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1997 World Junior Championships—
Hazewinkel Belgium

1997 Men's Junior Pair

1997 Gold Medal Winning Men's Junior Pair

Each of the Australian crews made the A final. This is the best result achieved to that date of an Australian Junior team.

Results - Men

Men's Junior Single Scull

Final E: 24th JPN, 25th CYP
Final D: 19th CHN, 20th RSA, 21st SWE, 22nd HKG, 23rd BRA
Final C: 13th CZE, 14th RUS, 15th LTU, 16th EST, 17th CRO, 18th URU
Final B: 7th USA , 8th DEN, 9th POR, 10th BEL, 11th NED, 12th NOR
Final: 1st SLO 7:18.73 (Luka Spik), 2nd YUG 7:21.72, 3rd ITA 7:22.72, 4th GER 7:29.47, 5th UKR 7:39.06, 6th GRE 7:39.32

Men's Junior Double Scull

E1: 1st BRA, 2nd LAT, 3rd EST, 4th NZL, 5th SLO
E2: 1st AUT, 2nd HUN, 3rd CHN, 4th RUS, 5th CYP
E3: 1st GBR, 2nd FRA, 3rd GER, 4th JPN, 5th LTU
E4: 1st NED, 2nd ESP, 3rd POL, 4th BUL, 5th DEN
E5: 1st CRO, 2nd AUS, 3rd CZE, 4th ISR
E6: 1st BLR, 2nd SWE, 3rd ITA, 4th RSA
R1: 1st DEN, 2nd LAT, 3rd JPN, 4th CHN
R2: 1st GER, 2nd BUL, 3rd HUN
R3: 1st FRA, 2nd POL, 3rd ISR
R4: 1st CZE, 2nd ESP, 3rd SLO, 4th RSA
R5: 1st AUS, 2nd ITA, 3rd NZL, 4th CYP
R6: 1st SWE, 2nd RUS, 3rd EST, 4th LTU
SF1: 1st AUS, 2nd GBR, 3rd AUT, 4th CZE, 5th RUS, 6th LAT
SF2: 1st CRO, 2nd NED, 3rd SWE, 4th BUL, 5th POL, 6th DEN
SF3: 1st GER, 2nd BLR, 3rd FRA, 4th ITA, 5th ESP, 6th BRA
Final E: 25th CHN, 26th RSA, 27th LTU, 28th CYP
Final D: 19th SLO, 20th HUN, 21st EST, 22nd JPN, 23rd NZL, 24th ISL
Final C: 13th RUS, 14th ESP, 15th POL, 16th DEN, 17th LAT, 18th BRA
Final B: 7th ITA, 8th AUT, 9th FRA, 10th SWE, 11th CZE, 12th BUL
Final: 1st GBR 7:15.50 (James Di Luzio & Matthew Wells), 2nd AUS 7:19.84, 3rd CRO 7:23.09, 4th NED 7:25.01, 5th BLR 7:25.62, 6th GER 7:31.49

The double caught a crab in their heat which knocked their confidence and they had to work hard to get that back through the regatta. The silver showed that they were capable of such recoveries. The Australians led the field for most of the way but were rowed down in the last 500 metres by the British crew who went on to win comfortably in the end.

Men's Junior Pair

E1: 1st AUS, 2nd ITA, 3rd SLO, 4th LTU, 5th RUS
E2: 1st CRO, 2nd ESP, 3rd BRA, 4th NOR, 5th CHN
E3: 1st GER, 2nd YUG, 3rd BLR, 4th ARG, 5th PAR
R: 1st ARG, 2nd NOR, 3rd LTU, 4th PAR, 5th RUS, 6th CHN
SF1: 1st AUS, 2nd YUG, 3rd CRO, 4th SLO, 5th BRA, 6th LTU
SF2: 1st GER, 2nd ESP, 3rd BLR, 4th NOR, 5th ARG, 6th ITA
Final C: 13th PAR, 14th RUS, 15th CHN
Final B: 7th NOR, 8th SLO, 9th ITA, 10th ARG, 11th BRA, 12th LTU
Final: 1st AUS 6:58.04, 2nd GER 6:59.61, 3rd CRO 7:00.23, 4th YUG 7:05.02, 5th ESP 7:09.67, 6th BLR 7:14.07

The Australians raced a perfect regatta winning heat, semi and final. Even in the final they led the whole way. This was a very strong performance. Both these oarsmen were in the junior four which won silver in 1996 at World Juniors.

