Wind conditions cancel racing at World Rowing Championships
|The fourth day of racing at the World Rowing Championships saw two New Zealand crew progressing to A/B semi-finals and two crews moving to repechages. |
The Men’s Pair and Men’s Single Sculls quarter finals were postponed due to wind conditions.
Women’s Eight (W8+) – Heat
After taking silver and gold at World Rowing Cup II and III respectively, the New Zealand Women’s Eight remains unchanged with Kelsey Bevan, Kelsi Walters, Emma Dyke, Beth Ross, Jackie Gowler, Lucy Spoors, Kelsi Parker and Ella Greenslade. Coxswain Sam Bosworth leads the crew. Today’s heat included Australia, Great Britain and World Champions Romania, with crews needing to place first to progress to the A final. New Zealand came out with a strong start but it was Australia slightly ahead by the first 500, and after an incredible sprint by all crews, with Australia qualifying. New Zealand moves to a repechage on Friday.
Men’s Eight (M8+) – Heat
The New Zealand Men’s Eight crew sees a slight change from World Cup II and III, with the crew now including Phillip Wilson, Brook Robertson, Martyn O’Leary, Cameron Webster, Shaun Kirkham, Isaac Grainger, James Lassche, Stephen Jones and coxswain Caleb Shepherd. Lassche competed at World Cup II and III in the Men’s Lightweight Single Sculls. Needing to place in the top two to progress to the A final, the US maintained the lead for the majority of the race, with New Zealand needing to overtake Australia and Great Britain to secure second place. The US crossed the line first, with Australia taking the last qualifying spot in second. New Zealand, Great Britain and Canada move to a repechage on Friday.
Women’s Single Sculls (W1X) – Repechage
In a competitive heat including Switzerland’s World Champion, Hannah Osborne placed third in her heat in a time of 07:54 and moved on to the event’s repechage today. In a line up with Israel, Italy, Spain and Denmark, Osborne needed to secure first or second place to secure a lane in the A/B semi-final on Friday. Demark crossed the line first with Osborne taking second in a time of 7:37.13.
Lightweight Men’s Double Scull (LM2X) – Quarter final
In the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls, crews needed to finish in the top three to qualify. New Zealand’s Ben van Dalen and Matthew Dunham maintained a lead for the first 1500 but a final push from Ireland’s brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan saw them take second place, with both crews and Norway progressing to the A/B semi-final.
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