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Race report: Junior finals complete rowing’s mega championships

The best of under 19-year-old rowers in the world competed in the 2016 finals of the World Rowing Junior Championships.

These got going after a delay in racing due to a passing thunderstorm at the last day of the combined 2016 World Rowing Senior, Under 23 & Junior World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 

Conditions on the water of the Willem-Alexander Baan Rowing Regatta course was a rather brisk tail-cross wind on bumpy water. Fast times were expected.

Race Report: Junior talent on display in heats at the Rotterdam World Rowing Champs

The mega World Rowing Championships moved into a day of junior rowing. At the 2016 World Rowing Senior, Under 23 & Junior World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands there were 1900 athletes racing and today saw heats for the best junior rowers in the world.

Under sunny Dutch skies with a small tail wind ripple on the water, the rowers got to appreciate fair rowing conditions and a scenic ride down the Willem-Alexander Baan Rowing Regatta course which included classic Dutch windmills and canals. The junior standards went one step higher in the women’s pair and women’s single sculls with two new junior World Best Times being set. Clara Guerra of Italy broke the former best time in the single by more than three seconds and Kaitlyn Kynast and Kailani Marchak of the United States now hold the junior World Best Time in the pair.