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2018 World Under 23 Championships —
Poznan, Poland

These Championships were held on the well known Poznan course and the conditions were fast. So good were the crews and fast the conditions, that world best times were produced.

Sadly it was not a great regatta for Australia with only one medal, leaving us equal 17th on the medal tally. It has not been since 2011 that we have had such a poor performance.

Rowing Australia Deputy Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez, said, “Congratulations must firstly go to Sean, and his coach Matthias Ungemach, on his bronze medal. An excellent outcome in a tough field. Whilst it was pleasing to have a high number of crews in A-Finals, a goal of the Pathway program and our Underage Teams, there are of course a number of valuable lessons that come from competing at an International level. It is important that we learn from these and we look forward to working with the athletes and coaches in future to convert these finals appearances into podium performances.”

Sean Murphy celebrates his bronze medal

Photo from FISA website

The full medla tally can found on this link.

Daily result summaries

Wednesday 25th July 2018

Thursday 26th July 2018

Friday 27th July 2018

Saturday 28th July 2018

Sunday 29th July 2018

Men's Results

Men's Scull - follow the link for results

Sam Marsh raced a superb final B race being in fourth place through the first 1000m and then pulling out a great third 500m to get second place.

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

The pair was good out of the start being in second place at the 500m. However a very even and controlled middle 1000m allowed them to lead for the rest of their final B finishing comfortably in front. They missed out on the final in the last 500m of their demi-final by a fast finishing Greek pair.

Men's Four - follow the link for results

Men's Coxed Four - follow the link for results

Four in the heats

From FISA website

Sadly the four was outclassed in the final being a couple of seconds slower than the field in most parts of the race. This crew was selected in June and so a last minute combination.

Men's Eight - follow the link for results

Men's Lightweight Scull - follow the link for results

Sean Murphy

Photo from FISA website

The RA website reported:

Murphy came out fast in his A-Final, pursuing the race leader, France’s Hugo Beurey, but the field was tight with Brazil’s Uncas Batista, the reigning U23 World Champion, also in the mix. At the halfway mark, Batista, with Murphy still sitting in third, overtook Beurey. With 250 metres to go, the Brazilian increased his lead to take the win, while Beurey held off a challenge from the Australian in the final few metres, to take silver and Murphy bronze.

The Mosman Rowing Club member said post-race: “There were difficult conditions out there. It’s whoever can row cleaner that will do well today (Sunday).

“For me, I followed my plan up until the last 250m as I had a gap on the next guy and felt quite confident. I had a look around at France and he did a good job to hold me off as we headed for the finish line.”

Seems to be having too much fun in the heats!

From FISA website

Men's Lightweight Double Scull - follow the link for results

Men's Lightweight Quad Scull - follow the link for results

Men's Lightweight Pair - follow the link for results

Australian team

Men’s Single Scull - Eighth

Sam Marsh, WA
Cch: Rhett Ayliffe, WA

Men’s Coxless Pair - Seventh

Bow: Andrew Judge, NSW
Str: Jack O’Brien, NSW
Cch: Don McLachlan, NSW

Men’s Coxed Four - Sixth

Bow: Fraser Pensini, WA
2: Alexander Clarke, VIC
3: Kane Grant, SA
Str: Zac von Appen, NSW
Cox: Sarah Ben-David, VIC
Cch: Nick Garratt, ACT

Lightweight Men’s Single Scull - Bronze

Sean Murphy, NSW
Cch: Matthias Ungemach, NSW

Women’s Double Scull - Fifth

Bow: Harriet Hudson, NSW
Str: Ria Thompson, VIC
Cch: Donovan Cech, NSW

Women’s Pair - Fifth

Bow: Giorgia Patten, WA
Str: Bronwyn Cox, WA
Cch: Rhett Ayliffe, WA

Women’s Coxed Eight - Sixth

Bow: Eloise Parker, QLD
2: Ellen Pozzi, QLD
3: Maddison Brown, VIC
4: Kate Rowan, QLD
5: Lucy Pearce, VIC
6: Dyone Bettega, NSW
7: Elise Franetic, VIC
Str: Rafaela Stalph, NSW
Cox: Rebecca Harrisson, NSW
Cch: Nick Garratt, ACT

Women’s Lightweight Single Scull - Fourth

Wallis Russell, QLD
Cch: Alfie Young, NSW

Lightweight Women’s Double Scull - Fifth

Bow:Georgina Masters, NSW
Str: Verayna Zilm, SA
Cch: Rhett Ayliffe, WA

Women's Results

Women's Scull - follow the link for results

Women's Double Scull - follow the link for results

This was a solid performance by this double in the final. Sadly they were a couple of seconds off the pace in the first 500m and never were able to recover that margin.

Women's Quad Scull - follow the link for results

Women's Pair - follow the link for results

Women's pair on Friday

Photo from FISA website

Our pair started well being in sceond place at the 500m mark. Alas they were unable to maintain the pace and were over hauled in the middle 1000m.

Women's Four - follow the link for results

Women's Coxed Four - follow the link for results

Women's Eight - follow the link for results

Women's eight off the start

Photo from FISA website

Sadly the eight was outclassed throughout the final. The crew contained several members studying at American Universities.

Women's Lightweight Scull - follow the link for results

Wallis on heats day making her point

From FISA website

The unluckiest of finishes for Wallis, missing out on the podium by less than 100th second. The recorded times are the same.

Photo finish for the bronze medal

Photo from FISA website

The RA Website reported:

Wallis Russell’s final saw the Sydney University Boat Club rower [currently in Queensland] push all the way to the line in a bid to claim her first international medal. The Queenslander was quick out the start alongside Great Britain’s Imogen Grant, with duo neck and neck at the halfway mark, however Germany and Switzerland were right behind and still on the pace.

Grant pulled into the lead in the third 500, with Russell overtaken by Germany’s Vera Spanke as the crews began to sprint for the line. In the final 250 metres, Italy’s Clara Guerra came tearing down the outside to cross the line equal third with Russell, with the final result decided by a hundredth of a second, and seeing Russell finish in fourth place.

Women's Lightweight Double Scull - follow the link for results

In the A-Final, Australia’s U23 partnership of Verayna Zilm and Georgie Masters were placed fifth in an incredibly fast final that saw Italy crowned World Champions and new Under 23 World’s Best Time holders in the boat class. T

Women's Lightweight Quad Scull - follow the link for results

Women's Lightweight Pair - follow the link for results

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