Star performance from junior men’s four at world junior championships
The GB Rowing Team’s star performers in Brive-La-Gaillarde, France, today were the junior men’s four which qualified for tomorrow’s final in style by winning their semi-final in 6:04.78.
They battled with the Australians throughout and there was also early pressure from the USA. By the end, though, the British quartet of Andrew Holmes, Jason Philips, Will Perham and Constantine Louloudis had a three second cushion.
They now join the men’s eight, men’s coxed four and women’s four who are all through to tomorrow’s finals through performances earlier in the week.
"It’s been a great achievement getting four boats into the finals", said GB Rowing Team manager John Layng. "It will be nice if we can come away with some medals. Meanwhile there was an exciting performance today from the junior men’s four and the junior women’s quadruple scull put in a feisty performance and gave it their all despite not qualifying".
The junior men’s pair were sixth in their semi-final. They were holding onto fourth in the early part of the race before dropping back down the field in a race won by Serbia from Bulgaria in second.
Rachel Gamble-Flint seemed to have timed her semi-final race to perfection to qualify for the final of the single scull but tired in the dying metres to be overhauled by Cuba and Slovenia who took second and third behind China. That left the single sculler facing a place in tomorrow’s B Final by a margin of just under a second off qualifying in fourth place.
The British women’s quadruple scull also finished in an agonising fourth place and will race a B final. In today’s semi-final they were seriously in contention with the race leaders in the opening 1000m but fell back in the second half of the race.
Tomorrow’s B finals start at 8.30 and finish at 9.30 whilst the A finals start at 10.00 and f inish at 14.15 (Times given are UK times).
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(Events featuring GB crews only)
1. China 7:48.43
2. Cuba 7:49.43
3. Slovenia 7:52.79
4. Rachel Gamble-Flint (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:52.79
5. Hungary 7:59.95
6. Japan 8:02.53
1. Serbia 6:41.17
2. Bulgaria 6:42.54
3. Croatia 6:44.56
4. Germany 6:49.34
5. Belarus 6:54.83
6. Nick Clarke/Tom Edwards(GREAT BRITAIN) 6:55.24
1. Andrew Holmes/Jason Philips/Will Perham/Constantine
Louloudis (GREAT BRITAIN) 6;04.78
2. Australia 6:07.23
3. Spain 6:12.39
4. Turkey 6:13.45
5. USA 6:18.56
6. Lithuania 6:30.50
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WORLD JUNIORS CHAMPIONSHIPS
5-8 August 2009
Rachael Gamble-Flint (Yarm)
Nick Clarke (Walton RC/)/
Tom Edwards (Durham School BC)
Andrew Holmes (George Watson’s College)/
Jason Philips (St Paul’s School)/
Will Perham (Kingston Grammar Schol)/
Constantine Louloudis (Eton College)
Charlie Rendle (Pangbourne College)/
Charles Herbert (Pangbourne College)/
Ertan Hazine (Wallingford RC)/
Felix Wood (Abingdon School)/
Rory Copus (cox) (Abingdon School)
Max Monfared (Eton College)/
Ed Nainby-Luxmoore (Eton College)/
Matthew Tatlock (Molesey BC)/
Stephen Jones (King’s Chester)/
Sam Arnot (King’s Chester)/
Stewart Innes (St Edwards School)/
Caspar Jopling (Eton College)/
George Rossiter (Abingdon School)/
Franz Imfeld (cox) (King’s Chester)
Team Manager: John Layng
Chief Coach: Richard Boulton
Team Doctor: Dr Lucy Free
Physiotherapist: Rachel Burr
Equipment Manager: Bret King
Coaches: Ian Dryden, Mark Woodcock,
Colin Greenaway, Eira Parry, John Ward,
Nick de Cata