Australian Georgie Rowe‘s dreams for a maiden Olympic appearance this year were dashed by the coronavirus pandemic that resulted in the Summer Games being postponed to next year. Also Read - Smriti Irani Tests COVID Positive, Urges All Who Came in Contact With Her to Get Tested
Her dream might have been delayed if not broken, the champion rower has still managed to hit the headlines, although accidentally. A regulation indoor training session on a rowing machine turned into one of the most memorable moments from Rowe’s career when she inadvertently broke the world record for indoor rowing half-marathon. Also Read - eSanjeevani: Govt's Patient to Doctor Telemedicine Service Crosses 1 Lakh Consultation in 15 Days. Know How It Works
The 27-year-old was putting some kilometres on her Concept2 rowing machine and it might just have been a practice session but that didn’t mean she wasn’t letting her intensity down. So much so that she covered over 21 km in one hour and 19 minutes and 28.4 seconds. Also Read - IPL 2020 News: Sourav Ganguly Calls IPL 'Best Tournament in The World', Happy With Smashing Success in Terms of Ratings, Viewership
She shaved off 40 seconds from the record set by US rower Esther Lofgren five years ago.
“To be honest, I just wanted to get some kilometres up for NSW in the interstate indoor regatta,” she told ABC. “It was just a good way to do it — put on 21km, put some music on and just go for it.”
What makes her achievement even more remarkable is the fact that she only started rowing seriously four years back. She eventually went on to break into the national team and won a gold with the Australian women’s eight team at an annual World Rowing Cup.
Last year, she added a silver medal at the World Rowing Championships in Austria.