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2000 World Junior Championships—
Zagreb Croatia

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Following the National Championships, trials were held for the Junior team on 4-7th May and eight crews were selected. Unfortunately a change was required to the selected Women's Junior Quad Scull after Megan Crawford fell ill fourteen days prior to departure. Allison Pickett from the ACT joined the crew in place of Megan.

Each crew was selected from one State to allow training from their home state and so minimise disruption to education. Each athlete had to contribute $7,700 to form part of the team.

Australia finished 6th overall on the medal count despite only fielding 10 crews in the junior and non-Olympic senior events.

Gold medal winning men's pair of Neil Dennis and Stefan Szscurowski

Results - Men

Men's Junior Single Scull

E1: 1st ITA, 2nd DEN, 3rd CAN, 4th RUS, 5th SLO
E2: 1st CHI, 2nd BEL, 3rd NOR, 4th NED, 5th CYP
E3: 1st LTU, 2nd CZE, 3rd CRO, 4th POL, 5th YUG
E4: 1st EST, 2nd UKR, 3rd SVK, 4th HUN, 5th GEO
E5: 1st SUI, 2nd USA, 3rd SWE, 4th MKD, 5th JPN
E6: 1st AUS, 2nd GER, 3rd HKG, 4th ROM
R1: 1st GER, 2nd HUN, 3rd YUG, 4th SWE
R2: 1st USA, 2nd SVK, 3rd POL, 4th CYP
R3: 1st UKR, 2nd CRO, 3rd SLO, 4th NED
R4: 1st CZE, 2nd RUS, 3rd NOR
R5: 1st BEL, 2nd CAN, 3rd JPN, 4th ROM
R6: 1st DEN, 2nd HKG, 3rd GEO, 4th MKD
SFA/B: 1st LTU, 2nd CZE, 3rd CHI, 4th BEL, 5th HUN, 6th HKG
SFA/B: 1st CRO, 2nd DEN, 3rd SUI, 4th EST, 5th SVK, 6th GER
SFC/D: 1st ITA, 2nd AUS, 3rd USA , 4th UKR, 5th CAN, 6th RUS
SFC/D: 1st SLO, 2nd YUG, 3rd NOR, 4th CYP, 5th ROM, 6th MKD
SFE/F: 1st POL, 2nd JPN, 3rd SWE, 4th GEO, 5th NED
Final E: 25th NED, 26th ROM, 27th MKD, 28th GEO, 29th CYP
Final D: 19th POL, 20th SLO, 21st YUG, 22nd SWE, 23rd NOR, 24th JPN
Final C: 13th SVK, 14th HUN, 15th CAN, 16th GER, 17th HKG, 18th RUS
Final B: 7th UKR, 8th SUI, 9th CHI, 10th BEL, 11th USA, 12th EST
Final: 1st ITA 6:59.75 (Marco Ragazzi), 2nd LTU 7:03.40 (Sigitas Klerauskas), 3rd CRO 7:05.16 (Domagoj Jelic), 4th CZE 7:05.40, 5th DEN 7:08.52, 6th AUS 7:12.12

Punch won his heat against a determined German sculler. He then qualified for the final behind the eventual gold medalist Ragazzi in the semifinal, albeit, 4.6 seconds behind him. This was not an easy race being in fourth placing through the 500 metres and then requiring Mitchell to row through two other scullers to get the required second placing. This he did by the 1500 metre mark. In the final, Punch was unable to match the other scullers, particularly in the first 1000 metres, finishing last and sixth overall.

