Erik Horrie has added another trophy to the Australian team’s cabinet, rowing himself into a courageous silver medal in the final of the PR1 men’s single sculls on Sunday 29th August at the Sea Forest Waterway.
NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder Horrie is a winner of five world championships in single sculls, and came home in a time of 10:00.82 after 2000 metres, to win a history-making third silver medal in the PR1 men’s single sculls final, ahead of Rene Campos Pereira of Brazil who took bronze in a time of 10:03.54.
Horrie defended his Paralympic silver medal from Rio 2016 in stifling conditions, the temperature of 30 degrees reportedly felt like 37 with high humidity. The 41-year-old aussie youth worker was in a battle with Campos Pereira and Javier Reja Munoz of Spain over the final 500 in the race for silver and held both competitors at bay in a lung-busting effort.
Ukranian Roman Polianskyi pulled away from the rest of the field to win gold by an impressive 12.04 seconds in a time of 9:48.78.
In the final of the PR3 Mixed coxed four finals, NSWIS athletes Thomas Birtwhistle and James Talbot alongside crew members Alexandra Viney, Nikki Ayers and coxswain Renae Domaschenz put in a massive effort to hold off Italy and claim claim fourth place in a time of 7:34.73, behind world champions and gold medallists Great Britain (7:09.08); USA (7:20.13) and France (7:27.04) respectively.