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history of australian rowing at world championships

1997 World Championships- Aiguebelette France

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Women's Single Scull

Final C: 13th CUB, 14th ITA, 15th RSA, 16th LTU
Final B: 7th USA, 8th RUS, 9th FRA, 10th NZL, 11th NOR, 12th LAT
Final: 1st BLR 7:29.30, 2nd DEN 7:30.73, 3rd SWE 7:31.39, 4th BUL 7:34.42, 5th GER 7:34.68, 6th GBR 7:36.95

Women's Pair

Final B: 7th GBR, 8th BLR, 9th GER, 10th LTU, 11th NED, 12th IRL
Final: 1st CAN 7:08.09, 2nd ROM 7:14.77, 3rd RUS 7:17.10, 4th AUS 7:20.98, 5th DEN 7:21.41, 6th USA 7:21.85

The Australians were in the worst heat and finished fourth. They had a good repechage and semi-final winning both. They were capable of a minor medal as the times indicate and were therefore disappointed with the result.

Women's Double Scull

Final B: 7th LTU, 8th LAT, 9th UKR, 10th AUT, 11th USA
Final: 1st GER 6:51.07, 2nd GBR 6:52.56, 3rd ROM 6:52.63, 4th NED 6:58.63, 5th SUI 6:58.92, 6th AUS 7:00.52

The Australians finished second in the heat against Great Britain but in a poor time. They then finished third in the semi-final in a slow time thus foreshadowing what was to occur in the final. They raced very consistently throughout the regatta.

Women's Four

Final B: 7th NED, 8th POL, 9th USA, 10th ROM, 11th CUB
Final: 1st GER 6:16.15, 2nd DEN 6:19.35, 3rd UKR 6:20.16, 4th RUS 6:20.51, 5th BLR 6:26.64, 6th CAN 6:28.18

Women's Eight

Final B: 7th RUS, 8th NED
Final: 1st ROM 6:02.40, 2nd CAN 6:07.18, 3rd GBR 6:10.00, 4th BLR 6:12.72, 5th GER 6:14.24, 6th USA 6:15.58

Women's Lightweight Single Scull

Final B: 7th HKG, 8th DEN, 9th CAN, 10th ITA, 11th NED
Final: 1st USA 7:38.39, 2nd FRA 7:42.48, 3rd SWE 7:46.98, 4th GER 7:50.98, 5th GBR 7:52.51, 6th ARG 7:53.71

Women's Lightweight Pair

Final: 1st AUS 7:18.32, 2nd USA 7:20.34, 3rd GBR 7:23.97, 4th FRA 7:35.72, 5th GER 7:48.46

A fine race performance by the Australian pair from Melbourne.

Australian Women's Lightweight Pair

Women's Lightweight Coxless Pair - Gold Medallists

Justine Joyce and Eliza Blair

Women's Lightweight Double Scull

Final C: 13th JPN, 14th CHN
Final B: 7th NED, 8th ITA, 9th ESP, 10th GBR, 11th GRE, 12th POL
Final: 1st GER 7:00.93, 2nd DEN 7:01.77, 3rd ROM 7:03.86, 4th CAN 7:04.77, 5th USA 7:08.95, 6th FRA 7:09.45

Women's Lightweight Quad Scull

Final: 1st GER 6:36.63, 2nd CAN 6:37.16. 3rd NED 6:39.38, 4th GBR 6:41.07, 5th SWE 6:41.41, 6th USA 6:43.00

Men's Single Scull

Final D: 19th LTU, 20th INA
Final C: 13th EST, 14th BUL, 15th BRA, 16th BEL, 17th FIN, 18th DEN
Final B: 7th LAT, 8th NZL, 9th ITA, 10th NOR, 11th NED, 12th CAN
Final: 1st USA 6:44.86, 2nd GER 6:47.49, 3rd GBR 6:47.57, 4th SLO 6:49.64, 5th CZE 6:49.82, 6th EGY 7:02.07

Men's Coxless Pair

Final D: 18th ARG, 19th KOR
Final C: 13th GER, 14th NED, 15th POL, 16th BRA, 17th POR
Final B: 7th NZL, 8th AUS, 9th LTU, 10th RUS, 11th CRO, 12th ROM
Final: 1st FRA 6:27.69, 2nd ITA 6:31.51, 3rd USA 6:32.10, 4th CAN 6:33.00, 5th GBR 6:42.20, 6th NOR 6:42.95

The Australian crew started well with a heat win but finished a close fourth in the semi-final against the gold and bronze medallists.