Men's Junior Double Scull

E1: 1st GBR, 2nd UKR, 3rd CRO, 4 th BLR, 5 th LAT, 6 th ESP
E2: 1st ITA, 2nd CZE, 3rd GER, 4th NOR, 5th YUG
E3: 1st ARG, 2nd AUS, 3rd CHN, 4th USA, 5th RSA
E4: 1st SLO, 2nd CAN, 3rd GRE, 4th DEN, 5th CYP
R1: 1st CAN, 2nd NOR, 3rd CHN, 4th LAT
R2: 1st GER, 2nd BLR, 3rd AUS, 4th CYP
R3: 1st CRO, 2nd CZE, 3rd DEN, 4th RSA
R4: 1st UKR, 2nd GRE, 3rd YUG, 4th ESP, 5th USA
SFA/B: 1st GBR, 2nd ARG, 3rd CZE, 4th GER, 5th UKR, 6th NOR
SFA/B: 1st ITA, 2nd CRO, 3rd SLO, 4th BLR, 5th GRE, 6th CAN
SFC/D: 1st CHN, 2nd ESP, 3rd DEN, 4th CYP
SFC/D: 1st AUS, 2nd LAT, 3rd YUG, 4th USA , 5th RSA
Final D: 19th USA , 20th RSA, 21st CYP
Final C: 13th AUS, 14th CHN, 15th YUG, 16th ESP, 17th LAT, 18th DEN
Final B: 7th CAN, 8th UKR, 9th GER, 10th GRE, 11th BLR, 12th NOR
Final: 1st ITA 6:19.40 (Nicola Moriconi & Giuseppe De Vita), 2nd CRO 6: 21.19, 3rd CZE 6:21.42, 4th GBR 6:23.61, 5th SLO 6:29.67, 6th ARG 6:30.43

The Australians started well in the heat narrowly losing to the Argentinians by 0.2 second. Unfortunately they had a poor repechage leaving them out of the A/B semi finals. They comfortably held second placing for the first half of the repechage but failed to respond to the challenge of the Belarus crew who rowed through the Australians taking second place. They won their C/D semi final and the Final C indicating that they were perhaps better than the earlier results showed.

Men's Junior Quad Scull

E1: 1st GER, 2nd CZE, 3rd CRO, 4th AUS, 5th UKR
E2: 1st FRA, 2nd POL, 3rd SUI, 4th EST, 5th JPN
E3: 1st NED, 2nd GRE, 3rd ESP, 4th RUS, 5th BUL
E4: 1st ITA, 2nd SLO, 3rd SWE, 4th HUN, 5th NOR
R1: 1st SLO, 2nd UKR, 3rd ESP, 4th EST
R2: 1st SUI, 2nd GRE, 3rd AUS, 4th NOR
R3: 1st POL, 2nd CRO, 3rd BUL, 4th HUN
R4: 1st SWE, 2nd CZE, 3rd RUS, 4th JPN
SFA/B: 1st GER, 2nd NED, 3rd UKR, 4th CRO, 5th SWE, 6th SUI
SFA/B: 1st FRA, 2nd SLO, 3rd CZE, 4th ITA, 5th POL, 6th GRE
SFC/D: 1st BUL, 2nd JPN, 3rd ESP, 4th NOR
SFC/D: 1st RUS, 2nd AUS, 3rd HUN, 4th EST
Final D: 19th EST, 20th NOR
Final C: 13th ESP, 14th BUL, 15th RUS, 16th AUS, 17th JPN, 18th HUN
Final B: 7th ITA, 8th POL, 9th SUI, 10th CRO, 11th SWE, 12th GRE
Final: 1st GER 5:50.39 (S Blattermann, Harald Heller, J'rg Schultz & Marco Hristou), 2nd FRA 5:52.80, 3rd CZE 5:58.82, 4th NED 6:00.03, 5th UKR 6:01.02, 6th SLO 6:01.83

The Australians were unfortunately off the pace in every race – this was not to be their regatta. In the heat they never recovered from a slow start and finished fourth.

Men's Junior Coxless Pair

E1: 1st POL, 2nd RUS, 3rd FRA, 4th HUN, 5th DEN, 6th LTU
E2: 1st AUS, 2nd ITA, 3rd CHN, 4th CRO, 5th BUL, 6th YUG
E3: 1st GER, 2nd BLR, 3rd CAN, 4th AUT, 5th ESP
R1: 1st RUS, 2nd CHN, 3rd AUT, 4th YUG, 5th DEN
R2: 1st ITA, 2nd CAN, 3rd BUL, 4th HUN
R3: 1st BLR, 2nd FRA, 3rd CRO, 4th ESP, 5th LTU
SFA/B: 1st AUS, 2nd POL, 3rd BLR, 4th CAN, 5th CHN, 6th CRO
SFA/B: 1st ITA, 2nd GER, 3 rd RUS, 4th FRA, 5th AUT, 6th BUL
Final C: 13th ESP, 14th HUN, 15th DEN, 16th LTU, 17th YUG
Final B: 7th FRA, 8th CAN, 9th BUL, 10th CHN, 11th AUT, 12th CRO
Final: 1st AUS 6:40.67, 2nd POL 6:42.39, 3rd ITA 6:42.67, 4th BLR 6:47.27, 5th RUS 6:49.33, 6th GER 6:49.71

