A Finals Booked for Para Rowers at World Championships
Rowing Canada Aviron – Hot conditions and strong results continue for the Canadian team on Day two at the World Rowing Championships. Canada raced in three events with two Para heat wins and spots secured for the A Final on Friday.
Jeremy Hall (St. Paul, AB) makes his return to the PR2 Men’s Single following his silver medal performance at the 2018 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Jeremy cleanly crossed the finish line posting the fastest overall heat time in 8:52.35. Jeremy advances directly to the A Final on Friday.
“The primary goal here this week is to qualify the PR2 mixed double for Tokyo 2020,” said Hall. “That being said, I definitely want to prove that last year was not just a fluke. Leading this race, from start to finish, was a good test for me and I’m pumped to be racing in Friday’s A final. In the meantime, my focus remains on getting through tomorrow’s PR2 double rep with my partner Jessye and securing a Paralympic Games berth for Canada later this week.”
Defending World Champions Andrew Todd (Thunder Bay, ON) and Kyle Fredrickson (Duncan, BC) contested the first of two heats for PR Men’s Pair today locking up the win and securing their spot in the A Final on Friday.
“Honestly I’m just really happy to be here,” said 2016 Paralympic bronze medallist, Andrew Todd. “It has been a long year of illness and injury for me and I’m happy we got this race under our belts. Before I arrived here in Linz, I made a list of all the people who helped me get here and it’s quite extensive. I am really grateful for the huge team behind the team.”
The Women’s double was the last race for Canada today with only one boat progressing from each heat to the semi-finals. Andrea Proske (Langley, BC) and Gabrielle Smith (Unionville, ON) surged through the 1500m mark, trying to close the gap on race leaders Madden/Stone (USA) before running out of water and facing off again in Wednesday’s repechage.
The Men’s and Women’s eights start their heats tomorrow with repechage action for the women’s four, PR2 mixed double.
Racing continues until September 1, 2019 with live streaming available every day at CBC Sports.
Photos of Team Canada (copyright Rowing Canada Aviron) can be viewed here.
The 2019 World Rowing Championships Qualification System for Tokyo 2020 can be found here.
When and Where
August 25-September 1, 2019
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