Men's Junior Coxless Four

Final C: 13th SLO, 14th SVK, 15th RUS, 16th BUL, 17th BRA, 18th CHN
Final B: 7th POL, 8th DEN, 9th RSA, 10th GBR, 11th CZE, 12th CRO
Final: 1st ROM 6:22.70, 2nd FRA 6:26.27, 3rd GER 6:28.84, 4th ITA 6:30.24, 5th ESP 6:32.65, 6th UKR 6:33.36

Men's Junior Coxed Four

E1: 1st ROM, 2nd GER, 3rd FRA, 4th USA
E2: 1st CZE, 2nd AUS, 3rd YUG
R: 1st GER, 2nd FRA, 3rd USA, 4th AUS, 5th YUG
Final: 1st ROM 6:26.97 (Daniel Mastacan, Sorin Bahnarel, Alin Tretiag, Marian Iancu), 2nd GER 6:31.22, 3rd FRA 6:35.60, 4th CZE 6:38.55, 5th AUS 6:39.54, 6th USA 6:40.85

The result in the final was better than the results in the earlier rounds indicated.

Men's Eight

Final B: 7th ESP, 8th GRE, 9th ITA, 10th FRA
Final: 1st ROM 6:09.96, 2nd USA 6:13.38, 3rd GBR 6:14.79, 4th RUS 6:18.62, 5th POL 6:20.83, 6th GER 6:23.89

Australian Team

Men's Junior Double Scull – Silver

  • Bow: Michael Smith (QLD)
  • Str: Shaun Coulton (QLD)
  • Cch: Neil Myers (QLD)

Men's Junior Pair - Gold

  • Bow: Neil Lapworth (SA)
  • Str: Aiden Burrell (SA)
  • Cch: Barnaby Eaton (SA)

Men's Junior Coxed Four - Fifth

  • Bow: Lachlan Harris (NSW)
  • 2: Nick White (NSW)
  • 3: Robert Giblin (NSW)
  • Str: Dan Noonan (NSW)
  • Cox: Daniel McCosker (NSW)
  • Cch: Michael Doyle (NSW)

Women's Junior Single Scull – Gold

  • Amber Bradley (WA)
  • Cch: Nick Garrett (WA)

Women's Junior Double Scull – Fifth

  • Bow: Kelly Matthews (NSW)
  • Str: Meghann Russell (NSW)
  • Cch: Lindsay Callaghan (NSW)

Women's Junior Quad Scull – Bronze

  • Bow: Karen Worrell (QLD)
  • 2: Kirsty Harris (QLD)
  • 3: Carlie Blake-Stein (QLD)
  • Str: Khaleda O'Neill (QLD)
  • Cch: Neil Myers (QLD)

Women's Junior Four - Silver

  • Bow: Seline Lorimer (NSW)
  • 2: Jasmin Colley (NSW)
  • 3: Kyeema Doyle (NSW)
  • Str: Joanna Fergusson (NSW)
  • Cch: Debbie Fox (NSW)

Team Manager: Peter Huggett (QLD)
Doctor: Dr Steve Hinchy (QLD)
Jury: Dr Steve Hinchy (QLD)
Selectors: Dr David Yates (Chairman-VIC), Barbara Fenner (SA) & John Rynne (QLD)

Results - Women

Women's Junior Single Scull

E1: 1st FRA, 2nd AUS, 3rd AUT, 4th NED, 5th SWE, 6th LTU
E2: 1st ITA, 2nd RUS, 3rd UKR, 4th CZE, 5th GRE, 6th ISR
E3: 1st BUL, 2nd GER, 3rd LAT, 4th YUG, 5th FIN, 6th SVK
E4: 1st BLR, 2nd CHN, 3rd ARG, 4th HUN, 5th EST, 6th CYP
R1: 1st AUS, 2nd YUG, 3rd UKR, 4th LTU, 5th EST
R2: 1st RUS, 2nd LAT, 3rd SWE, 4th HUN, 5th ISR
R3: 1st GER, 2nd NED, 3rd GRE, 4th SVK, 5th ARG
R4: 1st AUT, 2nd CZE, 3rd CHN, 4th FIN
SF1: 1st GER, 2nd FRA, 3rd ITA, 4th AUT, 5th LAT, 6th YUG
SF2: 1st BUL, 2nd NED, 3rd AUS, 4th RUS, 5th CZE, 6th BLR
Final D: 19th SVK, 20th ISR, 21st EST, 22nd HUN, 23rd LTU
Final C: 13th CHN, 14th GRE, 15th UKR, 16th ARG, 17th FIN, 18th SWE
Final B: 7th RUS, 8th AUT, 9th CZE, 10th LAT, 11th YUG, 12th BLR
Final: 1st AUS 8:08.33, 2nd FRA 8:10.84, 3rd BUL 8:12.54, 4th GER 8:15.62, 5th NED 8:28.05, 6th ITA 8:35.04

The preliminary rounds did not show that Amber was in top form with a second in the heat and a third placing in the semi final. In the semi-final she had scullers coming down either side of her but she kept to her own race plan and qualified. However her final race was raced to perfection. She led at every mark extending her lead at the 1500 m to nearly four seconds. A strong last 500 metres by the French sculler reduced the margin to 2.5 seconds but still a comfortable win. Bradley was only 16 years old at the time and already had brilliant ergo scores.

