Top 10 finishes for GB rowers at 2018 Youth Olympic Games

Michael Dalton and Theo Darlow finish fifth in the men’s pair, while Georgie Robinson Ranger comes ninth in the women’s single at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games


Georgie Robinson Ranger, Michael Dalton, Helen Taylor (coach) and Theo Darlow at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (Photo: Anthony Benoit)

The two crews representing Team GB at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games recorded top-10 finishes in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Molesey BC’s Theo Darlow and Michael Dalton, World Junior champions in the men’s four in 2018, won their B final to finish fifth overall, while Henley RC’s Georgie Robinson Ranger finished ninth by winning her C final.

All racing was contested over 500m in downtown Buenos Aires, except the 950m opening time trial, which featured a buoy turn at the halfway point.

Darlow and Dalton set the fastest time in Sunday’s time trial, finishing over a second faster than home favourites Argentina. In Monday’s heat the pair finished in an almost dead heat with Chile, with the South Americans given the win by just one hundredth of a second.

A third-place finish in the semi-final behind Uzbekistan and Argentina saw GB slide into the B final but the Molesey boys finished on a high, winning by nearly half a length over World Junior bronze medallists Croatia to take fifth overall.

Robinson Ranger, in the women’s single sculls, rowed to tenth in the time trial in a race dominated by Argentina’s World Junior silver medallist Maria Sol Ordas.

She finished second to Ordas in round three to progress to the quarter-finals, where she crossed the line third to progress to the C/D semi-final.

And Robinson Ranger finished her week with two wins, taking victory in both the semi-final and the C final to finish ninth.

The Youth Olympic Games continue in Buenos Aires until 18 October, with coverage available on the Olympic Channel website.