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New stars born at 2015 World Rowing Under 23 Championships

Crowning new under-23 champions

Perfectly flat water on the 2,000 metre course in Plovdiv, Bulgaria for the final day of racing at the Under 23 Championships. After finishing with three gold medals on the first day of A-finals, Italy continued to reign supreme by snatching a fourth gold medal in the lightweight men's four, a silver in the lightweight men's single and a bronze in the lightweight men's double. 

As the sun continued to beat down on the course, one new Under 23 World Best Time was set by the blazing lightweight women's double from New Zealand. 

Training with the best lightweight women in the world

Legendary as both a lightweight and open-weight rower, Constanta Burcica of Romania set the World Best Time in the lightweight women's single as a 23-year-old. It was 1994. She was already an Olympic medallist and she would go on to win the lightweight women's double sculls at three successive Olympic Games. Burcica would then top off her incredible career with a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, this time in the women's eight.

Employing expertise at the under 23 championships

Balmy summer weather continued for today's first round of semifinals at the 2015 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

These athletes had already raced in heats with some also coming through the second chance, repechage race to make it to these semifinals. This meant the regatta course and surroundings had become a lot more familiar with rowers making the most of landmarks along the 2000m course including the bridge at the half way point to signal transitions in their racing strategies.