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September 03, 2004

Coach says Robbins in denial (September 3, 2004)

"THE head coach of Australian women's rowing Harald Jahrling has reignited the Sally Robbins "no row" debate claiming she does have a problem and needs to acknowledge it.

Jahrling, who is under pressure himself as it has emerged he had his cards marked before the Olympics, made the explosive claims while holidaying in Tuscany in Italy.

Jahrling believes Robbins will not be psychologically equipped for a 2008 Olympic campaign unless she first admits she has a problem and deals with it.

Asked if he feels Robbins could make it to Beiing, Jahrling told The Daily Telegraph: "After she has seriously worked on her problem. Sally has chosen to ignore she has a problem. It has got worse over the years.""

Read more at Coach says Robbins in denial (September 3, 2004):

Posted by Darren at 12:15 PM | Comments (0)

August 26, 2004

Ukraine Rowers Stripped of Bronze Medal

"Ukrainian rowers stripped of bronze for drug violation; Hungarian Ukrainian rowers stripped of bronze for drug violation; Hungarian weightlifter expelled Eds: UPDATES throughout to ADD comment from IOC executive board member; ADD details; RECASTS overline. By STEPHEN WILSON

ATHENS, Greece (AP) The Ukrainian four-woman rowing team was stripped of its bronze medal Thursday after one member tested positive for a banned drug, the IOC said.

It was the fourth medal lost because of doping during the Athens Olympics.

A weightlifter from Hungary also was expelled from the games on Thursday for failing to provide a urine sample after his event, the International Olympic Committee said.

Zoltan Kovacs, who finished last in the 105-kilogram class, became the 10th weightlifter punished for doping. "

Read more at Ukraine Rowers Stripped of Bronze Medal

Posted by Darren at 08:46 PM | Comments (0)

August 24, 2004

Australia's Women's Eight Kiss and Make up

"AUSTRALIA'S women's eight rowing crew today assured Olympics team boss John Coates they will stop publicly criticising Sally Robbins.

Robbins has been at the centre of a furore after she stopped rowing with 500m to go in the Olympic final of the women's eight two days ago.

She later dropped her oar with about 100m to go as the Australian boat came in a distant last.

Coates summoned the crew after several members breached team guidelines by publicly criticising Robbins.

He said the meeting this morning went well and the crew displayed great maturity.

"They certainly understand as a group that there have been breaches of our team guidelines which you know say that team members shouldn't talk disparagingly about other team members," Coates told reporters.

"There are certainly assurances that won't happen again."

In a media conference, Robbins said she has broken down during a race before and blamed the problem on anxiety."

  • No more, vow rowers
  • Posted by Darren at 09:33 PM | Comments (0)

    August 23, 2004

    Rower too exhausted to carry on: team boss

    "The manager of Australia's women's rowing team has leapt to the defence of a member of the eights crew who stopped rowing during Sunday's Olympic final.

    Sally Robbins stopped rowing late in the race, leaving the Australian crew losing ground to cross the line in sixth place after going to the start line as one of the medal favourites.

    Team manager Wayne Diplock said Robbins was exhausted.

    "It basically gets to the end of the regatta and it's a combination I suppose of mental and physical exhaustion and just one of those things," he said.

    "I think we saw it in the men's eights race as well. The timing's a little bit wrong and if one rower gets exhausted a couple of hundred metres out, there's not a lot you can do.""

    Read more at Rower too exhausted to carry on: team boss

    Posted by Darren at 05:21 PM | Comments (0)

    August 22, 2004

    U.S. sign off with regatta triumph

    "The United States stormed to their first Olympic men's eights title in 40 years on Sunday.

    The final, the last race of the Olympic regatta, had been billed as a showdown between the Americans and fierce rivals Canada, the double world champions.

    But after challenging early on the Canadians faded and finished fifth, The Netherlands finishing second and Australia taking bronze."

    Read more at U.S. sign off with regatta triumph

    Posted by Darren at 11:58 PM | Comments (0)

    Eights slump as Sally Robbins stops rowing

    "The Australian women's eight bid for Olympic gold ended in tears when a crew member stopped rowing before the finish.

    Team officials said coach Harald Jarhling was furious after Sally Robbins lay back with a quarter of the race to go and dropped her oar about 100m from the finish line.

    The crew were third at the 1000 metre mark but dropped back to fifth by 1500, crossing the line almost 10 seconds after the fifth place-getters, Germany.

    Robbins was exhausted, not ill or injured, and an Australian official quoted Jarhling as saying he had not seen anything like it in his 35-year coaching career.

    She had to be helped from the boat.

    "I just rowed my guts out in the first 1,500 and didn't have anything left and that's all I could have done for today," Robbins said.

    "I did whatever I could and my best was what I put out there today and I plan to keep rowing.

    "This experience only makes me stronger."

    Robbins said she had not had a chance to talk to her crew mates but she was sure they would be supportive.

    "I will just say (to them) that I did everything I could," she said.

