Three WAIS rowers have
featured in the menís eight boat that won bronze at the Under 23 World
Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania over the weekend.
WAIS trio; Brendan Murray, David Watts and Matt Cochran all
competed in the final, with Australia capturing bronze behind USA and Germany,
one second ahead of Great Britain in fourth.
WAIS athletes Tom Meares and Tim Widdicombe were members
of the Australian menís lightweight four crew, that rowed in the A final for
The gold medal went to Italy, with Spain and France
rounding out the podium. The Australians competing out of lane two, finished in
In the womenís lightweight pair, WAIS athlete Hannah
Jansen missed out on the A Final, finish fourth in the B Final, with crews from
Great Britain, Poland and France taking the top three positions and medals.
In other results from Trakai:
The Australiaís womenís quad scull led the way for the
eight-boat Australian contingent with a breathtaking performance to win gold
ahead of reigning world champions Germany.
Earlier in the regatta, the crew consisting of Rebekah Hooper (VIC), Madeleine
Edmunds (QLD), Olympia Aldersey (SA) and Jessica Hall (QLD) had also set the
world best time, and the final shaped up as a race between two crews.
Germany led Australia through 1000m, but an excellent third quarter of the race
saw Australia take the lead by just a quarter of a second.
Australia was too strong for Germany over the closing stages of the race to win
in a time of 6:56.33, almost 1.5 seconds clear of Germany, while New Zealand
was a further five seconds adrift in third.
Both the Australian menís four and womenís four produced excellent A Finals to
win silver medals, while the menís eight and menís quad scull took home bronze
in their respective finals.
The menís four of Timothy Masters (VIC), Louis Snelson (NSW), Joshua Hicks (WA)
and Owen Symington (VIC), selected from Australian athletes completing their
studies at American universities, held second position for the whole 2000m to
win silver in a time of 6:28.67, under three seconds behind Germany and half a
length ahead of Great Britain.
The womenís four produced a stirring 500m to pass New Zealand and win the
silver medal behind a strong Canadian crew.
Lucy Stephan (VIC), Katrina Bateman (VIC), Fiona Albert (QLD) and Charlotte
Travers (QLD) were in third place at the 1500m mark, some three seconds adrift
of New Zealand, but surged past their Tasman rivals to cross the line in
On the final day of competition the menís quad scull crew of Jay Ditmarsch
(NSW), Ben Morley (QLD), Sasha Belonogoff (NSW) and Ryan Edwards (NSW)
continued the momentum for Australia with a bronze medal behind the Ukraine and
In a fluctuating race Australia was fourth through 1000m, before improving to
second with only 500m remaining, before settling for bronze in 6:01.00, just
0.13 of a second behind Italy.
- with Rowing Australia