World Championships Day 4 & 5

A double update (sorry for missing yesterday).  finally a tail wind to speed up the times clocked! 

Great Britain – rather unlikely ML4- in the C final (what went wrong there?) anyway they win it by clear water ahead of NZ and Australia.  FromWednesday the M4x has withdrawn due to illness (disappointment as Rob Roy's Charles Cousins was in that crew).

USA happy as three crews get into the A finals including W2- and LM4x including Dan Scholz and Jonathan Winter who has some photos online .

Australia – photo gallery from Thursday's racing including W2- qualifying and some hard scrubbing boatwork by coaches! Their W2- make the A final coming second behind USA crew and the W2x also qualify second behind Great Britain. Great white hopes are M4 – who win their semi final by 3 seconds in a similar time to GBR who win the other semi.  Saturday's final will be a great race.  From Wednesday their M4x qualify to the semis by winning the repecharge easily. From a twitter exchange with @ausrowing they confirm that their heat performance was significantly below what they expected.

there's a nice interview with the AUS W4- who are at their first World Championships.

New Zealand.  Nice back-story on Mahe Drysdale including classic quote "The lure of Olympic gold in London 2012 is the pot at the end of his four-year rainbow."and this one  "Quite often in the single there will be one other guy who will come out and perform in the final and you don't know which one it's going to be."

Summary news articles about NZ crews. Six NZ crews confirmed for the finals,  adaptive rower Robin Tinga, women's pair of Emma-Jane Feathery and Rebecca Scown, the men's pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, the men's double of Matthew Trott and Nathan Cohen, and women's single sculler Emma Twigg.  A good showing for a small nation.

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