Adaptive crews start world campaign
Monday 24 August 2009
Australia’s two adaptive crews have completed their heats on the second morning of the 2009 FISA World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland.
Ben Houlison (NSW), racing in his first world championships, finished third in Heat 1 of the men’s adaptive single scull as a head breeze greeted the athletes.
Houlison finished behind Great Britain rower Tom Aggar, the defending Olympic and world champion in the category. Aggar recorded a time of 5:37.37, while Ukraine rower Andrii Kryvchun was second and Houlison third in 5:50.02.
Houlison will now race in the repechage tomorrow morning and will require a top two four finish to reach the final.
The adaptive mixed coxed four of Henry Macphillamy (NSW), Peter Siri (QLD), Carol Cooke (VIC) and Alexandra Green (NSW), coxed by Lisa Brown (VIC), rowed a strong heat to finish behind Paralympic champions Italy in second place.
Italy won the heat in 3:49.31, while Australia crossed the line in 3:58.37 and will now race in the repechage tomorrow morning.
Cox of the adaptive mixed four, Lisa Brown, said the race plan went well.
“We went in with a specific race plan and pumped it out well,” Brown said. “The Italians rowed a good race but we are happy with where are placed after the first row.”
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