SARASOTA, Fla., USA – The World Rowing Championships continued with a day of Repechage races at Nathan Benderson Park at Sarasota on Wednesday.
The PR1 Men’s Single Sculls started with a dramatic comeback in the first repechage heat with Pascal Daniere of France shooting out to a big lead in the first half of the race. But that lead was slashed as Lithuanian Augustas Navickas came back, and managed to eventually push in front and get the lead to qualify for the A/B Semifinals with Austrian Klaus Dolleschal relegating Daniere to third, the three qualifying for the A/B Semifinals.
American Blake Haxton cruised to the win in the second heat, having missed qualifying without the repechage by the narrowest of margins he looked to make a point winning by a margin of 30 seconds. He was joined in the A/B Semifinals by Johannes Schmidt of Germany and Italian Simone Baldini with those two finishing well clear of the final two to advance to the A/B Semifinals.
Haxton getting such a win was absolutely vital, as he now avoids the defending champion and fastest racer in the event, Australian Erik Horrie in the semifinal. That fate falls to Daniere who pays a heavy price for falling back so badly in his repechage, drawing lane one in the tougher semifinal.
The final para race of the day was simply a preliminary race to decide seeding for the PR3 Mixed Double Sculls final on Saturday. The French pair of Antoine Jesel and Guylaine Marchand claimed the win in a new World Championships Best time of 7:53.70 to get the best lane for the final. Brazil and Germany will be next to the French pair.