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1985 World Junior Championships—
Brandenburg East Germany

1985 Men's Junior Four

1985 Men's Junior Four

Selection

The men's four from the Mercantile Rowing Club won the National Junior Four Championship in a record time of 4:53.0. The men's pair from Commercial Rowing Club also won their Championship. Both crews were adjudged to be of sufficient standard to be a medal prospect at the Junior Championships.

Racing

The four, which hailed from Mercantile Rowing Club in Melbourne, drew the toughest heat and semi final and so had a tough road to the final. The semi final required them to eliminate one of the early favourites, the Soviets. It was true semi-final racing with 0.59 seconds covering the 2nd to 4th placings with the favourites East Germany 2.5 seconds in front of all others. Unfortunately the final was raced in adverse conditions with lanes 1-3 getting a significant advantage. Accordingly what was planned to be tight racing became a procession.

The pair from Commercial Rowing Club in Brisbane gained a good preparation and enjoyed the racing at the Copenhagen regatta wining four races from four starts. The racing was good for confidence but did not provide the tight competition required. Their heat was a good race with Belgium first, Australia a close second and the eventual winners West Germany in third place. The cross head breeze in the final unfortunately spread the field.

Results - Men

Men's Junior Single Scull

Final: 1st GDR, 2nd ITA, 3rd URS, 4th ARG, 5th USA , 6th HUN

Men's Junior Double Scull

Final: 1st URS, 2nd DEN, 3rd POL, 4th GDR, 5th ITA, 6th GBR

Men's Junior Quad Scull

Final: 1st URS, 2nd GDR, 3rd FRA, 4th ITA, 5th HUN, 6th FRG

Men's Junior Coxless Pair

Final: 1st FRG 5:32.5, 2nd ESP 5:32.9, 3rd GDR 5:33.0, 4th BEL 5:36.0, 5th AUS 5:41.0, 6th URS 5:54.0

Men's Junior Coxed Pair

Final: 1st GDR, 2nd ROM, 3rd GRE, 4th POL, 5th FRG, 6th BUL

Men's Junior Coxless Four

Final: 1st ROM, 2nd GBR, 3rd ITA, 4th GDR, 5th URS, 6th FRA

Men's Junior Coxed Four

Final: 1st GDR 5:14.58, 2nd USA 5:18.89, 3rd ITA 5:21.54, 4th TCH 5:28.61, 5th AUS 5:29.68, 6th FRG 5:35.82

Men's Junior Eight

Final: 1st URS, 2nd GDR, 3rd USA , 4th FRG, 5th NED, 6th FRA

Australian Team

Men's Junior Pair - Fifth

  • Bow: Tim Browne (QLD)
  • Str: Tim Herbert (QLD)
  • Cch: Gary Merritt (QLD)

Men's Junior Coxed Four – Fifth

  • Bow: Geoff Barden (VIC)
  • 2: Paul Somerville (VIC)
  • 3: Andrew Cohen (VIC)
  • Str: Stuart Paton (VIC)
  • Cox: Peter Scott (VIC)
  • Cch: Phil Ainsworth (VIC)
  • Emerg: Simon Kaye (VIC)

Manager & Doctor: Dr John Drewe (QLD)
Selectors: William Hay (SA), Don Croot (NSW), Simon Gillett (VIC), Reinhold Batschi (ACT)

Results - Women

Women's Junior Single Scull

Final: 1st ROM, 2nd GDR, 3rd AUT, 4th HUN, 5th NED, 6th FRG

Women's Junior Double Scull

Final: 1st GDR, 2nd HUN, 3rd URS, 4th BEL, 5th FRA, 6th AUT

Women's Junior Quad Scull

Final: 1st GDR, 2nd TCH, 3rd URS, 4th ROM, 5th FRG, 6th BUL

Women's Junior Coxless Pair

Final: 1st GDR, 2nd URS, 3rd HUN, 4th GBR, 5th USA

Women's Junior Coxed Four

Final: 1st ROM, 2nd GDR, 3rd BUL, 4th USA , 5th GBR, 6th FRA

Women's Junior Eight

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

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