Last chance saloon for some crews on rowing's second day
GLASGOW - Europe's top rowers will be leaving it all on the water on Friday at Strathclyde Country Park as the repechages and semifinals of rowing at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships take place.
The repechages give crews who failed to progress to the next stage of the competition another shot at being in the mix for medals on Saturday and Sunday.
Defending women's double sculls champions Kristyna FLEISSNEROVA (CZE) and Lenka ANTOSOVA (CZE) were third in their heat on Thursday. They need to beat at least two crews in the six-strong repechage to join the Netherlands and Lithuania in the final on Saturday.
Croatian single sculler Damir MARTIN found the pace of his competitors in the heat too fast. The Olympic silver medallist races in the first repechage of the men's single sculls and must finish in the top three to qualify for Saturday's semifinals of the blue riband event.
The women's four heats saw a photo-finish between Poland and Great Britain for one of the two qualifying spots from heat 1. Great Britain, who missed out by 0.01 seconds, should feel optimistic of securing one of the two remaining places in the final through the repechage, but must fend off Greece, the Netherlands, Italy and Denmark for the privilege.
The British men's eight also failed to qualify directly for Sunday's final when they lost to the Netherlands by two seconds in the heat. No team will want to miss out, with only one crew in the five-strong repechage not getting to race again.
"I'm a bit annoyed and upset, but tomorrow's another race and I'm sure we can come back," Mohamed SBIHI (GBR) said after the heat.
Racing at Strathclyde Country Park on Friday begins at 09:30 with the repechage of the men's quadruple sculls.
For a review of Thursday's competition, click here.
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