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Australians keep the winning feeling alive on day two of U23 Worlds

The Men’s U23 Quad Scull pour on the power in Bulgaria. Photo: Vera Buscu/Rowing Australia

Australia has continued to fire at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Bulgaria, backing up a strong day one with more quality racing that saw a host of crews safely navigate the preliminary rounds.

The Men’s Eight, selected from the cohort of student athletes based in the US College system, started the day in fine style, finishing second in their heat and progressing directly to Sunday’s final.

Five athletes within the crew – Jamie Arnold, Marcus Emmett, Patrick Long, Alexander McClean and coxswain Harry Keenan – won a bronze medal at last year’s U23 World Championships. This year they are joined by Alexander Baroni, Lachlan Doust, James Isles and Harry Manton.

The Women’s Coxless Four of Sara De Uray, Sarah Marriott, Rebecca Pretorius and Phoebe Robinson raced well but were unable to overpower their Canadian rivals, finishing second in their heat. They will next contend the repechage on day three at the regatta, providing a second opportunity to race for a place in further rounds.

The Men’s Coxless Four of Fraser Miscamble, Nikolas Pender, Austin Reinehr and Nicholas Smith executed a near-perfect race to win their heat by more than three seconds, while Grace Sypher overcame an early battle with her German and Danish opponents to take out her heat of the Women’s Lightweight Single Scull.

The Men’s Quad Scull continued the winning run, putting on a dominant performance in their heat. The combination of Nicholas Blackman, Johnson Daubney, Harrison Fox and Alex Rossi were in command from start to finish to comfortably defeat their opponents and look forward to the semifinals.

Rowing Australia’s Deputy Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez OLY, said he was impressed with the focus and execution on day two of competition.

“The crews have once again rowed with composure against some fierce competition. We are very happy with the start we have made as a team overall, however, we know racing will only become more competitive and margins smaller as we progress.

“In order to continue the current momentum as the competition heats up throughout the rounds, it will require our crews to be at their very best.”

The third day of the regatta on Friday will see two Australian crews racing – the Women’s Coxless Four and the Men’s Coxless Pair at 5pm and 6:45pm AEST respectively. Follow the coverage on the Rowing Australia social channels and our website.