only semi-final berth secured from the heat by China, who won the heat in a time of 7 minutes 9 seconds.
Tomorrow (Thursday) will see Australia’s Junior Women’s and Men’s Coxed Fours, Junior Women’s Pair and Junior Men’s Four all race their heats, while the Junior Women’s Double Scull will contest their repechage. Race times will be updated on the World Rowing website in due course.