A brace of GB Rowing Team quads in World Junior finals
Both of the GB Rowing Team’s junior men’s and women’s quadruple scull boats are through to tomorrow’s finals at the World Junior Championships in Hamburg, joining the already-qualified men’s coxed four and eight.
Steven Parsonage, Rowan Law, Samuel Meijer and Chris Lawrie, in the men’s quad, were involved in one of the more exciting races of the day, coming through to win after a tight course-long battle with Slovenia in 6:08.22.
The British quartet reached the 500m marker first but by just under two-tenths of a second. Slovenia reached the halfway point just over two tenths ahead, with Romania challenging closely behind. With 500m to go the GB boat was back in the lead but there was little to choose between the top three boats. The British boat needed a powerful push to seal the win and duly provided, allowing them to ease off in the final few strokes.
In a direct parallel, the GB women’s quadruple scull were also involved in a tight early-race tussle – this time with Germany. At 500m gone, the British boat got the verdict by just over a tenth of a second. At the halfway point Germany had the lead by a margin of just under three-tenths.
Whilst the host nation crew lengthened out their lead as the race reached the 1500m point Susannah Duncan, Anna Thornton, Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne and Flo Pickles were sitting firmly in second and went onto to qualify in that position in 6:58.10 with the Netherlands in third.
The GB women’s four of Matilda Martin, Heidi Long, Fionnuala Gannon and Saskia Budgettt were off the pace early in their semi-final today. They were in fifth place behind race leaders USA at 500m gone and had dropped behind Russia into sixth at the halfway point.
At 1500m gone the USA were a length and half up on Italy and Belarus at the head of the field and the British and Russians had moved past Australia at the rear of the race. The final time for GB, who were ultimately pipped by Russia to fourth, was 7:26.72 in fifth place. They now race tomorrow’s B Final.
Oliver Jonas and Arthur Doyle will also contest a B final in Hamburg tomorrow, having finished fifth in their semi-final. At halfway they appeared to still be in touch but then dropped back in a field led by the Czech Republic who went onto win in 7:06.88. Behind the leaders South Africa emerged strongly and Greece ultimately won a tight battle with Switzerland to take the final qualifying slot. The GB time in fifth was 7:14.23.
“Even though the women’s four and the men’s pair did not make the A finals, they were not far off and gave 100%”, said team manager John Layng.
Later today James White and Fraser Russell will contest the C final of the junior men’s double scull. They won their C/D semi this morning.
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(Events featuring GB Rowing Team crews only. For full results: www.worldrowing.com)
1. Miroslav Jech/Lukas Helesic (Czech Republic) 7:06.88
2. James Mithcell/Daniel Carter (South Africa) 7:07.81
3. Nikolaos Kakouris/Thomas Karamitros (Greece) 7:09.95
4. Alios Merkt/Joshua Meyer (Switzerland) 7:12.54
5. Oliver Jonas/Arthur Doyle (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:14.23
6. Alexei Jandic/Maxim Perendisli (Moldova) 7:32.95
Junior men’s double scull
1. James White/Fraser Russell (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:48.66
2. Thomas Clyma/Philip Wilson (New Zealand)6:48.75
3. Daniel Holod/Galen Bernick (USA) 6:55.36
4. Edvards Ezernieks/Martins Polis (Latvia) 6:56.87
5. Vlaidislav Zabluda/Tomer Shvartsman (Israel) 6:58.03
6. Guillermo Fleitas/Matias Rios (Paraguay) 7:08.19
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GB ROWING TEAM
Junior World Championships, Hamburg, Germany, 6-10 August, 2014
Coach: Ade Roberts
Oliver Jonas (Tideway Scullers School)
Arthur Doyle (St Paul’s School BC)
Coach: Mark Woodcock
Coaches: Richard Boulton/John Gearing
Liam Tustin (Evesham RC)
George Pearce (Pangbourne College BC)
Alexander Barakat (Eton College BC)
Matthew Aldridge (Christchurch RC)
Henry Lambe (Abingdon School BC)
James Clarke (King’s College School BC)
Luke Towers (Pangbourne College BC)
William England (Monmouth School)
Alex Gass (cox) (Reading Blue Coat School BC)
Coach: Neil Double
Fraser Russell (Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School BC)
James White (The Windsor Boys’ School BC)
Coach: Dez Atkins
Coach: Robin Dowell
Non-racing spare: Alex Haynes (Marlow RC)
Lead Coach: Richard Boulton
Team Manager: John Layng
Equipment Manager: Colin Greenway
Doctor Lucy Free
Physio: Andy Knee Robinson
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