Australia aims to add four more boats to Tokyo 2020 Olympic team

Posted on May 13, 2021 by

Rowing Australia has entered four boats to compete at the 2021 World Rowing Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland from 15 to 17 May. This is the last attempt Australia has to add to the eight boats it has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games this July.

Five athletes from the NSW Institute of Sport will make up the boats looking to secure qualification for Australia.

The four crews looking to qualify are the Lightweight Women’s Double Scull (Georgia Nesbitt and Sarah Pound), the Lightweight Men’s Double Scull (Hamish Parry and Sean Murphy), the Men’s Double Scull (David Watts and Campbell Watts) and the Women’s Quadruple Scull (Caitlin Cronin, Harriet Hudson, Rowena Meredith and Ria Thompson).

The Lightweight Women’s Double Scull will need a top three finish to reserve a place in Tokyo, while the other three crews require top two finishes to secure more berths for the Australian Olympic Team.

This is the first international outing for any of Australia’s crews since the 2019 World Rowing Championships, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and competition is expected to be tough at the final qualification regatta prior to the Games.

The Men’s Double Sculls, and the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls, have a total of 18 entries each, while the Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls has a total of 16 entries. In comparison, the Women’s Quadruple Sculls has a total of six entries.

Rowing Australia Performance Director, Bernard Savage is hopeful Australia will add to their qualified boats.

“This is the last chance for four of our crews to secure final berths for the Tokyo Olympic Games. With 70 days to go until the postponed Olympics, we are hopeful to add to our eight already qualified boats to take our total number of boats in the team to 12.

“The crews have been preparing well in Australia and have settled well into a COVID-safe environment ahead of the regatta this weekend.”

Finals on Monday 17 May will be live-streamed via World Rowing’s website.

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