The Australians won their heat by 4.5 seconds in the fastest time but then met the silver medalists in the semi final which they won by 1.07 seconds. The Australians raced well in the final despite being in third placing at the 500 metre. They eventually broke through the early leaders Poland by 1500 metre mark and then were never threatened over the closing stages.

Men's Junior Coxed Pair

E1: 1st GER, 2nd USA , 3rd PER, 4th CZE, 5th RUS, 6th CRO
E2: 1st YUG, 2nd ITA, 3rd GBR, 4th UKR, 5th VEN
R1: 1st USA , 2nd CRO, 3rd RUS, 4th GBR, 5th UKR
R2: 1st PER, 2nd CZE, 3rd ITA, 4th VEN
Final B: 7th ITA, 8th UKR, 9th GBR, 10th RUS, 11th VEN
Final: 1st GER 7:10.82, 2nd USA 7:14.19, 3rd YUG 7:14.42, 4th CRO 7:15.81, 5th PER 7:18.83, 6th CZE 7:23.83

Men's Junior Coxless Four

E1: 1st GER, 2nd RSA, 3rd BLR. 4th ITA, 5th LTU
E2: 1st AUS, 2nd FRA, 3rd POR, 4th CZE, 5th DEN
E3: 1st SLO, 2nd CAN, 3rd CHN, 4th NED, 5th CRO
R1: 1st ITA, 2nd CZE, 3rd CRO, 4th NED, 5th LTU, 6th DEN
SF1: 1st GER, 2nd BLR, 3rd AUS, 4th CAN, 5th CRO, 6th POR
SF2: 1st RSA, 2nd ITA, 3rd FRA, 4th SLO, 5th CZE, 6th CHN
Final C: 13th NED, 14th LTU, 15th DEN
Final B: 7th SLO, 8th CRO, 9th POR, 10th CAN, 11th CZE, 12th CHN
Final: 1st GER 6:06.94, 2nd RSA 6:09.57, 3rd FRA 6:11.00, 4th AUS 6:11.37, 5th BLR 6:12.02, 6th ITA 6:17.10

The Australians had a great battle in the final for a minor medal with South Africa , France and Belarus . Unfortunately for the Australians they missed out on the medal by just 0.37 second. They had defeated the French narrowly in their heat after a slow start and comfortably held down third placing in the semi final behind Belarus and Germany. However in the final they again went out too slowly being last at both the 500 & 1,000 metre marks and requiring a superb effort to get themselves back into the race.

Men's Junior Coxed Four

E1: 1st FRA, 2nd GER, 3rd RUS, 4th ROM, 5th ITA, 6th USA
E2: 1st GBR, 2nd YUG, 3rd LAT, 4th GRE, 5th ARG, 6th CRO
R1: 1st GER, 2nd USA, 3rd ROM, 4th ARG, 5th LAT
R2: 1st ITA, 2nd YUG, 3rd RUS, 4th GRE, 5th CRO
Final B: 7th RUS, 8th CRO, 9th ARG, 10th GRE, 11th ROM, 12th LAT
Final: 1st FRA 6:30.12, 2nd GER 6:31.97, 3rd USA 6:37.15, 4th ITA 6:38.59, 5th GBR 6:46.39, 6th YUG 6:47.12