    "This is what I could do today and I put 110 per cent in, and that's what everyone does.""

    Read more at Eights slump as Robbins stops rowing

    Posted by Darren at 10:26 PM | Comments (98)

    Evers-Swindell twins win gold

    "Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell delivered New Zealand the Olympic gold medal they had promised for so long on the Schinias course here today.

    The Cambridge sisters had to hold off a frantic late burst from Germany but held on to win a final they were always expected to and handed New Zealand its first medal of the Games.

    Up by two lengths at halfway, the gold looked sealed but Germanys Britta Oppelt and Peggy Waleska charged home, finishing within 1.01 seconds of the twins, who seemed to tie up over the closing 250m.

    Winners of the last two world championships and unbeaten for nearly three years, the Evers-Swindells werent going to let their first shot at Olympic glory slip, slouching into their cockpit in relief after crossing the line.

    Their time of seven minutes 01.71 seconds was significantly slower than they have rowed previously but conditions were tricky.

    As well as hot temperatures, they had to counter fluctuating head and cross winds."

    Read more at Evers-Swindell twins win gold

    Posted by Darren at 06:01 PM | Comments (17)

    USA win Men's Eight with Coxswain Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from United States

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Netherlands

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from Australia

    Russia wins Men's Quadruple Sculls Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Russia

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Czech Republic

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from Ukraine

    Denmark wins Men's Lightweight Four Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Denmark

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Australia

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from Italy

    Poland win Men's Lightweight Double Sculls Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Poland

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from France

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from Greece

    Posted by Darren at 04:20 PM | Comments (0)

    Romania win Women's Lightweight Double Sculls Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Romania

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Germany

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from Netherlands

    Posted by Darren at 04:19 PM | Comments (0)

    Canadians fourth in women's pairs

    Darcy Marquardt of Richmond, B.C., and Buffy Williams of St. Catharines, Ont., led early but faded in the final 500 metres and finished fourth in the Olympic women's pairs rowing final Saturday.

    More | canada.com

    Posted by at 05:04 AM | Comments (0)

    Silver medal win for Canadian men's four

    Rowers beaten by Great Britain in photo finish

    It was so close, even one of the world's most experienced and decorated rowers couldn't figure out who had won.

    In a thrilling race that is likely to be talked about for years to come, Matthew Pinsent and his veteran British crew came away with the gold medal in the men's four at the Summer Olympics on Saturday, edging world champion Canada by just 8-100ths of a second.

    Posted by at 05:00 AM | Comments (0)

    August 21, 2004

    Gold for Pinsent's four - by eight-hundredths of a second

    "Matthew Pinsent joined the Olympic immortals this morning when he led the coxless four to gold for Britain after the tightest of photo finishes on an unforgettable morning at the Schinias rowing centre.

    The man from Eton, who had garnered three Olympic golds while racing in the shadow of Sir Steven Redgrave, made it four in a row to go within one of the record of his big pal and Britain's greatest Olympian.

    But the margin over Canada was the blink of an eye - just eight hundreths of a second.

    For James Cracknell it was his second gold to go with the one he won in Sydney, while for Ed Coode and Steve Williams it was their first taste of Olympic triumph."

    Read more at Gold for Pinsent's four - by eight-hundredths of a second

    Posted by Darren at 10:37 PM | Comments (0)

    Ginn and Tomkins rowing's golden boys

    "World champions Australia have won gold in the men's coxless pair at the Athens Olympics, to give 39-year-old James Tomkins his third Olympic gold and Drew Ginn, 29, his second.

    The Australians, renowned for their long, elegant style, beat Croatia' Skelin brothers by half a length. South Africa finished with the bronze medal.

    The popular Australians were given a rousing welcome onto the medal podium.

    "When we were on the finish line we were pretty emotional about it," Ginn said."

    Read more at Ginn and Tomkins rowing's golden boys

    Posted by Darren at 06:42 PM | Comments (0)

    Pinsent makes it Four

    Matthew Pinsent has claimed his fourth Olympic Gold medal in four different Olympic games when the Men's Coxless fours narrowly pipped the Canadians by 0.08 seconds.

    Pinsent, and Sydney champion James Cracknell, Ed Coode and Steve Williams won by the narrowest of margins in a time of six minutes 6.98 seconds.

    The Canadian crew put the Britons under heavy pressure in the final stages.

    But the GB four dug deep to edge them out in a photo finish by 0.08 seconds, while Italy took bronze.

    Pinsent won his first gold with Steve Redgrave in 1992 and has never lost an Olympic race.

    Source BBC Fourth gold for Pinsent

    Posted by at 06:30 PM | Comments (0)

    Australia win Men's Double Sculls Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Australia

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Croatia

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from South Africa

    Drew Ginn and James Tomkins Win Men's Pairs Rowing Gold Medal

    Drew Ginn and James Tomkins from Australia have just won the Gold medal in the Men's Pairs Rowing. In second place was the Croatian team of Sinisa Skelin and Niksa Skelin and in third the team from South Africa, Donovan Cech and Ramon di Clemente.

