Canada captured gold in the Women’s Coxless Pair at the 2018 World Rowing Championships today. Hillary Janssens and Caileigh Filmer delivered a spectacular performance in the Women’s Pair Final, defeating the reigning world champions and world best time holders Prendergast and Gowler of New Zealand. The Kiwis hit the first 500m mark just a fraction ahead of Canada with Janssens and Filmer pushing their nose out just in front at the 1000m mark. Canada managed to cling onto their lead sprinting to the finish line ahead of New Zealand and Spain.

Janssens and Filmer’s finish time of 6:50.67 sets a new Canadian Best Time at a World Rowing event, eclipsing the previous time of 6:54.68 set by Marquardt and Thornton in 2006. The Canadian Pair were also one second short of the World Best Time record today.

“It is such an amazing feeling to finally achieve exactly what we had been imagining – racing against the world’s best and winning,” said Janssens. “We knew it would be tight with New Zealand. We put in a lot of work improving our last 500m and knew we had it in us to row out in front.”

The new World Championship title caps off a successful rowing season for Hillary and Caileigh, winning Gold at World Cup 1 in Belgrade and Silver at World Cup 3 in Lucerne.

“We are still a very young team so we will keep working hard over the winter to ensure we keep getting better and faster!”

The Men’s Pair of Taylor Perry and Mackenzie Copp raced their first A-Final with stellar effort in the final 1000m of the race to finish fourth overall (6:21.28). An impressive performance for this crew who have spent very little time in the boat together up until this stage. “We are happy with what we have done this week in the time we have been together,” said Perry. “We had a goal of having our best piece and we both believe we executed that.”

Victoria NolanBayleigh HooperAndrew ToddKyle Fredrickson and coxswain Laura Court raced in the PR3 Mixed Coxed Four Final finishing fourth overall. “We’re really stoked about our race and ability to come together as a crew in such a short period of time,” said Todd. “We are very excited to see what another year of training will bring leading into the qualification year.”

Jennifer Casson and Kate Haber raced a strong B-Final in the Women’s Lightweight Double, finishing third behind Italy and South Africa with a time of 7:07.70. Casson and Haber wrap up their World Championship regatta 9th overall.

Patrick Keane and Maxwell Lattimer finished third in the lightweight men’s double C-Final with a time of 6:10.70, placing 15th overall.

Tomorrow marks the final day of racing at the 2018 World Rowing Championships.
Canada will be racing in three A-Finals and two B-Finals.

Sunday Race Schedule (EET Local time):
W1x – B FINAL – 10:46
M8+  B FINAL – 11:18
PR1 W1x A FINAL – 11:47
W8+ A FINAL – 12:47
W2x A FINAL – 13:00

How to Watch Racing 
Live streaming every day at
Live race tracker and LIVE audio will be available for ALL races on
Live streaming of heats and finals available in Canada at CBC Sports.
See below for list of crews.

Photo: Caileigh Filmer (left) and Hillary Janssens – Women’s Coxless Pair
credit: Rowing Canada/Merijn Soeters