Rowers into repechage races ahead of Paralympic finals
Posted on August 27, 2021 by NSW Institute of Sport
The Australian Rowing Team commenced their Tokyo 2020 Paralympic campaign on Friday at the Sea Forest Waterway, with three time Paralympian Erik Horrie leading the way for the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS).
The five time world champion and two time Paralympic medallist, started his heat strongly pushing Brazilian Rene Campos Pereira early in the race. The pair were side by side at the 500m and 1000m marks until the Campos Pereira began to pull away at 1200m. Knowing that only the winner automatically qualified for the final, Horrie decided to conserve his energy for the PR1 repechage which takes place on Saturday morning.
NSWIS athletes and Paralympic debutants James Talbot and Thomas Birtwhistle, competed in the PR3 Mixed Coxed Four heats. Like Horrie in the PR1, the Australian’s started the race well, going stroke for stroke with the team from the USA. As the race wore on, the Americans began to dominate, keeping their stroke rate high and eventually won by 10 second. The Australian boat finished second and qualified for the repechage on Saturday morning.