3 Canadian teams in finals at rowing worlds
Canada's lightweight women's and men's double and women's pair teams will all race for medals at the world rowing championships after advancing out of their respective semifinals Tuesday in New Zealand.
In lightweight women's doubles, Tracy Cameron of Shubenacadie, N.S., and Lindsay Jennerich of Victoria got off to a commanding start and won their semifinal in seven minutes 40.93 seconds.
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Australia (7:44.02) and Germany (7:45.19) also move advanced.
Great Britain, Greece and New Zealand moved on from the other semifinal.
"Our semi unfolded as we expected, especially the top three, but there are some crews, such as New Zealand who are taking inspiration from rowing at home, who can come up in the final," Jennerich said.
"The A final is going to be competitive and entertaining."
The women's pair of Montreal's Andreanne Morin and Krista Guloien of Port Moody, B.C., advanced to the final with a second-place finish in the repechage. The Australian women's pair won the repechage in 7:35.74, as the Canadians (7:37.85) were overtaken in the final stage of the race.
"It was very challenging knowing that we already had two races under our belt, and no day of rest yet," said Morin. "But we set out with guns blazing, and planned to take the lead and maintain it. Unfortunately, the Australians crept up on us at the end, but we got the job done and are in the final."
The lightweight men's double, Cam Sylvester of Caledon, Ont., and Doug Vandor of Dewittville, Que., led for most of the race but were edged out by China (6:54.81) and Italy (6:56.68) in the final moments of the race. Canada finished in 6:58.45.
"There was a rough wind at the start; the lake was choppy," Sylvester said of the headwind conditions. "But we found our rhythm through the middle, only to lose some of the momentum just near the end of the race. The event is so competitive — we can't take anything for granted, but the final is our race to lose."
Meanwhile, Canada missed out on the finals in the women's quad, lightweight women's single and men's four events.
Canada's first chance at a medal comes Wednesday in the Adaptive rowing category for physically disabled rowers. Canada's crew set a world's best time earlier this week.