Day One saw a supremely powerful dsiplay, Masters Women blew their competitors off the course with a massive 21 second victory in the 2000m race today in Macau. A wonderful start, and they just kept getting better and better with each stroke, powering past all in front of them. The Canadian team who started just behind BRD, just couldn't keep up the pace, and were left in BRD's wake! Well done ladies.
BRD also medaled in two other races, along with a close 4th and solid 5th.
The Grand Masters Mixed finished just .32 of a second behind one of the German teams to pick up an excellent 2nd. They battled hard all the way and we had to wait a while to confirm the result. Watch out over the next couple of days - they can smell a gold!!
Grand Masters Open finished 3rd in a solid display.
The Masters Mixed team passed four competitors in their race and were looking odds on for a medal, but when the results came out, they finished just a couple of seconds behind first place, and .51 of a second behind third - oh so close.
Grand Masters Women put in a solid effort, not being passed, but they were not able to get past anyone else. They finished 5th.
Unfortunately for Masters Open, due to the fact that both Masters and Grand Masters Open 2000m race was held at the same time, and with half the Masters team coming from Grand Masters, we had to scratch our Masters team prior to the race start.
The medals kept coming in on day two, with four (4) bronze medals from 5 events, and an agonisingly close 4th - by just .31 of a second!!
No standout crew today, all good solid performances. In the morning, all mixed teams won Their respective heats to qualify for the grand final directly, without the need for a semi. Great work considering it was another hot and humid Macau day.
First final saw the Grand Masters Mixed push hard, to finish third in a hotly contested final. Eight teams contested this event overall.
Premier Mixed (Small Boat) - looked a little out of place with our team being a whole lot older than the others - but they performed brilliantly to pull off another third. Eleven teams from 5 countries competed in this category. I don't think their combined age would've added up to ours!
Masters Mixed, qualified fastest and were looking to capitalise on this, but the Canadians and Germans once again got the better of us, just pipping us on the finish line. Another third! Ten teams in this event.
Grand Masters Open paddled three heats and placed third in all three, paddling with only 18 men - and gained third position overall. Well done guys.
Grand Master Women won their heat over other Grand masters teams in their heat - but lost to a junior team, the only one in the comp, therefore combined in with the Grand Master Ladies. They were told they were through to the grand final, without a semi - the girls were relaxing when they got called to paddle in the Semi. Fortunately, after much to do, we were able to get a crew on the water within a few minutes. Problem was, we didn't have a sweep or drummer.
Long story short - they finished 2nd in their semi and qualified for the final. The ladies were all pumped and ready to go for the final, with 60m to go they were well placed, but unfortunately got overran and got pipped for third by .31 of a second - once again, oh so close!!
So a very bronze day for BRD today - but great work none the less, now with seven medals overall at the halfway point.
Another hot and sweaty day on day three, but more great results for BRD.
Once again Masters Ladies burnt up the Macau course to to snatch Gold on the line in the 200m final. That last surge was perfectly timed to push the women past the Canadians and into the gold medal position. It was basically a photo finish and there was great debate between supporters of each team as to who surged at the right time! After a tense few minutes, the final result was posted and there were tears of joy for BRD as they were confirmed winners.
The supporters formed a guard of honour to welcome back the girls and emotions and tears flowed some more. Well done ladies - can they make it three in a row?
In another excellent result, Masters Mixed battled hard to claim a Silver in the 500m final. With a few people backing up from Grand Masters Mixed, they performed exceptionally well.
Earlier in the day, first up Masters Open took on the might of the Russians, Germans, Canadians, Chinese in the 200m. BRD was in a fast first heat and finished a credible 4th in 48.34 secs. Having to go into the semis to qualify for the major final, BRD ramped it up and finished first in the semi.
Amazingly, BRD recorded exactly the same time in the final (48.34) as they did in the heat and finished 5th overall, which was a great result.
In the only other division of the day, Grand Masters Mixed qualified for the 500m final comfortably in their heat. No need for a semi for them. They were confident going into the final looking good for a medal. But it wasn't to be, as they ended up a disapointing 5th in the final.
Day four and our Masters ladies weren't going to let anybody stop them from getting their trifecta and today they powered their way to their third Gold medal of the meet.
A clean sweep. They didn't have it all their own way though, they had to battle hard right to the last millimetre as the came home - just ahead of the second.
Grand Master Men peformed excellently - over three heats - finishing 2nd in the first heat, a disappointing 3rd in the second - then they powered past the Canadians to win the last heat. A Silver medal just behind the Canadians and in front of Burleigh.
In the other races, Grand Masters Ladies, finished third in their heat and had to go through to the semi final - even though their time was better than all the other teams in heat two by two seconds!! I think some rule needs to be changed there!! In the semi, they battled hard but were just pipped at the post for second, and unfortunately, didn't make it through to the major final. In the Minor Final they paddled with 18, to help rest others for the Master Ladies final - and finished 2nd by a fraction of a second. It's been that way for these ladies all meet - next time!!
Masters Men were once again pitted against the Russians in their heat and paddled more like a training run to rest up the Grandies backing up from earlier heats. Gary Q had a plan, as always, and that was to nail it in the semi and give it a crack in the major final. Plan worked to a T as Masters won the semi and qualified for the major final. Masters were able to better their semi time, but it wasn't enough to get over the others, but they finished a credible 6th.
So complete result are:-
- Mixed- - 200m-Bronze
Masters (Senior A)
- Open - 200-6th, 500-5th, 2000-scratched
- Women - 200-Gold, 500-Gold, 2000-Gold
- Mixed- 200-Bronze, 500-Silver, 2000-4th
Grand Masters (Senior B)
- Open - 200-Bronze, 500-Silver, 2000-Bronze
- Women - 200-4th, 500-6th, 2000-5th
- Mixed - 200-Bronze, 500-5th, 2000-Silver
So the final medal tally was 3 Gold (guess Who), 3 Silver and 5 Bronze.
An excellent performance overall, BRD's best ever at a Worlds! Every single paddler is coming home with a medal - all 73 of them!!!
Well done team!!