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Women’s Coxed Four ensure back-to-back Gold for Australia in Bulgaria

Grace Sypher takes out her semi final of the Women’s Lightweight Single Scull as part of a brilliant day for Australia in Bulgaria. Photo: Vera Buscu/Rowing Australia.

Australia’s Women’s Coxed Four are back-to-back World Champions after Katherine Easton, Sophie Houston, Zara Collisson, Emily Sheppard and coxswain Nicholas Dunlop surged to a Gold medal at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. 

The Annabelle Eaton-coached crew had to use all of the tools at their disposal after an inauspicious start that saw them fourth at the 500m mark. But after some key adjustments just before 1000m, they took the lead and powered their way to the first Gold Medal of the regatta for the Australians.

It was the first instalment of an quality day of racing from the green and gold crews, with the Men’s Coxless Pair of Mitch Salisbury and Jarrod Lord (coached by Scott Rowe) collecting Bronze in their event.

Salisbury and Lord took it out hard and had the lead through 500m before the Great Britain and Italian boats made their move. The Australian duo fought tooth and nail to earn a spot on the podium behind Team GB and the second-placed Italians.

The Men’s Coxed Four of Riley Rees-Turner, Torben Ungemach, Dylan Rhodes, Alexander Wood and coxswain Hannah Cowap, coached by Matt Ungemach, had high hopes of a medal in their final following great form in their heat. After a slow start, the crew rowed a solid final 500m but narrowly missed the medals by less than 0.4 of a second.

The day finished off with all crews contesting semi finals coming away with wins in their respective events. Grace Sypher in the Women’s Lightweight Single Scull, the Men’s Quad Scull of Nicholas Blackman, Harrison Fox, Johnson Daubney and Alexander Rossi, and the Men’s Coxless Four of Nicholas Smith, Austin Reinenhr, Fraser Miscamble and Nikolas Pender will all take their place in A Finals.

It was an outstanding day of racing, headlined by the back-to-back World Championship gold in the Women’s Coxed Four. It was a nail-biting bronze medal for our Men’s Pair and an incredibly courageous row by the Men’s Coxed Four, who were beaten off the podium by the smallest of margins,” said Deputy Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez OLY.

“Our three crews competing in the semi finals rowed magnificently, winning their races, which results in this team having all eight crews contesting A Finals.

“We are excited about the racing on the final day. Just as all our crews have done throughout the regatta, we have little doubt they will race with courage, grit and determination.

The schedule of Australian crews racing on the final day of competition, Sunday July 23, is as follows (all times in AEST):

Lightweight Women’s Single (Grace Sypher)5:10pm
Women’s Four (Sara De Uray, Sarah Marriott, Rebecca Pretorius, Phoebe Robinson) 5:56pm
Men’s Four (Fraser Miscamble, Nik Pender, Austin Reinehr, Nick Smith) – 6:08pm
Men’s Quad (Nick Blackman, Johnson Daubney, Harry Fox, Alex Rossi) – 6:32pm
Men’s Eight (Jamie Arnold, Alex Baroni, Lachlan Doust, Marcus Emmett, James Isles, Pat Long, Harry Manton, Lexi McClean, Harry Keenan) – 7:32pm.
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