Australia’s Women’s Four of Molly Goodman, Sarah Hawe, Katrina Werry and Lucy Stephan faced off an in-form United States as well as Denmark and Russia to pick up silver in Plovdiv.
The Australians, coached by Tom Westgarth, had a good start, and were chasing the USA, who were in the lead with the Danes and Poland hot on their heels.
In the final 500 metres, Goodman upped the Australians rating to 41 in a bid to push on the USA, but there was a sprint up the outside from the Russians to contend with too. The Australians held off the challenge for second and claimed a silver medal, while the USA took gold.
Post-race, Lucy Stephan said, “It was a tough race and it’s great to see how much the competition has stepped up since last year. I’m really proud of the girls and credit to the USA for how they raced. This is only the second year of the Olympiad and, ultimately, we’re building towards Tokyo.”
Australia’s PR3 Mixed Coxed Four of Nikki Ayers, Alex Vuillermin, Ben Gibson, James Talbot and coxswain Rene Domaschenz, put in a sterling effort in their first ever World Rowing Championships A-Final. The crew, all of whom made their debut at this year’s event, were amongst the medal positions in the first 1000 metres of their final.
As the crew crossed into the third 500 metres, they were in fourth with Great Britain and USA in the lead and France back in third. Despite a sprint in the final 250 metres, it was a fifth place finish for this promising para-rowing crew.
The B-Finals also took place today with Australia featuring in three. Australia’s Women’s Pair of Hannah Vermeersch and Addy Dunkley-Smith wrapped up their World Championships ranked eighth in the world, after placing second in their B-Final; meanwhile, Amy James and Sarah Pound finished sixth in their B-Final, ranking 12th overall at the regatta in the Lightweight Women’s Double Scull.
The Women’s Quadruple Scull of Olympia Aldersey, Rowena Meredith, Caitlin Cronin and Genevieve Horton won their B-Final in comfortable style to conclude their World Championships ranked seventh in the world.