Women's Eight (W8+) - Final
Canada went flying out at the start and by the first 500m mark they had a full boat length lead over Great Britain in second. Coxed by eight-time Olympian Lesley Thompson-Willie, the Canadians continued to move away from the field. Canada had taken the bronze medal at last year's World Rowing Championships and they knew that they would have to do something special to beat the World and Olympic Champions, the United States.
The United States had a crew full of athletes that already raced today in the women's pair. Had they overextended themselves? Coming into the final 500m of the race Canada remained in front with the United States now ahead of Great Britain and closing on the Canadians. Rating 37 the United States dented Canada's lead with every stroke. Canada, at 38, were just not as powerful. The United States retained their incredible dominance of this event.
Results: USA, CAN, GBR, CHN, GER
Gold – Kerry Simmonds (USA)
It took all nine of us. We were in it together, all rowing on a fairly emotional level. Katelin [cox] called it just right.
Silver - Natalie Mastracci (CAN)
We went out there today knowing that we had our work cut out. We had our best race possible and we’re really proud of that.
Bronze – Katie Greves (GBR)
We went out hard and had a good start, but we lacked the rhythm from Belgrade. It was frustrating, we know we can row a lot better than that.