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August 2007 — World Championships,
Munich items

Friday 31 August

2007 World Championships: images from Day VI

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Friday 31 August

RA media release: South Australians lead charge in Germany

The South Australian duo of Marguerite Houston and Amber Halliday has led the way for Australia on Day 6 of the FISA World Rowing Championships in Munich, Germany.

Houston and Halliday, who won the silver medal at the 2006 FISA World Rowing Championships in Eton, won their semi final in the Women’s Lightweight Double Scull.

Entering the race as firm favourites, Halliday and Houston sat behind the Finnish crew before passing them in the last 150 metres to win the semi final in a time of 6:59.89 and also claim Olympic qualification for the boat. China, the reigning world champions, won the second semi final in a slightly slower time.

Houston said that they were both pleased with their efforts and looking forward to the final on Sunday.

“We are both very excited about the final”, Houston said. “All six crews are capable of winning and it may come down to whoever is mentally stronger on Sunday.”

Tom Gibson (TAS) and Sam Beltz (TAS) followed up with a third place in the Men’s Lightweight Double Scull semi final to safely qualify for the A Final and also secure a place in Beijing next year.

James Tomkins was unable to inspire the Men’s Eight as they finished fourth in their semi final to be relegated to the B Final. They will have to win this race to qualify the boat for the Olympic Games next year.

The Men’s Lightweight Four (Rod Chisholm (NSW), Ben Cureton (WA), Anthony Edwards (VIC) and Todd Skipworth (WA) came fourth in their semi final which relegated them to the B Final on Sunday.

Both the Men’s Quad Scull (Chris Morgan (SA), James McRae (SA), James Gatti (WA) and David Kelly (WA)) and the Women’s Quad Scull (Catriona Sens (VIC), Brooke Pratley (NSW), Sonia Mills (ACT) and Amy Ives (NSW)) came fourth in their semi finals.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

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Friday 31 August

2007 World Championships: race reports from Day VI

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Friday 31 August

FISA press release: Press Briefing with further information on Russian rowing case

30 August 2007

In a press briefing by FISA President Denis Oswald and FISA Executive Director Matt Smith, the International Rowing Federation today revealed the sequence of events which led to the exclusion of the three Russian athletes from the 2007 World Rowing Championships taking place this week in Munich, Germany.

On 16 July 2007, a bag containing substances and pieces of medical equipment used for intravenous infusions was found in a garbage bin near the hotel of the Russian rowing team in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The bag was immediately taken to the WADA accredited laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland and analysed for substances as well as forensic evidence. Traces of blood found on the medical equipment were tested for DNA.

FISA then organized surprise out of competition blood sampling and urine testing on suspected Russian athletes who were taking part in a training camp in Trakai, Lithuania. These tests were conducted on 13 August, and all test results were negative. More Russian athletes were tested on 23 August and all results were negative. And finally on 29 August all remaining Russian rowers gave blood to FISA’s appointed testers.

FISA President Denis Oswald insisted “there were no positive tests and no prohibited substances. There was no blood doping and no injection of EPO. This is simply a case of intravenous infusions without medical justification.”

As soon as the first three athletes’ names were identified through their DNA, they were called in for an anti-doping hearing panel. This took place this week in Munich, during the World Championships. All the athletes admitted to the facts, and stated that they had acted alone, with no medical supervision.

FISA Rules state that if four or more doping offences from one national federation are revealed within a 12 month period, serious sanctions may be taken against the national federation. As the Russian rowing federation was already involved in a doping case at the end of 2006, such action could be considered. Possible sanctions include a competition ban of up to four years for the entire federation.

Should such a decision be taken, this would mean that there would be no Russian rowers at the Olympic Games in Beijing next year. “This”, says Oswald, “is something that I could imagine if it is in proportion to the offense. However, as it would also affect innocent athletes it is a decision which needs to be taken carefully and a full and in depth enquiry must be concluded.” The current investigation and the measures taken are under FISA authority.

