Canada’s men’s eight won silver on the final day of competition at the world rowing championships in Poland on Sunday, as two other boats just missed the podium.
The men’s eight finished in a time of five minutes 27.15 seconds, well back of the German boat that won with a time of 5:24.13. The Netherlands took bronze (5:28.32).
Canada sends two more crews to finals at world rowing championships
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POZNAN, Poland — Two more Canadian crews qualified for their respective finals Friday at the world rowing championships.
Lindsay Jennerich of Victoria and Sheryl Preston of North Delta, B.C., finished second in their semifinal in the lightweight women’s double to advance to Sunday’s final. Greece won in seven minutes 29.50 seconds, followed by Canada in 7:31.57 and Australia in 7:32.13.
The Canadians sat in fourth place for the first part of the race, but made a move at the right time to secure a spot in the medal round.
“We knew we had a strong middle 1,000 (metres) in our back pocket,” said Jennerich.
“We have a lot of trust in each other,” said Preston. “I have trust in Lindsay’s (race) calls … we’ve done a lot of racing and training together this year and that really showed in (Friday’s) semi.”
The Canadian lightweight men’s double also qualified for the final. Doug Vandor of Dewittville, Que. and Cam Sylvester of Caledon, Ont., finished third in their semifinal to advance.
The World Rowing Championship heats begin tomorrow morning in Poznan, Poland. Three BC crews are in serious contention. Here’s an article from worldrowing.com:
Men’s Eight (M8+)
There is no denying the joy and relief on the face of the Germans when they won this event at the final stage of the 2009 Rowing World Cup series. In second, Canada looked quite pleased as well. The Canadians are the Olympic Champions but have almost an entirely new line-up this year. Only Andrew Byrnes and Malcolm Howard remain from the Beijing eight.
Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls (LW2x)
Great Britain seems to have found a golden combination. Hester Goodsell and Sophie Hosking are unbeaten this season and with this have forged new ground for British women lightweights.
The big challenges to the British are likely to be in the form of Canada. Lindsay Jennerich and Sheryl Preston (pictured right) have two bronze medals from this season which puts them in a little ahead of Germany (Marie-Louise Draeger and Anja Noske) on the points table of the 2009 Rowing World Cup series.
Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls (LM2x)
A range of 22 countries are entered in this event with the top contender likely to be Storm Uru and Peter Taylor of New Zealand. Canada’s Douglas Vandor and Cameron Sylvester have shared two seasons and were right behind the New Zealanders at the final stage of the Rowing World Cup.
Read entire article here.