Nyngan’s own Jack Hargreaves was part of a national team breaking a 26-year Australian sporting drought – while his community was enjoying a relaxing long weekend.
Hargreaves, along with teammates Alexander Hill, Spencer Turrin and Joshua Hicks won the Australian Men’s Fours World Championships in Florida.
“It means a hell of a lot to be crowned a World Champion. I came pretty close to winning an [under] 23 World Championship and I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet that we have won, it’s amazing,” Jack Hargreaves said.
This is the first time Aussies have won since 1991.
The Men’s Four started Australia’s golden morning in Sarasota, Florida, taking on reigning World and Olympic Champions Great Britain, as well as an in-form Italy in what was to be one of the top races of the day. Australia flew out of the start; rating at 43 strokes per minute with 500 metres gone and put themselves well at the front of the pack as the race progressed.
Taking a clear water advantage over Italy and Great Britain, their closest rivals, the crew stroked by Alexander Hill were the fastest boat on the water. As the team upped the rating to go for the line, the Italians followed suit but, Australia had enough to claim gold.