Women’s Pair (BW2-) – Final
When an under-23 crew take on their senior counterparts and give them something to think about, you know that you have a special crew. This is the case with Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler of New Zealand. They have been beating the New Zealand senior duo and then they went to the World Rowing Cup earlier this month in Lucerne and challenged the World Champions, Great Britain for gold. What would the duo do here today?
From the start, Prendergast and Gowler demanded complete control and had gained it with an open water lead leaving last year's under-23 World Champions, Romania in their wake. By the middle of the race Prendergast and Gowler were doing a Murray and Bond and had created a yawning gap. Today could be history in the making. Behind New Zealand a close battle was going on between Australia and the United States with Italy and Romania back a bit and holding their own battle.
A symphony in motion as Prendergast and Gowler rowed home in a time of 7:02, a phenomenal time and an new under-23 World Best Time at a regatta where no other boat classes were getting even close to the under-23 World Best Time. The United States (Nowinski and Eiffert) followed in second with Australia (Allen and Horton) taking third.
Results: NZL, USA, AUS, ROU, ITA, CRO
Gold-GOWLER, Kerri (stroke seat) (NZL)
We were trying to put down a good time. It never feels like you are really far in the front when you are racing.
EIFFERT, Jessica (stroke) (USA)
At the end we weren’t focusing on New Zealand but on our race, right here right now.
Bronze-ALLEN, Jessie (bow seat) (AUS)
We raced at U23s last year and it has been good to see the improvement. It is a good feeling racing against this competition. The Kiwi pair are amazing and won a medal in Luzern, so it has been good to see what we all can do.
Ukraine took off at the front of the field and by the half way point they had open water over Spain in second. Then coming through the third 500m, a big push by Norway propelled them into the lead. Once in front Ingvild Ronningen and Hanna Inntjore of Norway held it to the line. Ukraine hung on to second. At the back of the field something had happened to the Germans who were paddling it home.
Results: NOR, UKR, CAN, ESP, BLR, GER