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Tufte excels at last chance Olympic Qualification Regatta

The FISA European Continental and Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland began with the opening round of heats as rowers strove to keep their Olympic dreams alive.  The heats saw close finishes and some particularly fast times including two-time Olympic Champion Olaf Tufte of Norway.

Racing in the men's double sculls Tufte and his partner, Kjetil Borch were not much more than ten seconds outside of the World Best Time when they won their heat. Ilse Paulis and Maaike Head of the Netherlands also recorded a very fast time in the lightweight women's double sculls. They finished just six seconds outside of the World Best Time.