Zimbabwe’s Youth Olympian rower Kyle Hinde had an impressive start today in Rio de Janeiro at the World Rowing Junior Championships. Hinde, a final year student at St John’s College, finished 4th in his heat of 5, but 17th overall out of 25 rowers representing 25 countries in the Men’s Single Scull heats with a time of 7:42.58. The winner of the round of five heats was Germany’s Henrik Runge in a time of 7:18.72. Zimbabwe and Tunisia were the only African countries with representatives in what was the largest race of the Championships.
Repechage for the men’s single sculls will occur tomorrow. Repechage in rowing is a last-chance qualifying heat in which the runners-up in earlier heats race each other, with the winner advancing to the finals.
Today marked one year before the 2016 Olympics, and the World Junior Championships are being run as a trial of the rowing facility, officials and equipment for next year’s Rio games. Forecasts of strong winds of up to 10 metres per second on Saturday, 8 August, has caused the World Rowing Federation to reschedule events so that the four day championships can be squeezed into three.
Tomorrow the rest of team Zimbabwe will compete in the double scull events.