Men's Double Scull

Final D: 19th BRA, 20th GEO
Final C: 13th CRO, 14th USA, 15th CUB, 16th SWE, 17th SUI, 18th KOR
Final B: 7th DEN, 8th FRA, 9th UKR, 10th YUG, 11th SCK, 12th RUS
Final: 1st GER 6:13.35, 2nd NOR 6:14.98, 3rd AUS 6:16.05, 4th ITA 6:17.95, 5th POL 6:19.52, 6th BEL 6:31.85

A pleasing result for the Free brothers. They won their heat and finshed second behind the gold medallists in the semi-final.

Men's Coxed Pair

Final B: 7th GBR, 8th YUG, 9th ARG, 10th CRO, 11th ESP
Final: 1st USA 6:56.30, 2nd AUS 6:56.36, 3rd GRE 6:57.62, 4th ITA 7:01.97, 5th UKR 7:02.04, 6th ROM 7:09.31

The Australians won their heat and were only 0.06 second off gold.

Australian Men's Coxed Pair

Men's Coxed Pair

bow Nick McDonald-Crowley, str David Cameron, cox David Colvin

Men's Coxless Four

Final B: 7th USA POL, 8th POL, 9th RUS, 10th ESP, 11th LTU, 12th BRA
Final: 1st GBR 5:52.40, 2nd FRA 5:56.34, 3rd ROM 5:57.10, 4th SLO, 5:57.53, 5th ITA 5:57.67, 6th GER 5:59.32

This was the start of the Olympic Games push for Cracknell, Pinsent Redgrave and Foster and the fifth Olympic Championship for Redgrave.

Men's Coxed Four

Final: 1st FRA 6:04.17, 2nd ITA 6:05.98, 3rd GBR 6:09.80, 4th USA 6:14.55, 5th CRO 6:15.34, 6th CZE 6:18.13

Men's Eight

Final B: 7th NED, 8th CAN, 9th BLR, 10th UKR
Final: 1st USA 5:27.20, 2nd ROM 5:27.76, 3rd AUS 5:28.14, 4th GBR 5:29.78, 4th GER 5:30.59, 6th RUS 5:30.84

A great result for this crew who also won their heat. The Americans finished third in their heat and second in the repechage, obviously keeping the best for the finals.

Australian Men's Eight

Men's Eight

Bow Daniel Burke, 2 Robert Walker, 3 Alister Gordon, 4 David Porzig, 5 Geoffrey Stewart, 6 James Stewart, 7 Drew Ginn, str Richard Wearne, cox David Colvin

Australian Team

men's lightweight eight

Men's Lightweight Eight—Gold Medallists

Men's Double Scull—Bronze
Bow: Marcus Free (QLD)
Str: Duncan Free (QLD)
Cch: Reg Free (QLD)

Men's Quad Scull—Twelfth
Bow: Martin Inglis (NSW)
2: Craig Jones (ACT)
3: Stuart Reside (WA)
Str: Richard Roach (NSW)
Cch: Stephen Evans (NSW)

Men's Coxless Pair—Eighth
Bow: Robert Jahrling (NSW)
Str: Stuart McRae (ACT)
Cch: Reinhold Batschi (ACT)

Men's Coxed Pair—Silver
Bow: Nick McDonald-Crowley (ACT)
Str: David Cameron (NSW)
Cox: David Colvin (Vic)
Cch: Harald Jahrling (NSW)

Men's Eight—Bronze
Bow: Robert Walker (NSW)
2: Geoffrey Stewart (NSW)
3: Alister Gordon (NSW)
4: David Porzig (WA)
5: James Stewart (NSW)
6: Dan Burke (NSW)
7: Drew Ginn (VIC)
Str: Richard Wearne (NSW)
Cox: David Colvin (VIC)
Cch: Harald Jahrling (NSW)

Women's Double Scull—Sixth
Bow: Georgina Douglas (VIC)
Str: Jane Robinson (VIC)
Cch: Brenton Terrell (VIC)

Women's Pair—Fourth
Bow: Rachael Taylor (VIC)
Str: Bronwyn Thompson (VIC)
Cch: Paul Thompson (ACT)