    Posted by Darren at 04:38 PM | Comments (5)

    Olaf Tufte wins Men's Single Skulls (Rowing) Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Olaf Tufte from Norway

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Jueri Jaanson from Estonia

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Ivo Yanakiev from Bulgaria

    Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski wins Women's Single Sculls (Rowing) Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski from Germany

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Ekaterina Karsten from Belarus

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Rumyana Neykova from Bulgaria

    NZ rowers set for biggest night in their Olympic history

    "The Evers-Swindells and the rest of the New Zealand Olympic rowing team are counting down to what could be the country's most successful day for the sport.

    Five crews line up in finals later this evening in Athens, starting with Sonia Waddell at 5.30pm NZ time.

    For the twins it has been a long wait since last Saturdays heat.

    But Georgina says the double-scullers have been in this situation before, at the 2002 world championships, a race that they won.

    She says they will go through their regular routine, which includes having their last meal around three hours before the race."

    Read more at NZ rowers set for biggest night in their Olympic history

    Posted by Darren at 03:34 PM | Comments (0)

    Rowers Lose Appeal

    CTV.ca | Disqualified Canadian rowers lose final appeal

    Canadian rowers Dave Calder and Chris Jarvis have lost their final appeal of their disqualification in the men's pairs event in Athens.

    Posted by at 04:06 AM | Comments (0)

    August 19, 2004

    Canada scores key wins amid controversy on Day 5

    "Canada scored a number of key victories in Athens, but was also embroiled in controversy as the men's pairs rowing crew was disqualified during Day 5 of the Olympics.

    It was a bitter-sweet day for Canada on the water Wednesday. The good news is that three of Canada's five remaining crews advanced to the finals.

    The men's four, the men's eight and the women's pairs for Canada all advanced after finishing first in their respective repechages.

    The bad news is that the men's pairs team of Dave Calder of Victoria and Chris Jarvis of St. Catherines were disqualified. And the women's eight team finished fifth in their repechage and failed to advance.

    Calder and Jarvis ran into trouble when they left their lane just before the finish line. The South African team next to them lodged a complaint claiming a Canadian oar hit theirs causing them to take a bad stroke."

    Read more at Canada scores key wins amid controversy on Day 5

    Thanks to Bene for the link.

    Posted by Darren at 02:34 AM | Comments (0)

    August 17, 2004

    American men earn silver - Gymnastics

    "Twenty years later, the boys are back on the medal stand. The American men's gymnastics program, long overlooked and often unappreciated, won Olympic silver Monday, capping a four-year rebuilding project to take home a medal for the first time since the boycotted 1984 Games.

    After faltering in the middle two rotations, Paul and Morgan Hamm led a rally. The Americans hit their last six routines, on parallel bars and high bar, to push past Romania and finish with 172.933 points.

    The Japanese went last and needed to average about 9.5 over three sets on the high bar to win. They did it with ease, winning by 0.888 points."

    Read more at American men earn silver

    Posted by Darren at 06:22 PM | Comments (0)

    August 16, 2004

    Canadian men's eight shocked in the preliminary

    The first race of the Athens Olympics didn't go as expected for the Canadian men's eight rowing crew, leaving them with a tougher road to next week's final.

    The two-time world champions, who are favoured to win the gold medal, were edged by the rival Americans in Sunday's preliminary heat. With the win, the U.S., team goes straight through to next Sunday's final while the Canadians will need to book their ticket through the repechage, which shouldn't be a problem. Australia won the other heat to advance.

    read story canada.com

    Posted by at 12:35 PM | Comments (0)

    American rowers ride wind to records

    "America's Olympic rowers arrived in Greece saying they were ready for the rough conditions at their venue on a windswept, manmade lake outside Athens. Turns out they were right. With a tail wind packing gusts of up to 20 mph, both the U.S. men's and women's eights broke world records and won tough preliminary heats Sunday.

    No records will fall Monday, however. Forecasts of even stronger winds prompted organizers to postpone those races. Only a few hours after Sunday's competition, the wind was strong enough to push up white-capped waves in the made-made lake."

    American rowers ride wind to records

    Posted by Darren at 03:48 AM | Comments (1)

    August 15, 2004

    U.S. Rower Aquil Abdullah Hopes to Make History

    "Aquil Abdullah has already made history as the first black to row for the U.S. Olympic team. Now he's just two races away from becoming the first to win a medal.

    The former college football recruit and his double scull partner Henry Nuzum finished a solid third in a five-team field Saturday to become one of two U.S. boats to advance to the semifinals in their respective events.

    The other American boat to move straight to the semifinal round was the men's pair of Luke Walton and Russian-born Artour Samsonov. They advanced by beating the Czechs for third place in a four-boat heat, although they finished 14 seconds behind heat winner South Africa."

