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Rowing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Lightweight Double Sculls

Rowing at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Lagoa Stadium, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 8, 2016
Date Finished: August 12, 2016

Gold: NED Netherlands
Silver: CAN Canada
Bronze: CHN China


Since the 2012 Summer Olympics, New Zealand’s [Sophie MacKenzie] and [Julia Edward] were the most consistent duo in the Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls, having won the 2014 and 2015 World Championships. Meanwhile, one of the defending Olympic champions, [Katherine Copeland] of Great Britain, had also had her share of success in the intervening years, winning the 2015 European Championships and coming in as runner-up at the 2015 World Championships, the latter with her partner in Rio [Charlotte Taylor]. Several other nations had found varying success in the event over the last four years, which amplified the chances that there would be strong competition at the 2016 Games. Of particular note was the Dutch duo of [Ilse Paulis] and [Maaike Head], who earlier that year had won the European Championships and set a world record.

The Dutch continued their strong performance in the heats, posting the only sub-seven minute time, while Great Britain was eliminated surprisingly in the repêchage. The Netherlands again had the fastest time in the semifinals, while the South African pair of [Kirsten McCann] and [Ursula Grobler], the 2015 World bronze medalists, edged out MacKenzie and Edward to claim victory in the other semifinal. Neither South Africa or New Zealand posted a serious challenge in the finals, however, which were won fairly handily by the Dutch. Silver went to Canadians [Lindsay Jennerich] and [Patricia Obee], the 2011 and 2014 World runners-up; Jennerich was also a 2010 World Champion in the event. [Huang Wenyi] of China, a 2012 Olympic runner-up and 2014 World bronze medalist, helped teammate [Pan Feihong] capture the bronze medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Netherlands NED Gold
2 Canada CAN Silver
3 China CHN Bronze
4 New Zealand NZL
5 South Africa RSA
6 Ireland IRL
7 Poland POL
8 Romania ROU
9 Denmark DEN
10 United States USA
11 Germany GER
12 Japan JPN
13 Italy ITA
14 Great Britain GBR
15 Brazil BRA
16 Hong Kong HKG
17 Chile CHI
18 Vietnam VIE
19 Cuba CUB
20 Tunisia TUN