For more information - FISA media contact:
Marion Gallimore, Marketing and Communications Manager
Tel: +41 21 617 83 73 or direct +41 21 612 02 26, mobile +41 79 706 72 55
E-mail: marion.gallimore@fisa.org

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Friday 31 August

RA media release: Australians shine at World Rowing Championships

Two of Australia’s adaptive rowing crews have produced the highlight of Day 5 at the World Rowing Championships in Munich, Germany.

Dominic Monypenny (TAS), reigning two time world champion, was exceptional in his semi final of the Men’s Arms Only Single Scull as he led from start to finish to complete the 1000 metre course in a time of 6:06.75.

Monypenny had finished second in his heat earlier in the week and was primed for a stronger performance in his second hit out of the regatta. By reaching the A Final, Australia has qualified the boat for the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, which is the first time that rowing will be offered at the Paralympic Games.

Equally impressive was the newly formed combination of John MacLean (NSW) and Kathryn Ross (VIC), who are rowing in their first regatta together in the Trunk and Arms Double Sculls.

Having finished second in their first race together on Monday, MacLean and Ross defeated the reigning world champions and 2007 silver medallists in the semi final to qualify fastest for the A Final and also qualify the boat for Beijing.

Monypenny said he was far happier with his performance.

“Monday was a bit of a setback but I felt that I was moving the boat better in the water today”, Monypenny said. “Saturday will be a tough race but I am looking forward to giving it my best shot”.

Both crews will compete in their finals on Saturday and will enter their respective races confident of a medal.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

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Friday 31 August

2007 World Championships: new image gallery from Day V

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Friday 31 August

2007 World Championships: Day VI preview

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Thursday 30 August

2007 World Championships: images from Day V

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Thursday 30 August

2007 World Championships: race reports and interviews from Day V

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Thursday 30 August

RA media release: Olympic fever sweeps through Australian camp

Australia has had a mixed day at the FISA World Rowing Championships in Munich, Germany.

Following the qualification of the Women’s Pair of Sarah Cook (ACT) and Kim Crow (VIC) only the Men’s Pair made it through to the A Final and consequently book a place at Beijing next year.

The second semi final of the Men’s Pair was delayed due to one of the German oars breaking on the start line. Upon the restart Drew Ginn (VIC) and Duncan Free (QLD), favourites to win the gold medal, rowed dominantly to open a lead of four boat lengths during the race to eventually cross the finish line in a time of 6:47.62.

Lyall McCarthy, Head Coach of the Australian Women’s team, said he was pleased with the performance of the pair.

"It was a really controlled effort by Sarah and Kim”, McCarthy said. “They jumped out well, held a good pace through the middle of the race and were only just covered in the shadow of the post by the very experienced Romanian crew.”

The Men’s Four of James Chapman (NSW), Francis Hegerty (NSW), Sam Loch (NSW) and Nick Baxter (NSW) were not able to match the pace of the more fancied crews and finished fifth in their semi final.

The Women’s Double Scull crew of Kerry Hore (TAS) and Amber Bradley (WA) and the Men’s Double Scull of Scott Brennan (TAS) and David Crawshay (VIC) both finished fourth in their semi finals and will need to finish in the top five crews in the B Final on Saturday to confirm a place in Beijing.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

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Thursday 30 August

RA media release: Women’s Pair book tickets to Beijing

Sarah Cook (ACT) and Kim Crow (VIC) have become the first Australian crew to qualify a boat for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on day five of the FISA World Rowing Championships in Munich, Germany.

Cook and Crow came home second in their semi final of the Women’s Pair behind the well established Romanian crew who are the reigning Olympic champions.

They will enter the final on Saturday with confidence as they look to build upon the gold and bronze medals they won in earlier World Cups this season.

Lyall McCarthy, Head Coach of the Australian Women’s team, said the girls should be pleased with their efforts.