Men's Junior Eight

E1: 1st GER, 2nd USA , 3 rd RUS, 4 th POL, 5th CRO, 6th ITA
E2: 1st GBR, 2nd ROM, 3 rd UKR, 4 th AUT, 5th CAN, 6th NZL
R1: 1st USA , 2nd POL, 3 rd CAN, 4 th ITA, 5th UKR
R2: 1st RUS, 2nd ROM, 3rd CRO, 4th AUT, 5th NZL
Final B: 7th UKR, 8th CAN, 9th CRO, 10th AUT, 11th ITA, 12th NZL
Final: 1st GER 5:35.43, 2nd RUS 5:37.13, 3rd GBR 5:39.31, 4th USA 5:41.74, 5th POL 5:43.14, 6th ROM 5:49.47

Australian Team

Men's Junior Single Scull - Sixth

  • Mitchell Punch (ACT)
  • Cch: Nick Hunter (ACT)

Men's Junior Double Scull – Thirteenth

  • Bow: David Galley (QLD)
  • Str: Ian Becker (QLD)
  • Cch: Alan Bromiley (QLD)

Men's Junior Quad Scull - Sixteenth

  • Bow: Sam Waley (TAS)
  • 2: Robert Oakley (TAS)
  • 3: Scott Brennan (TAS)
  • Str: Hugh Edwards (TAS)
  • Cch: Barry Edwards (TAS)

Men's Junior Pair - Gold

  • Bow: Neil Dennis (WA)
  • Str: Stefan Szscurowski (WA)
  • Cch: George Xouris (WA)

Men's Junior Coxless Four – Fourth

  • Bow: Sam Campbell (NSW)
  • 2: James Wilmott (NSW)
  • 3: Tim Wirth (NSW)
  • Str: James Schell (NSW)
  • Cch: Simon Huxley (NSW)

Women's Junior Single Scull - Seventh

  • Rebecca Chisholm (VIC)
  • Cch: Jeff Watt (VIC)

Women's Junior Quad Scull - Twelfth

  • Bow: Allison Pickett (ACT)
  • 2: Kristy Lee Watson-Jones (NSW)
  • 3: Leonie Burnes (NSW)
  • Str: Elizabeth Kell (NSW)
  • Cch: Debbie Fox (NSW)

Women's Junior Four - Silver

  • Bow: Jessica Harker (WA)
  • 2: Heidi Souness (WA)
  • 3: Sarah Outhwaite (WA)
  • Str: Elizabeth Devitt (WA)
  • Cch: Gavin Russell (WA)

Head Coach: Adrian David (SA)
Manager: Peter Huggett (QLD)
Doctor: Dr Hannah Hrones (NSW)
Physiotherapist: Michael Heynun
Selectors: Dr David Yates (Chairman-VIC), Barbara Fenner (SA) & Wayne Diplock (QLD)

Results - Women

Women's Junior Single Scull

E1: 1st DEN, 2nd NZL, 3rd ARG, 4th YUG, 5th LTU
E2: 1st ITA, 2nd GER, 3rd ROM, 4th UKR, th PAR
E3: 1st AUS, 2nd CZE, 3rd CRO, 4th JPN
R: 1st UKR, 2nd YUG, 3rd PAR, 4th JPN, 5th LTU
SF: 1st ITA, 2nd DEN, 3rd ROM, 4th CZE, 5th ARG, 6th PAR
SF: 1st GER, 2nd UKR, 3rd NZL, 4th AUS, 5th YUG, 6th CRO
Final C: 13th JPN, 14th LTU
Final B: 7th AUS, 8th CRO, 9th CZE, 10th ARG, 11th YUG, 12th PAR
Final: 1st GER, 2nd ITA, 3rd ROM, 4th DEN, 5th UKR, 6th NZL

Rebecca Chisholm led all the way through her heat to win by 3.16 seconds. In the semi final Rebecca was in third place through the half way mark but was passed in the third 500mmetre by NZL. Hitting a buoy in the last 500 metres removed any hope of making the final. The final B was an all the way win to Rebecca to put aside the disappointment of the semi final.

