Aussie four dominate world’s best to claim gold
BRISBANE rowers Adam Bakker and Harley Moore have won a gold medal with Australia’s men’s four at the under- 23 world championships in Bulgaria.
Both former members of the Nudgee College rowing program, Bakker, 20, and Moore, 22, joined Robert Black and Liam Donald in the crew which saw off Great Britain in the final in Plovdiv.
For Moore, it was his second world title, having been in Australia’s gold- medal 2013 world under- 20 pair.
Bakker was a world junior bronze medallist in the single scull in 2015 and, like his crewmates yesterday, is fast tracking towards an Olympic future as soon as the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Also on the first day of finals, Australia’s women’s quad scull and women’s pair picked up silver medals.
Moore and Bakker were selected in the Australian open heavyweight training squad, but withdrew so they could train in Brisbane for the under- 23 world titles.
All of the British men’s four go to Yale or Harvard, in the United States, with wellresourced programs, making the Australian achievement all the more meritorious.
The Australians were clear winners in 5 min 50.16 sec, from Britain and Austria.