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2017 Under 23 World Championships– Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2017 Plovdiv World Under 23 Championships

World Rowing Under-23 Championships were held at the Maritsa River venue in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. 845 athletes from 54 nations gathered for the 21 events. According to FISA, the regatta course is considered to be one of the fastest with the fairest conditions in the world. This venue also hosted the 2015 World Rowing Under-23 Championships and will host the 2018 World Rowing Championships.

The Australian crews trained across the country before departing for Europe and basing themselves at the AIS European Training Centre in Gavirate, Italy for a period of time ahead of the event.

Two of Australia’s crews featured 2016 World Rowing U23 Champions, in the form of Caleb Antill in the Men’s Single Scull and Rob Black in the Men’s Four. In 2016 the duo combined, along with Luke Letcher and Tom Schramko, to win the U23 Men’s Quadruple Scull.

Meanwhile, Australia’s U23 Women’s Quadruple Scull includes three members of the Australian Senior Team who recently won silver and bronze medals at the World Rowing Cups. 2017 World Rowing Cup medallists Genevieve Horton, Rowena Meredith and Caitlin Cronin will be joined in the U23 Women’s Quadruple Scull by Harriet Hudson for this event.

The youngest crew of the team was the exciting combination of the Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Scull made up of Georgina Masters (20), Wallis Russell (17), Madeleine Williams (18) and Verayna Zilm (19). Russell and Williams were part of Queensland’s Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Scull that won the 2017 Interstate Regatta, and the young looking Quad looks to have plenty of years of racing ahead of it.

Deputy Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez said: “It is extremely pleasing to see Australia finish this World Rowing U23 Championships with a World Championship winning crew, two silver medallists and six out of the seven crews making A-Finals at the regatta.

“Congratulations to all the team, including the coaches, support staff and all those associated with the respective athletes, all of whom worked so diligently with our crews not only during their international preparation but also throughout the season in preparation for this regatta.

“Our Pathways Team, including Head Coach Lyall McCarthy, Sports Science Lead Dr Tony Rice and Pathways coordinator Naomi Wagstaff have worked hard with our state-based pathway partners, including clubs, State Institutes and Academies of Sport and our Member Associations to ensure we had the best possible team competing in Bulgaria.”

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Italy 5 3 2 10
2 Netherlands 3 1 0 4
3 Great Britain 2 2 1 5
4 Romania 2 2 0 4
5 Canada 2 0 0 2
6 Australia 1 2 0 3
7 Switzerland 1 1 1 3
8 Belarus 1 0 0 1
8 Brazil 1 0 0 1
8 Chile 1 0 0 1
8 New Zealand 1 0 0 1
8 Sweden 1 0 0 1

Full medal ranking table on this link.

Daily Results

Wednesday 19th July 2017

Thursday 20th July 2017

Friday 21st July 2017

Saturday 22nd July 2017

Sunday 23rd July 2017

Men's Results

Lightweight Men's Scull

Lightweight Men's Double Scull

Lightweight Men's Quad Scull

Men's Lightweight Pair

Men's Lightweight Four

Men's Scull

Rowing Australia reported:

Antill, who raced in the U23 Men’s Single Scull final on Sunday, faced stiff competition in his A-Final from Canada’s in-form Trevor Jones as well as Kyle Schoonbee from South Africa. Coming out quick at the start, it was in fact Romania who took the lead, while Antill sat back in the pack at fourth waiting to make his move.

Unfortunately, as the race unfolded, Canada and South Africa pushed into the lead, leaving Antill to drop back in the race, with the Canberra sculler ultimately crossing the line in sixth place.

In hot conditions, Enache led for the first half of the race but as they passed the 1500m marker, Schoonbee has muscled into the lead and Antill surged past the Romanian to snap up second. As they crossed the line the order remained the same with all three booking a place in tomorrow’s (Sunday) A-Final.

Men's Double Scull

Men's Quad Scull

Men's Pair

Men's Four

Rowing Australia reported:

The U23 Men’s Four sat next to the reigning World Champions in the boat class, Austria, at the start of their final. As the crews all reached the 500 metre mark, Australia, coached by Antonio Maurogiovanni, had taken the lead with Great Britain and Austria hot on their heels.

The crew of Robert Black, Harley Moore, Liam Donald and Adam Bakker now pushed away and going through the middle marker upped their stroke rate to 40 to push away from the rest of the field and take a clear water advantage over Great Britain and Austria. Coming into the final 250 metres, Australia had a three-second lead on the British and rating 38 as they crossed the line to be crowned the new U23 World Champions.

Black, who in 2016 was crowned World Champion in the U23 Men’s Quadruple Scull, picks up his second U23 World Championship gold medal in what will be his, along with Donald’s and Moore’s, final year in the age category. Post-race he said: “We had a perfect race, it went completely to plan. We had rehearsed our plan throughout our campaign and I am proud of all the hard work.

“Today (Saturday) was the reward for all that we have done, it wasn’t won today – it was won over the last three months.”

Men's Coxed Four

Rowing Australia reported:

The U23 Men’s Coxed Four were the first Australians to race an A-Final on Saturday in Plovdiv. The crew of Henry Youl, Sam Hardy, Andrew Judge, Sam Marsh and coxswain Georgia Litt were drawn in Lane 2, next to race favourites USA and Italy. Coming out stroking 43, The first 1000m metres of the race saw Australia yo-yo the lead with USA and Italy, but it was favourites Italy who powered forward as they reached the 1250 marker and took a clear water advantage.

