Hamilton’s Gage and crew gets second chance

rowingThe 2013 World Rowing Under 23 Championships began its heats today with rowers enjoying calm waters at the course.

Canada advanced two crews at the 2013 World Rowing Under 23 Championships on Wednesday (July 24) when only four Canadian crews saw action. Five more crews have yet to race at the five-day regatta at Linz-Ottensheim, Austria.

With only the top two advancing, Canada’s men’s coxed four was third in its heat. New Zealand advanced in 6:20.38, France held on for second in 6:23.09 and Canada was third in 6:25.75. The Canadians must now row in a rep to attempt to advance. This crew is Robert Gage of Hamilton, Alexander Janzen of Langley BC, William O’Connell of Victoria BC, Trofym Anderson of Welland, ON, and coxswain Jacob Koudys of Fonthill, ON.

The lightweight men’s pair Maxwell Lattimer of Delta, BC, and Evan Cheng of Vancouver, BC, advanced to the semis. Great Britain won the heat in 6:51.83, Canada was second in 6:53.99, followed by Australia, Austria and the U.S. to the repechage. (All times based on 2000m).

The men’s single of Benjamin Murphy of Markham, ON, finished second in 7:14.61, behind the Italian sculler who had a time of 7:09.77. Due to the amount of entries, Murphy now goes to a quarter-final race.

Lightweight men’s single Matthew Christie of Kingston, ON, was fifth in 7:24.75 in his heat, and will now also go to the rep in order to progress at this regatta.

Full results at www.worldrowing.com