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Three A-Final berths secured by Australia in Tokyo

Junior Men’s and Women’s Coxed Fours and Junior Women’s Pair into Sunday’s A-Finals

The Junior Men’s and Women’s Coxed Four and the Junior Women’s Pair were all successful in their repechages today (Friday) in Tokyo, to secure A-Final berths at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships.

The Junior Women’s Coxed Four of Scarlett Hanna, Olivia Moore, Teagan Blythe, Katherine Easton and coxswain Goldie O’Gorman were first up to secure an A-Final berth for Sunday in Tokyo after finishing in fourth place in their repechage.

The crew, drawn in Lane 1, took on France, USA, Germany and South Africa in the first race of Day Three at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships. While Germany took the early lead, Australia held on to fourth place to cross the line in a time of 7 minutes 12 seconds and book a place in the A-Final.

The Australians will take on Italy, China, Germany, France and USA on Sunday in Tokyo.

The Junior Men’s Coxed Four came out quick in their repechage and were in the lead for the middle thousand of their race. The crew of Alex Rossi, Lexi McClean, Johnson Daubney, Nick Rath and coxswain Harry Keenan, were overtaken in the 250 metres after a sprint from South Africa saw them take the win, but with Australia securing second place the crew made the A-Final.

Sunday’s A-Final will see the crew take on China, Ireland, Germany, France and South Africa.

The Junior Women’s Pair of Phoebe Robinson and Laura Chancellor, coached by Ben Southwell, needed a top two finish in their repechage to secure a spot in the A-Final. Drawn in Lane 4, the pair took on Denmark, Lithuania, Greece and Hong Kong, and sat in second for the whole race, fending off a challenge from Lithuania in the final 250 metres.

The pair, alongside Greece, will contest the A-Final on Sunday – joining China, Italy, Czech Republic and Germany.

The Junior Men’s Four of Nik Pender, Torben Ungemach, Riley Rees-Turner and Duke Gordon took on Serbia, India, Romania, Spain and Great Britain in their repechage. With only two A-Final berths up for grabs, it wasn’t to be for the Australians with the crew finishing in fifth place. They will contest Saturday’s B-Final.

The Junior Women’s Double Scull of Clare Netherway and Sophie Houston finished in fourth place in their C/D semi-final and will therefore contest the D -final on Saturday.