ROWING: Green pair set world mark at Benderson

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Defending world champions in the Women’s pair breaks the U-23 World Best Time

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Maria Kyridou and Christina Bourmpou of Greece look like the crew to beat once again, based on their record-setting performance Friday in the semifinals of the 2019 World Rowing Under-23 Championships.

The defending world champions in the Women’s pair broke the U-23 World Best Time in the event by cruising the 2,000-meter course at Nathan Benderson Park in a time of 6:58.680.

In addition to winning the U-23 title in the pair at Poznan, Poland, in 2018, the Greek duo also wore the crown previously at the World Rowing Junior Championships.

The boat that gave the Greeks the best race belonged to the U.S. National Team. Rutgers rower Sarah Johanek and Hadley Irwin of Princeton put up a good fight, finishing second in 7:06.820. New Zealand was third at 7:08.300.

The top three finishers in each semifinal race qualified for the A finals. The bottom three in each semifinal were relegated to race in a B final.

Greece, New Zealand and the United States will be joined by crews from South Africa, Russia and The Netherlands, the top three in Friday’s other pair semifinal, in the A final. That race is scheduled for Saturday at 11:15 a.m.

Also on Friday, U.S. Team member and Harvard rower Brigid Kennedy battled her way into the A final of the Women’s single by finishing second to Olivia Nacht of Switzerland. Nacht was timed at 7:41.000 and Kennedy finished in 7:42.400, while Wing Yan Winne Hung of Hong Kong was third in 7:41.530.

That trio will be joined by the top three in the other semifinal, including Susannah Duncan of Great Britain, Germany’s Lara Tiefenthaler and Kristyna Neuhortova of Austria in the Women’s single final set for Sunday at 12:05 p.m.

Ten A finals are on tap for Saturday, beginning with the Women’s coxed four at 10:20 a.m. The U.S National Team has seven boats in Saturday’s A finals. Racing will resume Saturday with B finals set for 9 a.m.

Twelve more A finals are slated for Sunday, beginning with the Women’s Lightweight single at 9:40 a.m. The closing ceremonies are set for Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

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