Australia will be front and centre in some blockbuster deciders on the final day of World Cup III in Lucerne after some more inspiring performances on Saturday on the Rotsee in Switzerland.
The Green and Gold will line up in eight medal races, with the Men’s Four, Men’s Quad Scull, Men’s Eight, Women’s Single Scull, Women’s Pair, Women’s Double Scull, Women’s Four and Women’s Eight all in contention for a spot on the podium.
The results shows the quality and depth in Australian rowing as the team prepares to put it all on the line in the final competitive hit-out before September’s World Rowing Championships, where Olympic and Paralympic qualification is at stake.
World Cup II champions Annabelle McIntyre OAM and Jess Morrison OAM will start as strong favourites in the Women’s Pair as they continue the electric form that has heightened their growing standing as one of the most-dominant duos in the sport.
The had clear water behind them after taking out the first semifinal (7:09.63) and will race next to main rivals Romania in the A Final, with the crew of Ioana Vrinceanu and Roxana Anghel equally as sharp (7:09.63) in winning the second semi.
The Women’s Four of Giorgia Patten, Katrina Werry, Sarah Hawe, Lucy Stephan OAM go head-to-head with Commonwealth rivals Great Britain and New Zealand in their A Final, while Tara Rigney pushed hard to take out her semifinal in the Single Sculls to eclipse Kiwi great Emma Twigg.
But both will be chasing the brilliant defending World Champion Karolien Florijn. The Dutch star has not lost a race in the boat class since she swapped into it after the Tokyo Olympics.
The Olympic Champion Men’s Four of Alexander Purnell OAM, Spencer Turin OAM, Jack Hargreaves OAM and Alex Hill OAM continued to ooze class as they clocked the fastest time (6:01.21) in the semis to advance in style, with the Great Britain boat (6:01.35) once again the clear and present danger.
Both of Australia’s Big Boats will also race for gold in the Eights, while the Men’s Quad Scull (Cormac Kennedy-Leverell, David Bartholot, Caleb Anthill, Campbell Watts) and Women’s Double Scull (Amanda Bateman, Laura Gourley) have also rowed themselves into medal contention.
There was some spirited racing in the Lightweights, with Giorgia Miansarow just 0.07s short of bronze in the A Final of the Women’s Single Scull, while Blaine Heseltine unfurled another quality row to finish sixth in the Men’s Single Scull A Final.
The Men’s Lightweight Double of Sean Murphy and Oscar McGuinness took out their C Final, as did Henry Youl in the Men’s Single Scull.
Check out the full results at World Rowing and keep an eye on Rowing Australia’s social media channels for full coverage from World Cup II in Italy. The racing will be live on Kayo in Australia from 6pm AEST on Sunday, July 9.