If Sunday and Monday were steamers weather-wise, it was the do-or-die intensity of the reps that sent a couple rowers to the infirmary today.
Despite cooler temperatures, either the exertion or the high sun took a toll on at least a couple rowers today as Nina Proskura of the Ukrainian coxed pair was out cold in his boat after the finish (they qualified for the semis), and German women’s four stroke Nicole Zimmerman had to be taken out of the boat as well. Proskura, in particular, was in bad shape, having been dumped in the rubber rescue dinghy head first, and carted to shore with his sock-clad feet sticking up in the air. Within 10 minutes or so he was coherent – the coxswain stroked the boat back to the dock.
It was a fair-to-good day for the United States – the coxed pair, men’s and women’s lightweight singles, women’s pair, and men’s and women’s straight fours all advanced either to AB semis or the A final, while the men’s and women’s doubles, and men’s single sculler Tim Whitney failed to advance to finals qualifying positions.
There were some big reps today – Canadian Todd Hallett and Estonian Juri Jaansen rowed down GBR’s Matthew Wells to advance to the A/B semis; Wells had led to the 1000, and had Jaansen in his sites even after Hallett went through, but Jaansen’s blistering last 500, nearly 4 seconds faster than the nearest comer in the event today in either rep, took the punch out of Wells, and reeled in Hallett. Wells was spent, and limped across the line at a paddle.
In another rep, Ivo Yanakiev of Bulgaria and Duncan Free of Canada almost had it easy, with several lengths of open water cushion between them and any threat of a C final. The same scenario developed for Olaf Tufte of Norway and Jan Ziska of Slovakia. Things will be decidedly different come the Thursday semifinals.
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