Heat - H3
Heat - H1
Semifinal - S
Final - F
I'm just overwhelmed. If you'd asked me two years ago, I had a back problem and didn't even know if I was going to race again.
I've been happy with my medal all the time. At the Olympic Games, anything can happen. You should be way ahead if you want to be certain of a gold medal. It was a tight race - the first three boats were within three metres (of each other).
This race for us was much better than the heat. We rowed with clear minds and we tried to do what our coach told us from the beginning. We followed exactly our race plan.
It was solid. We were ahead by halfway, where we wanted to be, because, in the first half, people were doing all sorts of crazy stuff. We just stuck to our rhythm, and this carried us through the middle.
I think it was a pity that we finished fourth, but it is important to say that our achievements this year have not been bad - we are the world cup leaders.