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history of australian rowing at world championships

1989 World Championships- Bled Yugoslavia

Photos 1989 World Championships Photo Gallery

These Championships saw the return of Adair Ferguson who had not competed at this level since 1986. She won her heat in commanding fashion and established herself as the sculler to beat.

Our hopes were high for her semi-final but disaster struck. After a good start Adair stopped rowing about 150m from the start, threw her head back in despair and then made her way back to the boating area. Her rigger pin had worked loose making competition impossible. Although sabotage was suspected no proof was available.

Following a successful plea to FISA, Adair was allowed to compete in the petite final notwithstanding failure to complete the semi final. She won the petite final in a time comparable to that of the gold medallist.

In one of the highest standard events on the program, the men's double scull raced excellently into fourth place. With the opportunity for warm-up races in Europe beforehand, they would have undoubtedly won a medal. The lack of international competition preparation was critical with this crew.

men's double scull

Men's Double Scull

bow Paul Reedy & str Peter Antonie

The women's lightweight four raced well but missed out on a medal by 0.06 seconds. Unfortunately for Reg McKay, current ARC President, he was a judge at the finish and had to interpret the photo finish.

The men's lightweight four raced well also but made the final their worst row of the regatta finishing sixth.

The men's four was eliminated in the semi finals but performed well for their first international race.

At the managerial level, additional medical support in the form of a masseur was introduced for the first time. Further, for the first time, the team took all Australian equipment in recognition of its great improvement.

Index to Results on this Page
M1x M2x M4x    
M2- M2+ M4- M4+ M8
W1x W2x W4x    
W2-   W4-   W8
ML1x ML2x ML4x    
    ML4-   ML8
WL1x WL2x      


Men's Single Scull

Final B: 7th FIN, 8th AUT, 9th NED, 10th NZL, 11th BEL, 12th BUL
Final: 1st GDR 6.58.14; 2nd TCH; 3rd URS, 4th POL, 5th FRG, 6th URU

Men's Double Scull

Final B: 7th URS, 8th GDR, 9th POR, 10th FRA, 11th ESP, BUL scratched
Final: 1st NOR 6.23.40; 2nd HOL; 3rd AUT, 4th AUS and SUI, 6th FRG

Men's Quad Scull

Final B: 7th TCH, 8th FRA, 9th URS, 10th HUN, 11th DEN, 12th BUL
Final: 1st HOL 6.03.99; 2nd ITA, 3rd SWE. 4th GDR, 5th POL, 6th NOR

Men's Coxless Pair

Final B: 7th HUN, 8th CAN, 9th FRA, 10th ESP, 11th SUI, 12th NOR
Final: 1st GDR 6.39.95; 2nd GBR; 3rd AUT, 4th URS, 5th ROM, 6th YUG

Men's Coxed Pair

Final B: 7th CUB, 8th URS, 9th TCH, 10th URU, 11th FRA
Final: 1st ITA 6.54.67; 2nd ROM; 3rd YUG, 4th GDR, 5th GBR, 6th POL

Men's Coxless Four

Final B: 7th FRA, 8th URS, 9th TCH, 10th AUS, 11th AUT, 12th FIN
Final: 1st GDR 6.06.94; 2nd USA; 3rd NZL, 4th GBR, 5th NED, 6th YUG

Men's Coxed Four

Final B: 7th YUG, 8th BRA, 9th FRG, 10th CAN, 11th USA, BUL scratched
Final: 1st ROM 6.14.90; 2nd TCH; 3rd GBR, 4th GDR, 5th URS, 6th ITA

Men's Eight

Final B: 7th ESP, 8th ITA, 9th FRA
Final: 1st FRG 5.43.88; 2nd GDR; 3rd GBR, 4th USA, 5th URS, 6th BUL

World Champion West German Eight

World Champion West German Eight

German sports correspondents voted this crew as the German team of the Year. The young crew took over from Seoul gold medallists and promptly won the world championship. They joined Boris Becker and Steffi Graf on the stage who won the sportsman and sportswoman of the year.