    U.S. Rower Abdullah Hopes to Make History

    Posted by Darren at 10:41 PM | Comments (1)

    U.S. stuns Canadian men's eight rowers

    "The mighty Canadian men's eight rowing team suffered its first defeat since 2002 when the Americans upset the two-time defending world champions Sunday at the Athens Olympics.

    Iain Brambell and his men's four teammates won their preliminary heat on Sunday. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

    Canada led for most of the race, but the Americans used a late charge to win the preliminary heat in a world-best time of five minutes, 19.85 seconds.

    The Canadians crossed the line in 5:20.46 a time that also beat the former world-best mark held by the Dutch since 1999.

    The U.S. automatically advances for the Aug. 22 final, while the Canadians must now try to qualify through Tuesday's repechage."

    Read more at U.S. stuns Canadian men's eight rowers

    Posted by Darren at 09:47 PM | Comments (0)

    Men's Quadruple Sculls: World Champion Germany through to finals

    "World champion title holder, Germany won heat 1 of the Mens Quadruple Scullsand qualified with Estonia and Australiafor the semifinals.

    From the second heat, Poland was the winner, while Russia and Italy also qualified for the semifinals. "

    Read more at Men's Quadruple Sculls: World Champion Germany through to finals

    Posted by Darren at 09:45 PM | Comments (0)

    Sam Lynch and Gearoid Towey - Super Sculls Make Impressive Start

    "Top Irish medal hopes Sam Lynch and Gearoid Towey today showed why they could spring a surprise in the lightweight mens double sculls in Athens.

    The pair won bronze at last years World Championship but both have suffered a season of injuries which, at one point, threatened to ruin their Olympic dream.

    Italian world champion Elia Luini claims they are the crew he is most wary of, and the Irish pair progressed straight into the semi-finals with a confident heat victory. They finished in a time of six minutes and 16.63 seconds.

    Lynch was delighted with the result and said: We enjoyed the race very much. We knew from the first 500 metres that we would win and we made it."

    Read more at Super Sculls Make Impressive Start

    Posted by Darren at 08:12 PM | Comments (0)

    American Women's Eight Boat Sets Record - Rowing

    "What might be the strongest American women's eight boat ever remained undefeated in 2004 with a big heat victory Sunday, setting a world record in the process.

    The U.S. boat led by nearly three seconds after 1,000 meters, but the Germans charged hard over the second half, pulling to .3 of a second in a finish that energized the crowd.

    Racing with a tail wind, the Americans' winning time was 5:56.55, eclipsing the previous mark of 5:57.02 set by Romania in 1999.

    The victory means the U.S. women's elite boat, which won both World Cup events it entered this year, won't have to enter a repechage - or second chance race - on Tuesday and advanced directly to next Sunday's final. "

    Read more at American Women's Eight Boat Sets Record

    Posted by Darren at 06:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Australian Rowers power world's best time

    "AUSTRALIAN rowers Amber Halliday and Sally Newmarch were ready to celebrate with a real meal after setting a world's best time in the lightweight sculls heats today.

    Halliday said they were trying to keep a lid on their excitement ahead of the semi-finals at the Olympic Rowing Centre on Thursday but would treat themselves to dinner.

    "We have been living on power bars and Powerade and Sustagen for the past few days so we will be having some real food," Halliday said.

    The Australian duo used a strong tail wind to full advantage on the Schinias course to record a time of six minutes 49.90 seconds over the 2000 metres."

    Read more at Rowers power world's best time

    Posted by Darren at 06:38 PM | Comments (1)

    America's MIT-Harvard tandem upset by Ireland in double sculls heat

    "America's Harvard-MIT tandem in the men's lightweight double sculls was upset by Ireland in a preliminary heat Sunday. Greg Ruckman and Steve Tucker fell behind by about 3 seconds in the first 1,000 meters, and the Irish tandem of Sam Lynch and Gearoid Towey maintained their lead the rest of the way.

    Ruckman and Tucker finished second, meaning their medal hopes hinge on a repechage or second-chance race on Tuesday. A strong showing there would put them into the semifinals.

    Ruckman's journey to Olympic medal contention began with a failed attempt to join the Crimson crew in his freshman year. Tucker was drawn to the sport by a rowing machine at his MIT fraternity house."

    Read more at America's MIT-Harvard tandem upset by Ireland in double sculls heat

    Posted by Darren at 06:37 PM | Comments (0)

    Olympic Rowing cancelled tomorrow

    News just to hand.

    A press conference will be held shortly in Athens to announce that Rowing will not take place tomorrow due to forecasted high winds. Heats are currently under way today in a faster than normal morning of rowing.

    Organizers have decreased the amount of time between this mornings heats to ensure that as many as possible take place before the winds pick up this afternoon.

    Posted by Darren at 06:00 PM | Comments (0)

    James Tomkins and Drew Ginn Make Semi Finals - Rowing

    "Australian duo James Tomkins and Drew Ginn have easily won their heat of the men's coxless pairs on the opening day of Olympic rowing competition at the Schinias Rowing and Canoeing Centre.

