The Under-23 World Rowing Championship in Plovdiv is the first event of its kind ever that was broadcasted live in internet. The live coverage became possible thanks to the efforts of the Organizing Committee. The stream was available on the official website of World Rowing Federation and was accessible by thousands of viewers worldwide. The innovation received hearty welcome and praises from all over the world.
“Congratulations, you were superb. I know what it takes to organize such an event and how many people are engaged in it. It is really an enormous task and I congratulate you for your hard work and for the successful championship”, said Jean-Christophe Rolland, president of FISA.
Italy finished first with 4 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal in total. “It was impossible for me to predict where our team will finish in the overall medals table. I knew we were ready but one never knows what will happen, in a competition everything is possible. Fortunately, the Under-23 World Championship was a great success for us”, said the Italian team manager Marcella Jakovelli. “We brought 53 rowers in 18 categories in Plovdiv and everything here was perfect. We are very happy and have great memories from this tournament”, added Jakovelli.
Germany was very close behind Italy on the medals table with three gold medals all won in the final day of the tournament. Both the men's double sculls and lightweight men's double sculls took gold along with a win in the blue riband event, the men's eight.
The United States and Romania won three gold medals each and finished third and fourth respectively on the overall medals table.
The United States made a clean sweep of the women's sweep rowing boat classes by winning the pair, four and eight. This included successfully defending their Under-23 Champion status in the women's eight and four.
For Romania the gold medal success was in the men's four, men's pair and women's double sculls.
The most impressive result overall was in the lightweight women's double sculls final when Zoe McBride and Jackie Kiddle of New Zealand set the only under-23 World Best Time of the regatta.
The men's single sculls was won by Pilip Pavukou of Belarus who made an impressive race and overtook all his opponents in the final sprint. The women's single sculls final was won by Ieva Adomaviciute of Lithuania.
In 2016 World Rowing Under 23 Championships will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, starting on the 20th of August 2016.
2015 WORLD ROWING UNDER 23 CHAMPIONSHIPS