Canada wins gold at World U23 Championships

Canada wins gold at World U23 Championships

Sunday July 11, 2021 – Račice, Czech Republic

Canada’s men’s four claimed a gold medal in Račice, Czech Republic on the final day of racing at the World Rowing U23 Championships.

Liam Keane (Victoria City Rowing Club/Dartmouth College), Adam Krol (Argonaut Rowing Club/University of Washington), Peter Lancashire (Brentwood College/University of Washington) and Jack Walkey (Claremont Sports Institute Rowing Academy/University of Washington) led the way in the men’s four throughout the event, finishing first in their heat and in their A/B semifinal to progress to the A final. The crew finished just ahead of silver medallists Ireland in the A final with a time of 5:56.68.

“As a crew, it’s really special, and reaching this destination and putting an exclamation mark on it just makes it that much more special,” said Lancashire. “[The last year] was challenging with COVID, but being flexible and being able to row and train in [an RCA NextGen bubble in] Washington just shows that if you have the right environment, coach and support, you can be successful.”

Canada’s women’s pair of Alexis Cronk (University of Victoria Rowing Club) and Kirsten Edwards (University of Victoria Rowing Club) also progressed to an A final. It was a tight race, with Canada finishing in fourth less than three seconds behind third place Germany.

Team Canada Results and Progressions

Women’s Pair – Alexis Cronk & Kirsten Edwards
2nd in Heat > 2nd in Repechage > 4th in A Final

Women’s Double – Abigail Dent & Lucy Black
4th in Heat > 3rd in Repechage > 6th in A/B Semi > 6th in B Final

Women’s Quad – Elisa Bolinger, Grace VandenBroek, Katie Clark & Maya Meschkuleit
4th in Heat > 1st in Repechage > 4th in A/B Semi > 5th in B Final

Lightweight Women’s Double – Karissa Riley & Sophie Inkpen
4th in Heat > 5th in Repechage > 3rd in B Final

Men’s Single – Steven Rosts
3rd in Heat > 4th in Quaterfinal > 3rd in C/D Semi > 2nd in C Final

Men’s Double – Raphael Berz & Samuel Stewart
5th in Heat > 4th in Repechage > 3rd in C/D Semi > 3rd in C Final

Men’s Four – Adam Krol, Jack Walkey, Peter Lancashire, Liam Keane
1st in Heat > 1st in A/B Semi > 1st in A Final

Lightweight Men’s Double – Samuel Weinstein Zimbel & Thomas Markewich
5th in Heat > 3rd in Repechage > 6th in A/B Semi > 6th in B Final

Click here for more information on the 2021 World Rowing U23 Championships.

Click here for more information on the members of Canada’s 2021 U23 National Team.

In support of the U23 athletes, RCA launched a fundraising campaign to reduce fees associated with international competition and ensure that athletes do not face financial barriers to representing Canada on the world stage. To make a contribution and help Canada’s rowers focus on giving their all on the water, please visit

For more information: 
Colleen Coderre
RCA Communications Lead

Liz Montroy
RCA Communications and Events Coordinator  

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