Aussie rowers sink or swim in Olympic qualifiers


It was another exciting day on the water at the Olympic qualification regatta in Switzerland. As Rhys Grant secured his spot in the A-Final of the Men’s Single Sculls, the Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls narrowly missed their Olympic qualification.

Kinshu Jain reports.

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The new-look Australian duo were up against a fast field in the lightweight Women’s Double Sculls.

London Olympian Hannah Every-Hall had been paired this season with Georgia Nesbitt.

But in a shocking turn of events, the duo finished fifth, meaning they won’t progress with The Netherlands and Switzerland in the A-Final.

Jaime Fernandez, Rowing Australia GM: “It is obviously devastating and disappointing. Certainly unexpected to be very honest. We thought, I thought, I guess their own were, but didn’t see that coming.”

Thirty eight year old Every-Hall said she would retire from the sport if she failed to make the Rio games.

It was a different outcome for West Australia’s Rhys Grant his family were overwhelmed at his third place which earned Grant a spot in the Men’s Single Sculls finals.

Rhys Grant, Men’s Single Sculls: “It was an amazing opportunity to do the single-sculls at the games and here I am giving it a crack.”

The Australian Men’s and Women’s Eights will battle it out in their A-Finals tonight each looking for a top two finish to book more Australian berths for Rio.

Kinshu Jain, QUT News.