Day 3 at Poznan and three A Finals for GB U23 crews
Great Britain ended day three of the World Rowing U23 Championships with the men’s eight, women’s pair and women’s four all securing places in the weekend’s A finals.
In the women’s pair, Heidi Long of Marlow RC and Hannah Scott of Leander/Princeton, lead Australia’s Giorgia Patten and Bronwyn Cox through 1,500m. The Australians surged in the closing stages of the race to take the win by 1.24 seconds. The two will face off again in Saturday afternoon’s final at 16:25 local time.
Imogen Grant will compete in her semi-final on Saturday at 10:55 local
The men’s eight coxed by Hugo Ramambason, Cambridge University Boat Club president, had to fight it out in the repechage today after being beaten by a strong crew from the USA in their heat. They needed to finish top two to make the A final on Sunday which they did today in some style, winning by a margin of over six seconds ahead of Canada.
The women’s four of India Somerside of Edinburgh Uni, Alice Bowyer of Reading RC, Flow Donlad of Leander and Megan Slabbert of Molesey also progressed to the final from their repechage, battling for second place with Greece for the vital second place. The British crew trailed by half a length in third at the halfway mark but fought back to move past the Greek crew to take second just over 5 seconds behind Belarus, but importantly 2.5 seconds ahead of Greece.
Gavin Horsburgh and James Temple of Edinburgh University dominated the repechage of the lightweight men’s double sculls, leading New Zealand over the line by two lengths to secure a place in Saturday’s semi-finals at 12:54.
James Vogel of Durham Uni and Max Townley of UL will race in Saturday’s B final at 14;40 for the men’s pair, having finished fifth in their semi-final, which was won by France.
All 15 British crews will race in A or B finals this weekend. You can follow the World Rowing liveblog here.
Women’s pair semi-final
1. Giorgia Patten & Bronwyn Cox (AUS), 7:50.85
2. Heidi Long & Hannah Scott (GBR), 7:52.09
3. Dzina Haluts & Kseniya Ramanouskaya (BLR), 7:54.06
Women’s four repechage
1. Belarus, 7:05.87
2. Great Britain (India Somerside, Alice Bowyer, Flo Donald & Megan Slabbert), 7:11.02
3. Greece, 7:13.55
Men’s pair semi-final
1. Thibaud Turlan & Guillaume Turlan (FRA), 7:05.01
2. Hans-Christian Luetje & Nils Vorberg (GER), 7:08.28
3. Andrew Maestrale & Raffele Giulivo (ITA), 7:11.66
5. James Vogel & Max Townley (GBR), 7:21.83
Men’s eight repechage
1. Great Britain (Ben Freeman, Harvey Kay, David Bewicke-Copley, Tom Digby, Leonard Jenkins, Matthew Aldridge, William Stewart, Freddie Davidson, Hugo Ramambason (cox)), 6:05.02
2. Canada, 6:09.01
3. Italy, 6:18.24
Lightweight men’s double sculls repechage
1. James Temple & Gavin Horsburgh (GBR), 7:00.82
2. Isaac Everitt & Christopher Stockley (NZL), 7:06.73
3. Alexander Bernst & Vlad Tyminskyi (CAN), 7:12.17