Rough conditions at the beginning of the regatta were the cause of challenges across the board


RIO DE JANEIRO,  – Day four of the Olympic regatta with only three days of rowing under the belt of the Canada team. Rough conditions at the beginning of the regatta were the cause of challenges across the board that continued into Sunday causing racing to be called off on the regatta’s second day.

Team Canada opened the Rio 2016 Olympic Regatta with competition from the women’s single sculls, lightweight men’s four and the men’s quadruple sculls on Saturday, August 6. Carling Zeeman was the first Canadian on the water in the women’s single sculls. Undaunted by strong winds, Zeeman placed first in her heat and headed straight to quarters. The lightweight men’s four and men’s quadruple sculls continued on to the repechage.

Racing was postponed on day two and caused a busy Monday on the water with six Canadian crews competing. The lightweight women’s double sculls and men’s four booked spots in their semifinals, with Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee coming in first in their heat. The women’s eight and women’s pair, with third and fourth place finishes respectively, progressed to the repechage. The men’s quadruple sculls and lightweight men’s four, who were competing in the repechage, finished out of contention for a spot in the semifinals. The men’s quad will compete in the B-Final on Wednesday.

Two Canadians crew raced on day three with Carling Zeeman in the women’s single sculls quarterfinals and the women’s pair of Nicole Hare and Jennifer Martins in the repechage. Zeeman finished third in her heat and grabbed a spot in the semifinal in a tight race against Zimbabwe and Bermuda. The pair finished in fourth, close behind the French crew. Hare and Martins will compete in the C-Final.

Carling Zeeman on approaching the race and her competitors:

“For me it’s important to focus on myself and stay within the boat. As soon as the draw comes out I acknowledge it, see who’s in my race, but after that it’s important to focus on me.”

Lindsay Jennerich on Monday’s race:

“I think it was a well executed race. That’s what we wanted to do…I think the goal this time was just to have the confidence that we trained to do it classy, we trained to do it patiently, we trained to do it with confidence and I think that we did that today.”