The battle then ensued between Australia, USA, Great Britain and Romania for the remaining two medals, with the British muscling past the USA to take silver, while USA took bronze and Australia were consigned to fifth place.

Men's Eight

Australian Team

U23 Men’s Single Scull - Sixth

Caleb Antill (ACT)
Coach: Rhett Ayliffe (WA)

U23 Men’s Four - Gold

Bow: Rob Black (NSW)
2: Harley Moore (QLD)
3: Liam Donald (VIC)
Str: Adam Bakker (QLD)
Coach: Antonio Maurogiovanni (WA)

U23 Men’s Coxed Four - Fifth

Bow: Sam Marsh (WA)
2: Andrew Judge (NSW)
3: Sam Hardy (NSW)
Str: Henry Youl (TAS)
Coxswain – Georgia Litt (SA)
Coach: Ben Southwell (QLD)

U23 Women’s Pair - Silver

Bow: Annabelle McIntyre (WA)
Str: Bronwyn Cox (WA)
Coach: Rhett Ayliffe (WA)

U23 Women’s Four - Eighth

Bow: Elise Franetic (VIC)
2: India Dempsey (VIC)
3: Amanda Bateman (VIC)
Str: Rafaela Stalph (NSW)
Coach: Annabelle Eaton (VIC)

U23 Women’s Quadruple Scull - Silver

Bow: Harriet Hudson (NSW)
2: Genevieve Horton (SNSW)
3: Rowena Meredith (NSW)
Str: Caitlin Cronin (QLD)
Coach: Ellen Randell (HPNTC)

U23 Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Scull - Sixth

Bow: Madeleine Williams (QLD)
2: Georgina Masters (NSW)
3: Verayna Zlim (SA)
Str: Wallis Russell (QLD)
Coach: Alfie Young (NSW)

Team Manager: Andrew Service (QLD)
Head Coach:
Lyall McCarthy
Deputy High performance Director:

Women's Results

Lightweight Women's Scull

Lightweight Women's Double Scull

Lightweight Women's Quad Scull

Rowing Australia reported:

The U23 Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Scull of Wallis Russell, Verayna Zilm, Georgina Masters and Madeleine Williams showed their cards earlier firing out the start alongside race favourites Italy and the Netherlands.

It was a lightning-quick race, with the Italians showing their mettle early and taking a clear water advantage, leaving the remaining crews to battle it out for the silver and bronze. As the race progressed, the Australians slipped back into fifth and the young crew battled it out with Great Britain, however as they crossed the line the Australian debutants found themselves in sixth place.

Women's Scull

Women's Double Scull

Women's Quad Scull

Rowing Australia reported:

The U23 Women’s Quadruple Scull were facing stiff competition in their final from Great Britain and Germany who were firm favourites for medals in Saturday’s A-Final. Caitlin Cronin, Rowena Meredith, Genevieve Horton and Harriet Hudson had a good start as temperatures were reaching 34 degrees.

The British were quick off the mark to show their cards and powered into the lead and as the crews reached the 1250 mark had a clear water advantage, leaving Australia and Germany to battle it out for silver and bronze. The Australians wound up their stroke rate and put in a cracking sprint to the line to take silver over Germany who had to make do with bronze.

Post-race, Meredith, who is a two-time U23 silver medallist in the Women’s Quadruple Scull admitted the crew had only had a short lead in period together, with Cronin, Horton and Meredith all racing also in the Senior Australian Rowing Team this season. “I don’t think we could have done much more today (Saturday). We had 10 days together as a whole crew in this new line-up. It’s very different racing here with the water, it’s very fast and there is a little tail wind as well which makes for fast conditions,” she said.

Women's Pair

Rowing Australia reported:

Team debutants, Bronwyn Cox and Annabelle McIntyre, picked up silver on Saturday in a spectacular race in the U23 Women’s Pair. Romania, USA, Chile and Australia all fired out the start, with Chileans and Americans pushing into the leading two spots for the majority of the race. However, as the crews reached the 1250 mark, the Romanians dropped out of contention leaving Australia and Denmark to battle it out for third place.

As the crews reached the red buoys, McIntyre and Cox made an impressive sprint to the line, passing two crews in the process. Capitilizing on the mishap of the Danish crew that had caught a crab, the Australians put in a gutsy performance to not only steam past the Danes to go into third but then also the USA who had begun to tire. With the final push, the Australian duo surged past the Americans and snapped up a well-earned silver medal behind victors Chile.

Post-race, West Australian Cox admitted the crew took advantage of the Danish mishap to pick up silver: “We weren’t really sure what would happen today (Saturday), but stuff like that (catching a crab) can happen. As soon as I saw it, I shouted to Annabelle ‘GO’, and we pretty much ditched the technique and went for it!”

Women's Four

The U23 Women’s Four of Rafaela Stalph, Elise Franetic, India Dempsey and Amanda Bateman finished second in their B-Final. This sees the crew finish the event ranked eighth in the world following the event’s results.

Women's Eight

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