    Tomkins and Ginn, who won gold in the 1996 Olympics as part of the men's coxless four, qualified for the semi-finals after taking out their heat in time of 6 minutes 55.04 seconds.

    They finished over three seconds ahead of Nikola Stojic and Mladen Stegic of Serbia and Montenegro.

    New Zealand pair Nathan Twaddle and George Bridgewater recorded the fastest time of the day in winning the third heat in 6:54.75 mins."

    Read more at Tomkins and Ginn cruise into semis

    Posted by Darren at 12:00 AM | Comments (1)

    August 14, 2004

    Rowing Organizers Adjust for Windy Course

    "Forecasts for high winds at the Olympic rowing venue prompted organizers to start making adjustments for the second day of racing.

    Matt Smith, executive director of rowing's governing body, said the normal 10-minute window between heats at the man-made lake will be reduced to 7 minutes on Sunday to complete the competition before winds increase."

    Rowing Organizers Adjust for Windy Course

    Posted by Darren at 10:49 PM | Comments (0)

    August 13, 2004

    Laura Rauchfuss - Rower shows resilience from disappoint-ment

    "Laura Rauchfuss was easy to spot among the members of the U.S. women's Olympic crew team who were rowing around Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., during a late July practice.

    As the women's eight-person and four-person boats raced up and down the lake, their every move examined by bullhorn-toting coaches in motor boats, Laura Rauchfuss rowed alone in a one-person boat.

    For the 29-year-old Greenwich native, the solitude was both welcome and heartbreaking. Rauchfuss has always been the introverted sort, but in this case, the loneliness was a reminder of her status as an Olympic alternate who had unexpectedly lost her place in the woman's four-person boat.

    "It's been a frustrating year," Rauchfuss said. "You train to compete and win, and my focus has been on a gold medal. It's been very difficult for me.""

    Read more at Rower shows resilience from disappoint-ment

    Posted by Darren at 12:49 AM | Comments (0)

    August 11, 2004

    NZ team happy with Athens wind conditions

    "The wind's a breeze and the pods are legal, bringing smiles to the New Zealand Olympic rowing team here today.

    After nearly two months of preparation in Belgium, all 11 rowers hit the water at the controversial Schinias course for the first time, completing a morning and afternoon session.

    They were heartened to find just a moderate breeze in their 8am session rather than the strong winds that were anticipated and which caused several crews to capsize at the world junior championships at this time last year.

    And the pods attached to boats to counter choppy water have been ruled legitimate.

    Rowing New Zealand chief executive Craig Ross arrived late last week and said the wind had never risen beyond steady in three days of monitoring."

    Read more at NZ team happy with Athens wind conditions

    Posted by Darren at 01:12 PM | Comments (0)

    Eight is enough for gold - Rowing

    "The eight female rowers powering America's best boat at the Athens Games are imposing, each about 6 feet and 175 pounds.

    Their long legs are thick from the explosive lower-body thrusts that begin each synchronized pull of the oars as they cut through the water. Their well-defined biceps would put many men to shame.

    And anything less than Olympic gold will sorely disappoint them.

    "This is by far, both from the rowing standpoint and the chemistry between us, the strongest boat I've ever been in," crew member Megan Dirkmaat says. "There's just something that clicks."

    Americans have long been competitive in rowing, but the sport has seen a surge in popularity among women in recent years, drawing more of the country's biggest, strongest female athletes.
    "The talent pool is thickening, for certain," says Kate Johnson, a four-time national team member who'll row with the eight in rowing's elite event."

    Read more at Eight is enough for gold

    Posted by Darren at 12:33 PM | Comments (0)

    Diving or rowing could make the gold medal difference

    Canada won just three gold medals in the Sydney Summer Games. The Canadian diving and rowing contingents stand a good chance to win three gold medals in Athens, making any other gold winners a bonus.

    The Calgary Sun: On golden ponds

    Posted by at 12:19 AM | Comments (1)

    August 09, 2004

    U.S. team to beat in women's rowing

    "The eight female rowers powering America's best boat at the Athens Games are imposing, each about 6 feet and 175 pounds.

    Their long legs are thick from the explosive lower-body thrusts that begin each synchronized pull of the oars as they cut through the water. Their well-defined biceps would put many men to shame.

    And anything less than Olympic gold will sorely disappoint them.

    "This is by far, both from the rowing standpoint and the chemistry between us, the strongest boat I've ever been in," crew member Megan Dirkmaat says. "There's just something that clicks."

    Americans have long been competitive in rowing, but the sport has seen a surge in popularity among women in recent years, drawing more of the country's biggest, strongest female athletes.

    "The talent pool is thickening for certain," says Kate Johnson, a four-time national team member who'll row with the eight in rowing's elite event."

    Read more at U.S. team to beat in women's rowing.

