Team South Africa raced to a silver medal at the recent Under-23 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, Holland, writes Mark Etheridge.
Four boats flew the South African flag at the biggest Under-23 World Championships to date with more than 900 athletes competing.
Faring best for South Africa were the men’s pair of Lawrence Brittain and new rowing partner David Hunt.
Says national rowing coach, Roger Barrow: “They won all their heats to reach the final against Britain, Germany, Romania, Argentina and Bulgaria.
“They rowed a great race leading up to the 800m mark after which Britain moved past at the 1000m mark and held SA off on the line. Both the British and South African crews broke the existing world record.”
Germany took bronze behind the South Africans.
Next best for the SA team were the women’s pair of Kate Christowitz and Claire Bode who took fifth in the A final.
The other two boats both made the B finals. In the men’s lightweight pairs, Steven Mattushek and Marcus Crowther came second in the B Final for a ranking of eighth. And in the women’s lightweight singles, Kate Johnstone ended fifth in the B final for a ranking of 11th spot.
“We leave for Bled, Slovenia and the World Championships in three weeks time with the senior team for Olympic qualification,” concluded Barrow.