Rowing wrap up

11 August 2012

ROWING: When the waters calmed at the end of the eight day Olympic rowing regatta at Eton Dorney, Kim Crow had established herself as a new Australian rowing legend after creating history in the women’s single and double scull for Australia.

Crow was the standout performer for the Australian team with a silver medal in the women’s double scull with Brooke Pratley and a bronze medal in the women’s single scull.

Her history making week, in which she raced an incredible six times in eight days saw her become the first Australian to medal in the single scull, the first Australian to compete in the two events at the one Games and the first Australian to walk away with two medals from the one Games.

In the single scull Crow produced a superb effort from lane 3 to just fall shy of silver, while she combined with Pratley to push Great Britain right to the finish line in the women’s double scull.

Joining Crow and Pratley with silver medals were the men’s coxless four and the women’s pair, each who won their medals in varying manners.

Drew Ginn fell agonisingly short of a remarkable fourth gold medal in as many Olympic appearances as he, Joshua Dunkley-Smith, James Chapman and Will Lockwood were led home by Great Britain in arguably the most anticipated race of the regatta.

Ginn still became Australia’s most successful Olympic rower (3 gold, 1 silver), passing former crew mate James Tomkins (3 gold, 1 bronze).

Sarah Tait and Kate Hornsey produced an electric finish in the final of the women’s pair to seal their silver medal in the closing strokes.

Tait, who became the first mother to win an Olympic medal for Australia, and Hornsey were fourth with just 200 metres remaining but screamed past the USA and New Zealand.

The men’s quad scull of Daniel Noonan, James McRae, Karsten Forsterling and Chris Morgan won Australia’s second bronze medal, finishing behind Germany and Croatia.

Australian crews made a total of 11 finals from the 13 crews entered at the regatta and incoming Rowing Australia National Performance Director Chris O’Brien commended the results.

“Overall we were chasing gold, but to win five medals at an Olympic regatta is an excellent achievement that can’t be underestimated,” O’Brien said.

“It was a very tough regatta, made even tougher by the conditions, but all 46 members of the team held their heads high and showed Australian rowing is moving in the right direction.”

David Polglase in London

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