World Rowing Championships: Day One
Nine British boats in action on the opening day of racing in Sarasota-Bradenton as four crews claimed heat wins and two secured A final places in Florida
Day one of the 2017 World Rowing Championships saw four British boats claim opening race victories as the action got underway in Sarasota-Bradenton.
The men’s four (M4-), quadruple scull (M4x), single scull (M1x) and coxed pair (M2+) all got their championships off to a flying start with heat wins as nine British boats took to the water in Florida.
There were also second place finishes for the men’s pair (M2-), lightweight men’s pair (LM2-), the lightweight men’s double scull (LM2x) and the women’s quadruple scull (W4x).
The World Cup title winning quad of Jack Beaumont, Jonny Walton, John Collins and Pete Lambert will also race for a place in the final on Thursday as they looked in fine form, crossing the line half a length clear of nearest rivals Germany.
The coxed pair of Tom Ford and Tim Clarke, coxed by Harry Brightmore, had the honour of being the first British boat out on the water this morning and the two Newcastle University graduates, competing in their first ever senior World Championships, qualified fastest for Friday’s final in a time of 06:59.160.
Tom Barras, also racing in his debut senior Worlds, then served up a fourth British victory with the final outing of the day in the men’s single, beating World Cup winner Robbie Manson from New Zealand with a fine display in his heat to progress through to Wednesday’s quarter-finals.
The lightweight double of Sam Mottram and Jamie Copus will race the repechages after finishing second in their heat, as will the lightweight men’s pair and women’s lightweight double (LW2x) after finishing their heats in second and fifth respectively.
Today marks the start of eight days of racing at the 2017 World Championships with boats competing for the medals from Friday to Sunday. The event begins just 12 days after Hurricane Irma passed through the Sarasota area and British Rowing Performance Director Sir David Tanner paid tribute to the Organising Committee for their efforts.
Sir David said: “The facilities and set up here at the World Championships have been first-class for the opening day of racing and the work the Organising Committee have put in during the build-up, particularly given the issues caused by Hurricane Irma, should be applauded. They have created an event which will no doubt be enjoyed by both rowers and spectators and is a fitting setting for our major regatta of the year.”
Men’s single scull heat (Two progress to quarter-final)
1. Great Britain (Tom Barras), 6:51.20
2. New Zealand, 6:56.97
3. USA, 7:01.13