Canada’s eight-woman team secured a silver medal Sunday at the World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland, finishing less than a second behind gold medalist Great Britain.
The final was a four-boat race, contested between 2020 Olympic gold medalist Canada, the Romanians, 2022 world championship gold medalist, and Rowing World Cup II champion and runner-up Australia and Great Britain. , respectively, who topped the podium in Varese, Italy. , event in June.
The Aussies held a commanding lead for the first 1,000 metres, with Great Britain tying with the Canadians and Romanians for second after a poor start.
When Romania fell soon after, the Canadian and British teams continued to push to close the gap to Australia by half a second at the 1,500 m mark, with both teams edging the reigning champions with 300 m to go.
Now down the stretch, both teams continued to match each other shot for shot, with Great Britain ultimately prevailing in a time of 6:02.82. Canada crossed the finish line in 6:03.57 and Australia took bronze with a time of 6:06.09.
CLOCK | Canada takes the women’s silver 8 in Lucerne:
This is the first medal on the 2023 World Cup circuit for the eight-woman Canadian team after finishing third in the final in Italy in June, but without officially securing a medal due to the race only being contested between three boats.
Silver was also Canada’s only medal in the A final on the day of the event, as the eight-man team finished sixth to conclude the competition.
Canadian eight-woman team
- Alexis Cronk- London, Ontario
- Kirsten Edwards – Port Moody, BC
- Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski – Calgary
- Kristen Kit (helmsman) – St Catharines, Ont.
- Sydney Payne – toronto
- morgan rosts – Jordan, Ontario
- jessica sevick Strathmore, Alta.
- Cristina Walker- Wolfe Island, Ont.
- Avalon Wasteney – Campbell River, BC