Repechages were held at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Plovdiv ©Getty Images

Repechages across six categories were today held at the World Rowing Junior Championships in the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv, with the top two in each race advancing to their respective A finals and third place to the B final.

The United States won a preliminary race in the junior women’s coxed four in the first event of the day, followed by the repechages which determined the line-up for the finals

In the junior men’s coxed four, Germany and Russia claimed the top two spots to join Turkey, the US, Italy and France in the final, while South Africa’s third-place finish earned them a spot in the B final.

In the junior women’s pair repechage, Germany’s Lena Gresens and Anni Koetitz, and Romania’s Mihaela-Cosmina Dram and Georgelia Stoica finished first and second to reach Sunday’s (August 15) final, finishing almost eight seconds clear of Spain’s Raquel Rodriguez and Naroa Zubimendi in third.

The junior women’s four repechage was won by Romania, with Greece a close second and Canada around a further six seconds behind in third.

Two repechage races were held in the junior men’s four and junior women’s quadruple sculls categories.

Switzerland and Romania progressed to the men’s four final after finishing first and second in the first repechage, while in the second Italy and Germany advanced.

Denmark finished third in the second race, although their time of 6min 24:80sec would have been enough to win the other repechage.

In the women’s quadruple sculls, Romania and Italy won the two repechages, and will be joined in the final by second-placed finishers the US and The Netherlands.

Canada and the Czech Republic go into the B final after finishing third.

In the men’s eight repechage, Romania and Italy reached the final, while Hungary had to settle for a place in the B final.

Berths in the finals for the six events had already been secured in yesterday’s heats, with the repechages offering a second opportunity to qualify.

Today also featured semi-finals to qualify for the C and D finals in the men’s quadruple sculls, women’s double sculls and men’s and women’s single sculls, as well as a preliminary race in the women’s eight.

The C and D finals will take place tomorrow, with semi-finals to qualify for the A and B finals in the men’s pair, men’s quadruple sculls, and men’s and women’s double sculls and single sculls also being held.