Golden Conclusion to U23 World Championships

by Robert Muir on July 29, 2019

The U23 World Championships have wrapped up in Sarasota-Bradenton, USA with Australia’s second gold coming from the final race of the event on Sunday. The first of the medals however came on the Saturday 27th July with the Men’s Coxed Four claiming the gold and title of World Champion’s.

The day also saw the Women’s coxed four finishing with the bronze medal. The Men’s Coxed Four of Ben Canham, Angus Dawson, Mitchell Hooper, Adam Bakker and Caitlin Hockings had calm conditions for their final, set the pace early. Lead from around the 250 metre mark, the crew finished with a time of 6 minutes 10 seconds. The crew manage to hold off a late sprint from Great Britain, who took silver, followed by Italy for the bronze.

Bronze Medalists W4+ - Copyright Rowing Australia

The Women’s Coxed Four of Alexandra Nothdurft, Jane Perrignon, Sarah Tisdall, Imogen Purcell and Phoebe Georgakas found the bronze medal with a race that saw them hold the position for most of the race. They did hold off a late fight by the Canadians in last 750 metres and only missed claiming silver by 0.28 of a second behind the French. Italy claimed the gold. Come Sunday 28th the Australian team saw more success with Ria Thompson claiming gold in the Women’s Single Scull and the Women’s Double Scull of Giorgia Patten and Harriet Hudson claiming silver.

Ria Thompson - U23 Women's Single Scull World Champion - Copyright Rowing Australia

Thompson who was sitting in fourth for the first 1250 metres worked her way through the back past the Bulgarian and French scullers. With a boat’s length between her and the American, Thompson was able to find more speed and in the last 40 metres took the lead before winning by half a boat length.

Harriet Hudson and Giorgia Patten - Copyright Rowing Australia

Patten and Hudson of the Women’s Double Scull saw themselves situated well throughout their race. A late charge in the final 500 metres did see them take the lead but the Greeks proved too strong and claimed the gold with the Australians in second and Hungary in third. Thanks to the 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medals, the Australia team wrapped up the 2019 World Rowing U23 Championship ranked fourth tied with Greece. Great Britain claimed the top spot followed by Italy in second and Germany in third.

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