"It was a really controlled effort by Sarah and Kim”, McCarthy said. “They jumped out well, held a good pace through the middle of the race and were only just covered in the shadow of the post by the very experienced Romanian crew.”

“They've qualified the boat for the Olympics and now have a chance to race for the medals on Saturday. It was a superb row from a young crew. They've got a great attitude and work ethic".

Peter Hardcastle (NSW) earlier finished in fifth place in his semi final and now will have his sights set on finishing in the top five places in the B Final on Sunday to qualify the boat for next year’s Olympics.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

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Thursday 30 August

FISA press release: FISA press briefing on anti-doping violation

Summary of Press Briefing
29 August 2007

The International Rowing Federation (FISA) announced this morning that three athletes, Vladimir Varfolomeev and Denis Moiseev from the Russian lightweight men’s double and Svetlana Fedorova from the Russian women’s eight have been declared ineligible for a period of two years for a violation of Article 2.2 of these Anti-Doping Bye-Laws; Use of a Prohibited Method.

In the press briefing, Matt Smith, FISA Executive Director, explained that FISA had held two doping hearing panels last night. As a result of this, the Russian lightweight men’s double sculls have been disqualified and the Russian women’s eight has been excluded because one athlete was ineligible here in Munich. Substitution of an athlete after the start of a regatta is only possible for medical reasons, the women’s eight cannot continue to compete in this regatta loosing their chance to qualify for the Olympics at this event.

Matt Smith emphasized that these cases did not involve prohibited substances, but a prohibited method; intravenous infusion. Anti-doping tests were carried out on the athletes involved just before the Championships and that testing was negative.

As investigations are still underway no further information can be revealed before tomorrow.

Last year, rower Olga Samulenkova of the Russian women’s quadruple scull tested positive for an exogenous source of metabolites of testosterone. Although she had been tested before the Championships, the test result had been communicated to FISA in September, after the athlete had won a gold medal at the 2006 World Rowing Championships. The crew then subsequently lost their title and the athlete was banned from competition in the sport of rowing for two years.

FISA’s efforts to fight doping have always been highly regarded. Just last week, FISA conducted 44 out of competition tests on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 at the regatta course, and all tests have come back negative. There are no pending results as of the start of this year’s championships.

For more information - FISA media contact:
Marion Gallimore, Marketing and Communications Manager
Tel: +41 21 617 83 73 or direct +41 21 612 02 26, mobile +41 79 706 72 55
E-mail: marion.gallimore@fisa.org

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Thursday 30 August

2007 World Championships: Day V preview

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Thursday 30 August

2007 World Championships: images from Day IV

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Wednesday 29 August

RA media release: Veteran Edwards leads the way for Australia

Australia continued their success on Day Four of the FISA World Rowing Championships in Munich, Germany with all three boats that raced qualifying for the semi finals.

The Men’s Lightweight Four reaffirmed their standing as one of the favoured crews with a strong win in their quarter final.

Anthony Edwards  (VIC), returning from a lay off after the Athens Olympic Games, partnered Rod Chisholm (NSW), Ben Cureton (WA) and Todd Skipworth (WA) to win the race in a time of 6:13.70.

The Tasmanian duo of Sam Beltz and Tom Gibson qualified from their quarter final in the Men’s Lightweight Double Scull as they look to improve on their fourth placing in last year’s World Championships.

Antonio Maurogiovanni, coach of the Men’s Lightweight crews, said it was good to get the Men’s Lightweight Four through but there was room for improvement.

“They did perform well but like the double they can take another step forward in the semi final”, Maurogiovanni said. “They didn’t perform at 100% which is good from my point of view but we need to learn to get that consistency in our effort.”

The Men’s Quadruple Scull crew of Chris Morgan (SA), David Kelly (WA), James Gatti (WA) and James McRae (SA) also won their quarterfinal, narrowly pipping the Cubans who had led the whole race.

