November 1, 2018
Canadian lightweight rower Aaron Lattimer (Delta, BC) set a World Record yesterday in a 6000 meter ergometer test (19-29, lightweight category) with a time of 19:16.0 (unofficial). Concept 2 will soon confirm his record time eclipses the previous of 19:21.80 set by Lucas Schäfer of Germany in 2017.
Aaron pulled the record breaking time during the Rowing Canada Aviron erg test at the dome at Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence in Victoria, BC.
“Aaron is training in a competitive environment that is producing improvement in everyone,” said Canadian Head Coach, Dick Tonks. “He is improving physically and the evidence is shown in his erg records from last season, and in this week’s session but also in his oarsmanship shown by his 4th place finish at the 2018 World Championships.”
Lattimer placed 4th overall at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria – a noteworthy performance leap from his 14th place position at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Aaron also finished 4th at the 2017 Under 23 World Championships and 11th at the 2017 World Cup III in Lucerne.
“The World Record is always on your mind,” explained Lattimer. “I woke up that morning in good shape despite an already tough start to the week. There is good motivation within the group so after the first 1000m I felt good and said I’m going to go for it! With about 2km left, I knew I had it – it was just a matter of how low (in time) I could possibly go.”
You can follow Aaron Lattimer and all the National team athletes at the 2018 National Rowing Championships and Canada Cup next weekend in Burnaby, BC.