Proudly South African! Rowing duo just set a brand new World Record in Italy!!!
Varese, Italy (30 July 2022) – South African rowers Damien Bonhage-Koen and Christopher Baxter have set a new world record in the U23 men’s heavyweight pair event at the U19 and U23 World Rowing Championships, currently underway in Varese, Italy.
The pair took gold in 6:19,99, beating the previous world record by 0,07 seconds.
“We are delighted to see the current team of managers and coaches building the next generation of Olympic hopefuls,” says team manager Darryn Roff. “We are tremendously proud of Damien and Christopher and look forward to more great rowing over the next two days.”
South Africa fielded a team of 18 athletes at the championships, who qualified for participation in May.
The RMB National Rowing Squad will participate in two more events this weekend: the women’s double sculls (Katherine Williams and Courtney Westley) on Saturday, the 30th of July at 16:02 (SA time) and the junior men’s coxed fours (Jayden Thomson, Dilano Sà, Cristiano De Freitas, Braden Howard and Ethan Romburgh) on Sunday, the 31st of July at 11:55 (SA time).
“As partners of South African rowing at all levels of the sport, we are proud to play a role in making it possible for our professional team to represent our country internationally. It is not only an honour to support these talented men and women, but a humbling experience to witness their resilience and strength through adversity,” says RMB.
The results will be released on Monday the 1st of August.