Australian Rower Accidentally Broke a World Record While Working Out at Home

An Australian rower who set out to rack up some miles while on COVID-19 lockdown inadvertently broke a world record for the indoor rowing half-marathon, officials said Wednesday, April 15.

Like the rest of the Australian team, Georgie Rowe was training at home in Sydney by herself last weekend as she deals with the disappointment of not traveling to Japan this year for the Tokyo Olympics.

Rowe, 27, was on a Concept2 rowing machine and she clocked a time of 1 hour ,19 minutes and 28.4 seconds over a distance of 21,097 meters.

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It smashed the record for the heavyweight women’s half-marathon set 5 years ago by US rower Esther Lofgren by more than 40 seconds.

Rowing Australia spokeswoman Lucy Benjamin said it was an extraordinary effort in the circumstances, particularly as Rowe normally works as part of a team in the women’s eight.

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