Junior Women’s Double miss out on A/B semi-final by 0.59 of a second
The Junior Women’s Coxed Four of Scarlett Hanna, Olivia Moore, Teagan Blythe, Katherine Easton and Goldie O’Gorman opened the racing today in Tokyo. The Australian crew, coached by Brigette Carlile, were drawn in Lane 1 and took on Italy, USA and France.
At the halfway mark, the Australians were in third place, with Italy having taken a comfortable lead early on. The crew crossed the line in fourth place in a time of 7 minutes 12 seconds and will contest the repechage tomorrow in a bid to make the A-Final.
The women were followed down the course by Australia’s Junior Men’s Coxed Four of Nicholas Rath, Johnson Daubney, Lexi McClean, Alex Rossi and Harry Keenan. Coached by Judith Ungemach, the Australians needed a top two finish to make the A-Final and avoid the repechage.
The crew crossed the line in fourth place in time of 6 minutes 23 seconds and will contest the repechage on Friday in a bid to make the A-Final.
The Junior Women’s Pair of Phoebe Robinson and Laura Chancellor finished in third place in their heat in a time of 7 minutes 40 seconds. The Queensland-born duo will race in the repechage tomorrow in a bid to make the A-Final.
The Junior Men’s Four of Torben Ungemach, Riley Rees-Turner, Duke Gordon and Nik Pender needed a top two finish in their heat to avoid the repechage and progress straight to the A-Final. The crew, coached by Matthias Ungemach, took on Greece, USA, Great Britain and Spain in their heat.
The Australians crossed the line in fifth place, in a time of 6 minutes 17 seconds, with Greece and USA taking the two available A-Final berths. The Australians will now contest Friday’s repechage.
In the repechage of the Junior Women’s Double Scull, Clare Netherway and Sophie Houston needed a top two finish to book a place in the semi-finals. The duo, drawn in Lane 2, took on Canada, USA and Russia in their race and were in the lead for the first thousand metres of the race.
Russia made a move at the 1200 metre mark, with the USA going with them, to overtake the Australians. Netherway and Houston began to sprint for the line and as the three crews approached the finish line there was little to separate them, but it was the Australians who just missed out on an A/B semi-final berth, by 0.59 of a second. The Australians will race the C/D semi-final on Friday in Tokyo.