Kyle Hinde ended the World Junior Rowing Championships in Rio on a high note, winning the D Final race today (7 August 2015) with a time of 7:52.90 . Representing Zimbabwe in the Men’s Single Scull Race, Hinde beat boats from Venezuela, Viet Nam, Tunisia and hosts Brazil.
Earlier in the morning, Hinde, a final year student at St John’s College, competed in a C/D semi-final where he achieved his tournament best of 7:34.13, finishing fourth. The top three boats in the semi-final continued to Final C, and so Hinde fell just short of that mark and entered the D Final which he later won.
Zimbabwe’s two doubles did not have semi-final races, but only rowed in one race each on their final day of competition as both categories had three groups and no D final events. Megan Dickens and Jennifer Lorimer of Chisipite Senior School beat Turkey to finish 5th in the C Final of the women’s double sculls in 7:54.81. Stuart Duncan and Paul Zwanikken of St George’s College beat Argentina and Bahrain to finish fourth in the men’s double sculls in 7:08.49.
The four day World Junior Rowing Championships conclude tomorrow morning with A and B final races, after a prediction of winds too strong for fair competition proved unfounded. Hinde and his teammates will come home proud of their competitive times and performances.