Australia has missed out on the medals in the lightweight
men’s four and women’s eight on the second day of finals at Eton Dorney.
The lightweight men’s four – Todd Skipworth (WAIS), Ben
Cureton (WAIS), Samuel Beltz, Anthony Edwards - gave it a great crack with the
current world champions, rowing hard from lane 6 to be second to Denmark after
500m and again at the 1000m and 1500m marks. They looked comfortable and when
they made their move looked like they would catch the Danes over the final 500
But the challenges came hard and fast. First Great
Britain and then the flying South Africans, who upstaged everyone to take the
gold on the line in 6:02.84.
The British got the silver and Denmark the bronze with
the Australian challenge fading over the final 150 metres. Only 0.32 seconds
separated gold from bronze and Australia was less than a second off bronze with
Edwards who was rowing in the bow seat was disappointed
but knew the crew had put themselves in the right spot to medal.
"We couldn’t have
done anything more,” Edwards said. "It was a great start today, and a great
middle 1000. We just didn’t have anything left in the last 200.”
The Australian women’s eight crew, containing WAIS
athletes Alex Hagan and Hannah Vermeersch, also missed out on the medals,
finishing sixth in their final.
The Australian women’s eight were the slowest of the six
crews at the start before pushing hard to stay in touch with the leaders and
sit fourth after 500m. Halfway down the course the Australians were fifth with
the United States, Canada and Netherlands clearing out from Romania, Australia
and Great Britain.
The Australian crew of Phoebe Stanley (stroke), Sally
Kehoe, Alexandra Hagan, Tess Gerrand, Sarah Cook, Robyn Selby Smith, Renee
Chatterton, Hannah Vermeersch and Elizabeth Patrick (cox) had slipped to fifth
at the halfway mark before eventually being pipped on the line by the British
to place sixth, in 6:18.86sec.
The USA took the gold in 6:10.59, ahead of Canada and The Netherlands.