    Posted by Darren at 03:18 PM | Comments (0)

    August 08, 2004

    Steve Redgrave - British Rowing

    "Steve Redgrave etched his name into the Olympic record books in Sydney
    Steve Redgrave powered to Olympic glory for the fifth time in Sydney to become Britain's greatest ever Olympian.

    The rower won gold in the coxless four with Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell and Tim Foster in 2000 to cap an incredible 16-year Olympic career.

    He overcame age - he was 38 at the time - and diabetes to become the only Briton to win five straight medals.

    Redgrave also became the first athlete of any country to win five consecutive gold medals in an endurance event.

    The Marlow-born star won an MBE in 1987, a CBE in 1997 and received a knighthood in 2001 for rowing."

    Read more at Lord of the Olympic rings .

    Posted by Darren at 06:16 PM | Comments (0)

    Matt Pinsent - Rowing

    "ITS THE day the British Olympic team is announced and Matt Pinsent, the most famous and successful athlete included in the squad, is sitting in a quiet room at the Leander Club in Henley shovelling Weetabix into his mouth.

    Just in off the water, where he has already completed his first training session of the day before most of us had risen from our beds, he is still decked out in his rowing gear, but, momentarily, the focus is on refuelling rather than rowing. The spoon he is using is so huge it could double as an oar but in his hands it looks like it has been borrowed from a dolls house.

    Everything about Pinsent is bigger and better than the norm. Whether it be his physique, lung capacity, ambition levels or Olympic gold medal collection, others pale by comparison. "

    Read more at It's oar or nothing for Pinsent.

    Posted by Darren at 06:10 PM | Comments (0)

    August 07, 2004

    British Coxless Four Comeback

    "Britain's coxless four insist they are nearing the sort of form that will put them in gold medal contention in Athens, despite a season of setbacks.

    The crew of Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell, Steve Williams and Ed Coode will attempt to defend the title won by the four in Sydney.

    Injury, illness and substitutions have disrupted preparations but Williams said: "We're happy with our training.

    "We've got more answers in each part of the race and know what works for us."

    Sir Steve Redgrave's crew - with Pinsent, Cracknell and Tim Foster - were victorious four years ago.

    But this season a new line-up, with an assortment of personnel, struggled in the World Cup regattas."

    Read more at Four plot comeback

    Posted by Darren at 09:00 AM | Comments (0)

    August 06, 2004

    Nicky Coles and Juliette Haigh - Grafeful for Olympic Inclusion

    "They were the last New Zealand crew to qualify, but Nicky Coles and Juliette Haigh are confident they will do more than merely make up the numbers at the Olympic rowing regatta.

    The coxless pair, who have been together only since last October, secured their trip to Greece in the final qualifying regatta at Lucerne in June.

    Needing to finish in the top two of a straight final comprising five crews, Coles and Haigh came in second behind Bulgarians Milka Tancheva and Anna Chuk in 7m 15.06s, 10s ahead of Australia."

    Read more at Grateful rowers seize second chance

    Posted by Darren at 10:34 AM | Comments (0)

    August 05, 2004

    Kenyan Rowing Team Coach Killed

    "Senior Sergeant Juvenalis Gitau, head coach of Kenya's first Olympic rowing team, has died in a car crash.

    Gitau, a father of two, was killed in the accident just a day before the team was scheduled to depart for Greece.

    He had been coaching single sculler Ibrahim Githaiga, who will be the first Kenyan rower to compete in an Olympics."

    Read more Kenyan coach killed

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    August 03, 2004

    Olympic Rowers prepare to Bail out

    "OLYMPIC rowers preparing for this month's Athens Games have resorted to special equipment to combat expected high winds and waves.

    As well as oars, athletes will be packing foot pumps to bail out their boats if summer gales whip up the water at the coastal rowing and kayak complex in Skinias.

    "The Australians will have foot pumps in their boats," said Australia's Nathan Baggaley, twice sprint kayak world champion.

    A test event last year at the Skinias venue was marred by choppy conditions that sunk several craft during races.

    Australian kayakers said they had adjusted their boats to be able to able to lift the noses and ride over waves.

    "Hopefully, we're just worrying about nothing," Baggaley added."

    Continue reading Rowers prepared to bail out (August 3, 2004).

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    July 24, 2004

    Wedding Rings Unite in Athens

    Pairs rower Buffy Williams will be joined at the Olympics in Athens by her husband, Barney, who was cut from the men's rowing team five years ago but worked his way back.

    Source

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    July 22, 2004

    Artour Samsonov - US Rowing Team

    'Artour Samsonov joined the Grosse Pointe South High rowing team as a freshman in 1994, not looking to find athletic success but to make friends.

    That day changed everything. It brought the Russian immigrant not only social acceptance, but eventually an education at Harvard and now a trip to Athens, Greece, as a U.S. Olympian.