The International Rowing Federation (FISA) announced this morning that three athletes, Vladimir Varfolomeev and Denis Moiseev from the Russian lightweight men’s double and Svetlana Fedorova from the Russian women’s eight have been declared ineligible for a period of two years for a violation of Article 2.2 of the Anti-Doping Bye-Laws; Use of a Prohibited Method. (Read more here.)

The semi finals begin on Thursday evening Australian time. Qualification for the Olympic Games will be on the line for the majority of crews.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

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Wednesday 29 August

2007 World Championships: race reports and interviews from Day IV

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Wednesday 29 August

2007 World Championships: new image gallery from Day III

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Tuesday 28 August

2007 World Championships: Day IV preview

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Tuesday 28 August

2007 World Championships: images from Day III

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Tuesday 28 August

RA media release: Successful day of qualifying for Australian rowers

Australia has continued with its impressive form at the 2007 FISA World Rowing Championships in Munich, Germany.

Five out of six Australian crews progressed to the semi finals and finals as the quest to qualify boats for the 2008 Beijing Olympics continued.

Fergus Pragnell (NSW) and Jason Heard (VIC), coxed by Marty Rabjohns (NSW) in the Men’s Coxed Pair, qualified for the final and will be confident of pushing the other five crews for a medal.

Kerry Hore (TAS) and Amber Bradley (WA) were extremely impressive in the repechages of the Women’s Double Scull and won their race to comfortably make it through to the semi finals, while David Crawshay (VIC) and Scott Brennan (TAS) finished second in their repechage to safely qualify for the semis finals. Both these crews will be looking to feature in the A Final on Saturday but only need to finish in the top eleven crews to qualify a boat for Beijing.

Peter Hardcastle (NSW), who only came into the Men’s Single Scull after a late injury withdrawal, continued his impressive form and gained qualification for the semi finals after finishing third in his repechage, whilst the Men’s Coxless Four of Nick Baxter, Francis Hegerty, Sam Loch and James Chapman also qualified for the semi finals.

Zoe Uphill narrowly missed out on a place in the semi finals of the Women’s Single Scull after finishing fourth in her repechage.

Rowing Australia High Performance Director Noel Donaldson said the team was well pleased with results to date.

“We have positioned ourselves really well for the second half of the week when we will find be faced with some very tough racing”, Donaldson said. “We are on track with our goals for Olympic qualification and the team is looking forward to the remainder of the regatta.”

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

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Tuesday 28 August

2007 World Championships: race reports and interviews from Day III

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Monday 27 August

2007 World Championships: Day III preview

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Monday 27 August

Australian Women's Eight

Rowing Australia was able to catch up with coach Lyall McCarthy after the Australian women’s eight won their heat and qualified for the final of the event to be held on Sunday 2 September.

The girls chased down the reigning world champions from the United States to win Heat 2 and join the Romanians in gaining direct qualification for the final.

McCarthy said that the race unfolded very well.

“We knew the United States would come out exceptionally strong, after all they are the reigning world champions”, McCarthy said. “They are renowned for being quick over the first 1000 metres and we believed that if we could stay close enough we could apply some pressure at the end of the race.”

“The girls have the required fitness levels to succeed and have learnt how to move the boat over the last few weeks exceptionally well. We had to manage a few injuries in the build up and this has made the group stronger as a whole and it is paying dividends.

But McCarthy added that there was a lot of work to be done over the coming week before the final.

“We have a lot to learn before Sunday and there will be five other crews in the final capable of winning”, McCarthy said. “The Romanians were very impressive in their heat and know how to win. They have rowed a lot of races together.”

The Women’s Eight need to finish in the top five boats in the six-crew final on Sunday to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

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Monday 27 August

2007 World Championships: images from Day II

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Monday 27 August

RA media release: Australian rowers shine in Munich

The Australian Women’s Eight have produced an exceptional performance on the second day at the 2007 FISA World Rowing Championships in Munich, Germany.