Women's Junior Double Scull

E1: 1st NED, 2nd AUS, 3rd GRE, 4th FRA, 5th ITA, 6th JPN
E2: 1st CZE, 2nd RUS, 3rd POL, 4th SUI, 5th CRO, 6th CHN
E3: 1st GER, 2nd LAT, 3rd SLO, 4th BLR, 5th BEL, 6th LTU
R1: 1st RUS, 2nd GRE, 3rd BLR, 4th CRO, 5th JPN
R2: 1st AUS, 2nd ITA, 3rd SLO, 4th SUI, 5th LTU
R3: 1st LAT, 2nd BEL, 3rd POL, 4th FRA, 5th CHN
SF1: 1st GER, 2nd NED, 3rd AUS, 4th GRE, 5th SLO, 6th BEL
SF2: 1st CZE, 2nd RUS, 3rd ITA, 4th LAT, 5th POL, 6th BLR
Final C: 13th FRA, 14th SUI, 15th CHN, 16th CRO, 17th JPN, 18th LTU
Final B: 7th POL, 8th GRE, 9th BEL, 10th LAT, 11th SLO, 12th BLR
Final: 1st GER 8:06.32(Peggy Waleska & Conny Kirsch), 2nd CZE 8:09.91, 3rd ITA 8:14.15, 4th NED 8:14.51, 5th AUS 8:21.23, 6th RUS 8:26.19

The Australian crew would have wanted more after defeating Italy in the repechage. However they were well off the bronze medal in the end.

Women's Junior Quad Scull

E1: 1st AUT, 2nd SUI, 3rd AUS, 4th CHN, 5th HUN
E2: 1st SWE, 2nd ESP, 3rd POR, 4th ITA, 5th NOR
E3: 1st GER, 2nd POL, 3rd JPN, 4th LAT
R1: 1st HUN, 2nd ITA, 3rd CHN, 4th NOR, 5th LAT
SF1: 1st AUT, 2nd POL, 3rd AUS, 4th SWE, 5th POR, 6th CHN
SF2: 1st GER, 2nd SUI, 3rd ESP, 4th ITA, 5th Hun, 6th JPN
Final B: 7th SWE, 8th CHN, 9th HUN, 10th POR, 11th ITA, 12th JPN
Final: 1st GER 7:14.44 (Alexandra Krauss, Maxi Meissner, Jordis Gramowski, Christiane Huth), 2nd SUI 7:20.88, 3rd AUS 7:23.34, 4th AUT 7:25.92, 5th POL 7:30.26, 6th ESP 7:31.59

The race in the final was better than the preliminary rounds indicated. In a strong last 500m, they rowed through the Austrians to take Bronze. The winning German crew was outstanding.

Women's Junior Pair

Final B: 7 th IRL, 8 th RUS, 9 th LTU, 10 th USA
Final: 1 st GER 7:40.01, 2 nd POL 7:42.59, 3 rd CAN 7:45 96, 4 th GBR 7:49.70, 5 th FRA 7:57.07, 6 th ITA 8:02.90

Women's Junior Four

E1: 1st GER, 2nd NZL, 3rd UKR, 4th CHN, 5th CAN
E2: 1st ROM, 2nd GBR, 3rd AUS, 4th RUS, 5th FRA
R1: 1st AUS, 2nd NZL, 3rd RUS, 4th CAN
R2: 1st CHN, 2nd AUS, 3rd CHN, 4th GER, 5th GBR, 6th NZL
Final B: 7th RUS, 8th UKR, 9th CAN, 10th FRA
Final: 1st ROM (Mihaela Mihai, Crisandra Popa, Camelia Contu, Cristina Costache) 7:09.12, 2nd AUS 7:09.99, 3rd CHN 7:11.71, 4th GER 7:15.90, 5th GBR 7:17.79, 6th NZL 7:22.47

This crew had a slow start in the heat but had a great repechage win to make the final. The Australians were in second or third place throughout the race. The fast starting Chinese could not maintain the pace and finished third behind the Australians.

Women's Junior Eight

Final B: 7th FRA, 8th DEN
Final: 1st GER 6:57.82, 2nd RUS 7:06.08, 3rd USA 7:06.72, 4th ROM 7:07.99, 5th CAN 7:18.83, 6th POL 7:22.73

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