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Hunt and Breet win rowing gold for South Africa
- Updated: July 29, 2013
Almost exactly a year after our men’s lightweight fours won gold at the London Olympics, our rowers have brought more success to South African sport, writes Mark Etheridge.
Competing in the men’s pair’s at the World Under-23 championships in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria on Sunday David Hunt and Vincent Breet powered their way onto the top of the podium to take gold.
More than 50 countries are competing in these championships this year with changes having to be made to the schedule due to the extremely hot conditions.
Hunt and Breet were both part of the South African squad who were recently in action in London and then at the European World Cup events.
In the Men’s Pair event there were 18 countries competing and our duo rowed against Australia, Greece, Serbia, Australia, Germany and Azerbaijan in the final. The two were silver medallists at last year’s Under-23
Championships in Lithuania and have taken a bit step up with this win.
Said national rowing coach Roger Barrow: “David and Vincent won both their heat on Thursday and the semi-finals yesterday comfortably so were certainly in the running for a medal. They led the finals today from the first 500m and maintained their lead throughout the race, winning by 1.33 seconds. Australia took silver and Serbia Bronze.
And Hunt had this to say after his groundbreaking wind: “We are proud and it feels amazing to win, but that was the hardest race of my life, it nearly killed me. The Australian team were pushing us throughout the race”