Canada won its first medal at the world rowing championships in Poznan, Poland, on Saturday, as the women’s four took bronze.
The crew of Sandra Kisil of Ancaster, Ont., Sarah Waterfield of Kingston Ont., Jennifer Tuters of Peterborough, Ont., and Emma Darling of Burnaby, B.C., finished in six minutes 36.87 seconds, less than a second behind the U.S. (6:36.01) for second.
The Netherlands won the race comfortably with a time of 6:31.34.
The Canadians had a good start, handling the strong tailwind conditions smartly to sit in second position for the first part of the race, and then hung on to third as the 2,000-metre mark approached.
“The conditions were so wild, but we attacked the whole way and had a focus of staying steady and long,” said Waterfield. “It was choppy in the last 500, but we kept it internal and focused.”
In Canada’s other medal final on Saturday, the adaptive coxed four finished fourth.
The team of Laura Comeau of St. Catharines, Ont., Anthony Theriault of Nanaimo, B.C., Meghan Montgomery and Stuart Starkey of Winnipeg, and Victoria Nolan of Toronto, finished in 3:30.44 behind Great Britain (3:25.33), Italy (3:28.44) and Germany (3:28.90).
“There was a crazy tailwind, and we probably could have handled that better. … It’s something we have to work on,” said Comeau.
“All of the crews are getting faster as the sport develops. [Saturday’s] race just shows that it’s not easy to win a medal in this event. It’s great to see, and we know we have to work hard to get to the podium.”
The lightweight men’s four of Mike Lewis of Victoria, Terry McKall of Edmonton, John Sasi of Delta, B.C., and Tim Myers of Penticton, B.C., finished fifth in the B final and 11th overall
The men’s pair of Dan Casaca of Toronto and Max Lang of Lumby, B.C., finished sixth in the B final, good for 12th overall.
Also on Saturday: Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand won the men’s single final, Ekaterina Karsten-Khodotovitch of Belarus won the women’s single, Poland won the women’s double sculls gold medal, and Great Britain finished first in the men’s four.