Women's Double Sculls (W2x) - Final
The semifinals yesterday indicated that this would be a very close race and close it was. Winners of the World Rowing Cup in Sydney, Olympia Aldersey and Sally Kehoe of Australia had the edge with winners of the European Championships, Poland (Magdalena Fularczyk and Natalia Madaj) in second and new United States combination of Meghan O'Leary and Ellen Tomek in third.
These three crews remained tightly bunched through the middle of the race with O'Leary and Tomek managing to get their nose ahead of Fularczyk and Madaj. Then, the Australians made a big move and managed to break free of the Americans and the Poles.
The sprint had begun and another crew, the Netherlands, were going after a medal spot. The Dutch, however had left it too late. Aldersey and Kehoe had retained the World Cup leader position, the United States had held off Poland and the Poles go away with bronze.
Results: AUS, USA, POL, NED, GBR, BLR
Gold - Sally Kehoe (AUS)
We’re still a new combination, so each new race is a stepping stone for the World Champs next year and eventually for the Olympics.
Silver - Ellen Tomek (USA)
We knew it would be a tight field, we needed to get out strong and push during the second 500. We were a little short of first but it was a good fight. For the US team, it’s the deepest doubles team in a long time and we need to keep pushing forward to be in the right place in a few months to make the national team.
Bronze - Magdalena Fularczyk (POL)
It was a really hard race as I was sick with a temperature. But we’re really happy with my partner, and a podium is a great success given it’s our second race together.
Following yesterday's semifinals it looked like this race would be between China One of Yan Juang and Yang Lyu and New Zealand's Fiona Bourke and Zoe Stevenson. Bourke and Stevenson are the World silver medallists from last year's World Rowing Championships and they recently arrived in Europe where they will spend three months through to the 2014 World Rowing Championships. Today China took the lead with New Zealand holding onto their pace. Coming into the final sprint, Bourke and Stevenson were able to row through the Chinese who had run out of steam.
Results: NZL, CHN1, DEN, CHN2, FIN, AUT