Jennerich and Obee, Canada’s lightweight women’s double, get the job done on Day 3 in Amsterdam.
August 26, 2014
The rain subsided on the third day of racing at the World Championships only to be replaced by a headwind.
Depending on the event and the strength of the headwind, races can be up to two minutes longer than when a wind is blowing crews down the course. Headwind conditions exploit the endurance component of the sport, drawing on the athlete’s stamina and staying power to complete the 2000 meter distance.
Experienced Vancouver Island athletes Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee are no strangers to competing in these conditions. They were the first Canadian rowers to compete today in Amsterdam, racing the repechage in the lightweight double sculls event.
“It was a very strong headwind,” Jennerich emphasized after the race. “It didn’t look strong, but it was! Despite this, we got into a good rhythm early, which allowed us to conserve energy and provided us with the ability to have a great sprint.”
China and Germany took the lead and maintained it for the majority of the race. After sitting in third position throughout, the Canadians came charging back in the last quarter to overtake Germany and qualify for the semifinal.
“I focused on only three technical points today,” added Obee. “I just kept thinking of those three things over and over again, all the way down the course.”
After being disappointed with their performance on the opening day of the competition, the lightweight duo accomplished today’s goal with a solid execution of their race plan.
Jennerich and Obee, who train in London, Ontario, won the bronze medal at World Cup 3 last month in Lucerne, Switzerland.
The men’s quad and the women’s eight, who were also supposed to race today, will race tomorrow instead.
The direction of the wind changed earlier than the weather forecast had predicted, resulting in unfair conditions across the multi lane Bosbaan course.
Disappointing for the rowers but something athletes prepare themselves for in the sometimes volatile and drawn out week of the World Championship regatta.
“We are disappointed not to be racing today,” commented Ashley Brzozowicz, Olympic silver medalist from London who now sits in the 7-seat position of the eight. “We go tomorrow instead, no big deal. It doesn’t change our goal, it’s business as usual.”
The women’s eight is trying to de-thrown the Americans, who have been sitting on top of the rowing world in this particular event for the last two Olympic cycles.
The canceled races from today will commence the rowing programme tomorrow on the Bosbaan course. This brings to 7, the number of Canadian crews racing tomorrow on Day 4 of the weeklong championships. Races begin at 13:11 local time.
Online streaming with audio commentary for the racing is available throughout the week of competition at www.worldrowing.com.
Live video streaming for the Olympic class events is available from August 28 – 31 at www.worldrowing.com.
The semi-finals and finals are scheduled to air on Rogers SportsNet One from August 28 – 31.
Athlete biographies of Canada’s national rowing team are available at www.rowingcanada.org.
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