    Samsonov, who went by Arthur then, moved to Grosse Pointe Park from Dubna, a Russian town of 120,000 where life revolves around a nuclear science laboratory the way life in Detroit revolves around cars.' Read More at Samsonov will row his boat in Athens.

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    UK rowing team in good form

    Despite some losses the UK rowing team say they are improving their times, and in for a good chance.

    Christian Cormack added: �Ed was very much the experienced person in the boat, so losing him came as a blow.

    �But now we have regrouped and our preparations are going very well.�

    The eight showed good form last year, winning bronze in the World Cup, although several of that successful team will not be making the trip to Athens.

    Yet Phil said he was confident that the boat has the pace required to succeed on the biggest stage.

    "In training and races we have produced real flashes of speed,� he said

    Source: Walton Online

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    July 15, 2004

    British Rowing Team Taking Shape

    Tom Stallard will replace Ed Coode in the British men's eight rowing team in Athens.

    'Stallard was one of five new members named on Wednesday in the 36-strong British rowing team which will have 11 boats competing in Athens.

    Alan Campbell, Pete Gardner, Simon Cottle and Peter Wells also gained call-ups for the men's quadruple scull.'

    Source - Stallard joins rowing eight

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    July 11, 2004

    Matthew Pinsent Seeks Fourth Gold Medal

    Matthew Pinsent is attending his fourth Olympics - and it may not be his last! He still can catch up to five times Gold Medal winner, Sir Stephen Redgrave.

    'Born on 10 October, 1970, Pinsent will be 33 when he competes in Athens - five years younger than Redgrave when he won his fifth gold in Sydney.

    Pinsent partnered Redgrave as they won the coxless pairs in 1992 and 1996 and were part of the victorious coxless fours in Sydney in 2000.

    He will again be in the coxless fours in Athens and, should they win, could still consider a fifth gold in Beijing.'Read More at How a 33-year-old rower seeks a fourth gold

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    July 09, 2004

    US Olympic Rowing Team Announced

    The US have announced a 45 member Rowing team for the Athens Olympics where they will compete in 12 of the 14 Rowing events.

    The team includes 15 team members who have Olympic experience:

    Laurel Korholz, Chris Ahrens, Pete Cipollone, Jennifer Devine, Hilary Gehman, Sarah Jones, Wolf Moser, Lianne Nelson, Henry Nuzum, Greg Ruckman, Kelly Salchow, Paul Teti, Steve Tucker, Bryan Volpenhein, and Mike Wherley.

    None have previously won an Olympic Medal. Source - U.S. Rowing Team Sets Its Olympic Roster

    Posted by Darren at 12:58 PM | Comments (0)

    July 08, 2004

    Cincinnati Athletes make US Olympic Team

    'Four Cincinnati natives were named Olympic rowers today, believed to be the largest rowing contingent the area has ever sent to the Games.

    The three who represented the area in Syndey � Bryan Volpenhein, Greg Ruckman and Kelly Salchow � all will make a return Olympic trip, and Pat Todd will make his Olympic debut.

    The four rowers bring the total of Greater Cincinnati Olympians to nine. They join boxers Ron Siler and Rau�Shee Warren, soccer player Heather Mitts, synchronized swimmer Becky Jasontek, and shooter Jason Parker. Also, Jason McKittrick will go to Athens as the alternate in archery.' Read More at - Four Cincinnati rowers on Olympic team

    Posted by Darren at 12:42 PM | Comments (0)

    July 06, 2004

    British Coxless Four Wins Race Despite Loss of Partridge

    Britain's Coxless four team have won a lead up race to the Athens Olympics at the Henley Royal Regatta despite the loss of Alex Partridge to injury.

    'Matthew Pinsent, Steve Williams, James Cracknell and Ed Coode gave a fine team performance for the emphatic win.

    Partridge, replaced by Coode, will miss out on the Olympics after being diagnosed with a punctured lung.' Source - New GB crew take victory

    Posted by Darren at 02:53 PM | Comments (0)

    July 01, 2004

    Four Crews Earn Olympic Berths on Wednesday at Olympic Trials

    Four crews � the men�s pair, women�s pair, men�s double sculls and lightweight women�s double sculls � earned spots on the U.S. Olympic Team on Wednesday after sweeping the best two-out-of-three finals at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Rowing on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J.

    Source - Rowing - Four Crews Earn Olympic Berths on Wednesday at Olympic Trials

    Posted by Regan at 10:35 AM | Comments (0)

    First African American male qualifies for U.S. Olympic rowing

    In teaming with U.S. Navy officer Henry Gantt Nuzum, Aquil Hashim Abdullah became the first African American male rower to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team at the Qualified Olympic Small Boat Trials on Lake Mercer Wednesday.

    Source - Rowing - First African American male qualifies for U.S. Olympic rowing

    Posted by Regan at 10:32 AM | Comments (0)

    Rowers one win from Olympics trip

    A win again today or Thursday would see Borgman and Schlenker claim a spot in the Summer Olympics in Athens.

