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Three crews progress on Day 4

31 July 2012

ROWING: Five crews raced at Eton Dorney rowing course on Day 4 of the Olympics Games. Three crows progressed and two failed including defending Olympic champions Scott Brennan and David Crawshay whose peparation had been effected by injury. Short event wraps below with a full story soon.

Men’s Lightweight Double Scull
Thomas  Gibson and Rod Chisholm have missed out on the semi finals of the lightweight double sculls after finishing third (6:34.29) in their repechage heat behind Greece (6:31.13) and Hungary (6:32.31). The Australians fought hard and moved past Canada over the final 1000m but were unable to get past the Hungarians in second and the powerful Greek crew who took out the race.

Women’s Eight
The Australian women’s Eight have rowed superbly to place third in their repechage and qualify for the Olympic final behind the Netherlands and Romania. Stroked by Phoebe Stanley the women were 3rd at the 500m mark and neck and neck with Great Britain who were the big threat for the last final spot.

With a stroke rate of 37 the Australians went with Romania and Netherlands and gradually pulled away from the British.

Self-dubbed the Motley crew, when they were pulled together only weeks before the final qualification regatta, this is a fairytale story to make the final and from there another strong row could achieve anything in the six crew final on Day 6.

Elizabeth Patrick (Cox), Phoebe Stanley (stroke), Hannah Vermeersch, Renee Chatterton, Robyn Selby Smith, Sarah Cook, Tess Gerrand, Alexandra Hagan, Sally Kehoe.

Women’s Single Scull
Kim Crow has continued her great form at this Olympic regatta winning her single scull quarter-final comfortably to move through to the semi-finals on Day 6. Crow was ahead of New Zealand’s Emma Twigg by one second at 500m and continued to pull away at the same rate for the 2000m to take victory in a time of 7:34.29.

Crow is hoping to create history by medalling in both the single and double scull, with Brooke Pratley, at London 2012. She will now have a rest on Day 5, race the single semi on Day 6, the double final on Day 7 and by current form the single final on Day 8.

Men’s Double Scull
An injury impacted preparation has taken its toll with defending Olympic champions Scott Brennan and David Crawshay missing qualifying for the final here at London 2012.

Needing to finish in the top three in their semi-final  the Australians got out well and were third behind Argentina and Germany through 1500m before World Champions New Zealand and the impressive Italians found extra gears the Australians didn’t have.

With 250 metres to race the Australians were neck and neck with the Italians and Kiwis but they had nothing left. The New Zealanders flew home to almost claim the win from Argentina. The Italians passed the Germans on the line to claim the last finals berth. Brennan and Crawsahy were fifth in 6:23.47, three seconds off third place.

Men’s Lightweight Four
Todd Skipworth, Ben Cureton, Sam Beltz and Anthony Edwards placed third in their semi-final to qualify for the Olympic final in the men’s lightweight four with a time of 6:05.31

The current world champions started slowly in lane 5 and were fifth after 500m with the crew from Denmark in lane 6 establishing a boat length lead.

By the 1000m the Australians were in a line of four crews with the Danes still having clear water. With 500m to row the Australians were rating 39 and were second. They were passed in the final stages by South Africa but their progression was assured. Denmark won in 6:03.53.

Finals action on Day 5 at Eton Dorney will include Australian crews in the Men’s Eight, Women’s Pair and Women’s Quad Scull.

Andrew Reid

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