london 2012

Victoria’s Jennereth, Obee 4th in Doubles
From the Canadian Press

London, UK – The Canadian women’s eight has won silver at the Olympic rowing regatta, capturing Canada’s seventh medal at the London Games.

The powerhouse Americans won gold while the Netherlands captured bronze.

“We weren’t worried about the Dutch at all. We were out there to win, and were watching the whole field, but we were focused on our own boat and our race plan,” said Lesley Thompson-Willie of London, Ont.

Canada and the U.S. came into the Games as rivals for gold.

The silver medal still hasn’t sunken in yet for Lauren Wilkinson of North Vancouver, B.C.

“It hasn’t hit me yet. It’s an amazing group of women that I’ve had the privilege to row with and we gave it our all, no regrets. Fuel to the fire for 2016,” Wilkinson said.

The U.S. won the last two world titles, while Canada settled for silver.

The Americans also won gold at Beijing in 2008, when Canada was fourth.

It was only the second race at these Games for the Canadian women, who won their heat Sunday to advance directly to the final.

The U.S. won the other heat.

The Canadian men’s eight won silver behind Germany at the Games on Wednesday.

Also at Eton Dorney, Canada’s lightweight women’s double scullers failed to advance to the final. The Victoria, B.C., pair of Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee finished fourth.

“We are obviously disappointed. It’s going to take a while to take in. It’s seven minutes of your life and one shot at an Olympic medal,” Jennerich said.

Patricia Obee added, “I felt confident we’d come in the top three. The other crews are obviously very good.”

China took the race and advanced with Denmark and Australia. Great Britain, Greece and Germany to make Saturday’s final.

Canada’s men’s four crew placed fifth in their semifinal and did not advance to the final race.

The United States won the heat, followed by Greece and Germany. The top three crews advanced.

In the men’s double sculls, Canada’s Kevin Kowalyk and Michael Braithwraite finished last in their semifinal B heat, placing 12th overall.

New Zealand’s pair of Joseph Sullivan and Nathan Cohen took gold. The Italian and Slovenian teams won silver and bronze respectively.