    Source - Rowing - Homer rower one win from Olympics trip

    Posted by Regan at 10:04 AM | Comments (0)

    June 29, 2004

    Coles and Haigh confirmed for Olympics

    New Zealand rowers Nicky Coles and Juliet Haigh have been confirmed in the women's coxless pair for the Olympics.

    They finished second in the final Fisa Olympic qualifying regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.

    Source - Rowing - Coles and Haigh confirmed for Olympics

    Posted by Regan at 09:39 AM | Comments (0)

    June 28, 2004

    US Rowing Trials Part 2 Underway

    The US Olympic Team Trials for rowing got going yesterday at Lake Mercer (N.J.)

    'In the men�s pair, Princeton Training Center�s Bob Kaehler and Ryan Torgerson clocked the fastest time of the preliminary heats en route to a victory in the third of three heats. Kaehler, a three-time Olympian, and Torgerson clocked a 6:36.47 to defeat teammates Matt Rich and Justin Bosley by 4.59 seconds. In the first heat, Harvard University Boat Club�s Artour Samsonov and Luke Walton, last year�s world championships� representatives in the event, clocked a 6:38.88 to defeat PTC�s Jon Watling and Brian McDonough by 1.85 seconds. Jason Flickinger and three-time Olympian Jeff Klepacki, also rowing for PTC, won the second heat in a time of 6:39.88, holding off teammates Jamie Schroeder and Dan Walsh by 0.83 seconds. The top two finishers in each heat advanced to Monday�s semifinals, while the remaining crews raced in a repechage, or second-chance race, on Sunday afternoon. In the repechages, the PTC crew of Luke McGee and Mark Flickinger and the Penn AC/Undine duo of Dana Schmunk and Ferdinand Bergen advanced to the semifinals.' Read More - ROWING: Second Set of U.S. Olympic Rowing Team Trials Underway

    Posted by Darren at 10:37 PM | Comments (0)

    June 26, 2004

    US Rowing Team Trials

    'The second set of U.S. Olympic Team Trials for rowing begin Sunday at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J.

    Four boat classes � the men�s pair, women�s pair, men�s double sculls, and lightweight women�s double sculls � will be contested at the second set of trials. The winners will earn berths on the 2004 Olympic Team that will compete from August 14-22 in Athens, Greece.
    '
    Source - Second Set of U.S. Olympic Rowing Team Trials Begin Sunday

    Posted by Darren at 11:56 PM | Comments (0)

    June 24, 2004

    British Rowing Team Unveiled

    Great Britain's Rowing team for the Athens Olympics has just been announced.

    'The coxless four - Britain's best hope of gold at the Games - is confirmed as Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell, Steve Williams and Alex Partridge.

    Team GB's other main medal prospects, Cath Grainger and Katherine Bishop are confirmed in the coxless pair.

    British Olympic chief Simon Clegg said: "The quality of this group of athletes should ensure a number of podium places are achievable in Athens."'

    Source - GB rowing team unveiled

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    May 08, 2004

    Athens Olympics Rowing Events and Results

    Athens Olympic Rowing


    rowing.gifRowing competition in Athens will be held between 14th - 22nd August at the Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre.

    U.S. women's eight comes in having won its last two World Cup events. Great Britain is defending Olympic champion in men's four and eight. In women's single sculls, Ekaterina Karsten of Belarus looks to repeat her gold medal performance from Sydney. The United States failed to qualify boats for men's single sculls and women's double sculls. The U.S. rowing team has 15 members with Olympic experience, but none with medals.

    'In Olympic rowing 14 different boat classes are raced, eight sculling events in which two oars are used, one in each hand and six sweep-oared events in which the rower uses one oar with both hands. The sculling boat classes are the single, the double and the quadruple sculls with crews of one, two or four athletes respectively, as well as the lightweight double. The sweep row categories include the pair, the four, the lightweight four (for men only) and the eight with coxswain, which is perhaps the most spectacular rowing event of all.' Source

    A total of 14 Gold medals will be up for grabs in Olympic Rowing competition with 8 in Men's competition and 6 in Women's. Rowing Results and Medal Winners will be posted on the pages listed below as they come to hand. In the mean time keep up to date with the latest Rowing news in our Rowing News Archives.

    Men's Rowing Results and Medals


    - Men's Single Sculls
    - Men's Double Sculls
    - Men's Lightweight Double Sculls
    - Men's Quadruple Sculls
    - Men's Pair
    - Men's Four
    - Men's Lightweight Four
    - Men's Eight with Coxswain

    Women's Rowing Results and Medals


    - Women's Single Sculls
    - Women's Double Sculls
    - Women's Lightweight Double Sculls
    - Women's Quadruple Sculls
    - Women's Pair
    - Women's Eight with Coxswain

    Related Olympic Rowing Resource


    - BBC Olympic Rowing
    - NBC - Olympic Rowing
    - ESPN - Olympic Rowing
    FISA - World Rowing

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