TOKYO: 4-time Olympian Emma Twigg’s newest battle for the rostrum received off to a roaring begin on Friday, as compelling matchups within the males’s and ladies’s single sculls started to take form on the primary day of Olympic rowing on the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo.
The 34-year-old New Zealander posted the quickest general time of the ladies’s opening heats in her first race since 2019, cruising via to a 7:35.22 end on the fan-free venue after two heartbreaking fourth-place finishes on the London and Rio Video games.
She faces a stacked subject forward, as American Kara Kohler, 30, clinched her warmth in her return to Olympic rowing, and Irelands Sanita Puspure, 39, proved she was well worth the hype, profitable her spherical by greater than eight seconds after bringing house World Championship titles in 2018 and 2019.
One other clear contender, Britain’s Victoria Thornley, who picked up silver within the double sculls in 2016, additionally superior.
On the boys’s aspect, a rematch of the 2019 World Championship last was shaping up, after Norwegian Kjetil Borch posted the quickest general time in 6:54.46, and 24-year-old German Oliver Zeidler and Sverri Nielsen, 27, of Denmark additionally clinched their rounds.
Croatia’s Damir Martin, who gained silver in Rio, additionally superior to the quarter-finals, as he goals to combat his strategy to the highest of the rostrum after the retirement of New Zealands Mahe Drysdale, the winner of back-to-back gold in 2012 and 2016.
The Netherlands dominated throughout the board as males’s double sculls pair Melvin Twellaar and Stef Broenink set a brand new Olympic finest, scorching their opening warmth in 6:08.38 and upending an Olympic finest set minutes earlier by 2018 World Champions Hugo Boucheron and Matthieu Androdias of France.
Their feminine counterparts, Roos de Jong and Lisa Scheenaard, clinched a spot within the semifinal after profitable their warmth in 6:49:90, because the Dutch ladies’s single and quad, and males’s quad, moved on as effectively.
Printed in Daybreak, July 24th, 2021