Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls (LW2x) – Finals
Big things were expected of China 1 who recorded the fastest time in the heats. But they were challenged hard in that race by the Netherlands who had to race the repechage yesterday. All boats were fast off the line with China 1 of Qiang Wu and Dandan Pan just a bit faster. Pan has an international rowing career that goes back to 2011 and they were both in the winning lightweight quadruple sculls at last year’s World Rowing Championships. Poland now slotted into second with the Netherlands and Japan 2 battling each other.
The order hadn’t changed at the half way point. Then Wu and Pan broke away from the field as Poland’s Katarzyna Welna and Joanna Dorociak tried to hold on. The Dutch crew of Martine Veldhuis and Ilse Paulis was gaining and this race would need the sprint to decide on the medals. Now China 2 began to move and they put themselves into medal contention.
Coming into the line Wu and Pan went to 33 and then higher as they crossed the line in first. Paulis and Veldhuis had the better sprint over Poland to take silver and Poland got the bronze.
Results: CHN1, NED, POL, CHN2, JPN2, CHN3
Dandan Pan (s), People's Republic of China, Gold
“Generally this was a good race, we did pretty well but the wind caused some issues.”
Ilse Paulis (s), Netherlands, Silver
“That was the maximum result that we could expect from today. We’re very pleased with this as we fought until the end. We’ll have the European Rowing Championships in 3 weeks but our line-up may change.”
Joanna Dorociak (s), Poland, Bronze
“We are very happy with the result. This is our first regatta together, and our first medal together. We hope to just keep getting better and better, and be at the top for Europeans.”
From yesterday’s repechage Japan 1 had the fastest time only just missing out on the final by 0.17 of a second. Austria got away the quickest and settled into a 36 stroke pace. This kept them ahead of the two Japanese crews who were rating 35. Spain did a push at the half way point and became contenders for a top spot. In the final sprint Japan 1 went to 37 and tried to overtake Austria. Austria didn’t seem to react and Japan’s crew was able to win the race.
Results: JPN1, AUT, ESP, JPN3, ROU2, POR