Aussie four dom­i­nate world’s best to claim gold

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PAUL MALONE

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.

Aussie rower Adam Bakker.

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