Team Canada had a strong opening day of competition at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Six Canadian crews lined up for racing today with five boats winning their heats.
Lightweight single scullers Aaron Lattimer and Jill Moffatt kicked off the first day of racing with gutsy heat wins (6:47.93 / 7:42.14) advancing directly to A/B semi finals on Thursday.
“Even though it’s my first international regatta racing in the single, I simply trust in my plan and know that our lightweight program is strong,” said Moffatt following the race. “It can be lonely in the single, but when you finish your race it’s all yours to own.”
Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens secured a race win by a solid margin in the women’s coxless pair heats. The Canadian duo advance directly to the A/B semi finals on Thursday with a time of 7:09.23 ahead of Spain.
“We both have a similar work ethic so I think we complement each other,” said Filmer. “We will continue to put in the work needed this week to set ourselves up well for semis.”
Taylor Perry and Mackenzie Copp pulled in Canada’s fourth heat win of the day in the men’s coxless pair (6:20.46). This newly formed Canadian crew pulled in the third fastest heat time overall, advancing to quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Jennifer Cassons and Kate Haber, lined up in the toughest heat for the lightweight women’s double, battling hard to a close 3rd place finish (6:51.45) behind New Zealand (6:50.04) and Australia (6:51.11). Despite posting the third fastest heat time overall, the Canadian crew will race the repechage on Wednesday.
“This race serves as great experience going forward,” said Kate Haber. “We have the speed and we also have so much more to give. I’m looking forward to Wednesday.”
Patrick Keane and Maxwell Lattimer raced an impressive heat in the men’s lightweight double, leading from start to finish and crossing the line two seconds ahead of Great Britain (6:21.33).
Tomorrow, we will see five additional Canadian crews hit the start line for more heats on Day 2 at the 2018 World Rowing Championships. Check out our Instagram and Twitter for photos and behind the scenes action @rowingcanada!
Monday Race Schedule (local time EEST):
PR3 Mix 4+ HEAT 9:38am
PR2 M1x HEAT 9:46am
W4- HEAT 10:34am
W2x HEAT 11:13am
W1x HEAT 11:45am
When and Where
September 9-16, 2018
Racing starts 9:30am local time (2:30amET / 11:30pmPT)
How to Watch Racing
Live streaming every day at www.worldrowing.com.
Live race tracker and LIVE audio will be available for ALL races on www.worldrowing.com.
Live streaming of heats and finals available in Canada at CBC Sports.
Rowing Canada Aviron will share daily team highlights and results via email and provide result updates on Twitter, with behind the scenes footage on Instagram.
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Schedule and Results available at worldrowing.com.