The Australian Rowing Team is heading home after the final day of racing at World Rowing Cup (WRC) 3 in Lucerne, Switzerland. WRC, which took place from 7 to 9 July, saw Australia compete in 12 events against 55 countries from across the world, with UWA Student and UWA Boat Club Member James Kerr among them.
James Kerr first represented Australia in the Lightweight Men's Quadruple Scull at the 2016 World Rowing U23 Championships. In 2017, the Perth local was named in the Lightweight Men's Quadruple Scull alongside Hamish Parry, Redmond Matthews and Sean Murphy.
In the first day of racing, the lightweight men finished third in their heat to contest the repechage event, where they finished second to secure a place in the A final.
Following the event, Rowing Australia Performance Director, Bernard Savage said: “We’ve had some really positive results today in Lucerne which sets us up well for the rest of the regatta. The crews have prepared well at the AIS European Training Centre in Varese and the results reflect this. However, we are only just past heats and have plenty more racing to come before Sunday’s A-Finals.”
In the final on day three, the Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Scull finished in fifth place after a hard fought race down the Rotsee.
The crew started fast with a top speed of 21 kmph out of the gate, with the top five boats closely contesting the lead places. As the crew reached the half way point, Italy, France and the Czech Republic pulled away from the pack with the Australian boat pulling back to fourth before battling with Germany and The Netherlands at the line for the minor placings, with Australia crossing the line in fifth.
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