Silver for Australia’s PR3 Men’s Pair
Australia’s James Talbot and Jed Altschwager today won silver in the PR3 Men’s Pair final at the 2018 World Rowing Championships. The duo, coached by Lizzi Chapman, snapped up their medals in Bulgaria, crossing the line in a time of 7 minutes 24 seconds.
The pair, who only began rowing 18 months ago, came through Rowing Australia’s #Train4Tokyo camps before moving into the Australian Rowing Team this year. The South Australian, Altschwager, and New South Welshman, Talbot, combined to finish in second behind an in form Canada, with France claiming the bronze medal.
“It feels amazing, the way the week started, I was very nervous as it was my first time representing Australia. To turn it around, brush the nerves off and get done what we needed to do which was awesome,” admitted the 32-year-old Altschwager.
“I’m pretty stoked, we had a few things to work on after the preliminary race which we got down pat. The final was only our second race ever together, so I think with each race we’re going to get better and better. This was a great start,” added Talbot.
“We’ve been rowing only 18 months, so it’s really exciting to think about where we can take things moving forward. It’s epic, and this is only early days for us,” said Altschwager.
In the two semi-finals of the day, Madeleine Edmunds, in the Women’s Single Scull, put in a solid sprint at the line to just miss out on an A-Final berth by 0.09 of a second. The Australian will now contest Sunday’s B-Final. Meanwhile, reigning World Champion Erik Horrie booked himself a place in Sunday’s A-Final in the PR1 Men’s Single Scull after winning his semi-final in a time of 9 minutes 46 seconds.
In the B-Finals, Alice Arch finished the regatta ranked 10th overall in the Lightweight Women’s Single Scull, while Hamish Parry finished his event, the Lightweight Men’s Single Scull ranked ninth overall.
Race times for the Australian Rowing Team on Saturday 15 September
Women's Pair (Vermeersch and Dunkley-Smith): B-Final 09:38 local time (16:38 AEST)
Lightweight Women’s Double Scull (James and Pound): B-Final 09:54 local time (16:54 AEST)
Women’s Quadruple Scull (Horton, Cronin, Meredith and Aldersey): B-Final 10:26 local time (17:26 AEST)
PR3 Mixed Coxed Four (Ayers, Vuillermin, Gibson, Talbot and Domaschenz): A-Final 11:15 local time (18:15 AEST)
Women’s Four (Stephan, Werry, Hawe and Goodman): A-Final 12:31 local time (19:31 AEST)
Men’s Four (Hicks, Turrin, Hargreaves and Hill): A-Final 12:46 local time (19:46 AEST)
Men’s Quadruple Scull (Antill, C Watts, A Purnell and D Watts): A-Final 13:16 local time (20:16 AEST)
Men’s Pair (Judge and O’Brien): C-Final 14:53 local time (21:53 AEST)
Men’s Single Scull (Letcher): D-Final 16:21 local time (22:21 AEST)