Women's Junior Double Scull

E1: 1st GRE, 2nd UKR, 3rd NED, 4th CRO, 5th RSA
E2: 1st BUL, 2nd DEN, 3rd LAT, 4th SLO, 5th ISR
E3: 1st GER, 2nd ITA, 3rd FRA, 4th POL, 5th CHN
R: 1st POL, 2nd CHN, 3rd SLO, 4th CRO, 5th ISR, 6th RSA
SF1: 1st BUL, 2nd GRE, 3rd LAT, 4th ITA, 5th SLO, 6th NED
SF2: 1st DEN, 2nd GER, 3rd UKR, 4th FRA, 5th POL, 6th CHN
Final C: 13th CRO, 14th ISR, 15th RSA
Final B: 7th ITA, 8th FRA, 9th POL, 10th CHN, 11th SLO, 12th NED
Final: 1st BUL 7:00.15 (Mila Tancheva & Anet-Jaklin Bushman), 2nd GER 7:00.88, 3rd DEN 7:02.15, 4th GRE 7:07.92, 5th LAT 7:11.49, 6th UKR 7:11.91

Women's Junior Quad Scull

E1: 1st NOR, 2nd NED, 3rd ESP, 4th AUS, 5th DEN, 6th EST
E2: 1st GER, 2nd CZE, 3rd AUT, 4th ROM, 5th GRE, 6th RUS
E3: 1st BLR, 2nd CHN, 3rd POL, 4th JPN, 5th CRO
R1: 1st CZE, 2nd ESP, 3rd JPN, 4th GRE, 5th EST
R2: 1st NED, 2nd POL, 3rd ROM, 4th DEN
R3: 1st AUS, 2nd RUS, 3rd CHN, 4th AUT, 5th CRO
SF: 1st GER, 2nd NOR, 3rd POL, 4th CHN, 5th AUS, 6th ESP
SF: 1st BLR, 2nd NED, 3rd CZE, 4th RUS, 5th ROM, 6th JPN
Final C: 13th GRE, 14th AUT, 15th CRO, 16th DEN, 17th EST
Final B: 7th ESP, 8th ROM, 9th RUS, 10th JPN, 11th CHN, 12th AUS
Final: 1st BLR 6:32.62, 2nd NOR 6:36.32, 3rd GER 6:36.48, 4th NED 6:38.48, 5th POL 6:41.57, 6th CZE 6:42.45

The Australians raced well in coming from behind in the repechage to make the semi-final. However in the semi-final, they were about four seconds off making it into the final. The B final result was disappointing but perhaps understandable after the late change in crew.

Women's Junior Pair

E1: 1st BLR, 2nd GRE, 3rd BUL, 4th USA
E2: 1st GER, 2nd FRA, 3rd CZE, 4th CHN
R: 1st FRA, 2nd CZE, 3rd CHN, 4th GRE, 5h BUL, 6th USA
Final B: 7th BUL, 8th USA
Final: 1st BLR 7:25.53, 2nd GER 7:40.11, 3rd CHN 7:46.04, 4th FRA 7:46.74, 5th CZE 7:50.59, 6th GRE 8:03.97

Women's Junior Four

E1: 1st GER, 2nd FRA, 3rd BUL, 4th DEN, 5th RSA
E2: 1st USA , 2nd AUS, 3rd GBR, 4th ITA
R1: 1st GBR, 2nd FRA, 3rd DEN
R2: 1st AUS, 2nd ITA, 3rd BUL, 4th RSA
Final B: 7th DEN, 8th BUL, 9th RSA
Final: 1st USA 6:46.07, 2nd AUS 6:49.90, 3rd GER 6:51.37, 4th GBR 6:52.12, 5th FRA 6:57.90, 6th ITA 7:03.50

The Australians met the gold medalists in their heat and were well off the American's pace. They easily won the repechage and narrowed the margin on this obviously good American four in the final.

Women's Junior Eight

E1: 1st GER, 2nd USA , 3rd CAN, 4th GBR
E2: 1st ROM, 2nd RUS, 3rd UKR, 4th NZL
R: 1st USA , 2nd RUS, 3rd CAN, 4th GBR, 5th NZL, 6th UKR
Final B: 7th UKR, 8th NZL
Final: 1st ROM 6:13.81, 2nd GER 6:15.95, 3rd RUS 6:19.26, 4th USA 6:21.79, 5th CAN 6:27.21, 6th GBR 6:39.19

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