Stunning Performances from Apogee’s Rowing Scholars at 2013 World Rowing U23 Championships
Apogee’s Rowing Scholars, selected from the prestigious GB Rowing Team ‘START’ Programme, continue their stunning progress.
Rebecca Chin and Zak Lee-Green, having been selected to represent GB, reached the finals of the 2013 World Rowing U23 Championships in Linz, Austria, with Rebecca Chin winning the Silver Medal in the Women’s Eights, just loosing out to the reigning Champions, the US team.
The women’s eight, coached by James Harris, won their heat in emphatic style to reach the final in which they chased the leading USA crew, and pre-race favourites, throughout the first half. After halfway, the Germans emerged from the chasing group to challenge the British crew with Australia in third.
In the third 500m, the British eight held their position with Germany, Australia and Australia all jockeying for third. In the final 500m, the British surge saw them narrow the gap on the USA with Germany on their shoulders. With 250m to go, only half a length separated the USA and GB but the reigning champions had enough to hold on at the line. USA gold, GB silver in 6:19.51 and Germany bronze.
“Without question this was this crew’s best race”, said Sir David Tanner, British Rowing’s Performance Director . “They have shown a grit and aggression here that we have not seen before and that allowed them to challenge the USA so strongly.”
Apogee Scholar, Zak Lee-Green, also a finalist, had a tough race. With 250m gone, less than a length separated the six boats in the lightweight men’s single scull final . Alan Campbell Jr of the USA was in the lead. At halfway, Zak Lee-Green was still very much in the mix in fourth. Ahead of him, Campbell continued to lead with the Dutch and Irish chasing him. In the second half, Lee-Green dropped back marginally off the pace to come home in sixth in a time of 7:20.54 in a race won by the USA. This was considered a good result for Zak as he has spent part of this year recovering from injury.
Congratulations to these determined young rowers who have made it clear that they greatly value their Apogee Rowing Scholarship. Apogee offers 4 Rowing Scholarships to rowers selected from GB Rowing’s Team ‘START’ Programme, the highly successful programme that generated many medals for Team GB at the 2013 London Olympics.
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