Junior worlds start well
Marlborough rowers Mitchell Mackenzie-Mol, Corey McCaffrey and Tom Murray got off to a winning start at the world junior rowing championships at Plovdiv in Bulgaria overnight.
Murray, from Marlborough Boys' College and the Blenheim Rowing Club, stroked the New Zealand coxed four, who won their heat in the fastest time and progressed directly to Saturday's A final, where the medals will be decided.
Mackenzie-Mol, from Queen Charlotte College and the Picton Rowing Club, and McCaffrey, from MBC and Blenheim, are in the quad, which finished a close second behind Romania in their heat and will row their quarterfinal tomorrow.
Mark Stallard from the Central Region Performance Centre in Blenheim coaches the men's lightweight pair and junior women's four, both of whom made it through to the next round.
Lightweight single sculler Lucy Strack was the only Kiwi facing a repechage, but she's still suffering the effects of a recent illness. Stallard said he felt she would be stronger tomorrow.
He said both crews featuring the Marlborough rowers looked strong. The four went straight through to the final because with smaller fields in that discipline, all heat winners get direct entry, while the quad are competing in a larger field, hence the need for quarterfinals and semifinals.
Conditions were far different to what the crews had been accustomed to during winter training in New Zealand, Stallard said.
"Very, very hot. Between 35-36 degrees and shifting winds. Sometimes a tail wind, sometimes a head wind."
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