The Australian rowing team has finished its Tokyo 2020 Olympic campaign with the Men’s and Women’s Eights taking part in A-Finals at the Sea Forest Waterway.
The Women’s Eight were the first of the two Australian boats out on the water in the second last race of the day. The crew, made up of Genevieve Horton in the bow seat, Olympia Aldersey, Bronwyn Cox, Giorgia Patten, Sarah Hawe, Georgina Rowe, Katrina Werry and Molly Goodman in the stroke seat with James Rook as Coxwsain were in lane one. The Australians were up against a tough field of Canada, New Zealand, USA, Romania and China.
Looking to finish on a high, the crew were fast from the start, setting a strong pace and rhythm to keep up with the Canadian boat who took an early lead. Placed second after the first 500 meters, only 0.66 seconds off the pace, the Australians fought hard to hold their position, but the opposition were too strong and after fading in the second half of the race, the Australians finishing fifth with a time of 6:03.92.