Australian Rowing Mens VIII – Sixth @ World U23 Rowing Championships
According To Rowing Australia:
The U23 Men’s Eight were drawn in Lane 1 in their A-Final, racing against Netherlands, USA, Great Britain, Romania and Germany. The crew of Elliot Apel, Mitchell Hooper, Alexander Wolf, Harry Crouch, Jack Robertson, George Finlayson, Jackson Kench, Angus Morrison and coxswain Alannah Gilsmore would no doubt have been buoyed overnight by Hooper’s victory in the U23 Men’s Coxed Four final.
The Australians came out of the start rating 47, and the crew coached by John Bowes, were in fifth, while Great Britain took the early lead. As the race progressed, the Australians couldn’t manage to catch race leaders, and eventual winners, Great Britain, with the Australians crossing the line in sixth place.
The Australia’s Men’s Coxed Four are the new U23 World Rowing Champions 2019.
It is with great pleasure we announce patients of the Practice, Mitchell Hooper and pair partner Ben Canham became World Rowing Champions in Sarasota Florida.
According to Rowing Australia:
In calm conditions, the U23 Men’s Coxed Four of Ben Canham, Angus Dawson, Mitchell Hooper, Adam Bakker and Caitlin Hockings were crowned World Champions after leading their final from start to finish. The crew, coached by Nick Mitchell, won their heat earlier in the week and Hockings led her crew out firing in the final today in Florida.
The crew clocked a time of 6 minutes 10 seconds to claim victory, having to hold off a last minute sprint to the line from Great Britain, who took silver, and Italy who took bronze. There was only 0.09 of a second between the Australians and the British as the boats crossed the line, while the Italians were just 0.63 of a second behind the Australians.
Text Courtesy of Australian Rowing
The U23 Men’s Eight had a late change with Alexander Jeremijenko being replaced with team-mate Mitchell Hooper. Hooper, who is part of Australia’s U23 Men’s Coxed Four that won their heat yesterday (Wednesday) to progress straight to Saturday’s A-Final, will be doubling up and racing both the U23 Men’s Coxed Four and the U23 Men’s Eight.
“Straight off the start in Heat Two, Australia took the lead and them moved into a stroke rate of 39. The Australians maintain this going into the halfway. Great Britain, Germany and Ireland followed all tightly packed together. Then Ireland made a move going through the 1000m. They grabbed two seats on Germany.
Great Britain went with them and were now even with Ireland. Australia were still the fastest moving boat on the water, with the highest rate – 38. Then Germany must have wanted back in and made a move. They got their bow past Ireland and Great Britain and tried to close the gap that Australia had.”
The Under 23 Australian Rowing Team are set to race this week at the World Rowing U23 Championships. The regatta takes place at Sarasota-Bradenton in the United States of America from 24 to 28 July 2019.
The event will host nearly 700 athletes from 53 nations, with Australia entering 40 athletes in 13 crews. Patients of the Practice; Ben and Mitchell Hooper will be among the competitors.
The Australian Eight produces a new record at Henley.
Even if you are just moderately interested in rowing – both these races are superb.
The National Training Centre is THE elite centre for mens Rowing in Australia. When Dr. Hooper rowed for Australia in the 90’s, they were based at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). Under direction of Australian Rowing a new centre has been established on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.
The men from the National Training Centre (NTC) Australia made it into the final by beating the British VIII. Well done to the boys from the National Training Centre in Canberra for their fantastic tenacity and skill.
One of the best races we have seen in Australian Rowing.
Mercantile has only ever won one event at Henley Royal Regatta, and that was back in 1988.
Unfortunately, today was not the day for Mercantile. Seemed a little flat off the start and then failed to capitalise or show the aggressive and slippery style of former races.
Full credit to Molesy who had some very experienced campaigners with multiple attempts at winning Henley.
Again, very kind words from the commentary team at 1.45 regarding the heritage of Mitchell Hoper, Mercantile and Australian Rowing.