Men's Lightweight Double Scull—Fifth
Bow: Anthony Edwards (VIC)
Str: Gary Lynagh (QLD)
Cch: Reuben Bettle (ACT)

Men's Lightweight Pair—Seventh
Bow: Andrew Lane (VIC)
Str: Stuart Peele (VIC)
Cch: John Cumper (VIC)

Men's Lightweight Eight—Gold
Bow: Tim Wright (VIC)
2: Robert Richards (VIC)
3: Alastair Isherwood (VIC)
4: Jon Berney (VIC)
5: Darren Balmforth (TAS)
6: Simon Burgess (TAS)
7: Robert Mitchell (NSW)
Str: Michael Wiseman (NSW)
Cox: Brett Hayman (VIC)
Cch: Lyall McCarthy (VIC)

Women's Lightweight Pair—Gold
Bow: Eliza Blair (VIC)
Str: Justine Joyce (VIC)
Cch: David Ochert (VIC)

Head Coach: Brian Richardson (VIC)
Selectors: Dr David Yates (VIC) & Dr Graham Jones (NSW)
Manager: Matt Draper (SA)
Assistant Manager: Graham Tanner (ACT)
Doctors: Bill Webb (NSW), Robin Yarrow (SA), Kathy Finlay (ACT), Thea Woodford (WA)
Physiotherapists: Susan Everett (SA)
Masseur: Luke Attwell (VIC)

More Results

Men's Lightweight Single Scull

Final D: 19th ESA, 20th SIN
Final C: 13th GER, 14th EST, 15th CHI, 16th IRL, 17th GUA, 18th ISL
Final B: 7th DEN, 8th SUI, 9th CZE, 10th USA, 11th AUT 12th NED
Final: 1st ITA 7:06.21, 2nd FIN 7:09.49, 3rd SVK 7:13.25, 4th RSA 7:14.25, 5th LTU 7:15.23, 6th POR 7:25.54

Men's Lightweight Pair

Final C: 13th ITA, 14th RSA, 15th ARG, 16th TUR, 17th JPN
Final B: 7th AUS, 8th YUG, 9th GBR, 10th GER, 11th USA, 12th AUT
Final: 1st SUI 6:32.81, 2nd IRL 6:33.51, 3rd DEN 6:34.11, 4th FRA 6:39.34, 5th SWE 6:42.22, 6th HUN 6:47.24

The Australians started well finishing second to the gold medallists in their heat and qualifying through the repechages to the semi-final where they came fourth by 0.23 seconds.

Men's Lightweight Double Scull

Final D: 19th POR, 20th HKG, 21st PER, 22nd SIN
Final C: 13th RUS, 14th GBR, 15th FIN, 16th CAN, 17th IRL, 18th BRA
Final B: 7th AUT, 8th DEN, 9th FRA, 10th RSA, 11th USA, 12th SWE
Final: 1st POL 6:14.57, 2nd ITA 6:15.98, 3rd GER 6:18.38, 4th SUI 6:18.59, 5th AUS 6:21.17, 6th ESP 6:25.26

The Australian crew were beaten by the Gier brothers fron Switzerland in the heat, won the repechage and then finished third in the semi-final. They were marginally off the pace at this regatta.

Men's Lightweight Quad Scull

Final B: 7th AUT, 8th ESP, 9th DEN
Final: 1st ITA 5:50.68, 2nd GER 5: 52.90, 3rd IRL 5:55.04, 4th USA 5:55.33, 5th GRE 5:57.05, 6th JPN 6:01.21

Men's Lightweight Eight

Final B: 7th DEN, 8th NED
Final: 1st AUS 5:40.00, 2nd GBR 5:40.03, 3rd CAN 5:40.91, 4th ITA 5:41.28, 5th GER 5:42.68, 6th USA 5:44.89

This was one of the greatest finishes of all time. The Australians by 0.03 seconds and only 1.5 lengths across the field. This was a great result and great racing by the Australians.

Australian Men's Lightweight Eight

Men's Lightweight Eight

bow Timothy Wright, 2 Robert Richards, 3 Alastair Isherwood, 4 Jon Berney, 5 Darren Balmforth, 6 Simon Burgess, 7 Rob Mitchell, str Michael Wiseman & cox Brett Hayman

Australian Men's Lightweight Eight Racing

Men's Lightweight Eight Racing

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