The fastest qualifier from the semifinal was the reigning World Champion Sanita Puspure of Ireland. She has been having a great regatta and must have been the favourite coming into this final. The large number of entries meant that these scullers had to go through quarterfinals along the way to today’s final. The first to show was Emma Twigg of New Zealand and Victoria Thornley of Great Britain. Twigg was rating 37 and now had the best speed. Both Twigg and Thornley raced at the Rio Olympics. Thornley medalled in the double while Twigg just missed out on a medal in the single. Twigg now had a small lead as Puspure came up into second with Thornley sticking with Puspure. At the half way point Twigg remained in the lead with Puspure pushing away from Thornley who now saw Kara Kohler of the United States go past her. The fight for bronze lifted up a level. At the front of the field Puspure was doing a push and had the overlap on Twigg. The final sprint was on and Puspure was motoring. There was nothing in it at the front of the field. Puspure went to 37 and got the lead. Twigg had no answer as Kohler upped her stroke rate to hold on to a medal spot. Puspure had defended her title.


Sanita Puspure, Ireland, Gold
“Today I just tried to do my own rhythm. With 500 meters to go, I just went for it just like in training. Mentally that was the hardest race of the regatta. It’s been a tough year but I’m really pleased.

Emma Twigg, New Zealand, Silver
“I knew it was going to be a real tough one out there. I know Sanita has some form, so I just had to be brave. I came up a little short today, but this being my comeback season after 2 years away, it has been a great season.”

Kara Kohler, United States of America, Bronze

“Finishing my 2019 season on the podium for the first time is really good, as last year was my first season as a single rower. I clearly would have more speed and get closer to the top two spots in the Tokyo 2020."

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