Australia’s top rowers have continued their impressive form on the road to September’s World Rowing Championships after a strong start to World Cup III in Switzerland saw a host of boats progress to the semi-finals.
On a warm day at the Rotsee in Lucerne, the Australians built some serious momentum heading into the weekend of racing, with the Women’s Pair and Men’s and Women’s Four among the crews showing their class in the preliminary rounds.
After taking Gold in World Cup II, then going on to post an unofficial world’s best time at a regatta at the Holland Beker regatta in Amsterdam, Annabelle McIntyre OAM and Jess Morrison OAM powered down the course to win their heat and book their lane in the semi-final of the Women’s Pair.
The Women’s Four (Giorgia Patten, Katrina Werry, Sarah Hawe, Lucy Stephan OAM) repeated the dose to defeat the British boat and progress, while the Men’s Four of Alexander Purnell OAM, Spencer Turin OAM, Jack Hargreaves OAM and Alex Hill OAM clocked the fastest time in their boat class to win heat three.
Just one second would go on to separate Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain 1, setting up another mouth-watering clash as the great sporting rivals go head-to-head in pursuit of World Cup medals.
Other boats to book their spots in the semi-finals included the Lightweight Men’s Single (Blaine Heseltine), Men’s Pair (Simon Keenan, Fergus Hamilton), Men’s Double (Harley Moore, Jack Cleary), Lightweight Women’s Double (Anneka Reardon, Lucy Coleman), Women’s Single (Tara Rigney) and the Women’s Double (Amanda Bateman, Laura Gourley).
Both the Men’s and Women’s Eights went straight through to the A Final, as did Women’s Lightweight Georgia Miansarow, who went via the repechage to secure a lane in the medal race.