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Brilliant Bronzes of the 2022 World Rowing Championships

On the final day of racing at the World Rowing Championships in Racice, the Australian Rowing Team won three brilliant Bronze Medals in the Men’s Double, Women’s Single and Men’s Eight.  

The Men’s Double of Caleb Antill and David Bartholot were racing the Olympic Champions from France in the A-Final, and fought hard through the race, looking relaxed as they propelled the boat with power. They held Silver through much of the race but the Spanish challenged them for that, and they won the Bronze Medal, notably ahead of rowing legends, the Sinkovic Brothers.  

Antill and Bartholot both said post-race, “It was awesome to go out there and race against two sets of Olympic Champions. Full credit for the longevity of the Sinkovic brothers’ careers and we look forward to racing them in the future.” 

The Men’s Eight of Jackson Kench, William O’Shannessy, Sam Hardy, Angus Widdicombe, Benjamin Canham, Henry Youl, Nick Lavery, Rohan Lavery and cox Kendall Brodie had a fantastic row in the A-Final setting an early rhythm and starting the race as they meant to continue, going through the halfway mark in third, behind the British and the Dutch. They held off pushes from the rest of the field to hold onto Bronze. 

Stroke man, Jackson Kench said: “It was a crazy race, the Men’s Eight is always a spectacle. We had to double check where we finished. There was such a high-quality field, anyone could have finished with a medal.” 

Tara Rigney took on the A-Final of the Women’s Single with confidence and was ahead of the New Zealand Olympic Champion at 500m, in second. The Kiwi pushed through to chase the leading Dutch woman in a tight field. Tara was then also getting pressed by China, who looked like she would threaten a podium finish, but Tara held onto the Bronze.  

Tara said: “It was a tough race, I have to give it to the Chinese sculler, she pushed me to the limit. This race was exactly the nature of the World Championships, with hard, intense racing. This season has been a bit of a surprise, I didn’t know what to expect so obviously it’s a huge achievement.” 

In the PR1 M1X A-Final with Erik Horrie OAM he had a quick and smooth start and continued to push hard through the field. It was a challenging field with the Paralympic Champion from Ukraine taking the win ahead of newcomer from Italy in Silver and the British Sculler in Bronze. Erik took fourth. 

The Women’s Eight of Emma Fessey, Georgie Rowe, Giorgia Patten, Ella Bramwell, Eleanor Price, Jacqui Swick, Jean Mitchell and cox Talia Barnett-Hepples had a strong technical row in the A-Final. They crossed the line in fifth, ahead of China, matching the result from last year’s Olympics. 

It was a close race between all six scullers in the B-Final of the Men’s Single Scull, with Jack Cleary in the mix through the half-way mark. A great scull from Jack on his Singles debut which saw him finish sixth and therefore 12th overall. 

Paul Thompson MBE, High Performance Director said, “There was some really spirited racing out there today and our three Bronze medals round off a World Championships where 25 team members won medals and stood on the podium from eight medal boats.” 

Thompson also commented and said, The boats were diversely spread across the team, Men, Women, and Para squads and in sculling and sweep. Our rowers did us proud in all of the boats and fought really well. Our focus now is to look at the lessons learned, what improvements need to be made and start preparing for next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Qualification World Championships regatta in Serbia. 

The Australian Rowing Team won four Silver Medals and Four Bronze. Overall, 16 of the 19 crews finishing in the top 10 with a team that had 21 Senior Debutantes. 

The team will now return to Australia and have some time away from training before recommencing training at their respective training locations at the end of October for the 2023 season. 

If you missed any of the racing this week then you can catch up on the action on Foxtel Channel 577 or Kayo, which includes daily highlights packages. 

The racing schedule and live racing updates can be seen via the World Rowing website: 

Follow the Rowing Australia social media channels for updates on the Australian Rowing Team across the year. 

For any information about team members, have a look at their biographies here: Australian Rowing Team Biographies 

Day Eight Results: 

Men’s Double Sculls (M2X) BRONZE OVERALL 

Caleb Antill 

David Bartholot 

Women’s Single Scull (W1X) BRONZE OVERALL 

Tara Rigney 

Men’s Eight (M8+) BRONZE OVERALL  

Rohan Lavery  

Nicholas Lavery  

Henry Youl   

Benjamin Canham  

Angus Widdicombe  

Sam Hardy  

William O’Shannessy  

Jackson Kench  

Cox: Kendall Brodie 

PR1 Men’s Single Scull (PR1M1X) FOURTH OVERALL 

Erik Horrie OAM 

Women’s Eight (W8+) FIFTH OVERALL 

Paige Barr   

Jacqueline Swick  

Georgina Rowe  

Emma Fessey  

Ella Bramwell  

Eleanor Price  

Jean Mitchell  

Giorgia Patten  

Cox: Talia Barnett-Hepples 

Men’s Single Scull (M1X) 6TH in B Final -> 12TH OVERALL 

Jack Cleary 

Overall Regatta Results 

Men’s Four (M4-) SILVER 

Jack O’Brien 

Jack Hargreaves OAM 

Spencer Turrin OAM 

Alex Purnell OAM 

PR2 Women’s Single (PR2W1X) SILVER 

Kat Ross 

PR3 Men’s Pair (PR3 M2-) SILVER 

James Talbot 

Nicholas Neales 

PR3 Women’s Pair (PR3 W2-) SILVER 

Al Viney 

Alex Vuillermin 

Women’s Four (W4-) BRONZE 

Annabelle McIntyre OAM 

Bronwyn Cox 

Katrina Werry 

Lucy Stephan OAM 

PR3 Mixed Four (PR3Mix4+) 4TH OVERALL 

James Talbot 

Tom Birtwhistle 

Al Viney 

Jessica Gallagher 

Cox: Teesaan Koo 

Men’s Pair (M2-) 5TH OVERALL 

Alex Hill OAM 

Harley Moore 

Women’s Quad (W4x) 6TH OVERALL 

Kate Rowan 

Amanda Bateman 

Rowena Meredith 

Harriet Hudson 

Men’s Lightweight Single (MLW1X) 3rd in B FINAL -> 9TH OVERALL 

Hamish Harding 

Women’s Lightweight Double (WLW2X) 4th in B FINAL -> 10th OVERALL 

Lucy Coleman 

Anneka Reardon 

Women’s Pair (W2-) 9th in B FINAL -> 9TH OVERALL 

Eliza Gaffney 

Georgie Gleeson 

Men’s Lightweight Double (MLW2X) 5th in C FINAL -> 17TH OVERALL 

Oscar McGuinness 

Redmond Matthews 

Women’s Lightweight Single (WLW1X) 5th in C FINAL -> 17TH OVERALL 

Georgia Nesbitt 

 

Reserves: 

Laura Gourley 

Patrick Holt 

Simon Keenan