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Rowing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Single Sculls

Rowing at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Lagoa Stadium, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 6, 2016
Date Finished: August 13, 2016

Gold: AUS Kim Crow-Brennan
Silver: USA Gevvie Stone
Bronze: CHN Duan Jingli

Summary

[Miroslava Knapková] of the Czech Republic was the defending Olympic Champion in the Women’s Single Sculls and had been dominant at the European Championships, winning in 2013, 2014, and 2015. She had been less successful at the World Championships, however, earning bronze in 2013 and silver in 2015. Her main competitor here was Australian [Kim Brennan], the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and 2013 and 2015 World Champion. At the Worlds over the last three years, Brennan had been bested only by New Zealand’s [Emma Twigg] in 2014; Twigg was also the World silver medalist in 2013, bronze medalist in 2010 and 2011, and had come in fourth in London. The only other Rio competitor to medal at the World Championships was China’s [Duan Jingli], who had taken bronze in 2014 and 2015, while the 2016 European Champion was [Magdalena Lobnig] of Austria.

Jungli, Lobnig, and Twigg all won their preliminary heats, while Knapková came second in Lobnig’s heat and Brennan came in third behind [Kenia Lechuga] of Mexico and 2013 and 2014 African Champion [Micheen Thornycroft] of Zimbabwe. Twigg, Knapková, and Lechuga advanced in the first quarterfinal and Brennan and Duan in the fourth, with Thornycroft finishing behind 2012 Olympic silver medalist [Fie Udby Erichsen] of Denmark in quarterfinal three. The second quarterfinal was perhaps the most interesting, as it was won by American [Gevvie Stone], not considered a serious medal contender, with Lobnig coming in third behind [Jeanine Gmelin] of Switzerland, the 2015 European silver medalist.

Four of these competitors were eliminated in the semifinals: Thornycroft, Lechuga, Erichsen and, most surprisingly, Knapková, who was beaten by Duan, Stone, and Lobnig. This left Brennan in the best position to capture gold, which she did leading almost the entire race. Stone was the only other rower close to Brennan by the end and thus earned silver, with Duan edging out Twigg by 0.35 seconds to round out the podium. The event marked the first foray into Olympic rowing for the Bahamas, Singapore, Nigeria, Togo, and Trinidad and Tobago, thanks to the participation of [Emily Morley], [Saiyidah Aisyah], [Chierika Ukogu], [Akossiwa Claire Ayivon], and [Felice Chow] respectively. [Michelle Pearson], meanwhile, was Bermuda’s first Olympic rower since 1972.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kim Crow-Brennan 30 Australia AUS Gold
2 Gevvie Stone 31 United States USA Silver
3 Duan Jingli 27 China CHN Bronze
4 Emma Twigg 29 New Zealand NZL
5 Jeanine Gmelin 26 Switzerland SUI
6 Magdalena Lobnig 26 Austria AUT
7 Mirka Topinková Knapková 35 Czech Republic CZE
8 Yekaterina Khodotovich-Karsten 44 Belarus BLR
9 Fie Udby Erichsen 31 Denmark DEN
10 Carling Zeeman 25 Canada CAN
11 Micheen Thornycroft 29 Zimbabwe ZIM
12 Kenia Lechuga 22 Mexico MEX
13 Sanita Pušpure 34 Ireland IRL
14 Lina Šaltytė 29 Lithuania LTU
15 Anna Svennung 31 Sweden SWE
16 Shelley Pearson 25 Bermuda BER
17 Lucía Palermo 30 Argentina ARG
18 Kim Ye-Ji 21 South Korea KOR
19 Gabriela Mosqueira 26 Paraguay PAR
20 Chierika Ukogu 23 Nigeria NGR
21 Amina Rouba 29 Algeria ALG
22 Felice Chow 39 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
23 Saiyidah Aisyah 28 Singapore SGP
24 Nadia Negm 18 Egypt EGY
25 Huang Yi-Ting 26 Chinese Taipei TPE
26 Svetlana Germanovich 29 Kazakhstan KAZ
27 Phuttharaksa Nikree 42 Thailand THA
28 Mahsa Javer 22 Iran IRI
29 Dewi Yuliawati 19 Indonesia INA
30 Emily Morley 22 Bahamas BAH
31 Camila Valle 21 Peru PER
32 Akossiwa Claire Ayivon 19 Togo TOG