Benedict Tufnell
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Juniors Smash World Best Times at Racice World Championships

by Benedict Tufnell

The 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships came to a close in Racice, Czech Republic yesterday after 11 of the 14 events saw their previous world best times smashed.

Records fell in both the heats and semi-finals of the five-day championships when warm flat water and a brisk tail wind combined to make for record breaking conditions in Racice.

Clara Massaria (b), Khadija Alajdi El Idrissi, Vittoria Tonoli, Chiara Di Pede (s), Women’s Four, Italy © World Rowing

The 2017 JM1x champion Clark Dean of USA, who had returned to defend his title in 2018, shaved more than five seconds off the previous world best time set in 2004 in his opening heat last week, finishing in 6:52.2.

Not content with having already taken a significant chunk off the record, two days later Dean lowered his own record by a further seven seconds, recording an eye-watering 6:45.45 in his JM1x semi final.

It means that not only was the old JM1x record set in 2004 lowered by an enormous 11.5 seconds last week, but it now stands within a second of the U23 record. With his clear water win in the final, the double junior world champion Dean looks likely to have a bright future on the international stage. 

Semi of the JW4- © World Rowing

Dean’s efforts, along with his teammates in the US JW4- who also won gold, elevated the USA to the top of the medal table for 2018, with Italy finishing second overall and GB third. Romania, who topped the medal table in 2017, finished joint fourth with the home team from the  Czech Republic.

2018 also saw the inclusion of new event to the women’s program; the junior women’s coxed four (JW4+). The Italian women took the inaugural win in the event, with the Italians also winning in the men’s coxed fours.

The home crowd that packed the grandstands over the weekend were thrilled by wins for the Czech Republic in the JW8+ (their second consecutive title in the event) and the JM4x.

Jana Nussbaumer (b), Lisa Loetscher, Emma Kovacs, Celia Dupre (s), Women’s Quadruple Sculls, Switzerland, gold. © World Rowing

In 2019 the World Rowing Junior Championships will go to Tokyo, Japan where it will double as a test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

New junior world best times recorded in Racice last week:

BOAT CLASS: JW1X

Championships

Racice, CZE

SA/B 1

11 Aug 2018

ARG

07:31.500

Athletes:

Maria sol Ordas

BOAT CLASS: JM1X

Competition

Race

Date

Country

Final time

2018 World Rowing Junior Championships

Racice, CZE

SA/B 2

11 Aug 2018

USA

06:45.450

Athletes:

Clark Dean

BOAT CLASS: JM2-

Competition

Race

Date

Country

Final time

2018 World Rowing Junior Championships

Racice, CZE

SA/B 2

11 Aug 2018

CRO

06:27.910

Athletes:

Anton Loncaric / Patrik Loncaric

BOAT CLASS: JW2-

Competition

Race

Date

Country

Final time

2018 World Rowing Junior Championships

Racice, CZE

SA/B 1

11 Aug 2018

GRE

07:15.530

Athletes:

Maria Kyridou / Christina Bourmpou

BOAT CLASS: JM2X

Competition

Race

Date

Country

Final time

2018 World Rowing Junior Championships

Racice, CZE

SA/B 1

11 Aug 2018

GRE

06:18.190

Athletes:

Petros Gkaidatzis / Grigorios Schizodimos

BOAT CLASS: JW2X

Competition

Race

Date

Country

Final time

2009 World Rowing Junior Championships

Brive-la Gaillarde, FRA

SA/B 2

7 Aug 2009

GER

07:03.180

Athletes:

Marie-catherine Arnold / Julia Lier

BOAT CLASS: JM4-

Competition

Race

Date

Country

Final time

2018 World Rowing Junior Championships

Racice, CZE

SA/B 1

11 Aug 2018

GBR

05:47.730

Athletes:

Douwe De graaf / Theodore Darlow / Michael Dalton / Calvin Tarczy

BOAT CLASS: JW4-

Competition

Race

Date

Country

Final time

2018 World Rowing Junior Championships

Racice, CZE

SA/B 1

11 Aug 2018

ITA

06:37.890

Athletes:

Vittoria Tonoli / Chiara Di pede / Arianna Passini / Khadija Alajdi el idrissi

BOAT CLASS: JW4+

Competition

Race

Date

Country

Final time

2018 World Rowing Junior Championships

Racice, CZE

R1

10 Aug 2018

USA

07:02.230

Athletes:

Caroline Ricksen / Julia Abbruzzese / Heidi Jacobson / Kaitlin Knifton / Noelle Amlicke

BOAT CLASS: JM4X

Competition

Race

Date

Country

Final time

2018 World Rowing Junior Championships

Racice, CZE

SA/B 1

11 Aug 2018

CZE

05:46.490

Athletes:

Marek Rehorek / Vaclav Baldrian / Tomas Sisma / Radim Hladik

BOAT CLASS: JW4X

Competition

Race

Date

Country

Final time

2018 World Rowing Junior Championships

Racice, CZE

SA/B 2

11 Aug 2018

GER

06:23.850

Athletes:

Klara Thiele / Alexandra Foester / Annika Steinle / Annabelle Bachmann

BOAT CLASS: JW8+

Competition

Race

Date

Country

Final time

2018 World Rowing Junior Championships

Racice, CZE

X1

10 Aug 2018

CZE

06:13.040

Athletes:

Barbora Matlova / Valentyna Kolarova / Nikola Kropackova / Emma Benyskova / Lucie Novakova / Marie StefkovaZuzana Stepankova / Barbora Karova / Katerina Pivkova

Photos © World Rowing

2 Comments

  1. max powers

    JM4+ WBT faster than JM4- WBT? error or insanely rapid?

    Reply
    • Benedict Tufnell Benedict Tufnell

      Was an error – meant to be JM4x not JM4+. Now corrected.

      Reply

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