Paralympic Best Times tumble in Rio 2016 Paralympic rowing finals
Narrowed down to the final six, para-rowers raced for Paralympic medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With full grandstands to cheer them on the para-rowing finals on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon enjoyed mirror-like conditions for this warm, overcast day.
The racing began with Rachel Morris setting a new Paralympic Best Time in the para women’s single sculls when she flew past her competition in the final sprint to take the Best Time and the gold medal.
In its third time as a Paralympic sport, para-rowing has been growing in competitiveness exponentially. Leading up to this year's Paralympic Games the tightness of racing has become evident and World Best Times continue to fall. The Rio 2016 Paralympic para-rowing regatta goes from 9-11 September 2016 on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
With the clock ticking down to the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, World Rowing takes a look at some of the athletes who will be making their Games debut in the sport of rowing and a few to watch out for in the coming week as racing gets underway.