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2018 World Junior Championships—
Racice CZE

These Championships were conducted from 8-12 August 2018 at Racice in the Czech Republic.

Given their finishing positions, scullers McCarthy-Smith and Kennedy-Leverett will go on to represent Australia at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games this October in Argentina.

Medal Tally

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 USA 2 4 1 7
2 Italy 2 1 2 5
3 Great Britain 2 1 0 3
4 Czech Republic 2 0 1 3
4 Romania 2 0 1 3
6 Germany 1 2 2 5
7 Greece 1 2 0 3
8 China 1 0 0 1
8 Switzerland 1 0 0 1
10 Australia 0 2 1 3


The full medal tally can be found through this link.

Daily Summaries

Wednesday 8th August 2018

Thursday 9th August 2018

Friday 10th August 2018

Saturday 11th August 2018

Sunday 12th August 2018

Men's Results

Men's scull - follow the link for results

Cormac Kennedy-Leverett on the podium

Photo from FISA website

The RA website reported as follows:

2017 World Junior Champion in the Men’s Double Scull, Cormac Kennedy-Leverett wrapped up his final year in junior competition with a silver medal in the Junior Men’s Single Scull. Leading at the start, the Queenslander was going face some stiff competition in his final from the reigning World Champion, USA’s Clark Dean. The Australian was being chased down by Germany, Belgium and USA as they crossed the 500m mark. As Kennedy-Leverett made his move to break away, the American went with him with the two leading the field. Rating a high 36, Dean moved away from Kennedy-Leverett as Tristan Vandenbussche of Belgium worked his way up to challenge the Australian. However, it wasn’t to be, with Kennedy-Leverett holding off his challenge to take silver, while Dean picked up back to back gold medals.

The Griffith University Surfers Paradise rower said, “Today was a really nice race on a phenomenal course! I had to change my race plan slightly due to the different conditions, as there was no tailwind today.

“I tried hard to keep close to Clark around the 750 metre mark, but it wasn’t to be today. This is my last year as a junior so I’ll try and aim for the Under 23 Australian Rowing Team next year.”

Cormac Kennedy-Leverett

Photo from FISA website

Men's double scull - follow the link for results

Men's quad scull - follow the link for results

Men's pair - follow the link for results

Men's pair in heat

l-r: Hamish Wynn-Pope and Jack Thornton - photo from FISA website

Men's four - follow the link for results

Men's coxed four - follow the link for results

On the podium

Ben Gerrard, 2: Logan Ullrich, 3: Hamish Henriques, Str: Miller Eagle-Rowe, Cox: Isaac Schmidt - Photo from FISA website

The RA website reported as follows:

The Queensland/West Australian combination were in second at the halfway mark, chasing down the leading USA, with Italy also in hot pursuit.

Coming through the final sprint, Italy was in a second of the US crew with Schmidt pushing the Australians also to take a medal. Italy inched its way up on the USA and moved to 41 strokes per minute, with the USA holding 38 and Rowe holding the Australians at 37, and with that the crews crossed the line, and bronze was the Australians for the taking.

Logan Ullrich, from KAND Rowing Club in Queensland, said after receiving his medal, “That was an unreal race, really insane! We had a well executed plan today and it’s a great step up being at the Junior World Championships.

“It really feels fantastic to represent Australia and I’m so happy to be here.”

Men's eight - follow the link for results

Australian team

Junior Men’s Single Scull - Silver

Cormac Kennedy-Leverett, QLD
Cch: Marcus Free, QLD

Junior Men’s Pair - Fifthteenth

Bow: Hamish Wynn-Pope, VIC
Str: Jack Thornton, VIC
Cch: Andrew Cleary, VIC

Junior Men’s Coxed Four - Bronze

Bow: Ben Gerrard, WA
2: Logan Ullrich, QLD
3: Hamish Henriques, WA
Str: Miller Eagle-Rowe, QLD
Cox: Isaac Schmidt, QLD
Cch: Jamie Hewlett, WA

Junior Women’s Single Scull - Seventh

Taylor McCarthy-Smith, QLD
Cch: Ben Southwell, QLD

Junior Women’s Coxless Four - Fifth

Bow: Phoebe Robinson, QLD
2: Hilary Ballinger, QLD
3: Jessica Scott, QLD
Str: Leukie Smith, QLD
Cch: Sean Carolan, QLD

Junior Women’s Coxed Four - Silver


Bow: Ella Mentzines, NSW
2: Laura Chancellor, NSW
3: Lauren Graham, NSW
Str: Isabelle Furrer, NSW
Cox: Hannah Cowap, NSW
Cch: Lachlan Carter, NSW

Head coach: Lyall McCarthy, RA

Women's Results

Women's scull - follow the link for results

Taylor McCarthy-Smith

Photo from FISA website

In the Junior Women’s Single Scull, B-Final, Taylor McCarthy Smith finished in first place, meaning the single sculler concludes her World Championships campaign ranked seventh in the world. McCarthy-Smith and Kennedy-Leverett will go on to represent Australia at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games this October in Argentina.

Women's double scull - follow the link for results

Women's quad scull - follow the link for results

Women's pair - follow the link for results

Women's four - follow the link for results

Our four in the heat

l-r: Phoebe Robinson, Hilary Ballinger, Jessica Scott and Leukie Smith - Photo from FISA website

The Junior Women’s Four of Phoebe Robinson, Hilary Ballinger, Jessica Scott and Leukie Smith were in second place at the 500 metre marker of their A-Final. However, a big push from Italy and the USA saw the Australians drop down to fifth as they chased the pack in the Czech Republic. The Queenlanders crossed the line in fifth, with USA taking the gold medal.

Women's coxed four - follow the link for results

Our crew on the podium

l-r: Ella Mentzines, Laura Chancellor, Lauren Graham, Isabelle Furrer, Hannah Cowap - Photo from FISA website

The RA website reported as follows:

The Junior Women’s Coxed Four did not have a simple lead up into their World Rowing Junior Championships campaign, with Rachel Balcomb being replaced during the lead up, due to injury, by Laura Chancellor. However, the crew did not let the changes faze them and today walked away with a silver medal in Račice.

The Australians were fast out the start, and by the halfway point, Hannah Cowap had the crew pushing on race leaders Ukraine, alongside Italy and the USA. As the crews passed approached the 1500 metre marker, it was Italy who had surged ahead, followed by Australia, with USA in third as the Ukrainians dropped back in the field. With the finish line approaching, Italy started their finishing sprint, with Ella Mentzines, Chancellor, Lauren Graham, Isabelle Furrer and Cowap now charging with the USA hot on their heels. With one final push, the crews crossed the line, Italy with the gold, Australia the silver and the USA the bronze.

Post-race, Sydney Rowing Club’s Isabelle Furrer said, “This was the best race of my life! We executed the plan perfectly and it’s been amazing here at the World Championships in Račice.”

At the start

Photo from FISA website

Women's eight - follow the link for results

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