South African rowers Damien Bonhage-Koen and Christopher Baxter from the RMB National Squad have set a new world record in the U23 men’s heavyweight pair event at the U19 and U23 World Rowing Championships, currently under way in Varese Italy.

The pair took gold in 6:19,99, beating the previous world record by 0,07 seconds. South Africa fielded a team of 18 athletes at the championships, who qualified for participation in May.

“We are delighted to see the current team of managers and coaches building the next generation of Olympic hopefuls,” says team manager, Darryn Roff. “We are tremendously proud of Damien and Christopher and look forward to more great rowing over the next two days.”

The RMB National Squad will participate in two more events this weekend: the women’s double sculls (Katherine Williams and Courtney Westley) on Saturday, 30 July at 16:02 (SA time) and the junior men’s coxed fours (Jayden Thomson, Dilano Sà , Cristiano De Freitas, Braden Howard and Ethan Romburgh) on Sunday, 31 July at 11:55 (SA time).

The full set of results can be accessed here.

Photo credit: Alison Baxter