Gold in Motion for Rowing Aus at World Cup 2

by Kate McKenzie-McHarg on June 25, 2018

Two Gold and two Bronze for the Australian Rowing Team at World Cup 2 in Austria.

Congratulations to the Australian Rowing Team for a strong start to their 2018 International Campaign at World Cup 2 in Austria. In overcast conditions Australia’s Men’s and Women’s Fours stormed home to take gold, while the Women’s Quadruple Scull and the Women’s Eight took Bronze.

In other A-Finals, the Men’s Quadruple Scull finished fourth, the Men’s Eight fifth and the Women’s Single sculler, Madeleine Edmunds, fifth. “Our race was alright, but it wasn’t the best" said Women's Four crew member Lucy Stephan. "We always say we want our worst to be better than everyone’s best, so we managed to do that today. Next we will be taking an eight to Henley Royal Regatta before heading off to Lucerne for the final World Rowing Cup.”

World Champions, the Men’s Four, led their final with a 50-stroke rate in the first 500. Jack Hargreaves, commented post-race, “That wasn’t our greatest race but it’s a really good starting point. We hope to continue our winning streak; we’ve never won at Lucerne (World Rowing Cup 3) so we hope to now turn that around.”

Australia’s Women’s Quad Scull crew of Genevieve Horton, Caitlin Cronin, Rowena Meredith and Olympia Aldersey made their move in the second thousand to take bronze. Caitlin Cronin said post-race, “We were expecting a tight race today after the times in the heats and the reps. It really could have been anyone’s game but we executed our plan. We will be in Lucerne, for World Rowing Cup 3, where we hope to build on what we did today.”

Finally Australia's Women’s Eight of Leah Saunders, Hannah Vermeersch, Addy Dunkley-Smith, Georgie Gotch, Georgie Rowe, Ciona Wilson, Jacinta Edmunds, Emma Fessey and coxswain, James Rook came out firing to take Bronze. The team will now prepare for World Cup 3 in Lucerne.

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