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.
The Rio 2016 Paralympic para-rowing regatta opened with heats in the four boat classes. Racing on the same course as the Rio Olympic Rowing Regatta, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, the athletes enjoyed virtually flat water with just a hint of a cross wind and cloudy and wet skies.
New Paralympic Best Times were set as well as one World Best Time as para-rowers aimed to finish first for a direct path to the final.
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.