Women's Single Scull

Final B: 7th CAN, 8th BEL, 9th USA, 10th NOR, 11th URS, 12th BUL
Final: 1st ROM 7.27.96; 2nd GDR; 3rd HUN, 4th FRG, 5th NED, 6th SWE

Women's Double Scull

Final B: 7th HUN, 8th USA, 9th DEN
Final: 1st GDR 7.01.71; 2nd ROM; 3rd BUL, 4th TCH, 5th URS, 6th FRA

Women's Quad Scull

Final: 1st GDR 6.16.62; 2nd URS; 3rd BUL, 4th TCH, 5th POL, 6th GBRZ

Australian Team

women's lightweight coxless four

Women's Lightweight Coxless Four

bow Linda Boldt, 2 Gini Skinner, 3 Rebecca Joyce, str Sally Ninham

Men's Coxless Four - Tenth
Bow: Stephen Nesbitt (SA)
2: Peter Murphy (NSW)
3: Cory Bernardi (SA)
Str: Tony Johnson (VIC)
Cch: Reinhold Batschi (ACT)

Men's Single Scull - unplaced
Richard Powell (QLD)
Cch: Bob Bleakley (QLD)

Men's Double Scull - Fourth
Bow: Paul Reedy (VIC)
Str: Peter Antonie (VIC)
Cch: Brian Richardson (VIC)

Men's Lightweight Four - Sixth
Bow: Nick Weston (VIC)
2: Tim Brew (VIC)
3: Simon Pringle (VIC)
Str: David Belcher (SA)
Cch: Martin Owen (Vic

Men's Lightweight Single Scull - eliminated in repechage
Rod Birt (QLD)

Women's Coxless Pair - Tenth
Bow: Kate Dearden (QLD)
Str: Deborah Bassett (VIC)
Cch: Peter Shakespear (AIS)

Women's Lightweight Coxless Four - Fourth
Bow: Linda Boldt (VIC)
2: Gini Skinner (VIC)
3: Rebecca Joyce (VIC)
Str: Sally Ninham (ACT)
Cch: Barbara Gillett (VIC)
Res: Josie Millard (VIC)

Women's Lightweight Single Scull - Seventh
Adair Ferguson (QLD)
Cch: Bruce Greenland (QLD)

Manager: Andrew Guerin (VIC)
Masseur: Wayde Clews (ACT)
Doctor: Bill Webb (NSW)
Selectors: David Yates (VIC), Dennis Hatcher (VIC), David Poulson (TAS)
Jury: Reg McKay (VIC)

More Results

Women's Pair

Final B: 7th NED, 8th POL, 9th URS, 10th AUS, 11th GBR
Final: 1st GDR 7.26.97; 2nd ROM; 3rd FRG, 4th USA, 5th BUL, 6th NZL

Women's Four

Final B: 7th URS, 8th GBR, 9th FRA
Final: 1st GDR 6.45.81; 2nd CHN; 3rd ROM, 4th CAN, 5th BUL, 6th FRG

Women's Eight

Final: 1st ROM 6.07.92; 2nd GDR; 3rd CHN, 4th BUL, 5th FRG, 6th USA

Men's Lightweight Single Scull

Final B: 7th POR, 8th USA, 9th IRL, 10th CUB, 11th SUI, 12th GRE
Final: 1st HOL 7.17.07; 2nd BEL; 3rd FRG, 4th CAN, 5th BUL, 6th ITA

Men's Lightweight Double Scull

Final B: 7th GBR, 8th USA, 9th NZL, 10th ITA, 11th YUG, 12th DEN
Final: 1st AUT 7.03.33; 2nd ESP; 3rd TCH, 4th FRG, 5th NED, 6th SWE

Men's Lightweight Quad Scull

FinalB: 7th ESP, 8th CAN, 9th USA, 10th AUT, 11th HKG
Final: 1st FRG 6.04.78; 2nd SUI; 3rd FRA, 4th ITA, 5th DEN, 6th CHN

Men's Lightweight Coxless Four

Final B: 7th NED, 8th FRA, 9th SWE, 10th AUT, 11th DEN, 12th YUG
Final: 1st FRG 6.28.70; 2nd ITA; 3rd GBR, 4th USA, 5th ESP, 6th AUS

Men's Lightweight Eight

Final B: 7th SUI, 8th CAN
Final: 1st ITA 5.47.95; 2nd DEN; 3rd FRG, 4th USA, 5th NED, 6th GBR

Women's Lightweight Single Scull

Final B: 7th AUS, 8th DEN, 9th YUG, 10th GBR, 11th FRA, POR scratched
Final: 1st USA 8.01.12; 2nd BEL, 3rd HOL, 4th ITA, 5th FRG, 6th CAN

Women's Lightweight Double Scull

Final B: 7th SUI, 8th GBR, 9th CAN, KOR scratched
Final: 1st USA 7.11.04; 2nd NZL, 3rd FRG, 4th DEN, 5th CHN, 6th FRA

Women's Lightweight Four

Final: 1st CHN 7.01.70; 2nd GBR; 3rd FRG, 4th AUS, 5th USA, 6th CAN

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