VARESE, Italy – With a second place finish on Friday at the Under-23 World Championships in Varese, Italy, Lilly Tinapple and her Australia women’s eight advanced to the finals.
On Friday the repechage would decide the six countries to make the finals of the event. Stroking the coxed eight, Tinapple got the Australians off to a good start as they held the second spot early on behind Great Britain.
Australia was within a boat length for much of the race at about two seconds behind from the 500 meter mark to the 1,500 meter mark. In the final stretch, Tinapple led a charge that shaved a second off but it was not enough to overtake Great Britain.
The Australian eight finished with a time of 6:18.85, while Great Britain posted a 6:17.31. Belarus was three seconds back in third place and Poland took fourth to round out the four teams moving on to the finals. Italy failed to make the finals with a fifth place finish.
The women’s eight finals will take place Sunday at 5:15 p.m. in Italy. Tinapple will look to improve on her fourth place finish at the U23 World Championships from a year ago in Linz, Austria.