The World Rowing Indoor Championships concluded today ©World Rowing

Australia's Benjamin Smith broke the world record to claim gold in the lightweight men's 500 metres race on the final day of the World Rowing Indoor Championships.

Smith clocked 1min 17.4sec to secure the world title in style at the event, taking place remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Australian's compatriot William Legge and Italy's Martino Goretti shared silver after they finished in an identical 1:23.4.

Smith was one of three athletes to set a world record on the last day of competition at the Championships.

His compatriot Kathryn Ross broke the world record in the women's PR2 2,000m race after clocking 7:59.3.

Slovakia's Milan Lackovic achieved the feat in the men's PR3 500m, completing the distance in 1:20.1.

American Kirsten Kline won the women's 2,000m in 6:45.8, finishing ahead of Sophie Souwer of The Netherlands and Marilou Duvernay Tardif of Canada.

The men's 2,000m honours went to Ward Lemmelijn of Belgium in 5:42.2, with Bartosz Zablocki of Poland and Chirill Sestakov of Moldova taking silver and bronze respectively.