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Hamilton and Kennedy-Leverett book A-Final berth

Junior Men’s Double Scull win semi-final to secure A-Final; Junior Men’s Quadruple Scull to contest B-Final

Australia’s Junior Men’s Double Scull won their A/B semi-final today in Lithuania to book themselves a place in Sunday’s A-Final at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships.

Meanwhile, the Junior Men’s Quadruple Scull finished fourth in their semi-final and will contest the B-Final tomorrow, along with Australia’s Junior Women’s Eight who also qualified for their respective B-Final earlier in the week.

The Junior Women’s Double Scull won their C/D semi-final and will contest the C-Final later today (Saturday) in Trakai.

The Junior Men’s Double Scull of Fergus Hamilton and Cormac Kennedy-Leverett progressed to today’s semi-finals by virtue of having finished second in their quarter-final to Greece. Today, they were drawn in Lane 5, flanked by crews from Belgium, Denmark, Moldova, Belarus and France.

The Victoria-Queensland combination powered out the start, stroking 46, and were leading as they approached the halfway mark. However, Belarus, the fastest qualifiers for this semi-final, put their foot down as they crossed the 1000m marker and passed Australia who were now in second place.

As the crews entered the final 500 metres, Australia made its move on the race leaders, Belarus, and stroking 36 in the final 250 metres, the Australians passed the Belarussians to win their semi-final and also secure a favourable lane for tomorrow’s A-Final.

The Australian duo will take on Greece, Germany, Spain, Belarus and France in what will no doubt be a hotly contested A-Final.

Australia’s Junior Men’s Quadruple Scull of Daniel Samus, Jackson Kench, Harry Crouch and Lachlan Stevenson were drawn in Lane 5 for their semi-final, with race favourites Italy and Switzerland drawn next to them.

As the crews reached the 500m mark, Australia were in fifth, with Italy and Switzerland leading the pack, however, Australia had come from behind to win its repechage and had plenty of water to work through in a bid to make the A-Final.

As they crossed the halfway mark, the Australians shifted up a gear and passed New Zealand to go into fourth place and had a canvas on third-placed Denmark. With 250 metres to go, Samus upped his crew’s stroke rate to 42 per minute as they sprinted for the line, but the young New South Welshmen ran out of water, with Denmark crossing the line in third to take the last A-Final spot alongside Switzerland and Italy.

The Junior Women’s Double Scull of Skyla Froebel and Taylor McCarthy-Smith won their C/D semi-final, to book a place in the C-Final which they won on Saturday afternoon in Trakai. The duo concluded their World Rowing Junior Championships campaign ranked 13th in the world.

Race times for Sunday 6 August 2017
Junior Men’s Quadruple Scull, B-Final – 10:06 local time (17:06 AEST)
Junior Women’s Eight, B-Final – 10:25 local time (17:25 AEST)
Junior Men’s Double Scull, A-Final – 12:45 local time (19:45 AEST)