Road To The Olympic Games


Carling Zeeman powers Canada into semis in women's single sculls

Carling Zeeman has punched a Canadian ticket into the semifinals of the women's single sculls competition at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

25-year-old finishes 3rd in quarter-final heat to advance

Canada's Carling Zeeman finished third in her quarter-final heat. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

By Jonathan Rumley, CBC Sports

Carling Zeeman has punched her ticket into the semifinals of the women's single sculls competition at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. 

The 25-year-old from Cambridge, Ont., finished third in one of the quarter-final races held on Tuesday morning. There were three heats to reach the semifinals with the top three competitors in each advancing to one of the semifinals.

Zeeman posted a final time of seven minutes, 34.52 seconds and was consistently rowing at more than 15 km/h on the choppy waters of Rio's Lagoa Stadium.

Fie Udby Erichsen of Denmark was first in Zeeman's heat with a time of 7:33.24 while Barbara Hornycroft of Zimbabwe was second in 7:34.38.

Australia's Kimberley Brennan had the best time overall, finishing in 7:26:86, followed by Gevvie Stone of the United States at 7:27:04.

Zeeman is set to compete with Brennan in one of the Thursday semifinal races, which you can watch live on starting at 9:40 a.m. ET.

In other Olympic action on the water, the Canadian duo of Jennifer Martins and Nicole Hare finished fourth in the repechage of women's pair rowing. Because only the top three teams advance, the Canadians will not be advancing to the semifinals for this competition. 

With files from The Canadian Press


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