Tokyo Olympics: Victoria Thornley becomes FIRST Team GB woman to reach the final skiff

Victoria Thornley reaches Olympic women’s single scull final… with Team GB star passing Austria’s Magdalena Lobnig to finish second in Tokyo semi-final

Victoria Thornley has qualified for the final of the Olympic women’s scull after an excellent performance in the semi-finals.

The 33-year-old was second in the semi-final behind New Zealand’s Emma Twigg, who was the comfortable winner, finishing 4.42 seconds ahead of Thornley.

The Team GB star was battling her American counterpart Kara Kohler to secure a qualifying spot.

Victoria Thornley has qualified for the women’s Olympic single scull final

The 33-year-old came in second in the semi-final behind Emma Twigg.  from New Zealand

The 33-year-old came in second in the semi-final behind Emma Twigg. from New Zealand

Kohler – who ultimately missed out on a spot in the final – launched a late attack in a bid to finish over Thornley, but the Briton matched the American’s acceleration.

Thornley then managed to get ahead of Austria’s Magdalena Lobnig before crossing the line ahead of her and giving herself the chance to win a medal in Friday’s final.

But Twigg will be just as determined to earn a medal, having finished painfully fourth in the event finals in Rio and London 2012 five years ago.

The New Zealand star took a two-year hiatus from the sport after the Rio Olympics, but is now back in time for one last shot at Olympic glory.

Thornley managed to get ahead of Austria's Magdalena Lobnig before crossing the line

Thornley managed to get ahead of Austria’s Magdalena Lobnig before crossing the line

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