Rowing

Canadian rowers Filmer, Janssens win bronze in women's pair event at Tokyo Olympics

Canadian rowers Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens have won bronze in the women's pair event at the Tokyo Olympics, Canada's 10th medal at these Games.

Medal is Canada's 10th of these Games

Canadian rowers Caileigh Filmer, left, and Hillary Janssens hold up their bronze medals after reaching the podium in the women's pair final on Thursday at the Tokyo Olympics. (Piroschka Van De Wouw/Reuters)

Canadian rowers Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens have won bronze in the women's pair event at the Tokyo Olympics, Canada's 10th medal at these Games.

New Zealand's Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler claimed gold, while Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) rowers Vasilisa Stepanova and Elena Oryabinskaya took silver at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo on Thursday.

"I was just listening to Caileigh, she was calling the perfect race," Janssens told the CBC's Marivel Taruc.

"It's been a long extra year, and we're just really happy we got here and we were able to come away with it."

WATCH | Filmer, Janssens secure rowing bronze:

Canadians Filmer and Janssens row to a bronze medal

2 months ago
10:48
Rowers Caileigh Filmer of Victoria and Hillary Janssens of Cloverdale, B.C. won Canada's first rowing medal of Tokyo 2020, taking bronze in the women's pair. New Zealand's Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler claimed gold. 10:48

Filmer, from Victoria, and Janssens, of Cloverdale, B.C., were in first place after the first 500 metres and held off a surge by New Zealand to maintain that position after 1,000 metres.

But the Kiwis overtook the Canadian boat shortly after the halfway mark and never looked back, finishing in six minutes 50.19 seconds.

The ROC boat finished in 6:51.45 after a late push, while the Canadians clocked in at 6:52.10.

 "Our last [kilometre], it was with heart," said Filmer.

WATCH | Canadians react to reaching rowing podium:

Filmer and Janssens presented with Canada's 1st rowing medal at Tokyo2020

2 months ago
2:15
Watch rowers Caileigh Filmer of Victoria and Hillary Janssens of Cloverdale, B.C receive their bronze medals from the women's pair event. 2:15

Canada's rowers are looking to rebound after a disastrous showing at the 2016 Rio Games that saw the program secure just one medal.

The Canadians qualified 10 boats for Tokyo — the most since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Canada's women's eight will race for gold on Friday.

Filmer and Janssens embrace after earning Canada's 10th medal of the Games. (Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Men's pair just miss podium

Earlier, Canada's Kai Langerfeld and Conlin McCabe just missed the podium in the men's pair event as Croatia's Martin Sinkovic and Valent Sinkovic surged to gold.

Romania's Marius-Vasile Cozmiuc and Ciprian Tudosa won silver, while Denmark's Frederic Vystavel and Joachim Sutton took bronze.

Langerfeld, of North Vancouver, and McCabe, of Brockville, Ont., were sitting in third after the first 500 metres, but dropped to sixth by the 1,000-metre mark. The two did work their way back to fourth after 1,500 metres and kept it competitive over the final stretch.

The Canadians finished with a time of 6:20.43, just over half a second behind the Danish boat that won bronze in 6:19.88.

WATCH l Olympic Moments: An inspired performance from Filmer and Janssens in doubles rowing:

Olympic Moments: An inspired performance from Filmer and Janssens in doubles rowing

2 months ago
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The legacy of Canadian rower Kathleen Heddle lives on to inspire a bronze medal performance from Hillary Janssens and Caileigh Filmer in doubles rowing. Olympic Moments presented by Visa. 1:30

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Benjamin Blum

Senior writer

Benjamin Blum is a senior writer with CBC News and previously worked with CBC Sports in the same capacity. He holds a master's of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax.

With files from Marivel Taruc and The Canadian Press

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