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Junior Women’s Coxed Four in thrilling race to line

Coxed Four finish second into A-Final; Junior single scullers into semi-finals

Day three of the World Rowing Junior Championships saw four Australian crews in action in Račice, two in repechages and two in quarterfinals. The Junior Women’s Coxed Four were involved in a thrilling repechage that saw them finish second and book a place in Saturday’s A-Final.

Meanwhile, the Junior Men’s and Women’s Single Sculls both secured A/B semi-final berths, while the Junior Men’s Pair just missed out on an A/B semi-final in the Czech Republic after finishing third in their repechage.

The Junior Women’s Coxed Four had a speedy repechage needing a top four finish to book a place in Sunday’s A-Finals. A fast start from Belarus and the USA saw Australia sat back in fifth in the first half of the race. However, Hannah Cowap called on her crew to dig deep as the crew crossed the halfway mark and they muscled into third.

As the USA surged ahead of the Belarussians, the Australians pushed ahead in a sprint for the line, overtaking the Belarus crew in the process. As the crews crossed the line, it was USA first, with Australia second and a place in the A-Final booked.

The warm water conditions saw Cormac Kennedy-Leverett put in a strong performance in his quarterfinal. The Griffith University Surfers Paradise Rowing Club member led his race from start to finish in order to book himself a place in Saturday’s A/B semi-finals.

Fellow Queenslander, Taylor McCarthy-Smith, was fast out of the start in her quarterfinal and was leading the pack as the crews hit the halfway mark. However, a push from the scullers from New Zealand and Italy at the 1500m marker, saw the Brisbane & GPS rower drop back to third place. As they approached the finish line it was Italy that took the win, New Zealand in second and McCarthy-Smith in third; all progress to Saturday’s A/B semi-finals.

The Junior Men’s Pair repechage featuring Hamish Wynn-Pope and Jack Thornton saw the Australians needing a top two finish to make the A/B semi-finals. The Victorian duo fought valiantly in their repechage, but it was South Africa and Great Britain that took the top two spots, with the Australians set to contest the C/D semi-finals on Saturday after finishing in third.

Race times for Saturday 11 August at Junior World Rowing Championships

Junior Men’s Pair (Wynn-Pope and Thornton): C/D Semi-Final, 17:30 AEST (09:30 local time)
Junior Men’s Coxed Four (Gerrard, Ullrich, Henriques, Rowe and Schmidt): A/B Semi-Final, 18:57 AEST (10:57 local time)
Junior Women’s Four (Robinson, Ballinger, Scott and Smith): A/B Semi-Final, 19:39 AEST (11:39 local time)
Junior Men’s Single Scull (Kennedy-Leverett): 21:11 AEST (13:11 local time)
Junior Women’s Single Scull (McCarthy-Smith): 21:18 AEST (13:18 local time)

C or D Final for the Junior Men’s Pair to be confirmed.