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More A Final spots secured for Australia at World Rowing Under 23 Championships

Australia’s Women’s Four held their nerve in the repechage to book at spot in the A Final. Photo: Vera Buscu/Rowing Australia.

Australia’s two crews took their opportunities on day three of the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Bulgaria, with both boats booking a spot in the A Final.

The Men’s Pair of Jarrod Lord and Mitch Salisbury had a flying start in their semifinal and had the lead through 500m. By halfway, the Great Britain crew took the lead and from there it was a relentless struggling between Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand.

With three spots in the A Final up for grabs, the stakes were high, but Lord and Salisbury never relented. They were pipped for the win by Team GB by a margin of just 0.4s and will now focus on their recovery ahead of their medal race on Saturday (3:46pm AEST).

The Women’s Coxless Four of Sara De Uray, Sarah Marriott, Rebecca Pretorius and Phoebe Robinson had to navigate a repechage, requiring a top-two finish to qualify for the A Final.  

The women absorbed the high-pressure moment and wasted no time in imposing themselves on the race. They surged to an early lead and were never headed as they secured a lane in Sunday’s A Final. 

Deputy Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez OLY, said “It was another exciting day on the water for our Australian team. The overwhelming theme for all crews has been their doggedness and fighting spirit when placed under pressure. To their credit, all crew have responded with tremendous courage to once again progress to the next and final phases of their respective events.”

“Tomorrow will be an exciting day of racing and we wish all the Australian crews the best of success.”

The fourth day of the regatta on Saturday sees six Australian crews racing – the respective A Finals of the Women’s Coxed Four (2:48pm AEST), Men’s Coxed Four (2:58pm AEST) and Men’s Coxless Pair (3:46pm AEST), and semifinals for the Lightweight Women’s Single Scull (4:49pm AEST), Men’s Coxless Four (5:24pm AEST) and the Men’s Quad (6:20pm AEST). All crews contesting semifinals will require a top-three finish to progress to the A Final. 

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