Thursday, July 20, 2017 – With five crews racing on Day 2, Canadian boats started the World Rowing Under-23 Championships strong – with two first-place and two second-place finishes as well as a World Best Time in the women’s eight.
The women’s eight set an Under-23 World Best Time after the record had just fallen in the previous heat to the United States. With a time of 6:00.13, Canada beat the American boat by .22 seconds. After battling with Germany at the start of the race, Canada powered through the last 1000m in first and secured them a spot in the A Final on Sunday.
Carly Zanatta in the lightweight women’s single sculls finished in fourth in her heat and will race in the repechage on Friday. With a second-place finish in the lightweight women’s double sculls heat, Jennifer Casson and Larissa Werbicki booked a spot in the semifinals.
Patrick Keane and Aaron Lattimer gave an Under-23 World Best Time effort in the lightweight men’s double sculls heat but finished second to Italy and will race in the repechage. After exchanging the lead throughout the race, Italy edged the Canadian double by 0.34 seconds in a near photo-finish result.
With a strong start by the men’s quadruple sculls, Canada led their heat up to the last 500 metres when they battled with Hungary and Ukraine until the finish line. Ty Adams, Luc Brodeur, Dan de Groot and Gavin Stone powered through to the line, finishing the top boat and will race next in the semifinals.
On Thursday, Trevor Jones opened the World Rowing Under-23 Championships for Canada in the men’s single sculls on Day 1, placing first in his heat. With his finish, Jones heads to the quarterfinals on Friday.
Start lists, live tracking and audio commentary can be found at WorldRowing.com. RCA will also bring you live coverage on the Rowing Canada Aviron Twitter feed (@RowingCanada). Live video streaming will be available at WorldRowing.com for the A/B Semifinals on Friday and Saturday and the A-Finals on Saturday and Sunday.
RCA All For One Campaign
It’s also not too late to support the Under-23 team! RCA launched the All for One fundraising campaign, supporting the Under-23 and Junior athletes as they prepare for and compete at the 2017 World Rowing Championships. The goal of this campaign is to raise funds that will go directly to reducing any fees that athletes face when representing Canada.
Donations can be made at www.fundrazr.com/RCAallforone either to the Under-23 team, Junior team or both, with funds directly reducing the costs for athletes. To show your support of the athletes and the campaign via social media, post #RCAAllForOne on your Facebook or Twitter.
RCA would like to thank all those who have contributed already to the campaign in support of the next generation of Canadian rowers.