After the record breaking day yesterday, finals of the rowing competition at the Olympics in Tokyo continued today!
And it was as record breaking as yesterday!
Gold was won in a close race by Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler (New Zealand) – followed by Vasilisa Stepanova and Elena Oriabinskaia (Russian Olympic Committee) on the second, and Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens (Canada) on the third place.
- New Zealand (6:50.19)
- ROC (6:51.45 +1.26)
- Canada (6:52.10 +1.91)
History was made at the Men’s Pair today, when Martin and Valent Sinkovic (Croatia) took gold. The Sinkovic brothers became the first rowers to win gold in both the Men’s Pair and Men’s Double Sculls (Rio 2016). Silver was taken by Ciprian Tudosa and Marius Cozmiuc (Romania) and bronze by Frederic Vystavel and Joachim Sutton (Denmark).
- Croatia (6:15.29)
- Romania (6:16.58 +1.29)
- Denmark (6:19.88 +4.59)
Lightweight women’s double sculls
The Lightweight women’s double sculls became another competition where history was made! Italy’s Valentina Rodini and Federica Cesarini became the first Olympic medallists in rowing for Italian women. Incredibly close and finished with a photo finish. Silver was taken Laura Tarantola and Claire Bove (France) and bronze by Ilse Paulis and Marieke Keijser (Netherlands), the British boat missed bronze only by a 0.01 second.
- Italy (6:47.54)
- France (6:47.68 +0.14)
- Netherlands (6:48.03 +0.49)
Lightweight men’s double sculls
And the records continued and so did the close races. Ireland’s Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy are the first-ever Olympic Champions in rowing for Ireland. They won after a fabulous sprint against Jason Osborne and Jonathan Rommelmann (Germany), followed by Stefano Oppo and Pietro Ruta (Italy).
- Ireland (6:06.43)
- Germany (6:07.29 +0.86)
- Italy (6:14.30 +7.87)