With only one crew directly qualifying for the Final from each of the two heats, Australia chased down the reigning world champions from the United States to claim victory and move a step closer to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

The Men’s Eight also produced a barn storming finish to overhaul the Great Britain crew and claim a spot in the semi finals, avoiding the unneeded pressure of a repechage.

But it was the Women’s Eight, who finished in a time of 6:12.79 that stole the show. They joined Romania as the two qualifiers for the final on Sunday 2 September, and by avoiding last place in the 6 boat final will qualify for Beijing.

Kim Crow (VIC) said the feeling within the group has been special over the past weeks.

“The atmosphere in the eight is exceptional. We have been producing great times in training so it was nice to show today that we could make the boat go fast in competition.”

Women’s Head Coach Lyall McCarthy was pleased with the result but said there was a lot of confidence within the group.

“The girls have been amazing in training and there is a lot of self belief within the group”, McCarthy said. “We are very confident in the way we are rowing.”

The Women’s and Men’s Lightweight Double Scull crews both won their heats to progress to the next stage of the competition, whilst the Men’s Lightweight Four were also impressive as they won their heat.

For a full list of Australian race results please visit www.rowingaustralia.com.au

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

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Monday 27 August

2007 World Championships: race reports from Day II racing, plus quotes

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Monday 27 August

RA media release: Australian crews gain early qualification for final

Australian crews have had a successful start to the second day of racing at the 2007 FISA World Rowing Championships in Munich, Germany.

In the Lightweight Men’s Pair, a non–Olympic event, Ross Brown (WA) and Michael McBryde (QLD) led from start to finish in Heat 2 to complete the course in 6:47.51.

With only one crew qualifying for the final from each of the two heats, the Australians will join Italy in the final after they recorded an equally comfortable win.

The Women’s Lightweight Quad scull crew of Bronwen Watson (NSW), Miranda Bennett (NSW), Alice McNamara (VIC) and Tara Kelly (QLD) also cruised to victory in their heat. They have gained automatic qualification for the final of the non–Olympic event along with Great Britain.

Ellen Randall, coach of the Women’s Lightweight Quad Scull, was happy with the race.

“I’m pleased with what was a very even effort”, Randall said. “We got out well and held onto our pace throughout the race. The final on Sunday will be another challenge for us as we expect some strong opposition from both the Chinese and the British.”

Later today all attention will be focused upon the return of James Tomkins as he endeavours to lead the Australian Men’s Eight to the Olympics from the stroke seat.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

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Monday 27 August

2007 World Championships: Day II preview

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Sunday 26 August

2007 World Championships: Day I results, race reports and images

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Sunday 26 August

Images from Munich (includes opening ceremony)

— Click here — to view images from the day before racing commences, including the opening ceremony, at the 2007 World Championships in Munich.

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Friday 24 August

Rowing Australia coverage of the 2007 World Rowing Championships

For Australian Team results, race reports and interviews, daily reviews and next-day previews, RA media releases, and image galleries ... — Click here —

Live racing will be available for those who subscribe to www.wcsn.com while live streaming will feature at www.worldrowing.com.

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Friday 24 August

Australian Team update

The Australian Rowing Team has safely arrived in Varese ahead of the FISA World Rowing Championships, beginning on Sunday 26 August in Munich, Germany.

After a successful 10-day camp in Varese, Italy, when the entire squad was together in the same location for the first time in the international season, the squad is now ready for the challenges that Munich will present.

The regatta serves as the major qualification event for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, with Australia entering crews in all 14 Olympic events as well as 4 non–Olympic boat classes.

Racing will begin at 5.30pm on Sunday evening Australian time with heats of the Men’s Coxed Pair.

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Friday 24 August

Australian crews for the 2007 FISA World Rowing Championships

The 2007 FISA World Rowing Championships will be held in Munich, Germany from 26 August to 2 September, 2007. The regatta will also serve as the major qualifier for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Australian is attempting to qualify crews in all 14 Olympic events and have also entered boats in four non–Olympic classes.

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