China Rowing team qualify two more boats for Tokyo Olympics

BEIJING, May 17 (Xinhua) — Chinese Rowing Team secured two more spots at the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s four and women’s eight at the 2021 World Rowing Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland on Sunday.

Along with six other places booked at the World Championships in 2019, the Chinese Rowing Team will compete in eight events at the Tokyo Olympics, namely men’s double sculls, men’s quadruple sculls, women’s single sculls, women’s double sculls, women’s pair, and women’s quadruple sculls.

Wang Fei, Lin Xinyu, Lu Shiyu, and Qin Miaomiao formed the women’s four crew who performed well and kept up with Ireland in the final, finishing second in 6:34.43 to clinch the spot.

“It’s a great result for us since we have only trained together for less than a month,” said Wang, the coxswain. “Winning the qualification is just our first step to claim a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.”

The women’s eight crew came to Lucerne with a new line-up but dominated the race from the beginning to finish with a time of 6:12.80.

The Chinese National Rowing team once bagged a bronze in the women’s eight at the 1988 Olympic Games but have missed the past three Olympics.

“Thanks to my team, we worked together very well today and we are more confident to achieve better results in Tokyo,” said coxswain Guo.

The Chinese National Rowing team also competed in five other events, mens’ and women’s lightweight double sculls, men’s eight, men’s four, and men’s double sculls, but did not qualify for Tokyo.


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