Hamish Henriques and Harrison Fox win gold on final day in Tokyo
Australia’s Hamish Henriques and Harrison Fox wrapped up a stellar 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships today by being crowned World Champions in the Junior Men’s Double Sculls.
The duo, from Perth and Melbourne respectively, did not lose a race throughout the regatta and today walked away with a gold medal in Tokyo on the final day of the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships.
“We’ve training for the last two years to try and achieve this, so it’s a really special moment,” said West Australian Henriques.
“The dream would now be to represent Australia – both at U23 level and then ultimately at the senior level,” he added.
Rowing Australia Deputy Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez said, “Congratulations to Hamish and Harry for a fantastic 2019 Junior Worlds campaign. They, alongside coach Jamie Hewlett, have not only performed consistently throughout the week to deliver gold in the A-Final, but have been a standout crew from the point of selection. The crew’s potential was obvious, however a good deal has to align and go well throughout the campaign for an amazing result like this to be assured.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to say well done to all the crews that raced this week in Tokyo and thank the coaches and support staff who have worked so hard to support our Juniors. Special thanks goes to Jason Lane as Junior Head Coach and Naomi Wagstaff as Team Manger for their tireless efforts in supporting the team.
“It would be remiss of me to not also thank the parents and families of our athletes and also our pathway stakeholders who help our juniors to race on the world stage, they, and we, could not do it without you.”
By virtue of winning their semi-final, the Australians were drawn in Lane 3, alongside fellow A-Final favourites, Germany.
The Australians, who are coached by West Australian Jamie Hewlett, were first to show with the German partnership of Paul Krueger and Aaron Erfanian holding the pace, while Italy’s Matteo Sartori and Nicolo Carucci were in third.
By the hallway mark, Henriques and Fox were out in front, leaving it to Germany and Italy to duke it out for silver and bronze. As the crews approached the final 250 metres, Australia upped their rating to 39 to hold off a late challenge from Germany who in turn were trying to get ahead of Italy. Australia went to 41 strokes to cross the line and take gold, while Germany took silver and Italy bronze.
In the other A-Finals of the day, Australia’s Junior Women’s Coxed Four were sixth in their A-Final, the Junior Men’s Coxed Four fifth in their A-Final, while the Junior Women’s Pair wrapped up their 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships ranked sixth in the world.